2014 - Day 1

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48 | 2014 INTERNATIONAL CES DAILY | JANUARY 7/9, 2014 HOME VIDEO "We are still trying to maintain that highest level picture quality at a more affordable price point." Samsung Affrms Plasma Commitment BY GREG TARR BOOTH 12527 Samsung is demonstrating here that the market for plasma TV is still very much alive and appealing to both budget shoppers and picture-quality enthusiasts alike. And in 2014, the company will address that dichotomy with an appeal to a broad range of consumer interests. Samsung said this year's plasma lineup includes three series with a total of eight models. The very popular 720p F4500 HD series in the 43inch and 51-inch screen sizes and F5300 FullHD series in the 51- and 60-inch screen sizes will carry over into 2014, serving the opening price points. Both series exclude a lot of step-up features, such as smart-TV functionality, to arrive at a highvalue price point. Samsung pointed out that the F4500-series models ranked in the top 10 overall TVs sold during much of 2013. In addition, a new 64-inch FullHD opening-price-point model, the PN64H5000, will launch in March. The 2013 award-winning F8500-series models will continue in the lineup through the f rst half of 2014. Samsung will offer more attractive pricing in 2014 for its "best picture series," the H7000 series, which will incorporate the Super Contrast Panel's brightness innovation. Pricing was not available for 2014 models, but the H7000 is targeted to see price points as much as $300 — $700 below the F8500series models. The trade-off will be somewhat lesser-featured smart-TV functionality, and it will lose the Quad Core processor, voice and gesture recognition, built-in camera and the premium bezel design of LG Adds 23 LED LCD TVs BY GREG TARR BOOTHS 239, 240, 241 LG Electronics will continue to have one of the most ex- pansive TV model lineups in 2014, including the new Ultra HD and OLED sets unveiled at the company's press conference, in addition to nine series of HD and FullHD LCD TVs. In core HD LCD TV, LG is carrying over three popular series from 2013, and adding six new series and 23 new SKUs. Entry small-screen LED LCD TVs will be carried in the 22-inch, 24-inch and 28-inch screen sizes, each offering native 720p resolution and 60Hz refresh rates. The LB6300 series includes the 42-, LG's 77-inch 77EC9700 curved47-, 55-, 60- and 65-inch screen sizes. It adds LG's screen Ultra HD OLED set new advanced WebOS smart TV platform, with intuitive programming recommendations from service providers and the Internet, voice-control Magic Remote and detailed graphics, among other things. The LB7100/7200 series is the top of the FullHD LED LCD TV assortment, offering 55-, 60-, 65- and 70-inch screen sizes and the same core feature set as the 6500 series, plus 240Hz refresh rates. — DAVE DAS, SAMSUNG the F8500 series, while maintaining the high contrast picture, said Dave Das, Samsung U.S. home entertainment VP. "We are still trying to maintain that highest level picture quality at a more affordable price point," Das said. "A lot of our dealers have been selling plasma for a long time and have them in their own homes, because they feel it has the best picture quality. So, many of them are very excited that we are continuing in this space because they still see the demand from the consumer side." The H7000-series models will include the 51-, 60- and 64-inch screen sizes. He said that with word of the departure of Panasonic from the category, Samsung's plasma business received a considerable uptick, and the company is looking to expand distribution of the plasma category in 2014. RCA Brand Shows 1st Ultra HD TV Models BY GREG TARR BOOTH 8632 The RCA brand will enter the Ultra HDTV age at International CES when licensee On Corp. takes the wraps off of three big screen LCD models. On Corp.'s frst RCA UHD televisions include the 55inch SLD55A65RXQ, the 65inch SLD65A70RXQ, and the 84-inch SLD84A65RXQ. All three include smartOn Corp.'s RCA brand is showcasing its frst three Ultra HD TV functionality based on LED LCD TVs, including the 65-inch SLD65A70RXQ, above. the Android TV Platform, delivering an integrated onscreen interface with access to apps and online content, a Google Chrome web browser, Google's Prime Time Guide for browsing channels while streaming or watching live TV, and support for the Wi-Fi –based Miracast standard for content sharing. This year's RCA LCD TV line offer a mix of direct backlit and edge-lit LED styles and include four HDMI inputs. CESWEB.ORG

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