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Entries from April 2006

Pioneer battered but not beaten in flatscreen TV war

April 30th, 2006 · No Comments

Despite a 6.2 per cent rise in its operating revenues, Pioneer has emerged from the 2005 financial year looking (flatscreen) war weary. The Corporation has posted an operating loss of 16,409 million Yen, compared to an operating income of 691 million the previous year. But, its net loss is a massive 84,986 million Yen compared […]

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Tags: Plasma · Trade

Toshiba bullish while rivals weep Yen

April 30th, 2006 · 1 Comment

Despite carrying the burden of developing HD DVD and making a hefty investment in SED TV technology (pictured above), Toshiba’s financial results for the 2005 fiscal year have a rosy glow with a reported 16 per cent profit rise to 41.69 billion Yen in the last quarter. The corporation’s consolidated sales in 2005 were 6,343.6 […]

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Tags: HD DVD and Blu-ray · LCD TV · Trade

Hitachi hurt by lacklustre LCD sales

April 30th, 2006 · No Comments

Hitachi Ltd has been one of the losers in this year’s first round of financial reporting. The Japanese powerhouse posted a 28 per cent decline in income, to 37.3 billion Yen for the fiscal year that ended March 31. Hitachi’s IT Systems division and Power and Industrial operations all saw growth, but results have been […]

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Tags: LCD TV · Plasma · Trade

HD DVD laptop finally gets a launch date

April 29th, 2006 · No Comments

Toshiba will introduce the world’s first multimedia laptop with an HD DVD drive, the Qosmio G30/697HS (pictured above), into the Japanese market mid-May. Along with playback of HD DVD discs, the new portable can read and write to current DVD and CD discs, including DVD+/-R DL (dual-layer) and DVD-RAM. Beneath the lid is a dual-core […]

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Tags: HD DVD and Blu-ray · High definition TV · Internet and networking · Trade

JVC left reeling – but remains confident in D-ILA TV tech

April 29th, 2006 · No Comments

Unable to bank on revenues from VHS anymore, JVC (aka Victor Company of Japan) has been left smarting from the “severe trading conditions” of 2005. It’s seen consolidated sales decrease 4 per cent to 806.8 billion yen, and posted an operated loss of 6.8 billion Yen, compared with a profit of 10.3 billion Yen last […]

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Tags: LCD TV · Trade

Early adopters happy with HD DVD, but…

April 29th, 2006 · No Comments

According to a survey by US trade magazine, Home Media Retailing, buyers of the first wave of HD DVD players are pleased with their purchases, but are not entirely satisfied with the quality of the software. Amongst those surveyed: A freelance journalist from Nebraska, who picked up the Toshiba HD-A1 because he wanted to “get […]

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Tags: HD DVD and Blu-ray · High definition TV · Trade

Sony bleeds red ink but electronics are looking up

April 28th, 2006 · No Comments

Sony continues to haemorrhage red ink, posting an operating loss of 62.2 billion Yen over the last quarter. It’s an improvement of 15.2 billion Yen over the same period last year, but shows the Corporation has a long road to travel back to financial good health. This is the fifth year of fiscal losses in […]

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Tags: LCD TV · Trade

Sharp announces record profits powered by Aquos LCD TVs

April 28th, 2006 · No Comments

Buoyed by the sales of its Aquos LCD TV range, Sharp has announced record profits for the 2005 fiscal year, which ended in March. Sales are up 10 per cent on last year, at 2,797 billion Yen, delivering an operating profit of 164 billion Yen and a net profit of 89 billion Yen. Everything, from […]

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Tags: LCD TV · Trade