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Entries from July 2006

Sony bounces back thanks to BRAVIA

July 31st, 2006 · No Comments

Sony has announced a big jump in revenue, up 1.744 billion yen, and an operating profit of 27 billion yen in its 2007 first quarter financial results, thanks to a stellar performance from its BRAVIA LCD TV, digital camera and PC divisions. Sales within the Sony Electronics division were up 13.5 per cent. However, game […]

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Tags: LCD TV · Trade

Panasonic closes CRT picture tube factory

July 31st, 2006 · No Comments

Panasonic, or rather its parent Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. Ltd, is to close its Malaysian CRT factory, MT Picture Display, a Malaysian subsidiary of the Matsushita Toshiba Picture Display Company. The operation makes picture tubes for the American and Japanese TV markets. The joint venture company was formed with Toshiba in 2002, to reduce manufacturing […]

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Tags: LCD TV · Plasma · Trade

Sony announces two Freeview DVD recorders

July 30th, 2006 · No Comments

Sony is introducing two new Freeview tuner HDD/DVD recorders. The RDR-HXD560 (pictured above) has an 80GB hard drive able to record 106 hours of TV, while the RDR-HXD860 (pictured below) has a 160GB drive capable of storing 249 hours. Both models are DVD+/-R compatible and can record and playback DVD+ R double layer discs with […]

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Tags: DVD · Trade

Sales are up but the JVC mood remains downbeat

July 30th, 2006 · No Comments

JVC’s first quarter financials for fiscal 2007 make for gloomy reading. Despite increased net sales, at 176.1 billion yen, the company declared a wider net loss of 1.9 billion yen for the quarter. In a statement, the company says its “Consumer Electronics segment in Japan declined year-on-year. The elimination of available DVD recorder models contributed […]

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Tags: High definition TV · Trade

Sharp LCD sales go from strength to strength

July 30th, 2006 · No Comments

LCD TV leader Sharp has reported big gains in both sales and income for its first fiscal quarter, which ended June 30. Consolidated net sales were up 12.6 percent at 693.7 billion yen. Net operating profit was 40.4 billion yen, and net income of 23.8 billion yen. Sales of AV and LCD products were up […]

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Tags: LCD TV · Trade

Panasonic sues DVD disc-maker

July 29th, 2006 · No Comments

After two years of negotiation, Matsushita Electric (parent of Panasonic) has finally filed a lawsuit against Taiwanese disc manufacturer CMC Magnetics, and its two US affiliates Hotan and KHypermedia, alleging that their DVD recordable media infringes upon its patents. CMC supplies replication plants worldwide and manufactures HP-branded blank media.

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Tags: DVD · Trade

Sky HDTV orders unlikely to be fulfilled until September

July 29th, 2006 · No Comments

Sky has confirmed that it had installed 38,000 Sky HDTV systems by June 30. Currently the total number of bookings for its HD box stands at 90,000. The satcaster says it will take till September to fulfill all its orders. According to information released by sales analysts GFK, 2.73 million HD ready screens will be […]

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Tags: High definition TV · Trade

P2P service Kazaa shackled by court ruling

July 29th, 2006 · No Comments

The MPAA and RIAA have won another legal victory over the file sharing community. Kazaa has agreed to pay 115 million dollars in fines and has vowed to install filtering software designed to prevent the sharing of copyrighted material by its users. The Motion Picture Association of America declared the Australian court ruling “another milestone […]

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Tags: Internet and networking · Trade