Television sales expected to remain flat in 2011

Worldwide sales of televisions are not expected to grow from 2010 to 2011, holding at 248 million units according to a recent report from Display Search. Previously the company had been predicting growth of around 4 percent for the year.

Although the predicted number of sales 2011 is expected to be flat, shipments of flat panel TVs, which excludes CRT and rear projection technologies, will increase about 6% for the year.

Sharp 80 inch LCD HDTV coming to Canada in October

Sharp Electronics announced this week the the Aquos LC-80LE632U, an 80-inch LCD TV which the company says will go on sale in Canada in October. Sharp will now offer nine LCD televisions which are 60 inches or larger.

LG now selling the PenTouch Plasma TV in the U.S.

LG Electronics in the United States has launched the LG PenTouch Plasma television that lets viewers use a special touch-sensitive stylus pen to interact with the Internet and to create, modify and control a variety of content directly on the screen.

The line of televisions, first demonstrated at CES, includes a fifty inch model which will sell for $1,100, and two sixty inch models which will sell for $1,700 and $2,200 USD respectively. The set also requires a Windows PC (not included) for the touch interactivity.

Television shipments fall in second quarter

Global television shipments were 55.5 million units in the second quarter of 2011, down 1 percent from 56.2 million units in the same quarter a year earlier, according to recent report from DisplaySearch.

The decline was not a big surprise to analysts since the second quarter of 2010 was very strong due an increase in demand last year prior to the World Cup Soccer Tournament.

Sharp resurrects Elite brand for LED Televisions

Sharp and Pioneer are bringing back an iconic name in television by introducing Elite LED LCD TVs. Sharp has owned a 14% stake in Pioneer since 2007.

The new line of HDTVs is the first under the Elite brand name since Pioneer stepped making Elite Plasmas in 2009. The sets were developed by a team of engineers from both companies in order to deliver what Sharp says will be the new benchmark for black-level performance and picture clarity since the demise of the Elite Kuro plasma line.

Essential iPad Apps for the Home Theatre Enthusiast

Due to the overwhelming number of new iOS apps being released on a daily basis, it is difficult to keep up with all the new releases so the following is an overview of my favourite home theatre related apps along with some other recently released equipment specific apps which could be useful in many home theatres.

HDTV FAQ: What is a NTSC, ATSC and QAM Tuner?

If you’re currently in the market for a high definition television (HDTV) then you’ve probably have learned that most digital televisions sold today come equipped with three types of tuners: ATSC, NTSC and QAM. This inevitably leads to the question of why we need three different tuners in our HDTV?

Primer: What you need to watch high definition programming

Over the last five to seven years, one of the most discussed topics in Digital Home’s Digital Forum has been high definition television (HDTV). In reviewing the thousands of questions we have received about HD technology, it’s clear to us that the consumer electronics industry has done a lousy job in educating Canadians about this wonderful technology.

Even after being available for ten years, a common misperception among Canadian consumers is that all you need in order to watch high definition television programming is an HDTV. In this article, Digital Home explains briefly what HDTV is and the three things you’ll need if you really want to watch HD broadcasts on it.

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