Sharp Canada announces its 2012 line-up of LED TVs

Sharp Canada this week announced its new 2012 Consumer Electronics line-up of nearly 20 large screen 60-inch plus TVs including the companies first 80 inch 3D LED TV.

The 2012 LCD TV line-up consists of five different series – the Aquos 5/6/7/8 and 9 – in sizes ranging from 60 to 80 inches in size. Sharp says all of the televisions will meet or exceed Energy Star version 5.3 standards meaning they will draw a relatively small amount of power for their screen sizes.

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.

Sharp’s says World’s biggest LCD HDTV is now available in Canada

Sharp Electronics announced this week the Canadian availability of the Aquos LC-70LE732U, a 70-inch LCE TV which the company says is the largest LCD television in the market today.

Sporting a screen whose viewing area is twice that of a 46 inch screen, the new Aquos comes in black and features a 1080p panel with the companies Quad pixel technology, LED backlighting and built-in WiFi.

Flat panel televisions increasingly more energy efficient

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) this week released a study which shows how much more energy efficient flat panel televisions are today than six or seven years ago.

The report, produced by research firm TIAX LLC, reviewed power consumption data on best-selling high-definition liquid crystal (LCD) and plasma display models produced between 2003 and 2010. The report examined active and standby power consumption in models with screen sizes ranging from 13- to 65-inches.

Samsung rolls out premium 3D HDTV series

First shown at CES in January of this year, Samsung this week announced the Canadian launch of its new 9000 premium series of 3D ready LCD HD televisions.

Features of the sets include: super slim panel (less than 8 millimetres thick); stainless steel metal chassis; edge lit LED lighting; 1920 x 1080p resolution; quadruple frame rate (240 Hz); Samsung’s HyperReal video processing engine; Internet connectivity DLNA certification and four HDMI inputs.

Toshiba announces UX600 Series of IETV

Toshiba today announced the availability of its new DLNA certified UX600 Internet enabled television (IETV) in 40″, 46″ and 55″ screen sizes.

In the United States, the sets will have access to a number of Internet services including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Flickr, Picasa and the New Youork Times news service.

Use of LED backlighting in LCD panels expected to grow

By 2011, light-emitting diodes (LEDs) will become the primary light source for LCD flat panel televisions according to a recent report from DisplaySearch.

The research firm estimates that 56% share of all LCD televisions will be illuminated by LED, up from 27.8% in 2009. Currently most LCD televisions use fluorescent tubes (CCFL and EEFL).