7 LCD Panel Manufactures Agree to Pay $553M for Price Fixing

Seven LCD panel manufacturers, including heavy-hitters such as Samsung, Sharp, and Hitachi, have reached a settlement that will see them paying out $553 million in response to price fixing allegations made in class action lawsuits brought by eight state attorney generals. The companies allegedly conspired to keep panel prices inflated from 1999 to 2006 with monthly meetings among executives to […]

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Sony Ends LCD Joint Venture with Samsung

Sony TV

Sony has not been shy about talking about the financial difficulties their storied television business has faced in recent years. The prescription has included a restructuring of the TV arm of the company and a critical reexamination of the various agreements that the company has entered into over the years, many of which have been financially disadvantageous for Sony. The […]

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LG Bringing 55″ OLED HDTV to CES 2012


Few home theater technologies have the power to induce weak knees and a whole lot of unsightly drool better than OLED panels. It has been held up as the holy grail of HDTV panel technologies; the black levels of plasma, the brightness of LCD, unparalleled thinness, and minuscule power consumption. Reality hasn’t quite kept up with the hype, but that doesn’t make […]

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Sharp’s Elite Reviewed by CNET


Like many enthusiasts, I’ve been waiting to find out how Sharp’s Elite HDTVs would stack up against their adopted, and now cast off, sibling; the Pioneer Kuro.  Fortunately, it looks like Sharp is serious about bringing a legitimate successor to market and not just brand engineering, but still fails to secure a clear win versus the benchmark set back in […]

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Sony Losing Money on Every TV Sold

Sinking Sony

Sony recently announced that they are working to restructure their television business as it has been a bit of a drag on their bottom line over the last couple of years. Things may be even grimmer than suspected. Sony CEO Howard Stringer recently sat down with the Wall Street Journal and intimated that Sony loses money on every TV it sells. If […]

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