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Sony planning LCD HDTV outsourcing to Foxconn/Wistron?

Sony planning LCD HDTV outsourcing to Foxconn/Wistron?

Sony is reportedly looking to outsource production of its high-end LCD HDTVs, with Foxconn tipped to take responsibility for the Japanese company's frameless sets and Wistron the recently-unveiled Sony Google TV range.  According to DigiTimes' sources, the decision is primarily a cost-saving one, with Sony looking to outsource 70- to 80-percent of LCD TV production having just managed to turn around six years of consecutive financial losses by the division.

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The Daily Slash: October 12th 2010

The Daily Slash: October 12th 2010

As we march on through October, we're having to keep up with companies all over the globe announcing something new. Today we saw the release of Sony products with Google TV, and we even got some on-time analysis of the upcoming products. In our story from around the Web, we'll take a look at how Intel is doing, as they've just announced their third quarter results. And then to end the night, we'll take a look at what's been going on around the R3 Media Network. Welcome to the Tuesday edition of The Daily Slash.

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Google TV – An Early Analysis

Google TV – An Early Analysis

I had a chance to get some hands on time with Google TV from both Sony and Logitech. Let's start off and agree that re-inventing the TV experience is a necessary but also incredibly difficult task. Necessary because with the exception of the DVR, television simply has not changed that much in the past 50 years. Yes, we got color, then we got HD; but the overall experience has not drastically changed. Re-invention is in essence what Apple desired and still desires to do, and what Google is now putting a stake in the ground in order to attempt as well.

I say re-inventing the TV experience is difficult, because it is controlled by the service providers like DirecTV, Dish, Comcast, COX, etc. These service providers offer their customers a completely closed system in which to access their content, or premium content. So for a company like Apple or Google to make inroads with a TV experience that is as tightly integrated with a customer's service provider is an uphill battle.


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Sony NSZ-GT1 Blu-ray Player with Google TV Announced, Costs $399.99

Sony NSZ-GT1 Blu-ray Player with Google TV Announced, Costs $399.99

Sony's announcement about their upcoming Google TV effort didn't revolve solely around the release of HDTVs integrated with Google TV. They decided to go one step further and also release a Blu-ray disc player with integrated Google TV, too. Not only is the Blu-ray player the first to feature Google TV, but it also features a very unique design, with a fan on the back that no one will be able to ignore.

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Sony NSX-24GT1, NSX-32GT1, NSX-40GT1 & NSX-46GT1 HDTVs with Google TV Unveiled

Sony NSX-24GT1, NSX-32GT1, NSX-40GT1 & NSX-46GT1 HDTVs with Google TV Unveiled

October 12th has finally rolled around, and Sony took some time out of the late afternoon (on the East Coast) to officially unveil their brand new line-up of Google TV products. While everyone knew that at least one TV would be unveiled today, Sony officially took the stage with a small supply of products: HDTVs ranging in size from 26-inches to 46-inches, and their proprietary Google TV remote control.

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Why Google TV Will Be Best Without the Set-Top Box

Why Google TV Will Be Best Without the Set-Top Box

As you know from my columns here, I’m a bit of an entertainment nut. Whether it’s video games or a set-top box, I’m always looking for the latest and greatest device to satiate my desire for high-quality content that’s available whenever I call upon it.

That’s precisely why I’m so excited to get my hands on Google TV. The search giant’s platform strikes me as a product that does everything the Apple TV should have done. It allows me to search the Web, pull content from just about everywhere, and enjoy some of the apps that I currently use on my smartphone. It’s simply a full-featured product that I’m looking forward to using.

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Living Room Video Conferencing Is Here – Are We Ready?

Living Room Video Conferencing Is Here – Are We Ready?

It appears one of the themes of the second half of 2010 is video conferencing.  Apple has been driving a lot of awareness with FaceTime.   Sprint has been driving awareness with their EVO 4G commercials. Yesterday Cisco and Logitech demonstrated their video conferencing solutions.  Both Apple and Sprint have been driving awareness for video conferencing with mobile devices.   However Cisco and Logitech demonstrated their approach is to bring video conferencing into the living room.

Consumer video conferencing has been one of those things I have watched as an industry insider for a while now.  Mostly because I do a lot of analysis around the personal computer and most consumer video conferencing solutions have thus far been PC based.  The big question is are consumers ready for living room video conferencing?   Is the mass market ready or is it still only for early adopters?    Read on for my further analysis.

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