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Toshiba fined $87m for LCD price fixing

Toshiba fined $87m for LCD price fixing

Back in December 2011, Samsung, Sharp, and a handful of other companies were fined $553 million over price-fixing claims. The companies reportedly met to fix LCD prices between 1999 and 2006, eventually being caught out by a investigation. At the time, LG Display, Toshiba, and AU Optronics Corp had yet to settle the case, but Toshiba was yesterday hit with a $87 million fine for its involvement.

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Vizio Co-Star offers Google TV and OnLive for $99.99

Vizio Co-Star offers Google TV and OnLive for $99.99

Back at CES 2012, Vizio revealed that it wouldn’t just be pumping out affordable televisions but also Google TV set top boxes. One of the devices at the time held the uninspired VAP430 moniker, but the company has today announced that the box has officially launched, and is now called the Vizio Co-Star. The box uses the latest version of Google TV, features support for the full Chrome web browser as well as apps, and has brought OnLive along for the ride too.

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Google TV arrives in the UK

Google TV arrives in the UK

Google will finally be bringing Google TV and associated hardware devices to the UK. Google and Sony say that pre-orders for the NSZ-GS7 Internet Player should begin today, with devices shipping in the middle of July. Sony will also be offering Google TV on one of its new Blu-ray players, the NSZ-GP9. Both will allow you to take advantage of Google TV features, including full internet browsing with Chrome, Android apps, and YouTube playback.

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LCD TV shipments drop for the first time

LCD TV shipments drop for the first time

There’s trouble ahead for the television industry: NPD DisplaySearch reports that LCD TV shipments declined year-on-year for the first time in history. The data suggests that 43.1 million units were shipped during the first quarter of this year, down 3% compared to the same period last year. Total television shipments are down too, slipping 8% compared to the first quarter last year.

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LG and friends form the Smart TV Alliance

LG and friends form the Smart TV Alliance

LG and TP Vision, representing Philips TVs, have today announced the formation of a Smart TV Alliance. The goal of the alliance is to create a “non-proprietary ecosystem for application developers to create attractive, platform-independent services,” with several Japanese television manufacturers said to be in the process of joining already. It looks like TV manufacturers are wary of developers being bearish on the development of apps for multiple Smart TVs, aiming to simplify things instead.

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