Sony Corp in profit at last, AWE signs LG, SpeakerCraft gets wires crossed and... A-hock-alypse Now!

posted on Monday, 20th May 2013 by Steve May

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AWE signs LG TV distro pact…
AWE has begun distribution of LG's 84-inch 4K flagship TV, the 84LM960V, along with the brand's new Cinema Screen widescreen Full HD TVs. The 960 series feature a super slim bezel, dual core processor, Magic remote control, four pairs of Passive 3D glasses and two pairs of Dual Play spex, allowing two people to watch different pictures simultaneously. Paul Mott, Sales Director at AWE says: "LG has dramatically upped its design, quality and functionality over the last few years. Now with the launch of the 84-inch UHD TV, it became clear that it was a brand that suited AWE's CI customer base. We're therefore very pleased to announce the appointment of AWE as LG's premium partner for the CI channel." AWE says it will offer a complete package for installers, including technical support. AWE Technical Services has been appointed to deliver and install LG screens... 

Sony back in black…
Sony has reported its first profit in five years. Net income was 43 billion yen, compared with a loss of 456.7 billion yen last year. Operating income for the year was 230.1 billion yen, compared to an operating loss of 67.3 billion yen previously, thanks primarily to asset sales and restructuring. However Sony's home entertainment division saw sales decline by 22.5 per cent. 

4K panel prices plummet…
Leading LCD panel maker AU Optronics is predicting as much as 20m per cent of its 55-inch and up LCD panel shipments will be 4K by year-end. It also believes that economies of scale and yield improvements will enable it to close the price gap with comparably sized Full HD panels. Currently a 4K LCD panel costs just under twice as much as Full HD.

Homes of the Future today…
North of the border residential CI specialist Lairds of Troon is holding a Homes of the Future consumer event at the Olympic Business Park in Dundonald on May 23. The appointment-only afternoon will showcase Smart home and theatre technology. Both equipment suppliers and architects will be in attendance. An Indian finger buffet will be served…

SpeakerCraft reversed…
In-wall speaker leader SpeakerCraft has confirmed that early samples of its CS3 soundbar solution have shipped with the digital audio inputs reversed. Simon Spears, Director of International Sales, told Inside CI that he was waiting "for the full report" on what happened, adding that he couldn't believe "this issue would have been missed."  He says the problem has now been addressed - "the ones we have now are all good…"

Image overhaul…
Popular media players Roku 2 and Roku Lt  are getting a shiny new user interface. The improved UI firmware update rolls out over the next 2 weeks...

Best Buy bails for good…
Best Buy, which ducked out of the UK retail market last year, is selling its 50 per cent stake in Carphone Warehouse, putting an end to the dream of its joint venture Best Buy Europe opening huge CE stores across the continent and launching mobile shops in the US...

A-hock-alypse Now!
Legendary movie maker by Francis Ford Coppola has become the Godfather of American wine, after his vineyard swept the boards at the International Wine and Spirit Competition (IWSC), taking 26 Awards. A claret and a shiraz scooped judges' top mark of 'gold outstanding.' The vineyard's Emily Putman said: "It's a pleasure working for our owner Francis who takes a hands-on approach in everything from the visual aspect of the labels to designating time to travel the globe and promote the wines - so that he can share his wines with everyone, everywhere." The director of The Godfather and Apocalypse Now has been making wine at his California vineyard, Francis Ford Coppola Presents, for more than 35 years.

Also read:
Sony confirms aggressive UK price for 55-inch 4K TV
4K TV production gaining traction says Sony
Sony reveals 4K Uktra HD content strategy

Steve May

Inside CI Editor Steve May is a freelance technology journalist, who also writes for T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice and ERT (amongst others).

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