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3D technology becomes mainstream at CES 2012

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Based on this year’s International CES, 3D is no longer the headliner technology that it was a year ago. This does not mean that the industry has given up on 3D, but rather that 3D is now, as predicted, a standard feature of high-end home entertainment products. Both Samsung and LG separately said that over half of their respective 3D screen models in 2012 support 3D, while Panasonic claimed that for new models announced in 2012, 93 per cent of plasma displays, 40 per cent of LCD TVs and four out of six new Blu-ray players are 3D capable. On the content side, an increasing number of new blockbusters movies are now filmed in 3D, screened in 3D theatres and will be released on BD3D for home video audience. Now it is up to the marketing teams to try to convince consumers that the technology is worth investing in.

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Sony ups reliance on LG for LCD screens

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Japanese electronics giant Sony has increased its dependence on liquid crystal display (LCD) screens from Korean company LG, following a split from a previous partnership with Samsung Electronics in October last year.

LG Display is shipping more film-based 3D screens to Sony which are used in the latter’s Bravia television sets, LG CFO Jeong Ho-young told The Korean Times in a report Tuesday. The LG-Sony collaboration comes as the penetration rate of LG’s film-based 3D panels is projected to grow by more than 50 percent, the report said.

It added that the partnership indicated Sony’s switch from relying on Samsung, and its battery-powered 3D technology, to LG which is pushing its cheaper film-based 3D technology, undercutting its Korean rival Samsung.

Sony terminated its previous LCD joint venture with Samsung in a bid to boost its loss-making TV business, as prices of LCDs dropped due to Japan’s move to digital terrestrial broadcast which stifled demand for TV sets. Sony sold back its stake to Samsung in October last year, ending the partnership. …

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Verizon Joins the Executive Board of the Entertainment Technology Center at USC

Verizon Enterprise Solutions will lend its technology expertise to the Entertainment Technology Center at the University of Southern California (ETC@USC) through a seat on ETC@USC’s executive board. Verizon’s global cloud, IP and wireless networks, managed security services, end-to-end digital content solutions and technology-related professional services are used by media and entertainment companies to create, transport, manage and deliver digital content around the world, on any platform,  anytime.

ETC@USC is a nonprofit, member-funded entertainment technology think tank and research center, affiliated with the USC School of Cinematic Arts. It brings together senior executives, innovators, thought leaders and catalysts in a neutral setting to explore issues related to the creation, distribution and consumption of entertainment content. Verizon’s participation on the executive board will provide media and entertainment companies with opportunities to learn how Verizon’s media-focused solutions, network and technology expertise can help the industry transform its future.

“The goal of the ETC@USC is to bring industry and technology experts together to develop the solutions that will propel us through the next 20 years,” said Kenneth Williams, CEO and executive director of the ETC@USC. “Verizon’s broad set of technologies and deep industry experience will provide a unique voice on the executive board. We look forward to their active participation.”

Scott Spector, global head of Verizon’s media and entertainment vertical, added: “Verizon is committed to the media and entertainment industry, and our participation with ETC@USC will allow us to support and potentially drive innovation in the industry. There’s a vast range of opportunities to integrate technology and improve everything from digital content production through digital distribution, creating an optimal experience for the industry.”

Verizon Enterprise Solutions creates global connections that generate growth, drive business innovation and help shape tomorrow’s biggest ideas. With industry-specific solutions provided over Verizon’s secure mobility, cloud, strategic networking and advanced communications platforms, Verizon helps open new opportunities around the world for innovation, investment and business transformation. Visit www.verizonenterprise.com to learn more.

The Entertainment Technology Center at the University of Southern California (ETC@USC) is a think tank and research center within the USC School of Cinematic Arts that brings together senior executives, innovators, thought leaders, and catalysts from the entertainment, consumer electronics, technology, and services industries along with the academic resources of the University of Southern California to explore and to act upon topics and issues related to the creation, distribution, and consumption of entertainment content.  ETC@USC helps drive collaborative projects among its member companies and engages with next generation consumers to understand the impact of emerging technology on all aspects of the entertainment industry, especially technology development and implementation, the creative process, business models, and future trends. (www.etcenter.org)

Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq:  VZ), headquartered in New York, is a global leader in delivering broadband and other wireless and wireline communications services to consumer, business, government and wholesale customers. Verizon Wireless operates America’s most reliable wireless network, with more than 108 million retail connections nationwide. Verizon also provides converged communications, information and entertainment services over America’s most advanced fiber-optic network, and delivers integrated business solutions to customers worldwide. A Dow 30 company with more than $127 billion in 2014 revenues, Verizon employs a diverse workforce of 177,300. For more information, visit www.verizon.com/news/.

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