Archive for the ‘consumer electronics’ Category

Polaroid Launching LCD TVs On HSN July Fourth

July 2, 2010

HSN is partnering with Polaroid “to further strengthen Polaroid’s retail presence” and sell some TV sets, or so the press release said Friday.

As part of that deal, on-air personality and tech expert Katie Linendoll will come on board HSN as Polaroid’s product spokesperson for the “Polaroid Hour.”

On July Fourth Linendoll with will make her debut representing Polaroid, showcasing part of its latest product line on HSN.

Products in the hour-long segment will include the Polaroid 300 instant camera, as well as the exclusive launches of a 32-inch LCD TV with built-in DVD player in black and white, a 22-in LCD TV with built-in DVD player in black, and a 14 mega-pixel with 5x optical zoom digital camera in multiple colors.

“We’re thrilled to introduce HSN’s vast audiences to Polaroid’s modern classics and digital portfolio,” Polaroid chief marketing officer Jon Pollock said in a canned statement. “Katie Linendoll embodies the technology made easy persona that the Polaroid brand evokes, making our partnership a natural fit.”

Linendoll is an Emmy-nominated technology host working on several networks, the HSN press release says. We’ve never seen her.

As part of the partnership, Polaroid will launch a Polaroid store online at http://www.hsn.com, where Polaroid products can be bought.

“HSN constantly strives to provide our customers with great products, great brands and great shopping experiences and Polaroid’s newest product offerings personify the simplicity, innovation and fun our customers are looking for,” said Sandy Conrad, HSN’s senior vice president of merchandising. “Through the partnership we’ve developed, we look forward to re-introducing Polaroid into millions of homes across America as part of HSN’s 33rd birthday celebration taking place throughout the month of July.”

Vivienne Tam Is Now Designing Computer Notebooks For QVC: Consumer Electronic Products Get Stylish Makeovers

April 20, 2010

Designer consumer electronics

In March we identified a possible new trend: fashion designers putting their mark on consumer electronics, one of the few sales categories that has remained fairly strong during the recession.

Well, it looks like it really is a trend. We see that QVC is offering a laptop whose shell was decorated by designer Vivienne Tam.

The netbook has several butterflies on its top, a motif inspired by Tam’s recent clothing lines.

QVC is selling this “HP designer digital clutch” for $600.

Here’s what QVC said about its new computer:

“A glamour gal is always fashion forward–whether she flaunts a runway-ready look or uses the hottest, hippest electronics around. This Vivienne Tam Edition Mini netbook fits in with your luxurious lifestyle–and is made to fit in your high-fashion purse! Designed with an HP imprint of the Butterfly Lovers theme–from Vivienne’s spring 2010 collection–this trend-setting tech sparkles in a high-gloss champagne gold.

Have no fear–there’s plenty of power behind the posh. Girls on-the-go will love the speed and space it offers with a 1.66GHz Intel Atom processor N450 and 250GB 7200 RPM SATA hard drive. And, you can run music, graphics, and video applications quickly and easily thanks to 2GB DDR2 RAM.”

The first example of this we saw of these designer CE products was last month, when HSN began selling digital cameras that were designed by Jason Wu, who created the white ballgown that First Lady Michelle Obama wore to all the Inaugural balls in D.C. Those cameras were “styled” by Wu, and sell under the name “Create by Jason Wu.”

ShopNBC To Be First Home Shopping Net To Sell 3D TVs

April 9, 2010

We can't find our 3D glasses!

ShopNBC crowed Friday that it will be the first television retailer to present 3D television to consumers — the Samsung 55-inch 1080p 240Hz 3D LED HDTV. 

Featured at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show, 3D technology is being hyped as the ultimate at-home TV viewing experience.

ShopNBC will be part of the trend when its debuts the Sumsung 3D TV Saturday at 7 p.m. in the “Electronic Connection” show series.

The 55-inch TV from Samsung “combines the exhilarating action of 3D with spectacular image clarity and numerous extras like ‘Internet@TV’—which allows the TV to connect directly to the Web,” as ShopNBC put it in a press release.

Guest expert Elliot Smith will do ShopNBC’s presentation, taking viewers through the Samsung 3D technology while providing guidance on how to integrate 3D technology into your home theater.

“The Samsung 55-inch 1080p 240Hz 3D LED HDTV 3D Kit offers a whole new dimension of home entertainment and includes the 3D ready LED HD TV, Blue-Ray 3D player, 3D starter kit, 3D movie ‘Monsters vs. Aliens’ plus two pairs of battery-powered 3D active glasses, and HDMI cable all in a sleek design that will compliment any décor,” Rod Ghormley, ShopNBC’s vice president of home and electronics, said in a canned statement.

“This new offer from ShopNBC includes everything the consumer needs to enjoy the ultimate entertainment experience at home,” Ghormley said. “It’s the perfect way to prepare for the release of big blockbuster 3D Blu-Ray discs later this month, and a plethora of films being developed utilizing the 3D technology.”

Consumer-Electronics Conscious ShopNBC Offers MyGoTV Pocket TV

February 12, 2010

In keeping with the trend of home shopping channels offering more consumer electronics, ShopNBC Friday is offering a MyGoTV digital LED pocket TV as its Our Top Value.

The item, the first time ShopNBC is offering such a product, is selling for $169.

Here is some of the places that ShopNBC suggests you take you MyGoTV, which has a 3.4 inch diagonal screen:

* While tailgating and then into the stadium for close-up views of the action and replays.

* While camping, hunting or other outdoor activities.

* To keep kids occupied in the same room while you’re watching a program on another TV.

* In the kitchen since the MyGoTV Pocket TV doesn’t take up much space and doesn’t require an outlet.

* In the waiting room at the doctor’s office.

Is An LG HDTV Set A Home Theater System? QVC Seems To Think So…And How Did The Gold Rush Pan Out?

February 6, 2010

Yesterday we wrote that QVC’s Today’s Special Value would be a home theater system from a new vendor to the network, LG. Why did we say that? Well, QVC’s program guide described LG’s midnight show as “LG Home Theater,” with a blurb talking about the manufacturer’s home theater systems.

Well, the QVC TSV is from LG, and it’s a 47-inch high resoluton HDTV set, at $895. Last time we looked, a TV set is not a home theater system. A home theater system is speakers, surround-sound, etc.

So why did QVC lead customers and snooks like us to believe the day’s best deal would be a home theater system, not just a TV set, in its online program guide? You tell us.

By the way, we’re still waiting for the QVC PR department to put out a press release on the network’s Jan. 24 annual California Gold Rush sale. QVC was boasting that it had than $30 million worth of gold jewelry to sell.

QVC never told us what happened with the Gold Rush, which means one of two things: It did not sell all $30 million worth of merchandise, or it did and the PR department was too lazy to put out a release on it.

Either way, it not good for QVC.