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4K TV Broadcasts Have Arrived. Kind of.

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

 4K TV Broadcasts get one step closer to reality


We’ve been talking a lot about Ultra High Definition TV, aka 4K TV, on the Abt Blog lately. The first UHDTV sets made their way into our showroom in the last few months and were met with quite a bit of excitement, with several already having been purchased. All possible superlatives have been used to describe the image quality; it’s been established that 4K video is out of this world.

But, as with any bleeding-edge technology, there’s been lots of talk about the downsides. Chief among the complaints is the glaring lack of readily available content, and how unlikely it is that we’ll see a 4K TV broadcast anytime soon. Well, it’s possible that you won’t have to wait as long as feared to watch the biggest football game in the world in glorious 4K.


Sharp Halts Production at Two Largest Factories

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Sharp, Japan’s largest exporter of LCD TVs has suspended production at its two biggest factories, due to a shortage of a gas used in their manufacturing process. The Osaka and Mie plants, which have a combined capacity of 172,000 sets per month, will not reopen until May 6, at the earliest. As far as the existing production, the company says it has enough TVs in its inventory to last about a month.

The effects of the earthquake in Japan are still reverberating throughout the country.  While manufacturers are slowly regaining their feet, the people as a whole are also doing their best to recollect their lives after the disaster.  For more information on the earthquake and what you can do to help, visit Red Cross.

Japanese Manufacturer Repairs Itself While Giving Back

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Tokyo based company, JVC Kenwood Holdings said Friday several of its domestic facilities were damaged in the March 11 earthquake, but repairs have been made to most sites and business had resumed last week.  A good sign in a week of tragedy showing that manufacturers affected by the quake can quickly turn around.  At the facility, no employees were injured, but the company continues to be involved in the status of employee family members who have been out of contact since the tragedy.

To assist in the national rescue efforts, the company also donated 200 land mobile radios and 100 license-free receivers manufactured by Kenwood to give hardest-hit victims an alternate way to communicate without using public communications.

Hopefully this will be a continuing trend for all Japan-based companies as they slowly regain their footing after this tragedy.

AT&T Helps Outsiders Communicate With Japan

Monday, March 14th, 2011

In the wake of the massive, destructive tsunami in Japan, AT&T is offering wired and wireless billing relief for calls made on AT&T between March 11th and March 31st. Under the plan, AT&T wireless postpaid customers will not be charged for international long distance or text messages to Japan from the US and Puerto Rico.  Residential wireline customers can even receive credits for up to 60 minutes of direct dialing to Japan.

For more information, please visit AT&T’s corporate page.