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Pioneer rebuffs reported rush to end plasma TV production

Exclusive Pioneer has denied reports that it will wrap up worldwide plasma TV production with a final run of sets next month. The firm announced last month plans to exit the plasma TV business by March 2010. But a release on its Japanese website today prompted numerous online news sources to wrongly report that the 2500 50in and 500 …
James Sherwood, 25 Mar 2009
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Pioneer BDP-51FD Blu-ray Disc player

Review It's not been easy for Pioneer of late, what with the painful withdrawal from the high-end plasma TV market that it had dominated with the Kuro, the best plasma family on the planet. However, life goes on and this spritely little Blu-ray Disc player should go some way to putting the spring back into Pioneer’s step. Pioneer BDP …
Lewis Caliburn, 19 Mar 2009

Pioneer turned off HD TV

Kuro TVs look set to become something of a collector’s item, because Pioneer has announced plans to leave the telly market. The shock move has, according to the Japanese firm, been decided upon as a way of helping it improve profitability. Pioneer will officially withdraw from the TV business by the end of March 2010 - not …
James Sherwood, 12 Feb 2009
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Pioneer unplugs tellies and 10,000 workers

Gadget maker Pioneer is axing jobs and pulling out of making flatscreen tellies because "there are no prospects for improving profitability under current conditions". Both LCD and plasma boxes are for the chop. The Japanese firm will concentrate on car electronics, navigation, audio and professional DJ kit instead. Pioneer had …
John Oates, 12 Feb 2009

Pioneer calls a halt to LaserDisc hardware production

Pioneer is to stop making LaserDisc players. Yes - amazingly, perhaps - it's still punching them out, and will produce 3000 more before calling it quits. Despite the rise of DVD in the late 1990s, the emergence more recently of Blu-ray Disc and the fact that no new LaserDisc titles have been released in the US since 2000 and …
Tony Smith, 14 Jan 2009

Group Test: Blu-ray Disc players

Round-up Happy Christmas, the format war is over. Now that Toshiba has abandoned HD DVD, Sony’s Blu-Ray has emerged as the new standard for high-definition discs, and the millions of folk who've been watching ye olde standard-def TV programmes on their HD TVs can go out and buy themselves a Blu-ray player safe in the knowledge it's not …
Cliff Joseph, 21 Nov 2008

Pioneer DVR-116D multi-format DVD rewriter

Review The current maximum write speed on a DVD±R is 16x, so Pioneer’s 20x drive has to be doing something special. Using 16x media, you should be able to see up to 25 per cent extra read and write speed. When recordable CD was introduced, it moved quickly from single-speed to 54x and beyond, but recordable DVDs haven’t accelerated …
Simon Williams, 10 Nov 2008

Pioneer defeats Samsung in plasma panel patent spat

Pioneer has prevailed in its legal battle with Samsung over who owns key plasma display technologies. Samsung will have to cough up $59.3m (£38m/€47m) to Pioneer after the US District Court for Eastern Texas ruled that its display division, Samsung SDI, had flouted Pioneer's intellectual property rights, specifically a pair of …
Tony Smith, 29 Oct 2008
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SkypeOut goes mobile, Skype goes beta

UK operator 3 is to allow Skype users to make international calls with their SkypeOut minutes, bypassing the operator completely, while the VoIP pioneer's desktop client continues its slow progress towards version 4 with a new beta release. Punters equipped with a Skypephone, or compatible handset such as an N95 or C902 on 3, …
Bill Ray, 1 Oct 2008
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Hitachi and Panasonic tighten flat-TV partnership

Matsushita and Panasonic parent Matsushita are to extend their flat-panel display development deal. The two Japanese giants said today they will work together on "superthin" plasma panels for TVs and combine their efforts to make such screens more energy efficient. Hitachi will also buy Matsushita-made glass panels and use …
Tony Smith, 18 Sep 2008
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Pioneer's 500GB Blu-ray disc

Pioneer launched a 400GB Blu-ray disc just last month, but the firm’s already smashed its own capacity ceiling by unveiling a 500GB successor. The latest disc tops the 400GB disc’s measly 16 layers by adding a further four layers, resulting in 20 layers each with a 25GB capacity. Brendan Sheridan, Multimedia Division Product …

Pioneer Kuro PDP-LX5090 plasma HD TV

Review How serious are you about your telly? If you find yourself in cocktail-party conversations saying, 'Oh, I don’t really watch TV...' then either you’re in denial, or you haven't seen the latest Pioneer Kuro. You see, it’s a 1080p "full HD" 50-incher, and there’s no way someone can come into your living room and not remark on it …
David Phelan, 11 Jul 2008
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Sony spin-off planning 2009 FED TV launch

A Sony affiliate plans to launch large Field Emission Display (FED) TVs next year, a move that could see the firm trump attempts by rivals to commercialise a similar next-generation telly type: Surface-conduction Electron-emitter Display (SED). FED_sony Sony's FET arm could have 26in FED TVs out by next year According to a …

Pioneer proudly pitches 400GB Blu-ray optical disc

Pioneer has pressed what it claims is the world's first 16-layer optical disc. It's keeping mum about the medium's format, but it's telling that each data layer has the same capacity as a Blu-ray Disc. With 16 layers and a per-layer capacity of 25GB, that's a staggering 400GB in total, plenty of room not only for all the …
Tony Smith, 7 Jul 2008

Pioneer plots Blu-ray Disc autumn offensive

Now that HD DVD's out of picture, consumer electronics companies can steer Blu-ray into the mainstream. The latest to do so, Pioneer, has unwrapped a quartet of players it plans to launch. Pioneer BDP-LX08 Pioneer's BDP-LX08: slimline The BDP-LX91, BDP-LX71, BDP-LX08 and BDP-51FD all support version 1.1 of the Blu-ray spec …
Tony Smith, 4 Jul 2008
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Pioneer launches LCD TV line under Kuro plasma brand

Pioneer has launched a three-strong line of Kuro LCD TVs, which it claims deliver a picture that closely matches the “visual experience” a plasma telly can produce. Pioneer_Kuro_LCD Pioneer's Kuro: now LCD too Until now, the Kuro range has been exclusively plasma-based and sold mainly on the claim that Kuro – which is …
James Sherwood, 30 Jun 2008
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Sony, Samsung LCD JV to double 8G panel production

Samsung and Sony will fund an extra eighth-generation LCD production line to be run by the two consumer electronics giant's S-LCD joint-venture company. The new line won't go into operation until Q2 2009, the pair admitted, but when it does it's expected to punch out 60,000 2.5 x 2.2m panels each month. These 'motherglass' …
Tony Smith, 25 Apr 2008

Pioneer picks Panasonic as plasma telly partner

Pioneer and Panasonic are to align their plasma TV operations and integrate their research and development efforts, the new partners said today. The announcement comes a month after Pioneer said it was to end in-house plasma panel production. At the time, it said it made the decision because of the difficulty it foresees in …
Tony Smith, 24 Apr 2008

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