Leading CE manufacturers to develop common apps for Smart TV LG, Philips and Sharp to establish a common platform for Smart television
LG, Philips and Sharp will work together on defining common technical requirements for their Smart TVs, based upon open standards such as HTML5, CE-HTML and HbbTV. The group’s first step will be to introduce the first beta version of a common Software Development Kit (SDK), which highlights the need to define the technical requirements that would allow content developers to create a single application that can run on Smart TVs from LG, Philips and Sharp Aquos Net+.
The initiative aims to simplify the way applications are developed and offered, increasing productivity of the
Amica has joined forces with The Wastepack Group and Electrolink to offer electrical retailers and distributors a free collection and disposal service for all brands of electrical products and will collect all associated packaging for recycling. Under the new Amica Wastepack scheme, retailers will also no longer be required to be members of The Distributors Take Back Service or pay fees to the organisation, saving approx. £500 a year.
To celebrate its 125th anniversary, Bosch is adding an extra two years to its standard two-year guarantee, that includes call outs, parts and labour. The promotion will run from September until 31 December 2011 on selected freestanding dishwashers, washing machines, tumble dryers, fridges and freezers.
Freesat reported that it has sold its 2 millionth unit, far exceeding original sales projections, and taking gross retail sales to nearly £1 billion since launch in 2008. According to Freesat customer research, a record 47% of its customers have come from Sky households so far in 2011.
The Glen Dimplex Group has acquired the Valor gas fire business from BDR Thermea. Established in 1890 and based in Birmingham, Valor is the leading manufacturer and supplier of gas fires in the UK. Its product range also includes gas heaters and electric fires.
Hoover has extended its Power Points sales incentive programme for independent retailers until Christmas 2011.
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Hoover’s online ‘Hoover Power Points’ programme rewards retailers with points for every validated product sale. The points can be cashed in at any time during the programme for a choice of thousands of reward items, activities and travel options.
Indesit Company Logistics received the ‘Business Recycler of the Year’ award at the 2011 National Recycling Awards for its comprehensive environmental management system which takes in waste collection, vehicle emissions, energy reduction and water savings.
LG has launched a £3 million marketing campaign to promote its new 6 Motion Direct Drive technology
featured on its latest laundry range. The technology is designed to give different washing motions by using a combination of drum movements to deliver the best care for different types of clothes. The TV campaign is supported by both national print and online activity.
New World has injected more colour into the kitchen with the introduction of a new Colours collection of built-in ovens. Available across a choice of sizes and fuel types, the Colours collection features a range of single and double built-in ovens which contrast black glass with a colour trim available in metallic purple, blue, green, red.
application ecosystem for the Smart TV industry. Currently, application developers spend much time and effort porting and testing their applications on different platforms. By simplifying this step, developers will be able to spend more time actually creating applications such as movies-on-demand, music services, games and social networking services.
“This cooperation is nothing less than a watershed in the brief history of Smart TVs,” said Havis Kwon, president and CEO of LG Electronics Home Entertainment Company. “By working in partnership with two innovators in TVs, we’ve taken a major step towards creating an app market every bit as inventive and
dynamic as the one that exists for smart phones.” LG, Philips and Sharp invite other Smart TV makers and application developers to participate in the initiative and provide ideas for simplifying the development process while improving the user experience.
The beta version of the common SDK will be released in early October.
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