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posted by cmn32480 on Saturday July 30 2016, @02:13PM   Printer-friendly
from the yes-his-name-is-willy-wang dept.

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Chinese conglomerate LeEco just spent $2 billion to get its foot in the door of the US television market.

Along with Samsung, Vizio has been one of the two most-popular TV brands in the US over the last few years. Vizio TVs are among CNET's most-recommended models.

The news, rumored for the last couple of weeks, came from Vizio founder and CEO William Wang on stage at a joint press event in Hollywood. Vizio's hardware and software businesses will be owned and operated as a wholly owned subsidiary of LeEco, while the Vizio's data business, Inscape, will be spun off.

[...] "Fourteen years ago, I mortgaged my house to start Vizio, and since then, it has grown into one of the most well-known and respected CE brands in North America. As an entrepreneur, I couldn't be more proud of what has been accomplished," said Wang.

ArsTechnica also notes:

Wang will still be connected to Vizio, however, by becoming chairman and CEO of Inscape, a separate business that will carry Vizio's controversial torch of mining TV viewers' data for advertising and other data-driven services. Wang will be a 51-percent stakeholder in Inscape, with LeEco owning the other 49 percent and licensing Inscape's offerings for Vizio products for 10 years.

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  • (Score: 2) by takyon on Saturday July 30 2016, @04:07PM

    by takyon (881) <reversethis-{gro ... s} {ta} {noykat}> on Saturday July 30 2016, @04:07PM (#381977) Journal

    TVs are commodities. They are cheaper and lighter than ever before, and don't need to be replaced that often (even the Chinese brands).

    On a whim, I searched my first sentence and found this lie []:

    An example for a good that is not a commodity are TV sets. They have many aspects of product differentiation, such as the brand, the perceived quality or the user interface. Thus, the demand for a specific TV set can be much larger than the demand for another.

    Literally none of that shit matters. 4K doesn't matter. 3D doesn't matter. The Internet/UI features don't matter. All that matters is that the thing can put out 1080p, has a couple of USB and HDMI ports, and is available at the size you want and the lowest price. And that price is likely lower than you think, because if a truck driver accidentally gets more of these flat things loaded onto their truck than they were supposed to, they will claim them for themselves.

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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 30 2016, @04:35PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 30 2016, @04:35PM (#381984)

    This (commodity) might be true this year?

    ~5 years ago when we bought a ~42" we looked carefully at different models to see how well they handled objects moving quickly across the screen. There were big differences in the visual artifacts when the scene was moving/changing quickly -- just a guess, there were differences in how well/quickly they decompressed the image data? Wound up with a Samsung that happens to also be rated for 3D, although we've only watched a couple of 3D movies. It still has some odd visual problems, but not many.

    • (Score: 2, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 30 2016, @05:29PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 30 2016, @05:29PM (#381993)

      Ok, friend, don't take this as an insult, it's not.

      You're in the 10%.

      Not the 1%!

      But you still have the time and money and concentration and ability and taste to discern between movement with ghosting or none. You probably are a tech worker earning six figures. 90% of the US earns less than you and your partner. When they go in to walmart and there's a wall of TV and one is the size they want and is cheaper than the others at that size, it's probably the one they're getting.

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 30 2016, @09:26PM

        by Anonymous Coward on Saturday July 30 2016, @09:26PM (#382060)

        Interesting comment, not sure why you care? You are correct that I often find the time to research purchases to get something that will do a good job of meeting my (perceived) needs. The expensive 42" Samsung replaced a 25" tube TV that I'd fixed a few times and was really sick of working on...

        According to this page, [] I'm just outside the top 10% -- but that's on income only. Looking at net worth (own my house, nearing retirement age with savings, etc), I'm doing considerably better, well into the top 10%, []

        A long time ago I realized that I didn't want to grow old and rely on others (or future gov't benefits) to be comfortable, so savings has been a top priority.

        Anyone know of a better calculator for this stuff?