After slowing down in 2004, production of home theater system products, including speaker systems and home-theaters-in-a-box (HTiB), began to gain momentum in Greater China in 2005. In 2007, it is estimated that the region’s output will go up to 10.8 million units from 7.5 million in 2004, based on data gathered by Global Sources in its Consumer Electronics China Industry Outlook report in 2005. In a recent Global Sources survey of 48 companies in Greater China, more aggressive home theater system manufacturers forecast that growth in production and exports will reach up to 50 percent, exceeding the estimates of the Global Sources report. The renewed

In case you missed it, VCRs were not the focus By Joe Paone The prevailing opinion at CES was that, for the most part, demand for DVD recorders in the United States is being driven by camcorder users — those who want to upload and archive digital camcorder content on DVD discs, as well as convert old VHS tapes to more future-proof DVDs. Meanwhile, PVRs, such as TiVo, ReplayTV and the emerging category of hard disk drive (HDD)-based recording systems, were positioned as the TV recording vehicles of choice. The dominant message, then, was one of strict, mutually exclusive application territories that are supposedly

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