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Samsung Adds Features to Flat Panels

Techstination feature for Friday, August 24, 2001

HDTV on a flat panel computer screen. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. With prices on those flat panel LCD monitors falling... .Samsung has found some creative ways to give consumers added value. The addition of a TV tuner and video inputs to its MP line of LCD displays has been more popular than Samsung expected. Digital Information Technology VP Rey Roque...

"We've actually been far more successful than we had initially thought we would be on the category."

The monitors allow you to open a tv window... while you are working... or go full screen with either. Marketing has been aimed at the corporate and financial communities... .

"In financial markets, traders need CNN, they need Bloomberg. They're able to see that on screen and then of course, switch back to computer data."

And the screens are also finding their way into dorm rooms where space is at a premium. Pricing starts at under six hundred dollars. Now... Samsung is adding HDTV ready capability. The new models will ship next month for about two hundred dollars more. About the growing popularity of LCD screens Roque says...

"We're starting to see a mix of close to 25 percent of flat panel."

Samsung says those flat panel screens have more than double the life span of traditional monitors. You can find us on your computer screen at Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.