*NEWS*CANON MAKES PRINTERS FOR TELEVISION

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*NEWS*CANON MAKES PRINTERS FOR TELEVISION

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    Canon develops printer for digital TV broadcasts
    TOKYO
    - Canon Inc. said on Thursday it has developed a printer that can print
    information from digital TV broadcasts and aims to expand the business
    to 100 billion yen in five years.

    Canon
    plans to launch the ink jet printer in Japan in the autumn of next year
    ahead of the nationwide rollout of terrestrial digital broadcasts late
    next year, estimating the domestic market for it will reach 4.8 million
    units by 2011.
    The printer will likely cost about 50,000 yen in Japan and will be launched in the U.S. and Europe at a later date, it said.
    The
    world‘s top maker of copiers and cameras is aggressively investing in
    the development of new products, keen to cultivate new growth drivers
    as competition in the office equipment market intensifies and growth in
    the digital camera market slows.
    Canon, which competes in the ink
    jet printer market with Seiko Epson Corp. , Hewlett-Packard CO. and
    Lexmark International Inc. , said the printer would be used primarily
    to make hard copies of information related to a TV program rather than
    still images of what appears on the screen.
    “If there was a TV
    commercial say for a pizza delivery place, perhaps there would be a
    discount coupon that you could print out,” Canon spokesman Richard
    Berger said.
    The printer could help Canon achieve its strategy of
    establishing a larger presence in people‘s living rooms, complementing
    a new type of flat panel TV co-developed with Toshiba Corp.  and
    scheduled for launch early next year.
    Supporting a common connection
    standard, the new printer will be compatible with liquid crystal
    display (LCD) and plasma display televisions, as well as Canon and
    Toshiba‘s own surface conduction electron emitter display (SED) TVs.