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Given the success Samsung has had with Android, it's not really surprising that it isn't pushing its own Tizen operating system (co-developed with Intel) as aggressively as it could be. This might even be the first you've heard of Tizen, which is a Linux-based OS designed for a range of devices, including smart TVs, smartphones, tablets, in-vehicle infotainment setups, and more. So, what does the future hold for Tizen? In an interview with Die Welt, a German language publication, Samsung co-CEO Boo-Keun Yoon said that Tizen is going to be used on some of the company's smartphones just like its... Read more...
You don't have to worry if you just plunked down a wad of cash on a swank Full HD 1080 large screen television, it will serve you well for years to come. At the same time, the transition to 4K might be a little more swift than most anticipated. More and more TV makers are launching 4K sets (albeit comparatively expensive ones), including Philips, which unveiled its first 4K UHD (Ultra High Definition) TV line at IFA in Berlin today. The company's 9000 Series kicks off with 65-inch and 84-inch 4K UHD TVs sporting a 3840x2160 resolution. Content for such high resolution displays is a bit lacking... Read more...
Call it a year delayed or fashionably late, either way we now have an official HDMI Version 2.0 specification. It's the first HDMI specification to be developed by the HDMI Forum and it offers a significant increase in bandwidth (up to 18Gbps, compared to 10Gbps for HDMI 1.4) so that it can support features like the emerging 4K video standard at up to 60fps. In addition to offering up support for 4K video, which is 4 times the resolution of Full HD 1080p, HDMI 2.0 supports 32 audio channels and dynamic auto lip-sync, and adds extensions to CEC, HDMI Forum said. HDMI 2.0 has enough bandwidth to... Read more...
Good news for Time Warner Cable subscribers. You can put away those unsightly rabbit ears on top of your television for local programming because CBS Corp. hammered out a deal with the world's second largest cable company to end what had become a month-long blackout to millions of subscribers in Los Angeles, New York, and Dallas, the Los Angeles Times reports. Following weeks of negotiations, the two sides finally came to terms on a new distribution deal that will run almost five years. In doing so, subscribers in affected areas not only get to see the return of KCBS-TV Channel 2 and KCAL-TV Channel... Read more...
The revolution won't just be televised, it is a television. Or, more precisely, an emerging television standard. We've known for some time that 4K Ultra HD would be the next frontier in TV land, though high prices and lack of content are two hurdles that have kept the revolution at arm's length, ensuring that your swanky new Full HD 1080p television is still relevant. Eventually the industry will leap over both hurdles, and perhaps sooner than you think. Chinese manufacturer TCL (The Creative Live), supposedly the third largest TV brand in the world, just announced its fall product lineup for the... Read more...
Ready or not, the 4K HDTV revolution is coming. And we're guessing that every single TV manufacuter on the planet is hoping for better traction than was received with 3D HDTVs. Samsung has just announced new 55" and 65" Ultra HD sets in the F9000 range, both of which will be available to pre-order on July 21st. Following in the footsteps of the award-winning Samsung S9 UHD TV introduced earlier this year, the F9000 series offers four times the resolution of 1080p. Each set also includes a  four-step process including signal analysis, noise minimization, UHD up-scaling and detail enhancement... Read more...
So long, old friend. Very old friend, actually. It takes a certain generation to truly remember the advent of WebTV and MSN TV -- both were services of an era that existed before laptops and media streamers were out in full force. The concept was to bring the Internet to the Television, and in many ways, we're still seeing that dream lived out. There's Google TV, a variety of Smart TVs, Apple TV -- you name it, and companies are trying to figure out ideal ways to add the web to your living room experience. MSN TV was one of those options, but it never truly took off. That's actually a familiar... Read more...
Samsung today announced the availability of its Curved OLED TV at an event held in Seoul, South Korea. One of the major upsides to using a curved panel is that viewers will be able to enjoy "true-to-life" pictures no matter what their viewing angle or vantage point, Samsung says. It also features a "Multi View" function that allows viewers to watch two different live TV programs simultaneously. "This technology is made possible through the rapid response time of the screen and exclusive 3D glasses with built-in earphones that deliver separate audio to each viewer," Samsung explained in a press... Read more...
TV is about to get a lot more social. Twitter has made no bones about its ambitions to become the go-to source when it comes to mapping out popularity of television programming, and now, Viacom + Twitter have announced a partnership to deliver social video advertising campaigns around the most popular shows and biggest events throughout Viacom's network portfolio. That portfolio is mighty robust, including MTV, VH1, CMT, Nickelodeon, COMEDY CENTRAL, TV Land, Spike and more. Viacom is the latest media company to join the Twitter Amplify program. The partnership will launch with the 2013 MTV Video... Read more...
LG Electronics has begun accepting pre-orders for its 55-inch Curved OLED TV (Model 55EA9800) in South Korea and will start shipping them out next month, the electronics maker announced on Monday. Those hoping to score LG's curved television will have to pony up 15 million South Korean Won (KWR), or about $13,560 USD. "Our Curved OLED TV is not only the proof of LG’s unmatched leadership in next-generation displays but also a testament to LG’s commitment to bringing to market the most exciting TV technology available today," said Havis Kwon, President and CEO of LG’s Home Entertainment... Read more...
4K, or "Ultra HD," as it's being called, is clearly the next major leap in high-def television. Select cinemas in major cities already use 4K projectors, and the visual difference over 1080p is stunning. But, how on Earth are we supposed to get that amount of resolution to millions of households across the globe using the existing data highways? Science, of course. SES announced this week alongside its partners Harmonic, the worldwide leader in video delivery infrastructure, and Broadcom Corporation, that is has pioneered the first Ultra HD transmission in the new HEVC standard live from an ASTRA... Read more...
Many consumers have figured out they can save a bundle by cutting out cable/satellite service in favor of streaming media. Hulu Plus, for example, runs $8 per month and gives you access to many of the same TV shows that appear on cable TV networks, including extended director's cuts of sitcoms like Parks and Recreation. Toss in another $8 for Netflix, and now you have access to a wealth of TV shows and movies for $16 per month, all on-demand and with less commercials than regular TV. It makes sense for a lot of people, so why isn't Nielson counting those viewers? That's a good question, one that... Read more...
Zynga's wildly popular Farmville franchise is headed to your TV. Well, maybe not your television, unless you're a parent of young children, in which case the animated series will inevitably find a way into your home and make you yearn for the days of Tom & Jerry and Looney Tunes. Ah, memories. In any event, The Wall Street Journal reports that director Brett Ratner will produce a half-hour animated series based on Farmville, while also serving as executive producer alongside Kirk Schenck and Charles Bishop. A Miami Beach native, Ratner's resume includes Money Talks, Rush Hour, Rush Hour 2,... Read more...
According to a recent report, around half of all Super Bowl commercials featured Twitter in some form or fashion. Perhaps it was just a hashtag logo at the end, or perhaps it was that iconic bird icon beside the company's Twitter handle. Regardless of the particulars, it's quite clear that Twitter has exploded, and is most certainly not reserved as just a niche, techy-only social network. Moreover, researchers are increasingly turning to Twitter to size up how well television shows are doing, and how the majority are reacting. To no one's surprise, Twitter itself is taking notice. In a blog post... Read more...
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