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Remember webOS? How could you forget, right? The long-lost mobile operating system that was placed in an early grave once HP purchased Palm is seemingly back from the dead, with a zombie-like appearance on an upcoming LG HDTV. Rumors were flying years ago that LG was planning on producing a webOS-based television after it picked up webOS from HP, but those largely died with Palm itself. As it turns out, the gears were still turning in the LG labs, and it looks as if CES 2014 will be the launch pad for what will certainly be the TV to beat in just a few days time. The leak we see here showcases... Read more...
As it turns out, disrupting the television market is pretty difficult. Apple, despite admitting that the TV business is one of intense interest, hasn't been able to crack the nut that would meld online and pay-TV content in a way that's dramatically different and better than the mishmash we have today. Earlier this year, Intel seemed to believe that it was on the way to accomplishing that goal, but now, things aren't looking so rosy. The service was to be called OnCue, and it was supposedly going to revamp the television experience by using an IPTV approach that brought pay-TV channels to the small... Read more...
Following widespread media attention over an allegation that LG's Smart TVs had the nasty habit of beaming viewing habits back to the mothership even when that option is turned off in the settings, the south Korean electronics maker fessed up to the situation and promised to issue a firmware fix to stop the behavior. The author of the DoctorBeet blog made some noise about the issue after he discovered that all kinds of viewing information was being transmitted back to LG without his consent. There is a setting to disable the function -- "Collection of watching info," which is turned on by default... Read more...
Prior to the Internet, we all watched our favorite TV shows and movies on these big, bulky television sets with curved glass and just a handful of channels to flip through, even on cable. Television viewing has evolved over time, and now that so many people live connected lifestyles, it would be silly to ignore mobile viewing habits when analyzing TV ratings. Nielsen realizes this and so for the past several months, the information and measurement company has been sharing with client and industry leaders how to incorporate audiences viewing TV content on digital devices into traditional TV measurement... Read more...
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...
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