Items tagged with HDTV

Everyone wants a big, bright, high-resolution HDTV, but budget concerns prevent some consumers from pulling the trigger. Well, if you’re one of those people, Best Buy currently has a deal in place that may have you running for your credit card. There is an Insignia (Best Buy’s house brand), 55” 4K SmartTV, with HDR support and built-in Amazon FireTV (with voice remote) on sale for only $249 at the moment. That is a ridiculously low price for a 55” 4K HDR television, especially one with this one’s features and specifications that comes so highly rated. There are some crappy, cheap 4K televisions currently on the market (I should know, I have one that I hate),... Read more...
During CES 2019 there were a bunch of dazzling OLED TVs on display that promised better image quality than the LCD sets that made up most TVs at the show. Sony has now thrown down the gauntlet by announcing pricing for its brand new range of gorgeous OLED TVs. Sony's new 4K OLED TV starts at $2,499.99 for an A8G 55-inch unit with the TV shipping in May. OLED TV fans wanting a larger 65-inch screen will pay $3,499.99, with that TV available in May. Sony will have higher-end OLED TVs available as well and has announced prices on its Master Series A9G 4K OLED TVs. The segment starts at a 55-inch size for $3,499.99, and the larger 65-inch will sell for $4,499.99: both ship in May. Stepping up... Read more...
If you're looking for a big screen TV to impress all of your friends who come over to watch the Super Bowl, Best Buy and Amazon have some excellent deals that are definitely worth checking out. For instance, one of the best deals Best Buy has going is on a Toshiba 43-inch LED Smart 4K UHD TV with HDR (Fire TV Edition) for $199.99.  That is a $130 discount off the normal $329.99 price. Folks wanting something more substantial can get a Sharp 58-inch LED Smart 4K UHD TV with HDR and Roku TV for $379.99, a $170 discount off the usual $549.99 price. A Samsung 55-inch LED Smart 4K UHD TV with HDR is $429.99, $100 off its regular price. If you need something smaller for a secondary... Read more...
Early reports suggest Sony's upgraded PlayStation console, the PlayStation 4 Pro, is off to a fast start and is even helping to boost regular PS4 sales since launching before the weekend. However, there are also reports by many users that the new consoles don't seem to want to play nice with some 4K HDTV models with little rhyme or reason as to why. The problem at hand is that in some situations the PS4 Pro displays a blank screen instead of brilliant 4K High Dynamic Range (HDR) visuals when connected to certain TV models. What makes the issue especially perplexing is that it is being reported by users with a wide range of TVs, including LG, Philips, Samsung, Sony, and Vizo. The issue isn't consistent,... Read more...
Yesterday Chinese company LeEco assembled the global media to announce a barrage of new products destined for the US market, and signaled its intention to take on Apple, Samsung, Google, Amazon, Tesla, Netflix, and Disney all at once. The company is largely unknown here in the US, so it wanted everyone to know what it’s all about, what kind of products it makes, its philosophy, and so forth.At the event the company’s spokespeople announced a slew or products including Android smartphones designed to compete with the Google Pixel as well as a range of smart TVs, a high-tech bicycle, a VR headset, and even a self-driving car. The LeSee self-driving car was on display. The company’s core business... Read more...
For years it seemed that every discussion on Apple's new product lines and innovation required mention of an eventual Apple iTV (this writer's moniker for such a device, and not to be confused with that amorphous not-a-TV Cupertino-created product with 'TV' in its name, Apple TV). The company had stylishly cracked digital music delivery, sold tens of millions of pretty mobile phones before finally working out how to offer reliable basic phone function via the device, and opened up the tablet market while managing to leech any retail stigma of the word 'pad' along the way. What lucrative consumer technology market was left for Apple to conquer? The Idiot Box! The Boob Tube! The Telly! Yes. Surely,... Read more...
When it comes to in-home televisions, two things are blossoming: 4K and curved displays. So, why not combine the two? That's exactly what Sony has done with its new 4K Bravia S90 HDTV, which is a stunning work of art that just so happens to showcase ultra high-definition content in its native resolution. The set is being teased in the run-up to IFA, which is essentially a CES-level trade show happening next month in Berlin. The Bravia S90 will ship in 65-inch and 75-inch sizes, and each one is beautifully curved. The usual bells and whistles are here, including a Trilumios Display, X-tended Dynamic Range, and an X-Reality Pro engine that'll upscale all inputs to 4K. There's also an all-new 4.2-channel... Read more...
Need a way to spend a small fortune on a new HDTV? LG has you covered. The company has just started shipping its 105-inch 21:9 curved Ultra HD TV, which might just require a room of its own to properly enjoy. In sum, the screen boasts over 11 million pixels with a 5120x2160 resolution, as well as a 7.2-channel sound system (150-watt) built-in below. The screen was initially launched at CES, and now it's taking pre-orders in its home market of South Korea. If you're not looking to import, you'll need to wait until Q4 to hear more. Unfortunately, exact pricing details are being kept under wraps, but you can count on it costing tens of thousands of dollars. Here's a bit straight from LG: “The... Read more...
While Sony managed to hit a home run with its PlayStation 4 being priced $100 below the baseline Xbox One, the company's other divisions aren't faring as well. The mega-corporation has largely struggled ever since the economic downturn began in 2008, and things have finally come to a point where it's going to have to make major changes in order to maintain a sustainable business model. Sony has this week introduced plans to "restructure its organization to maintain its competitiveness in an evolving consumer electronics market." It's a tough pill for a company as large and as prominent as Sony to swallow, we're sure. Sony's looking to cull headcount by 5,000 globally, and here in the United States,... Read more...
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 a bold, design-focused UI that sets the stage for any other Smart TV to match. The hardware design of... Read more...
Believe it or not, the 2014 edition of the International Consumer Electronics Show is about to begin, and companies far and wide are solidifying launch plans when things kick off in Las Vegas. Samsung is amongst the first to offer a teaser, showcasing its 2014 Smart TV line. Samsung’s voice interaction service, which understands natural languages, is currently available in 11 countries. In 2014, the service will expand into 12 new markets, making the service available in a total of 23 countries worldwide. Users can change the channel in one step – by simply saying the channel number. They can even open a website or app using shortcuts. For reference, 2013 models require two steps... Read more...
There are a couple of interesting things happening in the land of display technology these days. One is the push for Ultra High Definition (UHD) 4K TVs and content, which might be happening quicker than you think. The other is the uprising of curved displays, something which we've seen on smartphones and, in this case, ginormous TV sets by both Samsung and LG. Let's start with Samsung. The company just announced what it claims is the world's first and most curvy 105-inch Curved UHD TV, which it will demo at the upcoming Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas next month. It uses a new proprietary picture quality algorithm that delivers optimized color and a greater feeling of depth, Samsung... Read more...
November 29th is officially within eyesight, and if you're someone who pre-ordered an Xbox One console, you're no doubt doing everything you can to soak up as much information in the weeks leading up to launch. Thankfully, Microsoft has anticipated the hunger for knowledge, and has published a guide that details what kinds of TV and entertainment apps will be available on launch day. In addition to delivering live TV in every market where Xbox One will be sold, the company is also bringing premium, voice and gesture controlled TV and entertainment apps specifically designed for your living room. These apps have reportedly been built from the ground up uniquely for Xbox One, and A/V geeks will... Read more...
Breaking Bad may be all the rage on the television waves, but it appears that folks aren't buying new sets to catch hot new shows on... at least, not at the torid pace that we were seeing a decade ago. As the hype surrounding the HDTV has cooled, and many families have already made the leap into the HD universe, OEMs far and wide are facing massive demand issues. Profit margins in the HDTV universe are already wildly low, and Toshiba has just announced that it will have to hack around 50% of its TV staff in order to try and make the unit profitable once more. In sum, two of its three overseas factories are going to be shut down by the end of this fiscal year. In order to make ends meet, it's... Read more...
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