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It's the beginning of a new year, one that's already being highlighted by a flood of recent Tizen-based smartphone launches. Oh wait, that didn't happen. Drats, we were cautiously optimistic that Tizen could make a splash in the smartphone sector, and while that's still possible, Samsung is switching focus for the time being to make Tizen a staple of its Smart TV lineup. Not just one or two models, either. Instead, Samsung announced that all its Smart TVs in 2015 will come with a new platform built around Tizen, which the company hopes will spur a bunch of app releases. "Building our Smart Platform around Tizen is a groundbreaking step towards a much more intelligent and integrated... Read more...
There hasn't been a whole lot going on in the 3D display camp as of late, and that's probably because the industry found itself distracted by two other emerging technologies -- virtual reality headsets like the Oculus Rift, and 4K Ultra HD displays. Toshiba didn't get those memos, however, and is still hard at work on a glasses-free 3D viewing technology that it plans to incorporate into a 15-inch 4K LCD panel. As Toshiba explains it, this is a new technology that uses a low-crosstalk, high-definition LCD GRIN lens, or "gradient-index lens." In a GRIN lens, the refractive-index distribution is formed by applying a voltage to the liquid crystal cell. The display in question can switch between... Read more...
Dish Network subscribers have lost access to the Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network due to a dispute in negotiations between the satellite TV provider and media conglomerate. At issue is the expired contract between the two sides and their inability to come to terms on a renewed deal, so as usual when these things drag out, the customers are caught in the middle of what ends up being a contentious battle with lots of finger pointing. Eventually the two sides will likely kiss and make up, as they almost do when contract negotiations like this reach a standstill. But in the meantime, each one is blaming the other in what amounts to a public relations war, as if customers actually care about... Read more...
Aereo may be remembered as the most highly disruptive service in the technology space that the masses couldn't find a need for. Now, it'll also be remembered as a company that couldn't battle its way beyond a brutal court decision that effectively made its core service illegal to offer. For those needing a refresher, Aereo offered up an online stream of free, over-the-air network television channels. The argument was that if these stations were given away for free using an antenna, why should it be wrong to transit that same signals using modern technology (the Internet) instead? Evidently, the court did not see it the same way.It was an interesting component of the cord-cutting regime, and it... Read more...
Content creators are quickly running out of excuses for not taking advantage of 4K Ultra HD resolutions. That's because the transition from Full HD 1080p to 4K Ultra HD is taking place faster than anyone expected, and it's due to hardware makers taking the initiative rather than waiting on content creators to force their hands. Not only are we seeing more and more 4K TVs, we're starting to see affordable models, like Vizio's new P Series starting at $999. Sure, dropping a grand on a television isn't chump change, but comparatively speaking, that's not bad for a big screen TV, especially one that supports a 4K resolution. In this case, that buys you Vizio's 50-inch P-Series TV with a 4K panel,... Read more...
Could it be that a TV service provider finally 'gets it'? If you're like most people who subscribe to cable or satellite television, you have dozens if not hundreds of channels that you'll never watch, yet you pay for that tier of service because it's the only way to get the handful of channels you're interested in. Why not let consumers build their own programming package instead? Well, that's what Verizon is planning to do. Verizon chief Lowell McAdam let it be known his company is looking to offer a TV-like service over the Internet by the middle of 2015, but unlike traditional TV service, it will feature "custom channels." Of course, this is dependent on big media companies playing ball.... Read more...
Finally, there's a DVR to pair with that 100-inch television you've been eyeballing. It's the TiVo Mega and it matches the TV's obscene nature by serving up a massive 24 terabytes of storage space in a hot swappable RAID 5 configuration. There's enough storage in the TiVo Mega to record 26,000 hours of standard definition television, which would take you nearly three years to watch. Of course, why waste such copious storage on standard definition? If you just want to record your high definition shows and movies, the TiVo Mega will allow you to store 4,000 hours worth of HD content before needing to make some tough choices, such as whether to delete that show you recorded 166 days ago or the new... Read more...
It's too late to lay claim to the first 4K television, however LG Electronics just announced the world's first OLED TV with a 4K Ultra HD resolution (3840x2160). That OLED qualifier makes all the difference in the world, and according to LG, the use of OLED in today's Ultra HD displays will prove a "game changer" in the industry. There are two models available, both of which sport curved displays. They include the 77-inch 77EG9700 and 65-inch 65EC9700. Both feature LG's proprietary "Four-Color Pixel WRGB" technology. Armed with 33 million sub-pixels, LG says its OLED displays produce richer, brighter, and more natural hues, along with self-lighting pixels that yield deeper blacks and a fast response... Read more...
Discovery's popular MythBusters show starring Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman are going in a new direction next season, and where the show is headed, there isn't room for co-stars Kari Byron, Tory Belleci, and Grant Imahara. News of the their departure came when Savage and Hyneman bid their farewell to the trio in a tribute video posted to Discovery's website. "This next season we're going back to our origins with just Adam and me," Hyneman briefly explained in the video. Image Source: Discovery via Myth Busters farewell video Byron, Belleci, and Imahara have been staples of the show for the past 10 years, a remarkable run in and of itself. More than just a side show, the three cast members often... Read more...
Comcast is trying out a little something new this back-to-school season. At select colleges, Comcast will offer its "Xfinity On Campus" service that lets college students watch live TV and On Demand content on their Internet enabled devices, including laptops, tablets, and smartphones while on campus. Students don't have to pay any extra for the service -- it's included with room and board if they're living in on-campus housing. Starting this fall, Xfinity On Campus will be available at Bridgewater College, Drexel University, Emerson College, Lasell College, and the University of Delaware. In addition, Comcast says several schools will trial the service this fall, including Massachusetts Institute... Read more...
Up until now, if you wanted to enjoy Roku on your television, you needed to purchased a dedicated set-top box or HDMI dongle. Now you have two more options -- purchase a Hisense or or TLC smart television with built-in Roku support. This is a vision Roku first shared with the public back at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last January, and it's now come to fruition. "Just like our Roku players, Roku TV offers an exceptional streaming experience filled with endless entertainment choices. But we didn’t just stick a Roku player inside the TV. We enhanced the Roku operating system to power the entire TV experience," Roku CEO Anthony Wood explained in a blog post. "That means we’ve... Read more...
For the first time in the history of everything, cable TV providers now have more high speed Internet subscribers than pay TV customers, according to data gathered by Leichtman Research Group. The gap is narrow -- there were 49,915,000 broadband subscribers at the end of the second quarter in 2014 versus around 49,910,000 cable TV customers -- but it's important to note nonetheless. Hollywood studios and premium television networks have been fighting the push to streaming delivery by insisting on antiquated business models and fees that made sense before companies like Netflix and Hulu existed. It's telling that you still can't subscribe to channels like HBO and Showtime through these services,... Read more...
Vizio is voluntarily recalling around 245,000 E-Series 39-inch and 42-inch LED-backlit televisions due to a defect in the stand assembly. If left unfixed, the defective stand could potentially fail and cause the television to tip over unexpectedly, which would not be a happy sight after plunking down a chunk of change for a flat screen TV. It also poses a risk of impact injury to anyone who happens to be around the television, especially small children and babies wandering around the area. At present, Vizio has received over 50 reports of its recalled televisions tipping over, though no injuries have occurred that the company knows of. Affected models were sold at Best Buy, Meijer, Target, Walmart,... Read more...
When smart TVs first started to mingle with their regular flat screen counterparts, they were comparatively expensive with sometimes poorly implemented smart capabilities that were either buggy or slow (or both). And now? It's actually more difficult to find a non-smart TV, and you're not likely to save much, either. That now being the case, it's no wonder that smart TVs are expected to account for 73 percent of all flat screen TV shipments around the world by 2017. Citing its own paid report, Business Insider says there will be around 25 million million smart TVs in American households by the end of 2016. While that seems a bit high, consumers are replacing their TVs at a greater pace these... Read more...
Imagine watching Monday Night Football on a 105-inch television. Not into football? Then go ahead and substitute your favorite sport, TV show, or movie. Now wipe the drool from your chin before it drips onto your keyboard -- it's unsightly and a bit unsanitary. It's also still a pipe dream for all the but wealthiest, though if you've positioned yourself to afford a $120,000 television, then behold Samsung's 105-inch Curved UHD TV (model UN105S9W). That's about $50,000 more than what we heard LG will charge for its own version. With a monstrous sized curved 105-inch display that replicates a movie theater experience at home, this is the type of TV we dream about putting in our man- or woman-cave... Read more...
Try to imagine the amount of power four giant-sized nuclear reactors would put out if running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Quite a bit, right? Well, it just so happens that set-top boxes for cable and satellite TV put out the same amount. Not yours alone, mind you -- but collectively, the 224 million cable and satellite set-top boxes around the world consume the same amount of electricity. So says a report in the Los Angeles Times that calls attention to these unassuming power hogs. Outside of air conditioning, they're now the single biggest energy hog in many homes. Part of the reason is because they're running even when you're asleep. Image Source: Flickr (Andrew Currie) Cable boxes with... Read more...
Here's a bit of good news -- a new study shows that we're not a bunch of couch potatoes flipping through cable and satellite TV channels all day. The bad news? We may have simply transitioned our viewing habits to connected devices. However you want to slice it, Adobe today released its Q1 2014 Video Benchmark Report and in it stated that online TV consumption across all devices grew a staggering 246 percent year-over-year. March was a particularly busy month, as it set a new record in total authentications. Game consoles and over-the-top (OTT) devices showed the biggest growth with a 539 percent increase in market share. And for the first time ever, iOS apps leapfrogged ahead of Internet browsers... 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...
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 screen via an Internet connection. Ambitions were real, but so were the hurdles. Content companies... 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 -- but turning it off didn't seem to have any effect. Even more troubling is the discovery that LG's... 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 for the 2014-15 TV season. Taking it a big step further, Nielsen said it plans to make a Software... 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 TVs and home appliances, but declined to give a specific time frame. However, he did indicate that Tizen-based... Read more...
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