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LG Electronics on Wednesday started selling what it claims is the world's first 84-inch Ultra Definition (UD) 3D TV in the Korea. That's a lot of screen real estate, and LG packs it full with support for a 4K (3840x2160) resolution, which offers four times as many pixels as a Full HD 1080p (1920x1080) panel. "The 4K display market is still in its infancy but it was important for LG to claim a stake in this space," said Havis Kwon, President and CEO of LG Electronics Home Entertainment Company, "LG’s UD 3D TV represents a whole new level of home viewing experience because it offers every advanced technology we currently have to offer." LG's launch comes at a time when there isn't much in... Read more...
Aereo, a broadcast-streaming startup, is working to try to build its subscriber base. To help accomplish this, the company introduced a new pricing structure as well as a free plan. Aereo's service lets customers access live broadcast TV on their iPad, iPhone, Safari on MacBook, AppleTV and Roku box. Aereo doesn't require a box or application to run. Aereo's new pricing structure includes a $1 day pass, $8 and $12 monthly plans, and an $80 annual plan. Aereo Try for Free offers one continuous hour of viewing each day for free. All Aereo users can use the company's remote antenna and DVR technology to watch, pause, rewind, and fast-forward a program. Paid Aereo members also get access to remote... Read more...
Remember when "widescreen" HDTVs hit the market en masse, and people were complaining far and wide about "black bars" still seen when watching DVDs? It's because loads of movies are shot and filmed at 21:9, not the 16:9 that typical HDTVs show. But evidently Vizio thinks that there's a cadre of consumers out there willing to pony up for an upgraded set that's actually made specifically to cater to those movies. The company has just announced the availability of the XVT Series Cinemawide 21:9 aspect ratio HDTV. It's the first ultra-widescreen HDTV of its kind in America, and regardless of sales figures, it's already getting a lot of attention. It ships with a unique 2560x1080 screen resolution,... Read more...
When it comes to complicated standards, a lot of work goes into making sure the right moves are made. It took a long, long time for the 802.11 standards to be finalized for use in Wi-Fi hotspots around the globe, and with 3DTV, Ultra HD TV and 4K/8K TV right around the bend, the ITU is now making recommendations that it hopes will make things easier when it comes to adoption. It's also intended to formalize things in a way that'll broaden the reach globally. ITU's Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) has developed the standards – or Recommendations – in collaboration with experts from the television industry, broadcasting organizations and regulatory institutions. When it comes to Ultra... Read more...
Remember webTV? It's not coming back in the same way that it left, but it's clear that more web browsing is going on on TVs now that "Smart TVs" are finding their way into homes. Hillcrest Labs is announcing today an entirely new level to that paradigm, as it has been selected by TCL in order to bring motion, gesture and cursor control to Android-powered Smart TVs. Microsoft already adds gestures to the TV so long as you've got a Kinect-equipped Xbox 360, but this is another animal altogether. Using Hillcrest Labs' Freepsace motion software for Android-based televisions, the system relies on Wii-esque sensing remotes. Initially, it'll roll out to TCL TVs in China, but other markets are on tap.... Read more...
Couch potatoes are discovering that it doesn't make sense to keep forking over money to cable companies when they can simply stream the shows they want to watch, when they want to watch them. It's not just a handful of TV viewers cutting the cord, either. According to a research report by The Convergence Consulting Group, LTD., around 2.65 million pay TV subscribers have ditched their cable or satellite provider in favor of Web-based content since 2008. Over a million pay TV subscribers cut the cord in 2011 alone. By 2012, the research group estimates that cord cutters will reach 3.58 million large, which represents 3.6 percent of the pay TV community. Image Source: Flickr (jonny.hunter) It's... Read more...
Ever since the flat panel TV segment came into existence, it's experienced growth on an annual basis, and that includes when the recession in 2008 hit an all time high. But just like the Boston Celtics reeling off 8 consecutive NBA championships in a row from 1959-1966, all good runs eventually come to an end, and so it looks to be that way for flat panel televisions. According to IHS iSuppli's crystal ball, flat panel TV shipments will decline to 37.1 million units by the end of 2012, down 5 percent from 39.1 million units in 2011. "The U.S. flat-panel television market has never declined on an annual basis, even at the height of the recession in 2008 and 2009," noted Lisa Hatamiya, TV research... Read more...
TV-to-iPad streaming isn't as far-fetched as it once was. Many pay-TV providers have hopped on this bandwagon in a bid to keep customers from cutting the cord, and now even DISH Network is following suit. The company announced today it has enhanced its DISH Remote Access app for the iPad to allow DISH customers to watch thousands of on-demand streaming movies and TV shows. DISH customers who subscribe to the Blockbuster @Home package or select premium movie packages, including HBO and Cinemax, can now watch popular movies, TV shows and kid's programming using the updated DISH Remote Access app on their iPad. Streaming movies and TV shows using the enhanced DISH Remote Access app requires a DISH... Read more...
Well, you can't blame LG for getting a jump on the CES festivities. Once the news starts rolling early next week, it'll be a complete blur from top to bottom. LG's looking to avoid that, and aside from the 84" Ultra-Definition HDTV they announced a few days ago, the company is now detailing a 55" OLED TV. The company's calling this the world's largest OLED TV in the commercial space, incorporating LG's 4-color pixels and Color Refiner. "Working closely with LG Display, we have a product which not only delivers on all the advantages of OLED over LCD but at a significantly lower cost than what could be achieved using existing OLED manufacturing technologies," said Havis Kwon, President and CEO... Read more...
We've been hearing rumors of an Apple branded television (not to be confused with Apple TV, a streaming media player) for quite some time now, and if the latest online chatter proves correct, we'll finally see a shipping product by the third quarter of 2012. Two products, actually, Citing un-named "industry sources," DigiTimes reports Apple's supply chain is preparing materials for a pair of iTV sets in Q1 2012 in order to meet Apple's schedule for a Q2 or Q3 launch. The first two iTV models will measure 32 inches and 37 inches and will be full blown TV sets, not just set-top boxes like Apple TV. Not a lot is known about these TVs, but you can reasonably surmise they'll come equipped with high... Read more...
A few years ago, television makers seemed to have no trouble whatsoever convincing people that they needed to update their SD sets to sets that boasted 1080p. And recently, they've been trying to do the same with 3D sets. But it seems that even those may be outclassed sooner rather than later. Toshiba has recently showcased a new high-def TV, and it's one of the most intense units we've seen in the consumer space. It's a 55" beast with a native resolution that makes 1080p sets wince. The set has a wildly dense 4K x 2K resolution, which is the same resolution as found on many high-end cinema projectors. It's difficult to even find content filmed at such a high resolution, but there's nothing wrong... Read more...
Sony recently introduced a television that would allow two players to view the same screen while playing multiplayer. The idea was to decouple the 3D effect in order to mask one player's view from the other, giving each of them a 2D view of their own part of the game. It's a brilliant idea, and it seems that Sony isn't the only one to agree. LG has just revealed a new Dual Play TV range that will allow gamers to use the same TV, while showing different perspectives to each. The LW980T allows Xbox 360 gamers to see different views on the very same panel, enabling them to do away with split-screen gaming for good. It too uses 3D technology, with each gamer getting a different set of "all-right"... Read more...
There's a lot of talk these days surrounding 3D. It's obviously the hottest topic around in the cinema business, but it's also getting a lot of attention in the consumer universe. Sales of 3DTVs has analysts and companies alike buzzing, and while many suggest that the adoption has been relatively slow and lackluster, much of that is blamed on a lack of content. In other words, what enticement do consumers have to invest in a 3DTV when there's hardly any 3D content to enjoy? NHK, a broadcasting outfit based in Japan, may have a solution to the subpar 3D image quality coming across typical wires. The company recently demonstrated a new content delivery system prototype, called Hybridcast Streaming.... Read more...
Don't tell your HDTV this, but Sharp, along with NHK (a Japanese broadcaster) developed an 85-inch LCD TV that's the first direct-view display to support a native 7680x4320 resolution (33-megapixels). That renders the set compatible with Super Hi-Vision, a next generation broadcast format NHK has been working on for more than a decade. Talk about HDTV envy. Sharp's set boasts 16X the resolution of a traditional 1080p set, even if that's jumping the gun a little bit. NHK won't begin sending out Super Hi-Vision broadcasts until 2020. Super Hi-Vision supports 22.2 channels of sound and requires lots of bandwidth (24Gbps) to deliver all that content. "The combination of the Sharp technology and NHK’s... Read more...
A new service known as Mundu TV recently launched that will let you view live and archived TV and other video content from a range of mobile devices including your phone, netbook, laptop, and more. With Mundu TV, you’ll be able to watch prime-time TV and movie content from top channels in a variety of genres. Perhaps one of the more attractive things about the service is the fact that you’ll be able to stream to both mobile and desktop devices for a single subscription price. Mundu TV is available on a variety of platforms including iPhone, Android, Nokia, Windows Mobile, iPad and Blackberry for mobile. Mundu TV also supports Windows XP, Vista, 2000, 2003 and Windows 7, as well as... Read more...
Verizon's FiOS TV is getting better, for those that have it. Of course, it remains to be seen if the company will ever expand their roadmap and blaze a FiOS trail to even more states, but if you're lucky enough to have access, you'll have 25 new upgrades coming your way. The company's calling this the next-generation of FiOS TV, complete with enhanced interactivity and personalization. According to the release, Verizon listened to customer feedback gained from its product development labs, field trials and social media forums to create many of the more than 25 upgrades to FiOS TV's advanced Interactive Media Guide.  The enhancements include greater personalization and customization, easier... Read more...
You've heard of Apple TV, the $99 set-top box that allows you to rent movies and TV shows, watch Netflix titles, and stream photos and music from your home network to your living room television set. But what would you think about an Internet-connected HDTV built and branded by Apple? According to online chatter, this is exactly what Apple is working on, with a potential release date set for sometime before the end of 2011. And why not? The LCD TV market is a $100 billion industry, and with Apple's ability to mass market trendy devices, would it really be so difficult for Apple to infiltrate our living rooms next? This could all turn out to be much ado about nothing, but according to analyst... Read more...
There's no question that Internet TV has changed the entire entertainment landscape. Pay-TV providers don't have the assurances they once had, and now they're branching out and providing all sorts of extra services in an effort to entice consumers to stay who might otherwise ditch cable / satellite and rely solely on Hulu / Netflix for their entertainment fix. DirecTV is obviously a huge player in all of this, and they're certainly working to beef up efforts to keep consumers happy. One of the ways is by launching HBO Go and MAX Go on April 12th, which gives customers who subscribe their TV lineup access to the premium channels on-the-go. It's an extension of their pay-TV offerings, and it's... Read more...
VIZIO has become the number one brand for LCD HDTVs in North America, the company said recently. When considering last year's sales numbers, VIZIO held the No. 1 spot for LCD HDTVs in the US with over 21% market share. In the final quarter of 2010, VIZIO's share of the market was 28%. VIZIO also boasts of being the leading shipper of LED backlit HDTVs in North America in Q4. Consumers Make VIZIO the #1 LCD HDTV in North America VIZIO #1 in US LCD HDTV for the full 2010 year with over 21% market share VIZIO’s share for Q4 US LCD HDTVs was 28% - the highest share any brand in the industry has achieved since 2004 VIZIO led the top brands in the industry with 55% Y/Y LCD HDTV sales growth,... Read more...
If you were wondering exactly how long it would take before 3D content caught up with 3D hardware, it's around a year or so. When 3DTVs started shipping, many consumers were hesitant to buy one; after all, what good is a 3D TV if there's no 3D content to consume? Not very worthwhile at all, as it turns out. But now, 3D Blu-rays are starting to ship en masse, and select 3D sports stations are bringing more and more events into the homes of users (ESPN 3D comes to mind). But there still was no dedicated 3D channel, until today. Sony and Discovery have teamed up with IMAX to launch 3NET, which is described as the first 24/7 3D television network, and it'll be launching in the U.S. next week on DirecTV.... Read more...
If you just so happen to have a television that is marked "3D-ready," but still need a little help in making the whole thing come together, Mitsubishi has a new kit that just might be exactly what you need. The new 3D Starter Pack enables owners of both Mitsubishi and Samsung 3D-ready DLP TVs to actually enjoy 3D content on older televisions that were born just prior to the 3D revolution. The Mitsubishi 3DC-100S, which became available today, comes complete with two pairs of active shutter 3D eyewear, a 3D emitter, an updated 3D Adapter with remote, an HDMI cable as well as a Disney 3D Blu-ray disc that includes 3D trailers of "A Christmas Carol", "Alice In Wonderland" and "Toy Story 3." The... Read more...
The Consumer Electronics Show, held annually at the start of each new year in Las Vegas, usually draws the world's biggest and best companies to unveil all sorts of new gear. The list is nearly endless, and a few "world's best" tend to show up year in and year out. This year, LG is going to be one of those companies responsible for a big, big splash. HDTVs are becoming commonplace now, and just a few years ago there was a huge race between companies to see who could produce the largest sets and the thinnest sets. That race has subsided somewhat in recent months, but LG may just start it again at CES. The company just revealed that they will be bringing the world's largest Full LED-backlit 3D... Read more...
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