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Movie, TV, and gaming fans are often after the biggest screen they can cram into their living room or bedroom. The catch is that massive screen sizes are often very expensive. TCL has been offering some smoking good deals on big TVs with support for 4K HDR content and Roku streaming built in over the last few months. Before the Super Bowl earlier this month Amazon had some TCL TVs on sale for excellent prices. The TCL 65-inch 65S517 TV that was on sale before the Super Bowl for right at $694 is on sale with an even bigger discount currently. You can get that same TV for just under $650 with free Prime shipping right now. The 55-inch version of that TV that was $449.99 is still available right... Read more...
Earlier this week, Samsung announced their new 2019 lineup of 4K and 8K televisions using a display technology they call QLED. The term QLED looks suspiciously like OLED, but do the two technologies actually have much in common? After fielding a few questions about this on our website and social media, we want to clear up any confusion between them and expound on what to expect in terms of picture quality from each. We will start at the beginning with a basic LED LCD display. Virtually everyone has encountered one of these displays at some point in their life as they make up the majority of the market. These use a white LED backlight to shine through tiny red, green, and blue filters to create... Read more...
Black Friday isn't the only time you can get some outstanding deals on big screen TVs. Each year the build-up to the biggest NFL game of the year brings with it some very good deals on big TVs, and this year is no different. Amazon has big discounts on various sizes of the TCL 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV family. Amazon is offering the 65-inch version of this TV for $694.03, a discount of over $405 off the regular sales price. If that is too big for you, a 55-inch version of the same TV is $449.99, which is a discount of $250 off the normal retail price. Down a notch in size, but packing the same features, is the 49-inch version for $379.99, a $50 discount off the normal retail price. The smallest... Read more...
At last year's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Samsung introduced The Wall, a fantastically large 146-inch micro LED display. Now a year later, Samsung is upping the ante with an even bigger 219-inch model, as well as a more pedestrian 75-inch micro LED display that could actually find its way into living rooms. These displays that are powered by micro LED technology ditch the traditional backlight and replaces it with millions of inorganic red, green, and blue microscopic LED chips, each of which emits its own light. This approach allows for both much thinner displays and, in theory, superior image quality. Accordingly, Samsung is pitching "unmatched picture quality that surpasses... Read more...
CES 2019 kicks off in just a few days, and ahead of the start of the show, LG has announced new smart TVs that will be on display that will go well with its already announced new sound bars. The new line of TVs slot into the ThinQ AI series and are powered by the Alpha 9 Gen 2 intelligent processor and deep learning algorithms. LG promises that the new range of TVs will offer a higher level of AI picture and sound quality experience than previous TVs. The deep learning algorithm can enhance the image and sound quality by analyzing the source content and optimizing content to ambient conditions in the room. The series of TVs also support the LG open smart platform, and the sets will... Read more...
Big screen televisions are fairly common now, and even though they have slimmed down considerably since the days of rear projection TVs, they can still take up a lot of space in the living room. LG is attempting to make them less of a dominating presence. How so? The company apparently has plans to launch a 65-inch rollable OLED TV sometime next year. LG actually showed this off at the Consumer Electronics Show at the beginning of 2018. At the time, LG said its rollable TV highlighted the "distinctive technological edges and unlimited potential of OLEDs." While a bit hyperbolic (and it seems something may have been lost in translation), it's an interesting concept all the same. "It can be rolled... Read more...
Here's my bold, and maybe biased prediction: Red Sox are going to the World Series, Patriots are headed to the Super Bowl, Celtics are a lock for the NBA Finals, and the Bruins will compete for the Stanley Cup. If you're a diehard Boston sports fan like myself and want to catch all the glory on something bigger and better than 32-inch TV, you can upsize your viewing experience at Amazon today with a snazzy deal on a Toshiba 50-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart TV for $349.99. That's a good deal even if you hate Boston sports (unthinkable!). This is one of Amazon's Fire TV Edition models too, which means the Fire TV experience is built into the set for streaming goodness. It comes with a Voice Remote with... Read more...
Vizio is one of the more popular smart TV makers in the U.S. thanks in part to decent specs and low prices. However, the TV maker found itself in hot water with the FTC in early 2017 over the practice of collecting TV user viewing data without the express permission of the users. While this happened over a year ago, there are still likely some Vizio TV owners out there who have no idea that their watching habits were monitored. That will soon change with Vizio rolling out notifications to affected users via their TVs directly. Last week attorneys working on the case against Vizio asked the judge overseeing the proceedings to extend the time to submit a motion for preliminary settlement. That... Read more...
Progress never stops in the video and TV world with resolutions creeping ever higher. It took a while for us to finally get 1080p programming to support the TVs that had been around for years. Further infrastructure advances took us to 4K resolution TVs, and while there aren't any 4K resolution primetime shows from major networks, owners of those TVs can get their fix with movies, Netflix, streaming content, and digital rentals. Samsung and many other TV makers are looking past 4K TVs into the 8K resolution future. As with any new video resolution technology, we are currently in a chicken or the egg situation with there being no 8K content despite Samsung having unveiled its Q900R QLED 8K TVs. Broadcasters... Read more...
Samsung this week unveiled its 2018 lineup of big screen televisions at the company's First Look event in New York, and one of the features that stands out is a new Ambient Mode. The new mode is intended for wall mounted TVs and is able to replicate the pattern on the wall behind it. This clever visual trickery acts as a sort of cloaking mechanism, as if the big screen display is not really there. We are not so far into the future that this works perfectly, of course, but a look around the web reveals that those who have seen it in person are impressed. Gizmodo, for example, says "the effect actually works surprisingly well," though also notes that it was a carefully designed demo. It remains... Read more...
Those rapscallions over at Sharp have gone and made the shiny new 4K TV in your living room obsolete with the launch of its new 8K TV set. The AQUOS 8K TV is the first 8K resolution TV in the world, with some caveats, and you can't even buy it in the U.S. The TV is only to be offered in Japan, China, Taiwan, and Europe. Chinese hi-res TV fans can buy the set in October. In Japan, the AQUOS 8K Series 8k compatible TVs will land in December and Taiwan gets them in February of 2018. European fans will need to wait until March 2018. Sharp says that the 8K TV has 16 times the resolution of Full HD images. Sharp writes in the press release, "It [8K TV] reproduces images at ultimate reality, with ultra-fine... Read more...
The big event of the weekend was certainly the boxing match last night between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and UFC champ Conor McGregor. The fight was a spectacle during the promotion and many people shelled out $99.99 to watch the fight via pay-per-view (PPV). However, for some fans, the crushing demand for the fight streams led to trouble watching what they paid for. During the event both the UFC and Showtime PPV were having issues due to intense network load, leaving some who paid unable to watch the fight. As you can imagine. fans who had waited months to watch the fight, and coughed up their $100 weren't happy. The UFC tweeted that overwhelming traffic was making it hard for users to log into the... Read more...
There have been rumors of a fully-fledged Apple TV for years. No, we're not talking about the relatively small streaming box that competes with Roku and Amazon Fire TV, but a full-size television set that would be a central hub for media consumption. Up until now, the Apple-branded TV has just been a rumored product, and we haven’t seen any real physical evidence of its existence. That all changed this morning when alleged pictures of a prototype Apple OLED TV surfaced. The pictures were originally discovered in a Weibo post, before gadget leaker Benjamin Geskin made them widely available via Twitter. According to the Weibo post, the OLED TV has a screen that measures roughly 60 inches,... Read more...
Samsung today announced the availability of its 2017 model quantum dot televisions, which it is marketing as QLED for short. The new QLED sets represent the very best that Samsung has to offer, with price tags to boot—cost of entry into QLED territory is $2,800. That gets you a 55-inch class (54.6-inch diagonal) QLED TV with a 4K Ultra HD resolution and High Dynamic Range (HDR) support. This is a bold play to bring premium features and products into the living room, and it comes at a time with 4K televisions are become more affordable. For those who want superior picture quality than those lower priced sets, Samsung promise to deliver with its QLED lineup. Samsung says its 2017 line takes quantum... Read more...
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