BDA: Ultra HD Blu-ray Is A 4K Toolbox

October 9th, 2015 · 2160p, 3D Blu-ray player, Blu-ray Discs, Blu-ray Players, Blu-ray Titles, DVD Players, DVR, HDR, News, Streaming Services, UHDTV

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The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) this week shed a little more light on what we can expect from the first Ultra HD Blu-ray players when they get here. What we can’t expect, however, is that a player will be available in the U.S. market by the end of the year, what it might cost or what movie titles will be available to support it.

News on actual player and content availability was left to forthcoming announcements from the individual companies, but based on what we’ve heard through announcements from recent international trade events, an Ultra HD Blu-ray player delivery this year in the United States is looking less than certain.

Licensing for the Ultra HD Blu-ray specification is under way and reports out of Germany and Japan in recent weeks had Samsung and Panasonic revealing their first Ultra-HD Blu-ray players, but the Samsung model won’t be ready until 2016 and all that we know about the Panasonic model is that it will be available this fall in Japan. No news on the U.S. plans.

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LG Applies Price Cuts, Rebates To OLED TV Lines

October 8th, 2015 · 2160p, 4K Curved Screeen, 4K Flat Panel, Connected TVs, Curved Screen, HDR, News, OLED, OLED, Streaming Services, UHD 4K OLED, UHDTV


If you’ve had your eyes on an OLED TV but have been holding off until prices get more affordable, your wait might be over.

That’s because LG Electronics took the wraps off of a pre-holiday market penetration strategy to get OLED TVs into the hands of more customers. The effort lops between 30- to 45-percent off the price of select OLED TV series.

The price targets focus on new and existing Full HD and 4K Ultra HD OLED series including the 4K UHD EF9500, with flat screens, the previously introduced and curved 4K UHD EG9600 series and a new Full HD 1080p 55-inch EG9100 model, which will see prices of under $2,000 for the first time, placing it on par with many premium LED TVs.

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Vizio’s High-End Reference Series Gets Pricing, Availability

October 7th, 2015 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Connected TVs, Full Array LED Backlit with Local Dimming, HDMI, HDR, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, Streaming Services, Surround Sound, UHDTV


Vizio and Dolby Laboratories formally revealed availability and pricing Tuesday on a pair of long-promised advanced 4K Ultra HDTVs equipped to accept and display metadata for Dolby Vision high dynamic range (HDR).

The initial Reference Series lineup, which Vizio is launching through its website and delivering via a network of custom installers around the country, will include two models: a 120-inch full array LED backlit 4K Ultra HD LCD TV, model RS120-B3, which rings in at a whopping $130,000 and a 65-inch RS65-B2, which will set you back $6,000 (pictured above with optional wall mount).

Vizio is taking pre-orders for the TVs through its web site now. Customers will be contacted by a “local custom installer to arrange delivery and a white-glove setup service,” Vizio said.

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Roku Unveils 4K Ultra HD Streaming Player

October 6th, 2015 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Amazon, Connected TVs, Digital Media Receivers, HDMI, News, Streaming Services, UHD (4K) Media Players, UHDTV, Wireless HD

Roku 4Roku unveiled Tuesday its first Roku over-the-top (OTT) streaming video player supporting 4K UHD content.

The Roku 4 player also includes the new Roku OS7 supporting new discovery features that provide access to more entertainment choices and an updated “Roku Feed” that now lets users follow movies, directors, actors, and TV shows to receive automatic updates on streaming availability and pricing.

The Roku OS 7 and Roku Feed also will be rolled out to current-generation Roku players and Roku TVs through a software update beginning in mid-October and are expected to be completed in November, the company said.

The Roku 4 unit also packs a new remote finder feature that makes it easy to find misplaced remote controls.

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TiVo Unveils Bolt Set-Top Box With 4K, Commercial Skipping

September 30th, 2015 · 2160p, Amazon, Cable TV, Connected TVs, DVR, HDMI, News, Sling Box, Streaming Services, UHD (4K) Media Players, UHDTV


TiVo introduced this week a new 4K Ultra HD-ready DVR option for cable and over-the-air TV viewers who also want to integrate built-in standard and 4K streaming services.

The new TiVo Bolt, which will replace the TiVo Roamio box, supports cable, OTA and over-the-top (OTT)  programs available in SD, HD, Full HD and 4K Ultra HDTV resolution. It is available for $300 for a 500GB version or $400 for a 1TB version.  Pricing includes a year’s worth of service for either package. After the first year, TiVo applies its $15 per month service guide fee. Yearly and lifetime subscription options are also available.

The Bolt is designed to receive and tune over-the-air broadcasts and includes a CableCARD slot for cable subscribers looking for a more robust solution to DVRs supplied by the local cable system operator. They’ll also own the box instead of leasing it by the month.

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ATSC 3.0 TV Broadcast Standard Progresses Toward Approval

September 29th, 2015 · 2160p, Audio, HDR, News, Second Screen, Surround Sound, Surround Sound Systems, Test Equipment, UHDTV


The nation’s next broadcast TV platform is steadily progressing toward realization, following the disclosure Tuesday that the physical layer of The Advanced Television Systems Committee (ATSC) 3.0 digital TV broadcast platform has achieved candidate standard.

The “A/322 Physical Layer Candidate Standard” was awarded by the ATSC TG3 Technology Group and covers a significant portion of the technology needed to transmit and receive next-generation digital TV signals that are expected to carry such benefits as pictures with 4K Ultra HDTV resolution, new object-oriented surround sound, more robust home and mobile TV reception, interactivity, and conditional access for use with premium broadcast content for TVs and mobile devices.

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GoPro Introduces $199 WiFi Action Cam

September 28th, 2015 · Digital Camera/Camcorder, Digital Cameras, News, Wireless HD


GoPro expanded its lineup up of go-anywhere action video cameras to six Monday when it unveiled the Hero+ with WiFi connectivity.

The $199 wearable camera will capture both Full HD 1080p and HD 720p video at 30 and 60 fps. It will also take 8-megapixel stills. Other features in the diminutive waterproof camera include built-in Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity.

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Samsung, Oculus Unveil Affordable VR Viewer, VR Movies

September 24th, 2015 · News, OLED, Virtual Reality


Movies from Twentieth Century Fox, Lionsgate, Netflix and possibly others are coming to a Virtual Reality (VR) headset near you.

Oculus and Samsung, developers of VR headgear systems, took the technology closer to the mainstream at the Oculus Connect 2 developers’ conference in Hollywood Thursday by revealing that Twentieth Century Fox, Lionsgate and Netflix are working to bring 360-degree movies and TV programs to Oculus VR headsets.

Oculus and Samsung also revealed a new $99 version of the Samsung Gear VR headset, based on Samsung’s Galaxy Smartphones. It will join a $199 Samsung Gear VR Innovaters’ Edition introduced last year.

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