Samsung BD-H6500 Blu-ray Player Review

April 24th, 2014 · Blu-ray Players, Digital Media Receivers

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Physical media for video is on the way out. We will probably see an Ultra HD Blu-ray format, but streaming is where everything is going. This is clear in current Blu-ray players as they distinguish themselves through streaming features more than Blu-ray playback. Offering the best interface to all this content is what separates the top players on the market today.

So does the BD-H6500 from Samsung offer that excellent interface and extensive streaming content to make it a contender? Almost.

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NAB 2014: 4K (and HDR) In the Air

April 22nd, 2014 · HDR, UHDTV

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Sure, 4K/Ultra HD TVs are being pushed on consumers, and outlets like Netflix have finally started to stream some 4K our way. But is a 4K future weighing heavily on the minds of broadcasters? As it turns out, the answer is yes: A quick stroll around the recent National Association of Broadcasters show, which took place in Las Vegas on April 7-10, provided plenty of confirmation that the idea of gearing up for 4K/Ultra HD is indeed looming large.

More after the break.

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HDTV and UHDTV Deals

April 20th, 2014 · 3D HDTV, 3D UHDTV, 4K LED LCD, LED LCD Flat Panels

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As usually occurs a few weeks after new model introductions, the prices of 2014 HDTVs have drifted downward. This is also true of a number of 2013 closeouts as manufacturers help (through incentives) get rid of dealers remaining inventories, or removing UPP restrictions so they can be cleared out to make room for more 2014s.

This week we feature 2014 HDTVs from LG, Toshiba, Samsung and Sharp as well as a 4K models.

We also list the remaining Ultra High Definition 2013 models with savings as high as 59% off retail and new incentives such as free 4K movies from Samsung or up to a $700 of Amazon credit for the top of the line 2013 LG UHDTVs.

The list begins after the jump.

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7 of the Wackiest HDTVs

April 18th, 2014 · LED LCD Flat Panels, News

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While we normally provide articles about the best and latest in HDTV, today we focus our gaze on the oddest HDTVs we could find.

Some are “novelty” televisions with weird cabinets. Others are overpriced older tech and one is a professional monitor that costs more than most cars.

Prepare to be amused.

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Sony’s 2nd Generation Ultra HD Media Player

April 16th, 2014 · 4K LED LCD, Connected TVs, News, UHD (4K) Media Players, UHDTV

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Sony just announced its next generation 4K (3840 x 2160 resolution) Media player, the FMP-X10. It offers refreshed styling, new compression decoding and additional 4K content. Sony  also released the prices of their 2014 UHDTVs (4K). The details follow after the break.

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Amazon Fire TV Review

April 15th, 2014 · Digital Media Receivers, Product Reviews, Review, Streaming Services

Amazon Fire TV Review

This is one of those products that is so logical for the company to have, it’s kinda a shock they didn’t have it already.

It’s like if McDonalds announced a quadruple cheeseburger: a logical expansion of their offerings that fits right in with everything else.

So the Fire TV, Amazon’s Apple TV, is not surprising, but is it good?

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Apple Reported to be Sampling 65-inch OLED Panels for Ultra HDTV

April 9th, 2014 · 3D HDTV, 4K Curved Screeen, Connected TVs, Curved Screen, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, OLED, Streaming Services, UHDTV

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Another Apple iTV rumor emerged yesterday, claiming an “unnamed” South Korean display maker is providing Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) panel samples for mass production next year. This is according to Lee Seung-woo, an analyst from IBK Securities in Seoul.

The Korea Herald article continues “Around 2 million Apple‘s iTVs with 65- and 77-inch liquid crystal displays were expected to hit the market in the second half of this year. However, Apple employees visited this local company in October 2013 to delay the plans to next year,” said a source close to the matter on Saturday”.

Is this umpteenth iTV story real? Read our analysis after the break.

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Coming Soon: Affordable Inkjet-Printed OLED UHDTVs

April 3rd, 2014 · 3D UHDTV, Connected TVs, Curved Screen, News, OLED, OLED, Reference Materials, Second Screen, UHDTV

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OLED provides the best performance of any display tech available today, with deep blacks, rich colors and a wide viewing angle that LED-lit LCD sets can’t touch. But the complex and inefficient techniques used to manufacture OLED TVs result in low yields, and that means high prices for sets that use the technology.

The current situation with expensive OLEDs is about to change, however. At the recent FlexTech Alliance’s Flexible and Printed Electronics conference, exciting new fabrication techniques were presented that promise to make big-screen OLED HDTVs—and UHDTVs—more affordable. The key developments include new manufacturing equipment, processes and inks. We’ve gleaned details on these from a presentation provided by the FlexTech Alliance and trade publication CE Daily. Read all about ‘em after the break.

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