Adopting a Digital Media Adapter?

March 25th, 2015 · Connected TVs, Digital Media Receivers, HDMI, News, Review, Second Screen, Streaming Services


Despite the growing penetration of all-in-one smart TVs, an increasingly popular method for receiving and watching so-called over-the-top (OTT) video content is coming from digital media adapters (DMAs).

These DMAs, which are also known by a variety of other names, are typically small set-top boxes or thumb-drive-sized HDMI dongles that usually have a built-in Wi-Fi receiver to connect to a wireless network and an HDMI port to connect to a television set. A DMA will include an operating system, processors and a collection of apps to access streaming services the device maker has arranged to include. Depending on the DMA selected, a viewer may have access to one, a handful or hundreds of streaming multimedia apps, sometimes exceeding those offered in a smart TV or Blu-ray player.

More on DMAs and some of their various benefits and drawbacks after the break:

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Sling TV Offers Simple, TV-Lite Solution

March 24th, 2015 · Connected TVs, Digital Media Receivers, Review, Satellite TV, Sling Box, Streaming Services


Sling TV is a commendable first attempt by Dish Network at offering a real solution for Internet-delivered live pay-TV programming without the need to lock into a pricey, monolithic, cable, satellite or telco-TV subscription package.

The slimmed-down selection covers a lot of popular live basic cable channels to supplement the viewing appetites of Web surfers used to getting most of their video from services like YouTube and Netflix. It’s also a great solution for those who travel a lot and find themselves watching lots of video on their laptops, tablets and smartphones.

More on the Sling TV service, and how it operates after the jump:

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This Week Save Up to $2500 On 2014 UHD and HDTV Closeouts

March 22nd, 2015 · 2160p, 3D HDTV, 3D UHDTV, 4K Curved Screeen, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Connected TVs, Curved Screen, OLED, UHDTV

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March closeout deals get hotter this week as the TV makers drop prices again via dealer incentives to make room for the 2015s.

We lead with the best of the best deals, with prices from 44% to 63% off the manufacturer’s retail. LG’s 84-inch behemoth Ultra High Definition TV drops a whooping $2500 this week down to $7499.00, the lowest price we’ve ever seen for this UHD screen size.

Should you buy one of the close-outs or wait for the 2015s to come down in price? Check out our article here.

There will be few changes to 2015 HDTVs and we do not expect any picture improvements as the R&D money is now going into UHDTVs. The biggest change are slightly faster smart processors and new graphic interfaces.

We do not yet know of a single 2015 LED LCD HDTV with native 240 Hz refresh. Sports and action fans,  this may be your last chance to buy one for minimal motion blur.

The big improvements in UHDTV come only with the top series such as Samsung’s 2015 SUHDTV (JS) model series.

The list follows the break.

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Go Outdoors And Watch TV!

March 20th, 2015 · 3D Blu-ray player, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Connected TVs, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, UHDTV, Uncategorized

Mirage vision 580Spring is here, and with it comes baseball, early flower blossoms, budding tree leaves and the warming sun – let’s go outside and watch TV!

That’s right. I said watch TV. One of the few remaining growth areas of the television market comes from big-screen LCD TVs with special cabinetry designed to resist the elements. It’s the perfect addition to that updated porch, patio or pool side. Now you can impress the neighbors by taking a lap of the pool while monitoring the latest illegitimate pregnancies on “Days Of Our Lives.”

SunBriteTV and electronics retail giant Best Buy gave the trend further credibility this week by revealing that weather-proof TV placements are expanding from 58 dedicated Best Buy outdoor entertainment merchandising areas to a total of 181 in the retailer’s high-end Magnolia A/V departments across the United States and Canada.

More on the outdoor television movement after the break:

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Sony Launches PlayStation Vue Service In 3 Cities

March 18th, 2015 · Cable TV, Connected TVs, Digital Media Receivers, News


Sony officially launched Wednesday its PlayStation Vue (PS Vue) live streaming over-the-top (OTT) pay-TV service aimed at cord-cutters, cord-nevers and video gamers in three initial roll out markets including: New York, Chicago and Philadelphia.

The service, which will initially be available as a downloadable app on PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 video game consoles, will begin with three service tiers, none of which will require a contract, and a cloud-based program guide and DVR service. Qualifying new users in each market will have a seven-day free trial period to try out the offering.

Sony said each tier will be comprised of a mix of 85 key cable and broadcast channels per market.

More on the service and its options for those looking to get away from or add to the traditional pay-TV services after the break:

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Ultra HD Blu-ray Is On The Way

March 17th, 2015 · 3D Blu-ray player, 3D HDTV, Blu-ray Discs, Blu-ray Players, DVD Players, HDMI, HDR, UHDTV


PanaUHBWhat some look to as the holy grail of source devices – Ultra HD Blu-ray  continues to move closer to completion this week as members of the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) resolve remaining elements for the format’s specifications.

More on what to expect in the final Ultra HD Blu-ray spec. after the break:

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So, You Think You’re Ready To Cut The Cord?

March 13th, 2015 · Cable TV, Connected TVs, Digital Media Receivers, DVR


Áîêîðåçû, ïåðåêóñûâàþùèå ïðîâîäMost Americans continue to enjoy their daily TV programming through a pay-TV service from a cable, satellite or telco provider, but increasingly segments of the population have forsaken the traditional route for cheaper and sometimes more relevant alternatives.

Options for all of this so-called “cord-cutting” or “cord-shaving” activity are growing by the day, and we have listed a few of them here, in case you might be considering this approach for yourself.

More on cord-cutting, some available options and their advantages and disadvantages, after the break:

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Review: Sharp UD27 Series AQUOS 4K Ultra HD LED TV

March 11th, 2015 · 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Connected TVs, LCD Flat Panel, UHDTV

TV manufacturers are quickly transitioning larger-sized screens to 4K Ultra High-Definition (UHD) resolution, and the latest wave of models are bringing must-have features at increasingly tempting prices. The Sharp LC-60UD27U 60-Inch Aquos 4K Ultra HD 2160p 120Hz Smart LED TV——————— $1797  (UD27U line) is a fine balance of technology, style, and value that further impresses with professional calibration.

More of the review after the break:

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