Vizio Makes Your Data Key In New Business Direction

July 27th, 2015 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, Amazon, Audio, Connected TVs, Full Array LED Backlit with Local Dimming, HDR, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, Sound Bars, Surround Sound, Test Equipment, UHDTV

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Vizio, the king of value-priced TVs traditionally sold through discount chains and warehouse clubs, is looking at you as it revamps its business model.

The California-based company filed a Form S–1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday looking to raise at least $172.5 million from its initial public offering. The company plans to sell Class A shares under the ticker symbol “VZIO,” at a price and time to be announced later. It hasn’t indicated which exchange it will use.

Going public forced the company to reveal a few previously undisclosed facts about its business operations and strategy for the future, which places a great deal of emphasis on mining viewing data from customers’ connected products for sale to advertisers and content distributors. In fact, the company’s new mission statement is to “deliver the ultimate entertainment experience through our community of connected consumers, advertisers and media content providers.”

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Denon, Integra Add Atmos, DTS:X AV Receivers

July 24th, 2015 · Audio, HDMI, HDR, News, Sound Systems, Surround Sound, Surround Sound Systems

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The Denon and Integra AV receiver brands recently unveiled new additions to their AVR lines, bringing support for both Dolby Atmos and DTS:X object-based surround sound.

Denon said that in August it will deliver the AVR-X3200W ($999) and AVR-X4200W ($1,499) [pictured at top] AVRs that will ship with Dolby Atmos support on board, and will be upgradeable via a firmware download to DTS:X, which will be coming later in the year.

For its part, Integra announced three AVR models targeted at custom installation. All three models offer Dolby Atmos support out of the box and two will be updateable to DTS:X in a forthcoming firmware download.

Integra audio/video receivers bring the opening price point for Dolby Atmos surround decoding to $800 from a previous $1,000 and include the brand’s first two AVRs that are upgradable to DTS:X surround sound. The new models include the DTR-20.7 ($800) with Dolby Atmos only, and the DTR-30.7 ($1,100) and DTR-40.7 ($1,400).

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HEVC Patent Pool Issues Its Bill

July 22nd, 2015 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Blu-ray Discs, Blu-ray Titles, Connected TVs, Digital Media Receivers, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, OLED, OLED, Satellite TV, Satellite UHD 4K TV, Streaming Services, UHD (4K) Media Players, UHD 4K OLED, UHDTV

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Manufacturers of 4K Ultra HDTVs, Ultra HD Blu-ray players, mobile devices, 4K Ultra HD software and other products using high efficiency video coding (HEVC) compression and decoding technology are about to be handed another bill.

The HEVC Advance, which is a second patent pool that surfaced last March looking to administer royalty collection for HEVC technology, also known as H.265, announced a new price sheet and payment schedule for manufacturers who now must pony up for using the technology.

HEVC is an advanced video compression scheme used to make more efficient use of bandwidth in order to send digital bit streams (including those carrying data-rich content like 4K UHD and 8K video) over narrow transmission conduits, like over-the-top (OTT) streaming broadband services, as well as cable, telephone and satellite TV systems.

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Nothing Refreshing About Refresh Rates This Year

July 21st, 2015 · 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, OLED, Plasma, UHD 4K OLED, UHDTV

SamsungballoonTVBack in 2012, the HD Guru warned readers that most TV manufacturers had started substituting industry standardized specifications for LED LCD TV motion smoothing technologies with proprietary terminology and corresponding numbers that at first glance appeared to be high native refresh rates but actually weren’t.

Here we are in 2015 and the practice, for the most part, continues although most companies at least have made efforts to explain why their marketing practices aren’t intended to deceive, but to more accurately explain how their systems produce benefits in reducing motion blur beyond what’s possible with native refresh rates alone.

In most cases, however, the reason for the practice is that as prices decline for TVs year after year, and profit margins shrink, manufacturers looking to maintain competitive price points have had to step down the quality of expensive high refresh rate panels they’ve traditionally used.

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Samsung Adds JS7000 Series SUHD TVs With HDR

July 16th, 2015 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Connected TVs, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News

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UPDATED! Samsung introduced Thursday a new JS7000 series to its lineup of “high dynamic range” (HDR) capable SUHD TVs.

The JS7000 models include full array backlighting with local dimming and cover three screen sizes: the 50-inch UN50JS7000, the 55-inch UN55JS7000 and the 60-inch UN60JS7000, carrying unilateral pricing policy (UPP) prices of $1,299, $1,599 and $2,099, respectively.

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Panasonic Expands 4K Ultra HD Photo Mode In Lumix Camera

July 16th, 2015 · 2160p, Digital Camera/Camcorder, Digital Cameras, News, OLED, OLED, UHDTV

GX8Panasonic Thursday continued to expand its assortment of Lumix 4K cameras featuring 4K photo mode with the introductions of the mirrorless Micro Four Thirds Lumix GX8 camera (pictured at top) and the Lumix DMC-FZ300 (FZ300) bridge-style point-and-shoot.

The two cameras join Panasonic’s growing list of Lumix models, including the GH4, LX100 and FZ1000, with 4K video shooting capability and 4K Photo Mode. The latter gives the photographer the ability to shoot video at 30 frames per second and extract 8 megapixel still images from the video file. Panasonic includes touch-screen monitors that allow swiping through video frames to select the best still shot from the batch.

The cameras further help to capture fleeting action by incorporating: 4K Burst Shooting, 4K Burst S/S (Start/Stop) and 4K Pre-burst. These functions help to grab an exact frame, including one that occurs immediately before the press of a shutter button, in the case of the 4K Pre-burst function.

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4K Ultra HDTV Deals Lined Up For Amazon ‘Prime Day’

July 14th, 2015 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, Amazon, Connected TVs, Digital Camera/Camcorder, Digital Cameras, Digital Media Receivers, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, UHDTV

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Amazon will kick off its much-hyped Prime Day event for members of its Prime subscriber program starting at 3 a.m. EST/midnight PT tonight — July 15th — including a number of TV specials.

The event, which promises to rival promotions offered on Black Friday, will include “thousands of deals” including “lightning deals” on a number of television specials offered as often as every 10 minutes.

The e-commerce giant teased the event Tuesday by pre-announcing a list of specials to be offered, and televisions and other electronics products were among some of the top listings.

Amazon said special offers will include the following: a 32-inch LED TV for $75; a 40-inch 1080p LED TV for $115; a “brand-name 32-inch Smart HDTV for under $200,” and a “50-inch 4K TV bundle, listed at under $1,000.”

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What’s a 10-bit TV, and is it better?

July 8th, 2015 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, HDR, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, OLED, UHD 4K OLED, UHDTV

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Starting this year you’ll be able to buy 10-bit LCDs. Well, true 10-bit. Excited?

Would it help if we talked about what that means? Probably.

Here’s why 10-bit LCDs will be (and are) cool, and what they mean for the future of TVs.

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