Philips Pushes Out Dolby Vision TV Series Availability To 2017

July 29th, 2016 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Connected TVs, HDMI, HDR, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, UHDTV

P&F USA, the company that markets Philips-branded TVs in North America for Funai Electric, told HD Guru this week that its previously announced 8600 Series of 4K Ultra HDTVs supporting Dolby Vision high dynamic range (HDR) will not be available in the U.S. this year.

Karl Bearnarth, sales and marketing TV and home audio executive VP for P&F USA, said “the only TV series that we showed at CES that won’t be coming to market this is year is the high-end Dolby Vision series. Those won’t be coming to market right now. We’ll now bring those in 2017. There’s lots that’s changed with Dolby Vision,” which necessitated the delay.

Read more on updated plans for the 2016 Philips TV lineup after the jump:

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Ultra HD Blu-ray Player Prices Come Down As Xbox One S Release Nears

July 28th, 2016 · 2160p, Amazon, Blu-ray Discs, Blu-ray Players, Blu-ray Titles, Connected TVs, DVD Players, Full HD 1080p, HDMI, HDR, News, Streaming Services, UHDTV

                                             The Philips BDP7501 Ultra HD Blu-ray Player.

We’ve only seen two in the U.S. market so far, but Ultra HD Blu-ray players are already starting to appear from leading retailers at reduced prices, and not so ironically, just before the retail launch of Microsoft’s new Ultra HD Blu-ray supporting Xbox One S gaming console next month.

In addition the new Philips BDP7501 player has just started to arrive, bringing competition to Samsung’s highly rated UBD-K8500 Ultra HD Blu-ray player, which hit the market last winter at $399.99.

In recent days the Samsung player has started appearing on Amazon at a $317.99 street price. That’s a 21 percent savings over the originally announced price. It was even sold by some retailers for more than $400 when the player launched and supplies were limited last winter.

Meanwhile, the Philips BDP7501 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player, which was also unveiled at a $399.99 suggested retail, is now offered on Amazon at just $299.99. The Amazon site said BDP7501 player supplies will be in stock on July 30th.

Both units play back content at four times the resolution of HD Blu-ray players and support new HDR-10 metadata, for expanded contrast, detail and color to support new 4K Ultra HDTVs with HDR display capability.

Read more on the Ultra HD Blu-ray player price reductions after the jump:

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LG Display Ramps Up OLED Panel Production For Additional Customers

July 27th, 2016 · 2160p, 4K Curved Screeen, HDR, OLED, UHD 4K OLED, UHDTV

As competitors like Sony, Samsung and Vizio start to stack up new and improved full-array LED back-lit 4K Ultra HD LCD TVs, LG’s LG Display unit continues to ramp up production of 65-inch 4K Ultra HD OLED panels for the global market.

According to data confirmed for HD Guru by market research firm IHS, LG Display began significantly ramping up supply of 65-inch OLED panels during the second quarter of this year.

Paul Gagnon, IHS North American TV market analyst, said his firm is projecting  110,000 units in the period, up from about 30,000 units in the first quarter.

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LeEco Acquires Vizio In Bid To Disrupt OTT/TV Ecosystem

July 26th, 2016 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Connected TVs, Full Array LED Backlit with Local Dimming, HDR, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, Second Screen, Sound Bars, Streaming Services, Surround Sound, UHDTV, Virtual Reality

                       LeEco Chairman Yueting Jia (left) celebrates with Vizio CEO William Wang.

In a deal that could be as disruptive for the over-the-top content streaming industry as Vizio’s entry was to U.S. television manufacturing, China-based Internet content giant LeEco announced Wednesday that it is acquiring Irvine, CA-based Vizio for $2 billion.

LeEco founder and CEO Yueting Jia said he aims to use the No. 2-ranked U.S smart TV company to build an ecosystem for the delivery of content, Internet services and home theater hardware to a global market place. The company said the acquisition of Vizio will make it the world’s largest internet TV access point.

Currently Vizio TVs are distributed only in the United States and Canada, but LeEco executives said they expect to expand the TV hardware business to a global platform.

LeEco executives said they had pursued making the deal for two years, but didn’t find a receptive seller until about six months ago.

In announcing the deal, which still awaits regulatory approvals, William Wang, Vizio co-founder and chairman, said: “I have mixed feelings. As the owner and father of Vizio, I am very reluctant to let it go. But as the CEO and owner of the company, I know this is the right decision to make for our hardworking employees and loyal shareholders.”

LeEco, which recently changed its name from LeTV, is China’s largest Internet-based content distribution company, and has been selling televisions in its home market under the LeTV brand at low prices that some observers have said are priced at or below cost in order to build a large base of purchasers who will subscribe to its LeCloud streaming services and view advertising sold by LeEco and streamed on its hardware and service platforms.

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The Inbox Always Pings… and Pings

July 25th, 2016 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Blu-ray Discs, Blu-ray Players, Blu-ray Titles, Cable TV, Connected TVs, DVD Players, Front Projection, Full HD 1080p, HDMI, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, Satellite TV


When not hunting for HDTV and 4K Ultra TV news, HD Guru is often busy addressing emails from our beloved readers, many of whom have issues, concerns and questions with their old, new or pending TV purchases.

Understanding our answers to some of these questions could be of service to others facing the same or similar dilemmas, we’ve decided to collect and publish some of them along with our answers for all to see.

Many times our answers are on the money, but other times there are additional solutions and answers to some issues, so we welcome all with any insights to submit their ideas in the comments section below.

Additionally, if you are facing any questions you would like help with, please leave them in a comment or send it to HD Guru link at the bottom of this story and we’ll see what we can do to get a response.

Unless specifically requested, we will keep all readers’ names anonymous.

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Paramount Releases Blu-ray Disc Titles With DTS:X Sound

July 22nd, 2016 · Audio, Blu-ray Discs, Blu-ray Players, Blu-ray Titles, Full HD 1080p, News, Sound Bars, Sound Systems, Surround Sound, Surround Sound Systems


DTS, developer of high definition surround sound solutions, said that the first Paramount Home Media Distribution Blu-ray Disc titles with support for DTS:X are now hitting store shelves.

DTS:X is an object-based surround format offering height channels to create one of the most immersive surround sound experiences available for the home.

The first titles will include: Daddy’s Home, starring Mark Wahlberg and Will Farrell; The Big Short, starring Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling and Brad Pitt; Zoolander No. 2, starring Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson; and Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, starring Tina Fey and Margot Robbie.

DTS:X audio technology was designed to accurately convey the fluid movement of sound to create a richer soundscape. DTS:X technology adapts to the speaker layout to home theater room by seamlessly transporting sound to and through specific locations within the viewing environment – in front of, behind, above and beside the audience.

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Sony Pictures Technology Head: For HDR ‘One Size Doesn’t Fit All’

July 22nd, 2016 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Blu-ray Discs, Blu-ray Players, Blu-ray Titles, Connected TVs, Full Array LED Backlit with Local Dimming, HDR, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, Streaming Services, UHDTV

         Bill Baggelaar, Sony Pictures Technology Senior VP, stands next to a new Sony XBR-100Z9D .

In introducing its new flagship Z9D XBR line of 4K Ultra HD TVs this week Sony had Bill Baggelaar, Sony Pictures technology senior VP, tell members of the media about how aggressively the studio is working with its Sony Electronics sister company on ensuring the new 4K Ultra HD and high dynamic range [HDR] displays coming to market get the content needed to make use of all of the new available features.

Sony Pictures already has started to amass a catalog of 4K Ultra HD movies with HDR for both streaming distribution and Ultra HD Blu-ray disc, with more on the way, both in new box office releases and back catalog favorites from the Sony Pictures (Columbia) vault.

Sony Electronics still has not announced definitive availability dates on an Ultra HD Blu-ray player of its own, although it is widely speculated that the forthcoming PlayStation 4.5  console from the company’s gaming division will support it when it eventually arrives.

Sony Electronics President Mike Fasulo said the company still plans to have an Ultra HD Blu-ray player on the market by the end of the year, but qualified that by adding that Sony’s forward-looking statements reference fiscal years, which end March 31st.

It also should be pointed out that Sony’s newly announced XBR Z9D 4K Ultra HD full-array LED LCD TVs support the HDR-10 format, and not the Dolby Vision HDR format, although Sony Pictures has already started mastering content for the home in both HDR-10 and Dolby Vision.

Meanwhile, Baggelaar said that Sony Pictures is focused on ensuring that “we get the best content out to the consumers as soon a possible.”

Read more of Baggelaar’s comments on the state of 4K Ultra HD content from Sony Pictures after the jump:

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Sony Unveils 4K Ultra HDTV With Full Array Backlighting On Steroids

July 21st, 2016 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Full Array LED Backlit with Local Dimming, HDR, LCD Flat Panel, News, Streaming Services, UHDTV, Video Processors

                            Sony Electronics President Mike Fasulo with a new Z9D 4K Ultra HDTV.

Sony Electronics Wednesday put Samsung and LG on notice that there is a new technology contender for the top-performing 4K Ultra HDTV crown.

The company formally unveiled its new Z9D Series TVs, which are said to incorporate an LED LCD backlighting technology that equates to full-array with local dimming on steroids.

The new TVs will be hitting floors of specialty A/V dealers and key consumer electronics chains later this summer. The 65-inch and 75-inch models are available for pre-order now on Amazon. The sets will incorporate two key new advances that produce 4K Ultra HD pictures with both deep black levels and bright peak luminance levels at the same time, supporting premium high dynamic range (HDR), a wide color gamut and up to 60 Hz frame rates.

The latest advancements include a Sony 4K HDR processor called X1 Extreme that adds a 40 percent performance boost over the company’s previous X1 chip, and will add brightness to select areas of the screen by taking energy from darker sections and reassigning it to areas where it is needed in the picture.

The other key new advancement is called Backlight Master Drive, which was briefly previewed at CES last January. Controlled by the X1 Extreme processor, its primary benefit is the ability to adjust dimming and brightness discretely to each LED positioned across the back plane of the LCD screen, producing more accurate black levels with greater visible detail and color in highlighted areas than other previous full- array backlighting approaches, Sony said.

The Z9D models will include a 65-inch ($6,999 suggested retail), a 75-inch ($9,999) and a 100-inch model (pricing to be announced closer to the delivery time). The sets are being positioned against Samsung’s KS9800 series ($4,497.99 for a 65-inch) full array LED 4K Ultra HDTVs and LG’s G6 Signature Series of high-design and high-performance 4K Ultra HD OLED displays (ringing in at almost $8,000 for a 65 inch model).

Read more on Sony’s Z9D 4K Ultra HDTV with HDR series after the jump:

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