Philips Unveils 4K Ultra HDTVs With Google Cast

May 26th, 2016 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Connected TVs, HDMI, HDR, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, Streaming Services, UHDTV


P&F USA, which manages the Philips brand for TVs and home theater products in North America, introduced Thursday a new line of Philips 4K Ultra HDTVs that will utilize the new Google Cast streaming media platform.

The Philips 6000 Series TVs will be available in the 43-, 49-, 55- and 65-inch screen sizes. All offer 3840×2160 4K Ultra HD resolution.

The 49- and 55-inch models feature a BrightPro LED backlighting system along with Micro Dimming backlight for “enhanced HDR performance on IPS LCD panels,” which support wider viewing angles than typical LCD screens.

The 43- and 65-inch models feature a Macro Dimming LED backlight and HDR support using VA panels, that generally produce brighter pictures than IPS panels.

All models incorporate 802.11ac Wireless LAN with MIMO antennas for faster, more reliable connections when streaming.

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Dish’s HopperGO Mobile Video Solution Hits Stores

May 26th, 2016 · Connected TVs, Digital Media Receivers, News, Satellite TV, Second Screen, Sling Box, Streaming Services, Wireless HD

Satellite TV provider Dish said its new HopperGO personal video mobile drive is now available for purchase by subscribers of the Dish TV service.

HopperGO, which is available to Dish customers now at a $99 retail price, is described as a pocket-sized mobile DVR that customers can take on the road to watch stored movies and TV episodes.

Unlike the common practice of downloading a couple of movies to a smartphone or tablet for portable movie viewing on the go, the HopperGO doesn’t eat up precious storage space on the mobile device. The HopperGO provides extra storage for movies and TV programs so users will not be required to erase apps or pictures to free up space for video on a phone or tablet.

Dish said the HopperGO also provides an option for dealing with data caps imposed by 4G LTE services. That way, movie streaming won’t consume valuable remaining data capacity or run up additional data charges from excessive video streaming.

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Report: Samsung Plotting QLED Display Strategy

May 25th, 2016 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, HDR, News, OLED, OLED, UHD 4K OLED, UHDTV


A report from Korea IT News site ET News this week said that Samsung Electronics is working on a technology that will apply quantum dot technology, currently used in its higher-end SUHD LED TVs, to an OLED-like technology, called QLED.

According to the story, Samsung is working on a “medium to long-term roadmap for next-generation TVs” that calls for Samsung moving beyond OLED display technology directly to the newer QLED approach. The technology will use self-emissive panels, like OLED displays, but will remove organic substances that can lead to premature aging and other issues.

The new technology will also utilize quantum dot technology that boosts brightness and color reproduction instead of color filters.

Samsung has targeted a two- to three-year process to bring the new QLED technology up to a level where it can be mass produced for the commercial market. It is expected that new QLED TVs will come out in 2019. In the interim, Samsung will continue to emphasize quantum-dot LED TV technologies used in its current SUHD TV models.

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QD Vision Reveals `Color nits’ Measurement Standard

May 24th, 2016 · 2160p, 4K LED LCD, Full Array LED Backlit with Local Dimming, HDR, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, UHDTV


Quantum dot technology developer, QD Vision, unveiled at the Society for Information Display show in San Francisco Tuesday, a new standard called Color nits for measuring brightness and luminance in the latest high performance displays supporting high dynamic range (HDR) and a wide color gamut.

“The Color nits metric is derived from a formula that takes into account varying spectral profiles and the subtle differences between perceived brightness and actual luminance,” QD Vision said in a statement. QD Vision called the measuring standard the first comprehensive metric that will be able to compare the brightness of all Rec. 2020 display implementations.

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Polaroid To Offer Google Cast 4K Displays

May 24th, 2016 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Connected TVs, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, Streaming Services, UHDTV


Google reportedly revealed at a developers’ conference last week that Polaroid, licensed by Empire Electronics, is the latest TV vendor to sign on to use the Google Cast IP streaming platform in 2016 4K Ultra HD LED LCD displays.

According to a report on Techradar Tuesday, the companies reportedly announced that the Polaroid displays will become the second branded line announced as carrying Google Cast streaming platform, following Vizio’s announced use of the technology in some of its 2016 P-, M- and E-series entertainment displays.

Vizio has elected not to include tuners in its Google Cast entertainment displays and therefore cannot legally be called TVs. There was no mention whether the Polaroid-branded Google Cast displays would also omit built-in over-the-air broadcast tuners.

Empire Electronics executives could not be reached for comment.

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LG 2016 4K Ultra HD OLED TVs Hit U.S. Stores

May 24th, 2016 · 2160p, 4K Curved Screeen, 4K Flat Panel, Amazon, Connected TVs, Curved Screen, HDR, News, OLED, OLED, Streaming Services, UHD 4K OLED, UHDTV


LG Tuesday formally announced pricing and availability in the U.S. of its 2016 4K Ultra HD OLED TV lineup.

Eight 2016 models will be available at leading retailers across the country, with 4K Ultra HD resolution and high dynamic range (both HDR-10 and Dolby Vision formats) support. The TVs conform to the Ultra HD Alliance’s new Ultra HD Premium certification criteria for HDR luminance, color gamut and other criteria.

Movies and television shows created with HDR-10 format are ramping up availability through streaming and download services as well as via Ultra HD Blu-ray players. Meanwhile, all seven major movie studios are now supporting the creation and release of Dolby Vision HDR movies and many streaming content providers, such as Netflix and Amazon, are starting to also offer titles with Dolby Vision HDR format support.

The 2016 LG OLED line comprises four series (B6, C6, E6 and LG Signature G6) with eight models in screen sizes of 55-, 65- and 77-inches. Series options include curved or flat-screen configurations.

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Hisense’s First Sharp Aquos TV Line Hits Stores

May 23rd, 2016 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Connected TVs, HDMI, HDR, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, Streaming Services, UHDTV


Hisense, which now makes and markets Sharp-brand TVs in North America, said Monday that its Sharp AQUOS N7000 series TV line, which will be the first Sharp models marketed by the new brand licensee, is shipping to retail stores now.

The AQUOS N7000 series carries models in the 43- ($499.99 suggested retail), 50- ($699.99), 55- ($799.99), 60- ($1,199.99) and 65-inch ($1,499.99) class screen sizes, all of which have a new sleek classic Sharp design, featuring a metal bezel and inverted trapezoid at the base of the TV.

All of the models are enabled to read high dynamic range (HDR) metadata via USB or HDMI 2.0 inputs and render standard dynamic range (SDR) images for a picture that can depict over 16 million colors, the company said.

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OPPO Unveils Its First Wireless Speaker

May 23rd, 2016 · News, Sound Systems, Streaming Services, Surround Sound


OPPO Digital, the manufacturer of high-performance universal disc players, headphones, and mobile device technologies, said Monday that it is jumping into the wireless multi-room audio market with a new Sonica Wi-Fi Speaker, available through the company’s web site starting today.

Sonica, which is available at a $299 retail, is a Wi-Fi speaker offering high fidelity sound from a compact unit. The speaker is equipped to link to music sources via: Wi-Fi, AirPlay and Bluetooth. OPPO is providing a companion smartphone and tablet app that enables using and managing multiple speakers on the same network, the company said.

With the Sonica app, users can play one song on multiple Sonic speakers or stream different songs to different speakers positioned in various parts of the house.

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