Wendy Zohn, proprietor of Value Electronics in Scarsdale, N.Y., shows the store’s demo room for the LG 65-inch Signature OLED TV that went on sale for pre-orders Saturday.
Consumer electronics retailers around the country kicked off the 2016 TV marketing season with a handful of events timed to capitalize on the Super Bowl.
On the manufacturing end, the primary players were South Korean rivals LG and Samsung, which used the occasion to introduce some of their most anticipated products of the year — LG’s 65-inch Signature 4K OLED TV and Samsung’s 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player.
As previously reported here, LG is heralding the arrival of its acclaimed 65-inch Signature 4K UHD OLED TV with limited pre-launch sendoffs targeting nine specialty A/V dealers and national A/V accounts. Although the official kickoff of the campaign was slated for today (Monday, February 8th), a few of the dealers started things early with low-key demo events for important clients in regional markets.
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The Consumer Technology Association estimates that better than 20 percent of all HDTVs are purchased for the specific purpose of watching the Super Bowl. But around 1 in 5 HDTV owners end up NOT watching the big game or other programs in high definition due to improper setup (source: The Nielsen Company).
At the same time, more consumers will buy a TV during Super Bowl sales than during Black Friday, Cyber Monday and December sales combined, and 46 percent of TV shoppers will buy their first 4K UHD TV this year, according to a consumer survey conducted by online coupon site FatWallet.
The following checklist will help you determine if your HDTV or 4K UHD TV is displaying the sharpest possible picture. Follow along, and we’ll take you through the steps to make sure it’s in shape for Super Bowl viewing.
This year there are three ways to watch Super Bowl 50 in high definition: over-the-air broadcast TV, via a cable/satellite/telco TV service and live streamed from CBS.
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Sony used an elaborate event in New York Wednesday to unveil its A6300 4K Ultra HD mirrorless camera (pictured at top) as a replacement for the popular A6000, and introduced a new G Master series of E-mount lenses developed for full-frame cameras, higher resolutions of 4K Video and high dynamic range (HDR).
The A6300 features a newly developed 24.2MP APS-C sensor and uses Sony’s ultra-fast 4D Auto Focus system capable of performing adjustments in as little as 0.05 seconds.
Other standout features include: 425 phase detection AF points covering the entire image area; burst still shooting at up to 11 frames per second with continuous AF, and continuous shooting at up to 8fps with continuous AF and exposure tracking with full live view capability.
The A6300 will be available in March 2016 for a $1,000 retail price for the body only, or $1,150 for a kit including the camera and 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens. Pre-orders begin on February 10th.
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Canon officially unveiled this week the new EOS-1D X Mark II advanced amateur/professional DSLR offering a 20.2-megapixel full-frame (35mm equivalently sized) CMOS sensor and the ability to shoot DCI 4K Ultra-HD video at frame rates of up-to-60p. The camera also has the ability to take 8.8MP still frame grabs from video footage.
The news follows Nikon’s CES 2016 introductions of the D5 and D500 DSLRs, which brought 4K Ultra HD video recording to mainstream DSLRs from a top-two camera manufacturer, and gives the No. 1 DSLR camera brand a 4K UHD recording model in something other than an advanced professional cinema product. It also further cements the credibility of 4K UHD as the next mainstream high-resolution video format for consumers and professionals, alike.
The EOS-1DX Mark II, which will sell for $5,999 for the body only when it ships in April, also includes Dual DIGIC 6+ processors, up to 51,200 native ISO (409,600 expanded) and a continuous still shooting rate of 14 fps, or 16 fps with mirror lock-up.
Canon will add a kit with the EOS-1D X Mark II, a 64GB CFast card and CFast Card reader for a $6,299 suggested retail price.
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Panasonic’s late-year introduction of the TC-55CX400U 4K UHD LED LCD TV came as a surprise on a number of levels, as the company moved from providing a high-performance product lineup of 4K UHD LED TVs most of the year to offering a couple of “value” lines intended to offer a basic feature set, with good picture performance, at an affordable price point.
First, the new value TVs were a step down from earlier Panasonic 2015 4K LED LCD TV models in features and performance, and came just prior to the holidays when the company’s step-up sets were already out-of-stock on Panasonic’s website. Those flashier offerings included innovative technologies such as the flagship model’s close to DCI-P3 advanced color gamut specs enabled by an unusual blue phosphor LED coating. In contrast, for under $1,000 (or $1,060 on the Panasonic online store as this was posted), the new TC-55CX400 offers a very basic feature set without the wide color gamut and high dynamic range bells and whistles, a limited smart TV platform, but offering a picture with pretty accurate colors within the Rec. 709 color space required for 4K UHD TVs.
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LG is celebrating the Super Bowl and its first-ever Super Bowl TV commercial by offering sports lovers a range of special promotional deals both before and after the game on popular models in its 2015 Full HD and 4K Ultra HD OLED TV and 4K LED LCD TV lineups.
The sale prices are being offered now through Feb. 13th, and will tie in with the LG OLED Super Bowl commercial starring Liam Neeson and produced and directed by Ridley and Jake Scott.
The TV deal specials will be available through authorized participating retail stores and online e-tail stores. Links are included below to take advantage of the offers via Amazon.
During the period, LG’s flat OLED 4K Smart TV (model 65EF9500) and curved OLED 4K Smart TV (model 65EG9600) will be available for $4,999 each ($4,997 on Amazon), — $1,000 off of the normal $5,999 selling price, the company said. Both models offer a wide color gamut and will present high dynamic range, but only the EF9500 series model will accept HDR content from external source devices like next generation Ultra HD Blu-ray players. To see HDR on the EG9600 model, viewers will have to stream HDR-encoded content from supported streaming services, like Amazon or YouTube.
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LG Electronics is running a limited-time VIP pre-launch program for its 2016 65-inch 4K Signature Series OLED TV, awarding selected dealers a total of about 20 in-store demo models of the OLED 65G6P Signature model, sources told HD Guru.com.
The pre-launch program will run through nine mostly regional specialty A/V dealer accounts around the country, and will set-the-table for a national roll out of the TV and other 2016 LG 4K OLED TV models at the end of March and early April, according to sources.
The Signature Series is a new advanced product tier used for elegantly styled and designed LG technologies in major appliances and OLED TV.
Sources said the 65-inch Signature model OLED 65G6P will be priced at $7,999 and subject to the company’s unilateral pricing policy. LG executives would not comment on the pre-launch Signature OLED information and said that 2016 OLED TV pricing has not been set at this time for anything other than the 65-inch 4K Ultra HD E6 model (65E6), which was announced as having a $6,999 UPP at the recent CES 2016.
The larger 77-inch version of the LG Signature G6 OLED series, due later in the year, won HD Guru’s Best of Show award for CES 2016.
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Top level executives from the home entertainment divisions of Hollywood’s four leading studios gave 4K Ultra HDTV and all of its recent enhancements a unified endorsement during the Ultra HD Alliance meeting at the recent CES 2016 in Las Vegas.
The UHD Alliance used its event to underscore that the world’s leading content producers are on board with 4K Ultra HD for the home, and will be stepping up efforts in coming months to deliver the most popular natively produced and distributed 4K Ultra HD feature films via streaming, digital download, Ultra HD Blu-ray and satellite and cable TV platforms.
The Ultra HD Alliance is a multi-industry association of consumer electronics hardware manufacturers, content producers, distributors and others unified in the common interest of making 4K Ultra HD a success in the consumer hardware/software marketplaces.
Read more on how Hollywood is gearing up for 4K UHD after the jump:
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