Entries Tagged as 'Disc Reviews'

HDR Still Not Happening At Retail

August 13th, 2015 · 4 Comments · 2160p, 4K Curved Screeen, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Amazon, Blu-ray Discs, Blu-ray Players, Blu-ray Titles, Connected TVs, HDR, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, OLED, OLED, UHD 4K OLED, UHDTV

4K Ultra HDTVs capable of delivering High Dynamic Range (HDR) may be one of the hottest new technologies on the television market this year, but don’t be surprised if you don’t hear anything about it on retail sales floors, so far. Even though some of the latest and greatest HDR-ready (unofficial terminology) TV models are in stores, the feature […]

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BDA To Start Licensing Ultra HD Blu-ray Standard

August 5th, 2015 · No Comments · 2160p, Blu-ray Discs, Blu-ray Players, Blu-ray Titles, HDMI, HDR, News, UHDTV

The arrival of Ultra HD Blu-ray players got a little closer Wednesday with word that the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) will begin licensing the Ultra HD Blu-ray format starting Aug. 24th. The date is about a month later than the group had originally expected. In addition to providing movies and television programs encoded in native […]

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HEVC Patent Pool Issues Its Bill

July 22nd, 2015 · No Comments · 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

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 […]

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Ready For That HDR-Ready Home Theater? Hold On

April 23rd, 2015 · No Comments · 4K Flat Panel, Blu-ray Titles, Connected TVs, HDMI, HDR, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, Sound Systems, Surround Sound Systems, UHD (4K) Media Players, UHDTV, Video Processors

From the hurry- up and-wait department: a recent HDMI 2.0a spec. extension, which supports metadata for high- dynamic range (HDR)-encoded 4K Ultra HD video passed over HDMI connectors may not be as seamlessly updatable as generally expected for some home theater components. Jeff Park, senior technical specifications manager for the HDMI LLC, told HD Guru […]

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Smart TV: Second Screen Explained

October 30th, 2013 · No Comments · Blu-ray Discs, Blu-ray Titles, Cable TV, Connected TVs, Digital Media Receivers, Second Screen, Streaming Services

  The rollout of Smart TV has been accompanied by loads of buzzwords. Of these, Second Screen just might be the buzz-iest. But what is Second Screen, and what, if anything, makes it buzz-worthy? Second Screen defines a multimedia experience that happens in parallel with a main program being watched on TV (the First Screen). […]

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Blu-ray vs. HDTV Streaming Services: A Quality Comparison Review

September 2nd, 2013 · 7 Comments · Blu-ray Discs, Blu-ray Titles, Digital Media Receivers, News, Product Reviews, Streaming Services

  If you to learn which Blu-ray players have the best picture, read our  Best Blu-ray player article   Video streaming is overtaking physical media. Here are the numbers to prove it: In 2012, an estimated 3.4 billion movies were streamed by households in the U.S., while only 2.4 billion Blu-rays and DVDs were watched […]

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How To Properly Configure A Blu-ray Player

April 26th, 2013 · 2 Comments · Blu-ray Discs, Blu-ray Players, Blu-ray Titles, News

  Configuring a Blu-ray player is a much harder task than you would think it should be. The menus are filled with different video and audio options, with very little mentioned in the owner’s manual about them. Most players now have guided setups when you first install them, but they either don’t explain most of […]

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HD Guru’s 2012 HDTV Predictions

December 31st, 2011 · 4 Comments · 3D HDTV, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Blu-ray Titles, Connected TVs, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, OLED, Plasma

With 2011 now in the history books, it’s time again to look forward to new HD home theater products.  We’ve collected all our inside industry clues and trends to make 12 predictions for the HDTVs in the New Year.

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