This Week’s Hot pre-Black Friday Deals

November 16th, 2015 · 2160p, 3D HDTV, 3D UHDTV, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Amazon, Connected TVs, Curved Screen, UHD 4K OLED, UHDTV

This Weeks Hot DealsThe 4K UHD and HDTV pre-Thanksgiving deals are now happening. The major manufacturers dropped their prices up to 61% off retail on a number of large screen (40-inches and larger) UHD and HDTVs.

Many of the Black Friday deals offered by the big box retailers are small screen entry level models (TVs most of our readers are not interested in purchasing). All the listed deals have 40-inch and larger screens.

All TVs sold by Amazon direct come with free freight and many are eligible for free quicker shipping with a $99 Amazon Prime membership (it also includes thousands of free streaming movies with an Amazon Instant compatible Smart TV or Media Player.

The savings begin after the jump.

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Knock Down The Chimney: Big Screens Hit The Holidays

November 16th, 2015 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Extended Warranties, HDR, News, OLED


Source: gap intelligence.

Black Friday TV shoppers are seeing a push of larger and larger HD and Ultra HDTV screen sizes this year with 55-, 60-, and 65-inch screen models seeing heavier holiday promotions than prior years, according to market research from San Diego-based gap intelligence.

“In 2014, the market saw a 69 percent quarter-over-quarter increase in shipments of TVs sized between 55- and 65-inches during the crucial Q4 holiday selling period,” Deirdre Kennedy, gap intelligence’s television industry analyst, told HD Guru. “We can expect to see a similar trend this year, particularly among UHD models, which continue to be offered most often in 55- and 65-inch screen sizes.”

Kennedy pointed out that the average screen size in the U.S. continues to hover around 40-inches, although American tastes are trending toward larger models.

At the same time, UHD TVs continue to find rapid growth within the market and are expected to be heavily promoted during the holiday season, according to gap, whose data shows “shipments of UHD TVs increased by over 50 percent in Q3 compared to the previous quarter, and should maintain momentum through the end of the year.”

More on the TV shopper’s holiday outlook after the jump:

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Content Producers Debate Future Of 4K HDR Delivery

November 12th, 2015 · 2160p, 3D HDTV, Cable TV, Connected TVs, HDR, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, Satellite TV, Satellite UHD 4K TV, Streaming Services, UHD (4K) Media Players, UHDTV

NextGenTVpanel                      John Penney, Starz!; Steve Koenig, CTA; Rajan Mehta, WWE; and Dan Schinasi, Samsung

New advances in video picture quality may be close to driving sales of better performing 4K Ultra HDTVs with high dynamic range and wide color gamut capability, but for the near term it doesn’t appear that major content distribution networks are close to supporting them.

That was the assessment of John Penney, Starz! chief technology officer, in leading a panel discussion on “Next Gen TV, New Content Formats and The Impact On Retail” during the Consumer Technology Association’s Innovate Conference in New York City this week.

“Just from a TV-only perspective it is extraordinarily difficult,” Penney said. “When you are at the level of HBO making $10 million an hour programming, you already have a high wholesale price point, there is no way to put on top of that for most distributors to create the UHD tier. Netflix does a little bit by streaming, but for the content provider it has to be a mass switch because the cost of doing it in the first place is so much higher initially until everybody does it that way that you almost have to have simultaneous monetization to offset or else you get large margin compression.

“At the same time you are having to go to two-way more direct marketed media and more data science and all of this. So, studios are where it could happen, but in your independent model production network companies there is a very big challenge there to make it work in the near term,” he added.

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2016 CES Will Mark Changes In Electronics Industry

November 11th, 2015 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Blu-ray Discs, Blu-ray Players, Blu-ray Titles, Connected TVs, Curved Screen, News, OLED, Streaming Services, UHD (4K) Media Players, UHDTV


Gary Shapiro, president of the newly renamed Consumer Technology Association (CTA), which was just changed from the Consumer Electronics Association Monday night, said the 2016 CES is changing this year as well, and admission is getting both broader and more selective at the same time. In short, if you are not directly involved in some business, financial or legislative aspect of the consumer technology industries: No CES for you!

Shapiro lauded the attendance figures of the 2015 show, which surpassed 170,000, but as the “the greatest global technology event” grows in size with more exhibitors from a wider variety of product segments, Shapiro is now trying to keep last year’s number “as an absolute cap.”
In order to represent as many technology professionals as possible and “ease some of the pressure on airlines and hotels,” various measures have been put in place to discourage non-trade traffic, he said.

More on plans for 2016 CES after the jump:

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DEG, Sony Unveil 1st Ultra HD Blu-ray Discs, Packaging

November 10th, 2015 · 2160p, 3D Blu-ray player, Blu-ray Discs, Blu-ray Players, Blu-ray Titles, HDR, News, UHD (4K) Media Players, UHDTV


We may not have Ultra HD Blu-ray players  yet, but we now have new packaging that will be used to help promote the new 4K high-resolution media content platform, and Sony Pictures has just revealed its first Ultra HD Blu-ray titles.

The members of the Digital Entertainment Group (DEG), the multi-industry video entertainment promotions body charged with advocating new entertainment platforms, said Tuesday that it has developed new artwork and other design elements for the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray content packaging.

The package was developed in collaboration with Anchor Bay Entertainment, HBO Home Entertainment, Lionsgate, Paramount Home Media Distribution, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, and is expected to help drive rapid adoption of the new Ultra HD Blu-ray format while maintaining overall consistency in merchandising and messaging, the DEG said.

At the same time, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) revealedt its first releases in the next-generation 4K Ultra HD Disc format, which will arrive in early 2016. The Sony titles will join those announced by 20th Century Fox at IFA in Berlin, Germany earlier this year.

Sony Picture’s first 4K Ultra HD releases will include The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Salt, Hancock, Chappie, Pineapple Express, and The Smurfs 2, with more to follow, including new release films and television content, the company said. No word yet on pricing or exact availability.

Read more on the new Ultra HD Blu-ray disc packaging and Sony Pictures titles after the jump:

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DEG: 4K Ultra HDTV Sales Up 494% In Q3

November 6th, 2015 · 2160p, 4K Curved Screeen, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Blu-ray Discs, Blu-ray Players, Blu-ray Titles, Connected TVs, Digital Media Receivers, Full HD 1080p, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, OLED, Streaming Services, UHD (4K) Media Players, UHD 4K OLED, UHDTV


If you are holding off that purchase of a 4K Ultra HDTV to see if if the technology is here to stay, or just another flash in the pan, like oh, say, 3DTV, you may not have to wait much longer.

Sales of 4K Ultra HDTVs were up 494 percent for the third quarter with nearly 2 million sets sold year to date, according to data released Friday by the multi-industry digital entertainment promotional organization known as the Digital Entertainment Group (DEG).

According to the data, 2.8 million U.S. households, of the 96 million total HDTV U.S. households, currently have a 4K Ultra HDTV and nearly 80 million households own Blu-ray playback devices.

Meanwhile, consumer spending on digital entertainment continued to be stable through the third quarter of 2015, helping year-to-date revenue reach $13 billion, remaining even with digital entertainment spending through the same period last year.

The DEG said its data indicates consumers continue to embrace the convenience and accessibility of purchasing and collecting digital content online.

More on the DEG’s findings for digital entertainment spending after the jump:

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NewsON App Brings Local TV News To Roku Devices

November 4th, 2015 · Connected TVs, Digital Media Receivers, Full HD 1080p, News, Streaming Services

NewsONRoku, Apple iPhone, iPad, Android smartphone and tablet users now have another option for cutting the cord to subscription cable, satellite or telco TV services with the addition of the NewsON app, offering live and recorded streaming of local news reports from trusted broadcast TV stations around the country.

The NewsON app is a new service that provides consumers access to live and on-demand local newscasts and local news clips. The free, ad-supported service features flexible navigation with instant access to broadcast quality video.

The service gives viewers the ability to search by market via an interactive map for curated content linking coverage of breaking news events from multiple stations on smart hand-held devices. In addition the NewsON app is available on TV screens exclusively (at launch) via Roku streaming media adapters, Roku Streaming Stick and Roku TVs

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4K, 1080 TV Bargains Await Holidays

November 2nd, 2015 · 2160p, 4K Curved Screeen, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Amazon, Blu-ray Players, Connected TVs, Curved Screen, Digital Media Receivers, LCD Flat Panel, News, UHD (4K) Media Players, UHDTV


The industry may be doing a little extra belt tightening when it comes to overall HD television sales for the upcoming 2015 holiday shopping season, but you can expect to see the usual doorbuster specials and more 4K Ultra HDTV holiday packages this season, industry observers said.

International television business analysis director Paul Gagnon of IHS Technology told HD Guru that his firm is forecasting U.S. TV shipments to be roughly flat in the fourth quarter compared to last year, due to an apparent dearth in plans “for any aggressive promotions to match what we saw last year.”

“There might be a 1 percent bump in overall units shipped during the fourth quarter, but the third quarter shipments will be down slightly compared to the big surge in the third quarter a year ago,” Gagnon told us.

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