Relief Headed To Mitsubishi LaserVue TV Owners

September 22nd, 2015 · DLP, Laser HDTV, Microdisplay Rear Projection, News

If you purchased a malfunctioning Mitsubishi LaserVue laser-light-engine-based DLP rear-projection set between 2008-2012, you might be entitled to a free product repair or reimbursement for any work performed to fix it.

That’s because the parent of the marketing company, Mitsubishi Electronics Visual Solutions America, which exited the U.S. consumer rear projection TV business in December 2012, has agreed to a preliminary settlement in a consumer class-action lawsuit over problems that have caused a range of picture defects, including splotchy images and darkened sections of the screen after about 8,000 to 10,000 hours of use.

The firm handling the settlement for the consumers, Gilardi & Co. LLC of San Rafael, CA, last week posted a web site notifying qualifying parties that they might have a stake to the settlement relief benefits, and is gathering names and case numbers now. The firm leaves a telephone number for those with further questions: 888-289-0223.

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Amazon’s New Fire TV Set-top Box Expands 4K UHD Content Possibilities

September 18th, 2015 · 2160p, Amazon, Connected TVs, Digital Media Receivers, News, Sling Box, Streaming Services, UHD (4K) Media Players, UHDTV


Just days after Apple unveiled the next version of its Apple TV, incorporating Siri voice control and other iPhone-like applications, Amazon introduced a trio of new Fire TV add-on smart media adapters, including one of the first external multimedia streaming adapters to support 4K Ultra HDTV over-the-top streaming services.

The introduction brings 4K streaming from Netflix and Amazon Video to the latest class of high-resolution TVs, but on the surface, the need for the application seems somewhat limited. Most 4K Ultra HDTVs in the market already include extensive built-in smart TV platforms, many of which support 4K Ultra HD streaming services already.

But the introduction does make way for the possibility of more affordably priced non-smart 4K Ultra HDTVs as well as providing streaming options for high-end video projectors, like Sony’s 4K SXRD models, and current or forthcoming native 4K and pixel-shifting projectors from other manufacturers (see JVC and Epson) that accept 4K signals, all of which lack internal smart TV platforms.

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Sony Expands HDR Capable 4K TVs

September 15th, 2015 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, Amazon, Connected TVs, HDR, News, Streaming Services, UHDTV

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Sony is bringing high dynamic range (HDR) capability to more models in its 2015 4K Ultra HD LED LCD TV line, the company said Tuesday.

In addition to the previously announced 65-inch X930C ($3,798) and 75-inch X940C ($6,998) models, Sony said that HDR compatibility will be coming soon to models in the: 55-inch, 65-inch and 75-inch X850C (like the one pictured above), the 55-inch and 65-inch X900C and the 75-inch X910C ($5,498) series via a soon-to-be-delivered network firmware update.

The update will enable owners of the corresponding models to see HDR content available through Amazon Video streaming, Sony said.

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Sony Unveils a7S II Mirrorless Wide Dynamic Range Camera

September 11th, 2015 · 2160p, Digital Cameras, HDR, News, OLED, UHDTV

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Sony Electronics unveiled Friday the α7S II mirrorless compact system camera, offering the ability to record full-frame 4K video internally with full-pixel readout, no pixel binning and up to 14 stops of dynamic range.

The new camera also offers a range of professional movie functions including what the company calls a “unique balance of sensitivity and control of plane of focus.”

Mark Weir, Sony Electronics senior technology manager, said the a7S II is the third model in Sony’s second generation of a7 cameras, and is optimized for maximum sensitivity, particularly in low-light conditions, making it ideal for professional wedding photographers who encounter challenging low-light situations. It joins the α7 II and α7R II.

The a7S II also provides 5-axis image stabilization that further enables taking high-quality images from low-light conditions and telephoto shots.

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Sony Pictures Reveals Plans To Support Dolby Vision Mastering

September 10th, 2015 · 2160p, Blu-ray Titles, Connected TVs, HDR, News, Streaming Services, UHD (4K) Media Players, UHDTV


Dolby Laboratories and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) said Thursday that they have reached an agreement to use the new Dolby Vision mastering process for 4K Ultra HD content titles to be delivered by a variety of home entertainment distribution partners.

The Dolby Vision mastering process will make possible the delivery of multiple high dynamic range (HDR) formats, including the baseline SMPTE BT.2084 and 2086 HDR standards supported by the CEA definition for 4K Ultra HD HDR TVs and the next-generation Ultra HD Blu-ray spec.

The agreement does not, however, include support for the separate Dolby Vision HDR standard, which has been announced for support by Warner Home Video, Vudu and Vizio’s forthcoming Reference Series TVs, sources said.

High-dynamic range (HDR) offers a wider range of contrast, brightness and detail for more realistic images than are possible on non-HDR 4K and Full HDTVs today.

The Dolby Vision system includes a range of end-to-end production and mastering techniques as well as a format for single and dual-layer HDR. The Dolby Vision single and dual-layer HDR component of the system was not included in the recent agreement with Sony Pictures at this time, sources said. The agreement covers only the Dolby Vision mastering processes.

The Dolby Vision HDR system is offered for “voluntary” support by manufacturers of forthcoming Ultra HD Blu-ray players. It will require an HDR-ready 4K Ultra HDTV equipped to read and display the special Dolby Vision HDR metadata.

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New Apple TV Unveiled, But No Mention Of 4K

September 9th, 2015 · Connected TVs, Digital Media Receivers, HDMI, News, Streaming Services

AppleTVSept15Apple still didn’t materialize a long-rumored iOS-based television set at a much-hyped press conference Wednesday, but the company didn’t take its eye off of the big screen. Instead it unveiled a next generation Apple TV set-top-box, bringing more iPhone-like functionality to the living-room screen, including greater power and speed, a redesigned user interface, Siri voice commands and searches, and its broadest range of apps and games.

Not discussed for the new TV-add-on product, however, was the ability to stream 4K Ultra HD (to say nothing of 4K with high dynamic range), even though 4K video capture was a key new element added to Apple’s iPhone 6S and 6SPlus smartphones announced at the same press conference.

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Review: Samsung NX1 4K Mirrorless Compact System Camera

September 4th, 2015 · 2160p, Digital Camera/Camcorder, Digital Cameras, HDMI, HDR, Product Reviews, Review, UHDTV


My first SLR, the Pentax Spotmatic F, and my second, the Nikon F, were iconic cameras. They broke new ground and set new standards for their time. My gut tells me Samsung’s flagship NX1 mirrorless camera will be joining the list.

The NX1 ($1,499.99 for the body only) is Samsung’s first true professional-level interchangeable lens camera, and it comes loaded with cutting-edge features including: a 28.2 megapixel APS-C BSI CMOS sensor; 23.5 x 15.7mm internal 4K@24fps, 4K UHD@30fps and 1080p at up to 60fps (120 fps in 1080i); advanced hybrid autofocus system utilizing 205 phase-detect and 209 contrast-detection AF points; 100-25,600 native ISO range, expandable to 51,200; 76.6mm (3-inch) 1,036k-dot Super AMOLED touch screen; 10-12 stops of dynamic range; and H.265 video recording system with uncompressed 8-bit, 4:2:2, 4K output via HDMI.

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IFA Helps 4K UHD TV Makers Connect The Quantum Dots

September 3rd, 2015 · 2160p, 4K Curved Screeen, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Connected TVs, Curved Screen, Full Array LED Backlit with Local Dimming, HDR, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, UHDTV


Televisions capable of producing high dynamic range (HDR) and a wide color gamut (WCG) were among the hottest trends emerging from this week’s IFA electronics trade show in Berlin, Germany.

As LG and Panasonic used the event to show off or unveil new 4K Ultra HD OLED models with WCG and HDR capabilities, manufacturers and developers of LED LCD TVs kept in step by showing new quantum dot (aka nano-crystal) TV technology and products, and announced key partnerships that should soon help bring the display advancements to retail stores at more affordable prices. For consumers, that means more lower-priced 4K Ultra HDTVs with HDR and WCG capability are just around the corner.

Read more about new quantum dot plans after the jump:

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