Amazon Slates Prime Birthday Event

July 7th, 2015 · Amazon, News

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Amazon revealed that it plans to celebrate its 20th Anniversary by offering a one-day sales event for Prime subscribers that will rival Black Friday.

The event, which Amazon is calling “Prime Day,” is scheduled for July 15th and is open to Prime members only in the United States, United Kingdom, Spain, Japan, Italy, Germany, France, Canada and Austria.

The day will feature what a spokesperson called thousands of “Lightening Deals” appearing at intervals as close together as every 10 minute. The retailer said it plans to offer more deals than it does on the after Thanksgiving.

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GoPro Unveils HERO4 Session, Mini-Cube-Style 1080/60p Action Cam

July 6th, 2015 · Digital Camera/Camcorder, Digital Cameras, News

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Diminutive action-camera maker GoPro unveiled Monday the HERO4 Session — an ultra-compact cube-style camera, measuring 1.5 inches square.

The HERO4 Session captures 1080/60p video, and 1920 x 1440p video at 30fps. It can also deliver 720p video at 100 fps to present slow motion images at a 4x slow motion rate when using a 24p rate.

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Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, HDMI 2.0a Appear In 2015 AVRs

July 4th, 2015 · 2160p, Audio, HDMI, HDR, News, Sound Systems, Surround Sound, Surround Sound Systems, UHDTV

Yamaha RX-A2050The inclusion of object-based surround sound capabilities and updated inputs supporting HDMI 2.0a with HDCP 2.2 copy protection, mark some the latest advances in a spate of recent audio/video receiver (AVR) unveilings. Targeting retail deliveries this month and into the fall are new models from: Denon, Marantz, Onkyo, Pioneer and Yamaha.

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Fantastic 4th Of July Deals on 4K UHD TVs and HDTVs

July 1st, 2015 · 2160p, 3D HDTV, 4K Curved Screeen, Connected TVs, Curved Screen, News, OLED, UHD 4K OLED, UHDTV

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This week is a great time to purchase a new 4K UHD TV or HDTV. There are a few remaining 2014 red hot closeout deals with up to 64% off retail.

Also check out the latest prices on the 2015 models. We found a number of “instant rebates” from Samsung, Sony and LG.

In HDTV the LG 2014 LG Electronics 55EC9300 55-Inch 1080p 3D OLED HDTV is at its lowest price ever at $2299.

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Westinghouse Resurfaces With Value 4K Ultra HD TV Line

July 1st, 2015 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, UHDTV

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A new value-priced line of 4K Ultra HD LED-LCDTVs launched this week under the Westinghouse brand on Best Buy.com.

The complete 2015 line will include six models in the 85- ($6,999.99), 75- ($3,999), 65- ($1,299), 55- ($799.99), 50- ($699), and 42-inch ($499) screen sizes, Westinghouse Electronics said.

The first of the 4K models – the 85-inch, model WE85NC4210 (pictured at top) and 55-inch (WE55UC4200) — are available now through the retail web site. They offer 4K UHD LED LCD panels with native refresh rates of 120Hz and 60Hz, respectively.

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Manufacturers Debate OLED, 4K Ultra HD, HDR

June 29th, 2015 · 2160p, 4K Curved Screeen, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Blu-ray Players, Connected TVs, Curved Screen, HDR, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, OLED, OLED, Plasma, UHD 4K OLED, UHDTV

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If an OLED TV has superior black level on a bright retail showroom floor, will anybody see it?

That was the question debated by company spokesmen from Samsung, Sony and LG during a Next TV panel at last week’s CE Week in New York City.

In a discussion on LG’s decision to carry OLED to market alone, Philip Jones (pictured above at left), Sony product marketing specialist, reminded that Sony continues to build Academy Award-winning OLED monitors for professional applications but the current high price, smaller screen sizes and lower brightness levels, makes the technology prohibitive to produce for the current consumer marketplace.

“When a consumer walks into a store they make their purchases in what they see as a brighter room,” Jones said. “A lot of the time, [OLED’s] dark black level is not visible. You have a large range in your eye, but you have irises. So the second it gets bright your iris [adjusts] and something that looked gray to you now looks black. So, unless you are watching a TV in absolute darkness it is very difficult to see a difference in black levels between an OLED and an LCD. You can see enhanced brightness and that gives you visible contrast.”

“It’s not hard to see the black level. I’m sorry,” Tim Alessi (pictured above at right), LG Electronics new product development director, retorted with a smile.

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LG OLED TV Wins Value Electronics `TV Shootout’

June 26th, 2015 · 2160p, 4K Curved Screeen, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Curved Screen, Full Array LED Backlit with Local Dimming, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, OLED, OLED, UHD 4K OLED, UHDTV

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LG Electronics’ 65-inch curved-screen 65EG9600 4K OLED TV was selected the winner of the 11th Annual Value Electronics TV Shootout held at CE Week in New York City, Wednesday and Thursday.

The curved-screen “Art Slim” OLED TV beat out three contending flagship 4K Ultra HD TVs including the 78-inch Samsung UN78JS9500, the 75-inch Sony XBR-75X940C and the Panasonic TC-65X850U. The LG set won in two different sets of voting – one among general attendees and the other from a panel of expert calibrators.

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Panel: Consider Issues Beyond Brightness In 4K Ultra HD Standards Setting

June 25th, 2015 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, HDR, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, OLED, OLED, UHD 4K OLED, UHDTV

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The establishment of standards for high dynamic range (HDR) viewing in the home and other 4K UHD performance issues needs to take into account a wide range of parameters including ambient light and its effect on contrast ratio, and not focus merely on peak light.

That was the assessment of some video experts speaking on a Next TV panel at CE Week in New York City Tuesday.

“Research has been released now that has established the dynamic range in peak light output at more than 1,000 Nits, and I am going to take issue with that research,” said Joe Kane (pictured above with mic), video technology consultant to Hollywood and a founder of the Imaging Science Foundation. “We did similar research with Eastman Kodak in the Seventies, and what we found is, yes, consumers want upwards of 1,000 Nits [of peak brightness], as has been proposed, and that’s true, but we also found that when you put somebody in a room to watch a two-hour movie, the ambient light has to be up there as well.”

Kane explained that if a picture is too bright in a dark room it becomes fatiguing to the eyes, and reflected light on the screen impacts on the contrast performance seen by viewers.

“Because contrast ratio goes down as ambient light goes up, I would like to propose that high dynamic range have to do with contrast ratio and not absolute light output,” Kane said. “We can go as high in light output as we want as long as the contrast ratio that we see specifies what is high dynamic range. If you are going to watch a set with 4,000 Nits, you are going to need an awful lot of light behind that set if you are going to watch it for two hours.”

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