DISH Adds Voice Remote For Hopper 3, 4K Joey Boxes

July 14th, 2016 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, Satellite TV, Satellite UHD 4K TV, UHD (4K) Media Players, UHDTV

 

Direct-to-home satellite TV provider DISH unveiled Thursday its new Voice Remote, featuring voice recognition and clickable touchpad, designed to help viewers navigate, search for and select content on Hopper 3 and 4K Joey set-top boxes.

The diminutive remote, which measures 5.59 (L) x 2.25 (W) x 1.02(D) inches, is said to be about half the size of a traditional remote control, and was designed to fit comfortably in the palm of the hand.

The DISH Voice Remote will “interpret natural language, populating search results based on program title, actor or genre, and building contextual searches to narrow options, as desired,” the company said.

Voice commands can also be used to control basic functions of the receiver, including recording and changing channels.

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Amazon Prime Day Offers Summer Savings On TVs, Electronics

July 12th, 2016 · 2160p, 3D Blu-ray player, 3D UHDTV, 3LCD front projectors, 3LCD projectors, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Amazon, Audio, Blu-ray Discs, Blu-ray Players, Blu-ray Titles, Connected TVs, Curved Screen, Front Projection, HD DVD Titles, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, Sound Bars, Surround Sound, Surround Sound Systems, UHDTV

 

Amazon Prime Day is today and in full swing offering huge savings on an expanded lineup of television models.

Below is a list of some of the key TV and video product specials that were still available, though going fast. To be eligible, shoppers will need to have a membership to Amazon Prime.

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Samsung Dolby Atmos Sound Bars Now Available For Pre-Order

July 11th, 2016 · HDMI, News, Sound Bars, Sound Systems, Surround Sound, Surround Sound Systems, UHDTV, Wireless HD

Samsung said Monday that its model HW-K950 Dolby Atmos sound bar, which was an HD Guru Best of CES winner in January, is now available for pre-order.

The HW-K950 is billed as the industry’s first Dolby Atmos sound bar package to include two wireless rear speakers.

Samsung said the HW-K950 (with wireless rear channel speakers) and HW-K850 Dolby Atmos (without rear channel speakers) sound bars will be available in the U.S. for $1,499 and $999 respectively, later this summer.

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Fuji Introduces X-T2 4K UHD Mirrorless ILC

July 11th, 2016 · 2160p, Digital Camera/Camcorder, Digital Cameras, HDMI, HDR, News, UHDTV

 

Fuji recently introduced its X-T2 mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, offering 4K video enthusiasts up to 3840 x 2160p Ultra HD video recording with a new F-Log Gamma option.

At the same time, the company introduced the EF-X500 as the new flagship model in its speed flash line for X-series cameras.

The Fuji X-T2 improves upon the X-T1 before it, with the addition of a 24MP X-Trans III sensor. The camera also includes Fuji’s X-Processor Pro Engine, a 0.77×2.36m-dot OLED viewfinder, a 3-inch 1.04m-dot 3-way tilting LCD screen, two UHS-II SD slots and film simulation and grain effect modes.

Other features include: built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, continuous shooting of up to 8 fps, up to ISO 51200 for strong low-light performance, shutter release time lag and blackout time.

When it hits retail in September, the Fuji X-T2 will carry a $1,599 suggested retail price for the body only and $1,899 for the camera with an 18-55mm f/2.8-4 kit lens.

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‘Eddie the Eagle’ UHD Blu-ray Makes Colors Soar In HDR

July 8th, 2016 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Blu-ray Discs, Blu-ray Players, Blu-ray Titles, Disc Reviews, HDR, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, Surround Sound, Surround Sound Systems, UHDTV

 

Eddie the Eagle is a typical underdog-makes-good movie that like Rudy before it, was produced as a feel good distraction from more turbulent times and events. Here, the film uses an unlikely athlete who makes good to qualify as an English ski jumper in the ’88 Winter Olympics in Calgary.

The story deals with the life and Olympic aspirations of Michael “Eddie” Edwards, an actual British ski jumper, who finished dead last in every event in which he competed, yet managed to get most of the planet cheering him on as he achieved personal and British best distance marks along the way.

In the movie, Edwards was a formerly handicapped boy who dreamed of building his body up to a point where he could compete in the Olympics. The movie uses its dramatic license liberally in presenting this tale, although I wonder if the actual story would have been that much less amusing?

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Sony, DirecTV To Offer Revised UFC 200 Fight In 4K

July 7th, 2016 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Connected TVs, Full Array LED Backlit with Local Dimming, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, Satellite TV, Satellite UHD 4K TV, Streaming Services, UHDTV

 

From the best laid plans department: Sony revealed Wednesday night that through an association with broadcasting and distribution technology developer NeuLion, it had planned to present fight fans in the U.S. and Canada with a live 4K Ultra HD stream of UFC 200: Cormier vs. Jones 2 via the Android TV streaming platform in select Sony 2015 and 2016 4K Ultra HDTV models.

That was before fighter Jon Jones, the UFC’s No. 1 light heavy weight, was suddenly ruled out of the bout due to an allegedly suspected doping violation two days before the event. Now the title fight, which is still scheduled for July 9, 2016 from Las Vegas, will feature Brock Lesnar against Mark Hunt — the former undercard to Cormier vs. Jones.

Sony said it will be using technology from NeuLion — a company specializing in delivering on-demand streaming video — to deliver the UFC 200 event in 4K resolution at 60 frames per second. The fight will be offered as a pay per view event at $59.95. The same price will apply to 4K, HD and SD versions.

Alternatively, the fight will also be available for pay per view on DirecTV in 4K, HD or SD.

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LG Experience Displays To Showcase 4K, Dolby Vision, HDR-10

July 6th, 2016 · 2160p, 4K Curved Screeen, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Connected TVs, Curved Screen, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, OLED, OLED, Sound Bars, UHD 4K OLED, UHDTV

 

TV shoppers confused about the latest 4K Ultra HD TV technologies, including both flavors of High Dynamic Range (HDR) – HDR-10 and Dolby Vision – and what a wide color gamut (WCG) looks like can soon go to a Best Buy store or participating regional AV electronics retailer to get a demonstration on some of LG Electronics’ latest TVs.

LG said Wednesday that it has started to roll out across the country its “LG Experience” interactive television display designed to help TV shoppers engage with the latest advancements in TV picture quality, including High Dynamic Range (HDR) and 4K Ultra HD resolution, on LG 2016 OLED and Super UHD LED LCD TVs.

The in-store displays consist of 16- and 24-foot LG Experience walls, which are going up now in 400 Best Buy locations around the country, LG said.

If you don’t live near a Best Buy location, the company has another version planned for leading regional audio/video electronics retailers. According to LG, the displays were created to help TV shoppers better understand emerging technologies including HDR and 4K Ultra HD using its own OLED and LED 4K UHD TVs.

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Denon, Marantz Add Network AVRs

July 5th, 2016 · 2160p, HDMI, HDR, News, Sound Systems, Streaming Services, Surround Sound, Surround Sound Systems, UHDTV, Video Processors

D&M Holdings, which is the manufacturer of AV components under the Denon and Marantz brands, recently unveiled new network AV receivers under each of the audio equipment lines.

Under the Denon brand, the company unveiled the AVR-X3300W Network AV Receiver (shipping in July at a $999 suggested retail price) designed to fill larger rooms with surround sound. It is compatible with a wide range of loudspeaker models, including 4 ohm versions using the receiver’s low impedance drive capability providing operational stability.

Under Marantz, the company introduced the SR5011 Network Receiver (shipping this month at an $899 suggested retail) offering a full-size cabinet, high-grade component parts and 7 x 100 Watts per channel of power.

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