2015 Panasonic TVs Get `Netflix Recommended TV’ Certification

June 18th, 2015 · 2160p, 3D HDTV, 4K Flat Panel, Connected TVs, Full Array LED Backlit with Local Dimming, HDR, News, Streaming Services, UHDTV

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Panasonic revealed Wednesday that its full 2015 series of 4K Ultra HD LED TVs have earned “Netflix Recommended TV” certification.

A certified Netflix Recommended TV has been evaluated and shown to comply with the subscription-based over-the-top Internet streaming video service’s specific performance criteria. That includes: instantly displaying the service’s latest app at turn-on, boosting the speed of the launch of apps, faster playback and resumption of apps and programs (now takes a matter of seconds compared with 20 seconds or more for non-recommended TVs), picking up a program where the viewer left off and offering a dedicated Netflix button on the remote control.

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Technicolor: HDR Adoption For 4K UHD Needs To Be Open

June 15th, 2015 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, HDR, News, UHDTV

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The process of selecting standards and specifications for next-generation 4K Ultra HDTVs supporting picture quality advances, including wide color gamut (WCG) and high dynamic range (HDR), continues within multi-industry organizations including the Ultra HD Alliance and the Consumer Electronics Association.

For an update on how things are progressing and how quickly HDR content can be produced after decisions are reached, we caught up with Mark Turner, Technicolor business development VP.

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Sharp Sends Off Aquos 4K Ultra HDTVs With Android TV

June 11th, 2015 · 2160p, 4K LED LCD, Connected TVs, Full Array LED Backlit with Local Dimming, News, UHDTV

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In sending off 9 third-generation 4K Ultra HDTVs for 2015 Wednesday, Sharp executives indicated that they will be adding 4K Amazon Instant Video streaming to select lines for the first time, and demoed some of the company’s first models powered by the new Android TV platform.

In total this year, Sharp models represent seven different screen sizes, five of which are hitting retail floors now in two Aquos 4K Ultra HDTV series, the UE and UH.

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Sony Unveils Advanced 4K Ultra HD Cameras

June 11th, 2015 · 2160p, Digital Cameras, News, UHDTV

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Sony on Wednesday put the camera industry on notice that it was raising the bar for 4K Ultra HD video recording and ultra-high-megapixel, low-light resolution photography for professionals, consumers and enthusiasts, with three advanced digicams.

Highlighting the trio is the pro-focused Alpha A7R II packing the first 1.0 type stacked Exmor RS CMOS sensor. The 42.4-megapixel back-illuminated full-frame (35mm film format size) image sensor produces images with greater resolution, fewer artifacts, affords better low-light sensitivity and produces less image noise, Sony said. The camera’s ISO range is 100 to 25,600, expandable to a high 102,400.

The company also revealed a pair of the first 4K-recording-capable Cyber-shot point-and-shoots in the RX100 IV and the RX10 II.

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HDMI Backers Ready For Challengers

June 9th, 2015 · 2160p, HDMI, HDR, News, UHDTV

HDMICableIf you have a high definition TV or plan to be adding a 4K Ultra HD in the near future, you should be familiar with the HDMI digital connector.

The interface was developed in 2002, a few years after the first digital HDTVs arrived in the market as a backward compatible (with an adapter) digital connection for DVI, bringing a range of convenience solutions to consumers, not the least of which was a single jack for both audio and the latest HDTV video standards. Through constant evolution the interface remains the primary connector for HD and 4K Ultra HD video sources today.

Now, the HDMI LCC, which administers licensing, compliance testing, promotion and other issues, is fending off challenges from experts and organizations like MHL (super MHL) and VESA (DisplayPort) backing interfaces that claim to be more robust in handling next-generation 4K Ultra HDTV, high frame rates and even 8K signals with ancillary data requiring faster speeds.

We spoke with Jeff Park, HDMI LLC senior product manager and evangelist, for an update on where HDMI is today and where it might be headed next:

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3M Says Rec. 2020 Color Gamut Achievable Soon

June 8th, 2015 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, HDR, Laser HDTV, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, UHDTV

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The International Telecommunications Union’s (ITU) Rec. 2020 standard for wide color gamut, which has been set as a target for next-generation 4K Ultra HDTV displays and is included in the recently published Ultra HD Blu-ray specification, may be achievable more quickly than many industry experts thought.

That was the assessment of quantum dot technology specialists from 3M’s Display Materials and Systems Division attending last week’s SID Display Week show. The company intended its statements and demonstrations at the show to contribute to a discussion on how to set guidelines for displays to qualify as Rec. 2020 complaint.

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Review: Cambridge Audio TV2 Stereo TV Base Is An Affordable Room Filler

June 5th, 2015 · Audio, Product Reviews, Review, Sound Bars, Sound Systems

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Getting big sound out of a small-to-mid-size TV can be a challenge. Typically small, down-firing speakers in a TV, perhaps used for bedroom or dormitory applications, can sound thin and tinny with dialog often hard to discern at low volumes.

Enhancing that with an A/V receiver outfitted with a subwoofer and complement of front and satellite speakers might be overkill for some, both in cost and space, and many soundbars either don’t measure up to some desktop placements or lack the bass for a truly immersive theater-like experience.

Enter Cambridge Audio with its affordably priced ($299.99) TV2 Stereo TV Base, designed to pair with pedestal- stand-equipped flat-panel TVs up to 47-inches, or positioned on a table or dresser below a larger wall-mounted display.

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Denon Launches HEOS Soundbar/Subwoofer Wireless Music System

June 3rd, 2015 · Audio, News, Sound Bars, Sound Systems, Surround Sound, Wireless Audio

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Denon Electronics introduced this week the first soundbar and subwoofer system designed to network with its HEOS wireless music ecosystem.

The company said the HEOS HomeCinema, which will hit stores in July at a $799 suggested retail, was designed to do dual-duty as an upgrade for the sound on today’s flat-panel TVs while also serving as a powerful speaker setup that ties in with the whole-home HEOS wireless music system.

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