Netflix’s Mirer: We Are Always Trying To Deliver The Best Possible Picture

April 13th, 2015 · 2160p, 4K Curved Screeen, Connected TVs, Curved Screen, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, OLED, Streaming Services, UHD 4K OLED, UHDTV

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During LG’s 2015 spring television line send off this week, Netflix device partner ecosystem VP Scott Mirer was very candid about his company’s expectations for the delivery of next-generation enhanced 4K Ultra HD content.

Both in his panel discussion and in follow up questions after leaving the stage, Mirer indicated that Netflix has been an active participant in talks with manufacturers and as a member of the UHD Alliance to accept the most agreeable standards for wide color gamut, bit depth and high dynamic range. He was also optimistic that standards can be settled in time to deliver some of the enhanced content into the market with the current calendar year.

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Netflix Video Maker Shoots For Highest Common Denominator

April 10th, 2015 · 2160p, 4K Curved Screeen, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Connected TVs, Curved Screen, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, OLED, OLED, Streaming Services, UHD 4K OLED, UHDTV

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In recent days we’ve witnessed a lot of chest pounding from different manufacturers who are beginning to roll out their spring 2015 TV model lines.

Most recently, LG brought a pair of experts from Netflix to its 2015 spring TV launch review to discuss their feelings about the first crop of “Netflix Recommend TVs,” all of which use LG’s new webOS 2.0 smart TV platform, LG’s next-gen 4K Ultra HD OLED, WCG 4K UHD LED TVs and their expectations for the new standards and capabilities being determined now.

The following is a compilation of question-and-answer responses during the event (from both public remarks and a discussion with HD Guru) from Matt Lloyd, photography director for the new Netflix original series “Daredevil” (from the Marvel character catalog), which was shot in 4K Ultra HD. The series premieres starting today (April 10, 2015) on Netflix. We will have a Q&A report with Scott Mirer, Netflix device partner ecosystem VP, in a following article.

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LG Brings Netflix Into the OLED Experience

April 9th, 2015 · 3D UHDTV, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Connected TVs, Curved Screen, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, OLED, OLED, UHD 4K OLED, UHDTV

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LG Electronics celebrated its status as one of the first TV brands to offer smart TVs carrying the new Netflix Recommended logo by bringing Netflix representatives to a New York press event showcasing the smart TV capabilities of LG’s webOS 2.0 platform.

Netflix has approved 11 LG models (all carrying webOS 2.0) as Netflix Recommended from the TV maker’s spring TV lineup, for their ability to offer easier app access, new smart-TV features, instant-on capability in handling apps, and prominently displaying the Netflix app after the set is turned on. Other criteria include: a dedicated Netflix button on the TV’s remote, the latest Netflix app and fast playback start.

More on LG’s Netflix Recommended TVs, OLED TVs and Wide Color Gamut 4K Ultra HD LED TVs after the break:

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Apple Reveals Apple TV HBO Now Launch

April 7th, 2015 · Cable TV, Connected TVs, Digital Media Receivers, News

appletvApple TV enthusiasts will soon be able to tune in “Game of Thrones” and other HBO classic programs through the launch Tuesday of the new HBO Now service on Apple’s digital media adapter, as well as iOS devices like iPads and iPhones.

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Roku Enhances Search Function, Players

April 6th, 2015 · Connected TVs, News, Second Screen, Streaming Services

Roku3 Roku took a shot at Amazon’s Fire TV digital media adapter family on Monday by unveiling the “Roku Feed”, a new search and discovery system for favorite movies, added a new version of the Roku 3 player with voice search capability and supercharged the Roku 2 for speedier operation.

But Roku said nothing about adding 4K Ultra HDTV streaming capability to the new players, despite plans revealed by Roku spokesmen at January’s International CES to offer the capability in certain upcoming Roku TV models. Clearly, today’s focus was on bringing some updated changes to better compete with strong digital media adapter challengers including Amazon and Apple TV.

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Samsung Kicks Off SUHD Product Lineup

April 3rd, 2015 · 2160p, 3D UHDTV, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Connected TVs, Curved Screen, Sound Bars, UHDTV

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Samsung formally kicked off its spring 2015 audio/video product launch at Rockefeller Center’s Rainbow Room Thursday by unveiling its flagship JS9500 SUHD curved LED LCD TV line, featuring an expanded color gamut, wide dynamic range support and new Tizen-based SmartHub operating system.

The occasion also provided the opportunity to officially release pricing and ship dates of the LCD-LED SUHD TVs, along with an expanded selection of curved LCD-LED UHD TVs, new flat LED UHD TVs and curved soundbars.

More importantly, Samsung used the event to plant its flag atop the rapidly evolving Ultra HDTV category by bringing out the chairman of the new multi-industry Ultra HD Alliance that Samsung spearheaded. The “64-times” expanded color characteristics of the JS9500 TV line (from last year’s TV line) was further underscored by testimony from a color-perception expert from New York City’s heralded Parson’s School of Design.

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HBO Comes to Sling TV

April 2nd, 2015 · Connected TVs, Digital Media Receivers, News

GoTSling TV said Wednesday that it will be the first live over-the-top Internet TV service to offer HBO programming, and will carry the premium cable programming across all Sling TV supported devices incliding the Amazon Fire TV (with $50 off Sling TV bundle offer).

HBO programming will be available as a $15-per-month add-on package to the $20-per month basic “Best of Live TV,” service, which offers about 20 mostly basic-cable TV channels, Sling TV said. Exact timing for the launch of the service on Sling TV was not yet announced, but the company said it will launch in time for the season premiere of “Game of Thrones” on April 12th.

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Sharp Begins Selling LE653/654 Full HD LED TVs

March 31st, 2015 · 2160p, Connected TVs, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, Streaming Services

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Mahwah, N.J. – Sharp said this week that its AQUOS LE653 series and 65-inch LC65LE654U Full HD Smart TVs are now available at authorized dealers across the country.

The Sharp LE653/LE654 series models have 1920-by-1080 (progressively scanned) pixel resolution, built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and SmartCentral Apps for smart TV. SmartCentral provides a full web browser, plus instant access to such popular streaming services as Netflix, YouTube, Pandora music and others.

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