Hisense: No Renegotiation For Sharp TV Brand In The Works

August 24th, 2016 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Connected TVs, Curved Screen, HDMI, HDR, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, OLED, UHDTV

 

Hisense, the China-based TV manufacturer which markets TVs under the Hisense and Sharp brands in the United States, let the new leadership of Sharp Corp. and the rest of the world know Tuesday that it is still the licensee to the Sharp brand for TVs in North and South America.

The announcement came in response to a report in the Wall Street Journal that upon taking control of the Japanese electronics giant, the new global CEO Tai Jeng-wu said: “We want to polish Sharp’s brand value by ourselves and make it shine globally.”

Tai reportedly went on to say that he hopes to cancel licensing deals for the Sharp brand on various consumer electronics categories, which the former management had made last year in an effort to prop up the value of the company.

In reaction, Hisense USA’s communications team released “a proactive statement” Tuesday saying: “Hisense has not been contacted to discuss altering the terms of its licensing agreement with Sharp. Hisense has successfully resuscitated the Sharp TV brand in the Americas and has no intention of ending its agreement with Sharp early.  Over the course of the past year Hisense has made the Sharp TV brand relevant again in the Americas with the introduction of 27 new televisions including the brand’s first curved and HDR [high dynamic range] sets, all of which are built with Hisense’s superior technology.”

Last year, Hisense acquired licensing rights to the Sharp name and various other trademarks for use on TVs it is now marketing in North and South America.

Tai, who was installed as CEO after Foxconn completed the acquisition of controlling interest (60 percent) in Sharp this month for $3.9 billion, has reportedly begun a large-scale corporate restructuring and renewed brand-building efforts.

The new CEO’s goal is to restore “the brand’s image as a global provider of innovative consumer electronics.”

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Corning Iris Glass To Bring More Thin 4K Ultra HD LCD TVs In 2017

August 23rd, 2016 · 2160p, 4K Curved Screeen, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Connected TVs, Curved Screen, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, UHDTV

 

Wondering what we might expect to see in flat-panel 4K Ultra HDTVs in 2017? Here’s a hint from Corning – thin is in.

Yes, we know that it’s still the dog days of August and brand new premium 4K Ultra HDTVs with high dynamic range (HDR) continue to show promise this year as must-have technologies for AV entertainment enthusiasts.

But as we begin to slowly turn our attention toward CES 2017, some recent announcements are hinting strongly that more and more 4K Ultra LED LCD TV models next year could be both thinner and brighter than some of the models we are seeing now.

One of the driving factors in these new designs comes from Corning which introduced its Iris Glass in 2015 as a new light guide plate (LGP) technology for edge-lit LED LCD TVs.

The LGP is a transparent sheet which is installed as a substrate in an LCD to direct light sources (like LEDs) from the sides of the display across the screen. When electricity is turned on, the sheet (which can be of glass or acrylic composition) will emit a bright uniform soft light.

Iris Glass has only been used by a couple of TV brands so far, but the technology enables making edge-lit LED LCD TVs that are less than 10 millimeters thick and require almost no bezel border. Further, the technology passes a greater percentage of pure light than conventional glasses and enables making color-stable large screens that are equal to or brighter than TVs using plastic-based LGPs today.

According to a Corning statement: “Optically, Iris Glass delivers the bright, realistic color quality consumers demand by delivering high optical transmission and negligible color shift, resulting in several other prominent electronics manufacturers having designed Iris Glass into their edge-lit LCD TVs over the past year.”

In an effort to keep step with the growing popularity of thin-panel OLED displays, Corning said it expects to see both more manufacturers and models using Iris LGP technology in 2017. In addition, Corning said to expect LED LCD TVs with glass LGPs ranging in screen sizes from 50 inches all the way up to 75 inches next year. That compares to only a handful of models available mostly in China today in screen sizes of 60 to 70 inches.

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Kaleidescape Movie Download Company Shuts Down

August 22nd, 2016 · 2160p, 4K LED LCD, Blu-ray Discs, Blu-ray Players, Blu-ray Titles, Connected TVs, Digital Media Receivers, News, OLED, Streaming Services, UHD (4K) Media Players, UHDTV

                            Cheena Srinivasan, Kaleidescape CEO at 2015 CEDIA Expo

Despite attempts in recent years to re-invent itself into a cloud-based Blu-ray-quality movie download service, Kaleidescape revealed Sunday that it is shutting down.

According to report by custom electronics trade publication CEPro, the company shutdown after running out of financing to take the business further.

Kaleidescape started out in 2000 selling movie servers that would transfer content-protected DVD movies and TV programs to an internal hard-drive for easy storage and access to huge digital movie libraries. But after failing to win a legal battle with Hollywood over the handling of copy-protected material, Kaleidescape attempted to start a cloud-based download service for high-quality videos. The operation had started to gain momentum, but not fast enough to keep up with expenses, according to the report.

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Artison To Show Nano Backpack P5 Compact Processor/Amp

August 18th, 2016 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Audio, HDMI, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, Sound Systems, Surround Sound Systems, Wireless Audio

 

Artison revealed Thursday that its new Nano Backpack P5 surround sound processor/amplifier, which is an ultra-compact high-performance surround sound component designed for use with flat-panel displays, will debut at the 2016 CEDIA Expo next month and will be available to retailers in December.

The P5 is the final version of the surround sound processor/amplifier that the company first previewed at CEDIA Expo last year. The company has used that preview to gather suggestions and comments from dealers to improve the final version of the product before release.

The Artison Nano Backpack P5 is slated to ship to Artison dealers in December at a $1,199 suggested retail price.

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LG Unveils 720p HD Portable Projector Pair

August 18th, 2016 · Front Projection, front projectors, HDMI, News, Second Screen

Those who like to take their sports or movie watching to the backyard or on camping trips, might be excited to learn about a pair of compact portable 720p HD projectors just introduced by LG Electronics.

The South Korean electronics manufacturer introduced Wednesday two new additions to its battery-powered, compact Minibeam portable projector series.

The projectors, which are scheduled to make their debut at IFA 2016 in Berlin in September, include models PH450U and PH150G, each of which was designed to “bolster screen sharing capabilities with Miracast and wireless display,” and offer expanded brightness for flexible viewing in any sized space, LG said.

The Minibeam projectors also provide enhanced wired and wireless connectivity options for consumers.

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Nikon Adds Compact Entry DSLR With Full HD 1080 Video

August 17th, 2016 · Digital Camera/Camcorder, Full HD 1080p, HDMI, News

 

Nikon introduced Wednesday a new entry level DSLR, the D3400, which is a DX-format camera featuring Full HD 1080 video capture and “SnapBridge” always-on Bluetooth connection.

The Nikon D3400 is a lightweight and compact DSLR incorporating a 24.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor (omitting a low-pass filter) along with Nikon’s EXPEED 4 image processing engine.

It features a 100-25,600 ISO range, capable of capturing low-noise images in darker settings.

The camera will be offered in a choice of black or red body colors and will be available in September in a kit with an AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR zoom lens for a $646.95 suggested retail. Another option includes a two-lens kit along with the AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR and AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED without image stabilization for a $996.95 suggested retail.

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Panel: New 4K Ultra HDTVs Are Good First Step For HDR

August 15th, 2016 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Blu-ray Discs, Blu-ray Players, Blu-ray Titles, Connected TVs, Curved Screen, HDMI, HDR, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, OLED, OLED, Reference Materials, Streaming Services, Test Equipment, TV Tables, UHD 4K OLED, UHDTV

 

Looking to arrive at a standard of performance for new generation 4K Ultra HDTVs with high dynamic range (HDR) and a wide color gamut, Samsung recently commissioned the development of a new Ultra HD HDR Reference Test Disc and corresponding PC-based work flow to help product reviewers, professional calibrators and others properly test and evaluate new products coming to market.

Prior to presenting the disc to invited attendees, Samsung provided a Q-&-A panel session with a number of TV experts from Samsung, along with Florian Freidrich, television technology expert, who developed the workflow and test patterns used to calibrate the HDR-10 protocol accurately.

Among many other things, the disc uses motion in test patterns to get around the problem of where most HDR-capable TVs automatically begin to ramp down peak brightness levels a few seconds after achieving them in order to safe guard against damaging the panel lighting system in LED LCD TVs or the self-emissive screen in OLED displays.

The discussion was led by Chris Chinnock, principal of InSight Media, a display technology research firm, and included [pictured at top from left]: Steve Panosian, responsible for product marketing management at Samsung Electronics America; Gerard Catapano, Samsung QA Lab director; Jason Hartlove, CEO of Nanosys, Samsung’s partner in quantum dot development; and Freidrich.

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Samsung: Industry Needs `Good-Better-Best’ HDR TV Classifications

August 12th, 2016 · 2160p, 4K Curved Screeen, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Connected TVs, Curved Screen, Full Array LED Backlit with Local Dimming, HDMI, HDR, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, OLED, Test Equipment, UHD 4K OLED, UHDTV

                                                                        Samsung’s Steve Panosian

One of the biggest challenges facing consumers shopping for a good performing 4K Ultra HDTV today is learning what high dynamic range and a wide color gamut are and then knowing how to determine which TVs claiming to be HDR and wide color gamut capable actually are.

The problem is that, while the industry has a labeling program to let us know which TVs are capable of accepting and reading HDR metadata and which TVs are capable of presenting HDR and a wide color gamut at a premium level, we have no other criteria to use to let us know which so-called 4K Ultra HD TVs supporting HDR are displaying that metadata information at a “Good” level, and which are displaying it at a “Better” level. The “Best” TVs are presumably those carrying the Ultra HD Alliance logo certifying Ultra HD Premium level performance, at least among those television brands that are choosing to support the UHDA’s program.

The result is that TV shoppers today are presented with an increasingly growing onslaught of “HDR capable” TV model options to choose from and no criteria to use to determine performance levels for peak luminance or color gamut  at for the particular model class.

During a recent tech session presented by Samsung Electronics for professional calibrators, product reviewers, industry engineers and experts, the HD Guru was able to ask Steve Panosian, responsible for product marketing management for Samsung Electronics America, how Samsung is trying to make the television selection process less confusing and complex amidst the veritable sea of choices now hitting the market. Samsung does, after all, have the industry’s largest selection for 4K Ultra HD and HDR TV models on the market.

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