Update To Bring Dolby TrueHD To 2017 LG OLED TVs

October 19th, 2017 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, Audio, Connected TVs, Dolby Atmos, HDMI, height channels, LG Electronics, News, object-based audio, OLED, OLED, Sound Bars, Sound Systems, Surround Sound, Surround Sound Systems, UHD 4K OLED, UHDTV, Ultra HD Blu-ray Players

 

LG said Thursday that a new firmware update for its 4K Ultra HD OLED TVs is bringing support for Dolby TrueHD lossless sound technology to 2017 models.

The update will make it possible for 2017 LG OLED TV owners to listen to lossless, uncompressed 5.1 and 7.1 channel Dolby TrueHD audio soundtracks through their television’s speakers once the firmware update is delivered and installed this month.

The qualifying televisions will have to be setup to accept automatic firmware updates, otherwise users will have to make the update manually.

With the update installed, LG 2017 OLED TV owners also will be able to enjoy Dolby Atmos object-based audio in a lossless container instead of the lossy Dolby Digital Plus container that the televisions were previously equipped to decode.

All of LG’s 2017 OLED TVs have built-in Dolby Atmos sound supported in the B7 and C7 through internal speakers, and in sound bars offered with E7 and G7 models. The top-of-the line W7 “wall paper” TV models will use the TrueHD support with its external Atmos-enabled soundbars that incorporate motorized elevating left and right drivers carrying height-channel support.

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Samsung Shows Developers `Intelligence Of Things’ With Bixby 2.0

October 18th, 2017 · 2160p, 3D UHDTV, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Augmented Reality, Connected TVs, Home Automation, intelligent assistant, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, Second Screen, UHDTV, Virtual Reality

DJ Koh, Samsung Mobile Communications Business president

Samsung revealed at its Developers Conference in San Francisco Wednesday that it is moving intelligence beyond devices and into an ubiquitous, personal and open ecosystem running its new and improved Bixby 2.0 voice-powered digital assistant technology.

The company also said it is unifying its existing Internet of Things (IoT) services — including SmartThings, Samsung Connect, and ARTIK into a single “SmartThings Cloud” platform; and is partnering with Google to enable developers to use the ARCore SDK to bring Augmented Reality (AR) to the Samsung Galaxy S8, S8+ and Note8 smartphones.

Samsung also demonstrated its Project Ambience, which is billed as a small dongle or chip that can be applied to a wide variety of devices, allowing them to seamlessly connect and create an ubiquitous Bixby experience.

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Nvidia Shield TV With Remote Bundle Goes On Sale

October 18th, 2017 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Amazon, Connected TVs, Digital Media Receivers, electronic program guides, HDR, News, OTT services, Streaming Services, UHD (4K) Media Players, UHD 4K OLED, UHDTV

 

Nvidia began selling this week its latest Shield TV (with remote) streaming media adapter package. The set-top box is powered by Google Assistant and offers support of 4K Ultra HD with HDR movies, advanced streaming video game play, expandable storage, and an open ecosystem of apps.

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TCL Reaches No. 2-Ranked U.S. TV Brand In September

October 17th, 2017 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, 720p HD, Amazon, Connected TVs, electronic program guides, Full HD 1080p, HDMI, HDR, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, LG Electronics, News, Streaming Services, UHDTV

 

Giant Chinese television and consumer electronics manufacturer TCL achieved the No. 2 TV unit sales position in the United States for the first time in September, beating out both U.S.-based Vizio and South Korea-based LG, which had been jockeying for the rank over the past several years.

A TCL spokesman confirmed the data compiled by NPD’s Weekly U.S. television sell-through tracking report from its panel of top retail chains that account for the bulk of the television sell-through activity in the country. The numbers showed TCL-branded televisions moved sufficient volume at cash registers and e-commerce portals throughout the month of September 2017 to leap frog both LG and Vizio in the all-important unit sales to consumers category.

TCL introduced this summer its latest lines of smart TVs powered by the Roku TV operating system, including the first models to support 4K Ultra HD with Dolby Vision high dynamic range (HDR), but its record-achieving market share performance was determined more by the high value price point the brand was offering mainstream TV purchasers through top retail accounts including Walmart and recent-addition Best Buy.

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Canon Unveils Flagship PowerShot Camera With APS-C Sensor

October 16th, 2017 · 720p HD, Digital Camera/Camcorder, Digital Cameras, Full HD 1080p, Lenses, News, OLED, Second Screen, Wireless HD

 

Canon introduced Monday the new flagship model in its PowerShot G-series premium compact camera series, featuring a 24.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and the company’s new Dual Pixel CMOS auto-focus (AF) technology.

The Canon PowerShot G1 X Mark III, which will hit retail in November at a $1,299 expected street price, features a lightweight and portable body design loaded with advanced features for a point-&-shot camera model. It is billed as the first Canon G-Series model to use a high megapixel APS-C type CMOS sensor, and the first to use the new Dual Pixel AF circuitry.

For video enthusiasts, the G1 X Mark III will capture up to Full HD 1080/60p resolution and has the ability to leverage the camera’s high ISO speed shooting range for smooth accurate focus from the Dual Pixel AF technology. Video is also stabilized with a 5-axis movie IS function that helps reduce the effect of camera shake in handheld situations.

The camera will enable video shooters to easily capture Time-Lapse Movies with intuitive settings that determine intervals and exposure.

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Panel: HDR Will Become `The Norm’ In Television Entertainment

October 13th, 2017 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K Front Projection, Connected TVs, Dolby Atmos, HDR, LG Electronics, News, OLED, OLED, UHD 4K OLED, UHDTV

The LG Cinema House 360-degree presentation with a Signature W7 “Wallpaper” 4K OLED TV

High dynamic range – the visual experience included in the best 4K Ultra HD TVs and more and more in 4K video productions to relay a wider range of contrast between deeper blacks and brighter whites along with a wider gamut of color – will become the new norm in television viewing over the next couple of years.

That was the prediction of a group of television professionals from a range of disciplines, assembled by LG Electronics this week at New York City’s Paley Center and media history museum.

Panelists, who were questioned by moderator Joshua Fruhlinger, tech and entertainment reporter for the Wall Street Journal, included: Matt Durgin, LG head of content innovation; Ron Simon, curator of the Paley Center for media; Rob Carroll, Dolby Labs content solutions director; and Steven Bodner, Light Iron supervising colorist. The experts praised to invited journalists the benefits that the new pallet of color and light (HDR) is giving producers and directors to tell their stories.

Following the event, LG kicked off a traveling road show called the LG OLED Cinema House powered by Dolby that featured the flagship 77-inch LG Signature W7 4K Ultra HD OLED TV synched with a 360-degree projection experience developed by Light Iron using multiple LG DLP projectors. These surrounded viewers with light and images synched to the content on the OLED screen while accompanying Dolby Atmos 3D surround sound immersed the audience in multi-sensory 360 degree entertainment.

Content supporting the presentation included 4K Ultra HD video clips with Dolby Vision HDR and Dolby Atmos 3D sound from the popular Netflix Original Series The Defenders, Okja and the forthcoming Stranger Things 2. The latter included an exclusive, first-time viewing of scenes from the second season of the recent Emmy-award-nominated OTT series.

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Movies Anywhere Launches New Content Locker Service

October 12th, 2017 · Amazon, Connected TVs, Digital Media Receivers, Full HD 1080p, News, OTT services, search and recommendation, Streaming Services

 

Walt Disney has brought together five of the six major Hollywood studios to provide a new digital content locker for the ownership and playback of streamed movies accessed through an app called Movies Anywhere.

Movies Anywhere, which launched Wednesday night, uses a free app and a web site that serves as a cloud-based digital content locker centered on Disney’s “KeyChest” digital authentication system. It is expected to provide an alternative to the stalled, UltraViolet system, which has been hindered by poor promotional and consumer awareness efforts in addition to the lack of participation from several key players including Disney and Amazon.

With Movies Anywhere, users will have access not only to the fare of Disney (and its affiliated Pixar, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm properties) but movies from Sony Pictures Entertainment, Twentieth Century Fox Film, Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. Entertainment as well.

Conspicuously absent from the list so far are Paramount and Lionsgate.

Through the Movies Anywhere app users will be able to access their disparate libraries of purchased digital movies and videos in one central place. They will also be able to use the app to find and purchase additional movies through participating retailers, and share their libraries with up to five sub-account users and devices.

The service will provide access to a combined library of more than 7,300 digital movies to start. However, initially the fare is only being offered in SD HD and Full HD resolution. No 4K titles are supported at launch, a possible indication that the service is targeting users of portable small screen viewing devices as the low-hanging fruit.

Participating digital retailers who will provide access to sales of the streamed or downloaded titles include: Amazon Video, Google Play, iTunes and Vudu (Walmart’s service which also works with UltraViolet).

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Review: Roku Streaming Stick+ Delivers Speedy 4K, HDR10 Streaming

October 9th, 2017 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Amazon, Connected TVs, Digital Media Receivers, Dolby Atmos, electronic program guides, HDMI, HDR, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, Live OTT services, News, object-based audio, OTT services, search and recommendation, Second Screen, Skinny TV services, Streaming Services, Surround Sound, UHDTV

 

Roku recently announced its 2017 five-model streaming adapter line with its new Roku 8.0 operating system, which brings improved power, speed and enhanced voice control features to the Roku streaming video equation.

We were able to get the newly announced Roku Streaming Stick+ ($69.99) with 4K Ultra HD resolution and HDR10 high dynamic range to see what all of the fuss was about, and we are pleased to report Roku has hit another homerun in the media stick category it helped to pioneer.

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