LG 2017, 2018 WebOS Smart TVs To Add Xfinity Cable App

September 25th, 2017 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, Cable TV, Connected TVs, Digital Media Receivers, DVR, electronic program guides, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, LG Electronics, News, OLED, OLED, Streaming Services, UHD (4K) Media Players, UHD 4K OLED, UHDTV

Cable TV giant Comcast revealed Monday that LG Electronics USA is the latest television manufacturer to agree to include its Xfinity TV Partner app in smart TVs.

The cable service’s streaming TV app will appear in LG 2017 and 2018 model 4K Ultra HDTVs using its webOS smart TV platform, starting as a beta trial later this year or early in 2018.

LG joins Samsung and select Roku TVs carrying the Xfinity TV streaming cable service, which is based on a managed IPTV connection. This is different from regular over-the-top streaming video services that are available publicly over the internet.

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TCL, Hisense Ship 4K Roku TVs With HDR

September 22nd, 2017 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Connected TVs, Digital Media Receivers, electronic program guides, HDMI, HDR, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, Streaming Services, UHDTV

The 65-inch TCL 65C807 in the Capitol booth during CEDIA.

TCL and Hisense, both prominent makers of smart TVs based on the Roku TV platform, recently began shipping new Roku TV 4K Ultra HD LED LCD TV models.

TCL revealed at the recent CEDIA 2017 that its 65-inch C-Series 4K HDR TCL Roku TV model is now available at retail, including AV specialty dealers and custom installers aligned with residential electronics distributor Capitol.

Meanwhile, Hisense revealed this week that it is now shipping its R6 4K Ultra HD Roku TV series with HDR10 high dynamic range (HDR) support.

The simply laid out and easy-to-use Roku TV platform present in both companies’ lines continues to evolve and expand, with access to more than 5,000 streaming service channels and advanced sort and search options powered by voice control.

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NVIDIA Shield TV Package Begins Pre-Orders As Apple TV 4K Arrives

September 21st, 2017 · 2160p, Amazon, Connected TVs, Digital Media Receivers, HDMI, HDR, News, Streaming Services, UHD (4K) Media Players, UHDTV

With the new Apple TV 4K announced and on the way Sept. 22, 2017, NVIDIA announced Thursday that it is now taking pre-orders on its latest Shield TV remote-only package at a lower entry price.

For the new Shield TV (with remote), which joins the Shield TV (remote + game controller) and Shield TV Pro (500GB), NVIDIA has introduced a more affordable option at $179 to match the 32GB version of the Apple TV 4K, arriving tomorrow. The price is a savings from the $200 tag on the remote + controller version.

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Sony, Canon Introduce Advanced 4K Camcorders

September 19th, 2017 · 2160p, Digital Cameras, Full HD 1080p, HDMI, HDR, Lenses, News, OLED, UHDTV, Video Processors

 

Both Canon and Sony recently introduced advanced-level 4K Ultra HD camcorders with fast auto focus systems desirable for advanced amateur, prosumer and news gathering applications.

Canon introduced three 4K camcorder models in the VIXIA GX10 ($2,499 suggested retail), XF400 ($2,999 suggested retail) and XF405 ($3,499), all of which will be available in November.

Each camcorder features 4K recording at up to 60fps or up to 120fps in Full HD for smooth motion and even slow-motion images. Canon said the models would capture up to 12 stops of dynamic range in Wide DR mode, but HDR shooters will not find Canon Log featured.

The Canon camcorders include 1-inch, 1.0-type 13-2MP CMOS sensor with Dual DIGIC DV6 image processing and the company’s Dual Pixel AF.

Meanwhile, Sony introduced three 4K Ultra HD camcorders with HDR capture capability and including phase detection AF systems targeted at advanced enthusiasts, prosumers and professional news gathering operations.

The three new palm-style models include the (pictured at top) XDCAM PXW-Z90 (shipping in December at a $2,799 suggested retail price), the NXCAM HXR-NX80 (shipping in December at $2,299) and the Handycam FDR-AX700 (shipping in October at $1,899).

All three models incorporate a Fast Hybrid AF system designed to produce rapid and accurate focusing and tracking for sharp 4K images. The AF system features 273 phase-detection AF points that cover approximately 84 percent of the shooting area, high-density placement of autofocus points and a newly developed AF algorithm, Sony said.

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Digital Voice Assistants Dominated CEDIA 2017 Audio Advances

September 15th, 2017 · 2160p, Amazon, Audio, Auro3D, center channel, Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, front channels, HDMI, HDR, height channels, Home Automation, News, object-based audio, rear surround channel, Sound Bars, Sound Systems, Streaming Services, sub woofer, Surround Sound, Surround Sound Systems, UHDTV

Bang & Olufsen’s Beosound Shape speaker array at CEDIA 2017.

The recent custom electronics showcase, CEDIA 2017 in San Diego certainly wasn’t sparse on new advancements in immersive, high-quality music technologies and products, with dozens of companies showing products, technologies and services to keep all of the golden ears delighted.

The largest trend was the addition of protocols, drivers, firmware and devices that bring voice-control interfaces to home theater and whole-home music and sound systems, via Amazon’s Alexa or Google’s Home digital assistant technologies prominently featured at most manufacturers’ booths.

Although many high-end companies showed new sound technologies, we winnowed down the list to a few that impressed us most.

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Peerless-AV Launches 3 UltraView 4K UHD Outdoor TVs

September 14th, 2017 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD

 

Peerless-AV used the recent CEDIA 2017 show to unveil a new line of UltraView UHD Outdoor TVs in three screen sizes and a matching powered outdoor soundbar.

The televisions are available in the 49-inch model UV492 ($2,605.30 retail-$3,999MSRP), 55-inch UV552 ($4,998.99), and 65-inch model UV652 ($5998.99 retail), all of which include built-in high-quality speakers.

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Samsung UBD-M9700 UHD Blu-ray Player With Control4 Ships At $599

September 13th, 2017 · 2160p, 360-Degree Video, 3D Blu-ray player, Blu-ray Titles, Connected TVs, electronic program guides, HDMI, HDR, News, OTT services, UHDTV, Ultra HD Blu-ray Players

Samsung’s UBD-M9700 Ultra HD Blu-ray player (above) with Control4 SDDP protocol support is available now at a $599 MSRP.

Samsung used the recent custom-electronic-centric CEDIA 2017 show in San Diego last week to unveil its latest Ultra HD Blu-ray player, which will feature built-in support for Control4 system integration control.

Samsung said the new Ultra HD Blu-ray player is available now at a $599 suggested retail price through authorized  installers and systems integrators around the country. It will allow operation by Control4 control systems for home automation and IP-based systems via SDDP protocol.

The Simple Service Discovery Protocol (SSDP) is a network protocol based on the Internet Protocol Suite and is the basis of the Universal Plug and Play (UPnP) discovery protocol. It is intended for use in residential or small office environments.

With the embedded SDDP protocol code, the Samsung UBD-M9700 will be instantly and automatically discoverable on a Control4 network.

Samsung also recently announced that it soon will be issuing a firmware update bringing the same Control4 integration to Samsung Ultra HDTVs in its Q series QLED line and MU LED-LCD TV series, as well as in “The Frame” TV, which was showcased in Samsung CEDIA 2017 booth.

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Sony Unveils Blazing Fast RX10 IV Cyber-shot, RX0 Pro-Level Action Cam

September 12th, 2017 · 2160p, Digital Camera/Camcorder, Digital Cameras, Full HD 1080p, HDMI, HDR, News, OLED, UHDTV

Tsutomu Hamaguchi, Sony DSC and Cam Business Senior GM, presents the Cyber-shot RX10 IV.

Sony staged a press conference from its New York headquarters Tuesday to formally unveil a new advanced Cyber-shot RX-family point-and-shoot camera and a pro-level ultra-compact 4K Ultra HD video camera that could be considered an advanced action cam on steroids.

The new Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV has a 24-600mm (25x optical) f2.4-4 built-in super-zoom lens and can shoot 4K Ultra HD video with full pixel readout at 30fps or 24fps. It incorporates Sony’s stacked 1-inch, 20.1-megapixel Exmor RS CMOS sensor and ultra-fast Bionz X image processor that allow shooting speeds of up to 24 frames per second with autofocus and autoexposure tracking.

The RX10 IV, which will carry a $1,699.99 suggested retail when it ships in October, also has a continuous shooting rate of up to 249 images before the buffer is full.

Meanwhile, Sony also formally unveiled at the press event the recently announced RX0 ultra-compact roughly-cube-shaped 4K Ultra HD Action Video camera designed to go up against GoPro for pro- and semi-pro level action videographers.

Due to ship in October at a $699 retail price, the RX0 offers higher quality videos than typical Action Cams and therefore is positioned more for VR work as well as creative outdoor shooting by professionals and advanced enthusiasts. For example, the camera can be linked together with other RX0 units, either via Ethernet or wirelessly, to get dynamic multi-angle effects.

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