Samsung Black Friday TV Deals Start Early

November 21st, 2017 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Amazon, Connected TVs, HDR, HDR10+, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, UHD 4K OLED, UHDTV


Samsung Electronics began offering the majority of its 2017 4K Ultra HD LED-LCD TV lines at reduced holiday specials for Black Friday week.

These deals encompass all of the top-tier Q Series models with QLED-technology, which offers a boost in peak brightness, a wide color gamut, strong color volume and optimal viewing in lighted rooms. The specials extend through the lower-priced MU series models, which omit QLED quantum dot technology, but feature very good 4K picture quality performances with HDR quality descending with down the line.

Throughout the promotional offerings, shoppers will find savings of up to 40 percent on select models during the Black Friday selling period.

In the top half of the list below, shoppers will find the flagship Q9F series QLED models that won HD Guru’s Best of Show Award for CES 2017 last January.

Samsung is offering these deals on its own web site as well as through retail partners around the country. To make the selection process easier we have provided a list of series and models starting with the QLED bargains and running down through the various MU series non-QLED 4K Ultra HD LED-LCD TVs with varying degrees of HDR support.

See the list of Samsung 4K Ultra HD LED-LCD TVs on Black Friday offer after the jump:

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Gap: Pre-Holiday Retail Promotional Efforts On TVs Mirror Recent Trends

November 20th, 2017 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Amazon, Connected TVs, Full HD 1080p, HDR, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, Streaming Services, Surround Sound, UHDTV

The Sharp 55P6000U was offered by Walmart this holiday season at $298, although it was showing up `sold-out’ online, three days before Turkey Day.

The Black Friday selling period may be getting longer, both before and after Thanksgiving, this year, but many of the advertising and promotional approaches are staying the same.

That was the assessment of Deirdre Kennedy, television advertising and retail shelf-share analyst with San Diego-based research firm “gap intelligence.”

Kennedy told HD Guru, that, “On the whole, this year’s Black Friday preview ads closely resemble those of last year, [but] in contrast to previous years, which saw retailers shifting strategies as they tried to find the best combination of timing and product selection to entice shoppers, this year is rather stable.”

Kennedy said a number of retailers opted to extend the Black Friday specials period to the full weekend before Black Friday, which “gives retailers an extra weekend of shopping and deals as everyone tries to capture consumers’ dollars first.”

In terms of Black Friday advertising and circular counts, she said, “retailers’ Black Friday preview ads are more or less even with last year.  Among retailers within gap intelligence’s panel, Best Buy (24), BJ’s Wholesale Club (31), and Costco (26) have the most advertisements for TVs as of November 17th.  But Fry’s Electronics and PC Richard have yet to release their Black Friday deals information, and those retailers typically offer an even greater number of TV deals.”

Kennedy said that while Black Friday/holiday electronics print ads are up for some retailers, they at the same time, down for others this year,” which makes it hard to draw any broad insights about this year’s trends.

But the trend over the past few years, shows print ad counts for TVs in weekly circulars “have dropped dramatically.  Electronics stores (Best Buy, PC Richard, Fry’s Electronics) still advertise heavily, while club stores and mass merchants (Target, Walmart) have pulled back from advertising TVs.”

Read more about this year’s retail holiday TV sales trends after the jump:

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Sound United Reveals November, December Holiday Deals

November 17th, 2017 · Amazon, Audio, center channel, Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, front channels, HDMI, HDR, height channels, News, object-based audio, rear surround channel, Sound Bars, Sound Systems, sub woofer, Surround Sound, Surround Sound Systems, UHDTV, Wireless Audio


Sound United, manufacturer of high performance AV brands including Marantz, Denon, Definitive Technology, Polk and others, has kicked off the holiday season by announcing a number of Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals and beyond on the company’s various brands of audio video receivers (AVRs), speakers and other home theater components.

Among the offer highlights is a HEOS multiroom audio-supporting AVRs; Definitive Technology W Studio Micro Soundbar discounted $400, from $899 to $499; Definitive Technology BP9000 Series are bundling center channels with purchase of towers; Polk Audio LSiM series are more than 50 percent off; discounts across all Polk Audio Signature Series speakers.

A list of key upcoming Denon AVR deals follows after the jump:

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LG Reveals `Best Prices Ever’ On Black Friday 4K OLED TV Deals

November 17th, 2017 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, Amazon, Connected TVs, electronic program guides, HDR, LG Electronics, News, OLED, UHD 4K OLED, UHDTV


Anyone holding out for a better price on one of LG’s popular 2017 4K OLED television models got some good news this morning.

LG announced today special 2017 Black Friday deals on 4K Ultra OLED TVs, including the LG OLED55B7A 55-inch 4K OLED model ringing in at an astounding $1,499. That sets a record for a current model LG 4K OLED television.

The promotion is running Nov. 19-27, and will be found at LG authorized retailers across the county.

Read more about LG’s Black Friday 2017 4K OLED TV bonanza after the jump:

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Element 4K Roku TV To Launch Through Walmart Nov. 27th

November 16th, 2017 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Amazon, Connected TVs, DVR, electronic program guides, HDMI, HDR, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, OTT services, Surround Sound


Element Electronics said that starting Nov. 27, 2017 it will launch a new 4K Ultra HD Element Roku TV with High Dynamic Range (HDR) through Walmart stores. Pricing was not disclosed.

The Element Roku TV will have a 50-inch screen size and will feature the built-in Roku OS 8.0  Roku TV remote with expanded voice command capability.

Element said the set will provide 3840 x 2016p 4K Ultra HD resolution that will be enhanced with HDR10 profile high dynamic range, offering a wider range of contrast with deeper blacks and brighter whites.

The set will join the Element 4K Ultra HD Fire TVs, available through Amazon, which went on sale earlier in the year. That first-generation Element Fire TV set lacked HDR display support, however.

Read more on the Element 50-inch 4K Roku TV with HDR after the jump:

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FCC Approves ATSC 3.0 Framework By 3-2 Vote

November 16th, 2017 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Cable TV, Connected TVs, Dolby Atmos, HDR, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, object-based audio, OLED, Satellite TV, Surround Sound, UHD 4K OLED, UHDTV

As was widely expected, the members of Republican-led Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted, 3 to 2, along party lines Thursday to approve a framework for the roll out of the nation’s next digital television broadcast platform, known as ATSC 3.0.

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai called the action a vote for innovation. He was one of the system’s biggest champions, and had called for its swift approval shortly after being named chairman.

The framework imposes no transition time table and allows broadcasters to voluntarily begin broadcasting the signals on a market-by-market basis. It also makes it voluntary for TV makers to include digital tuners to receive the new signal in new television sets.

The system, he said, enables broadcasters to offer much better service in various ways, including enabling 4K Ultra HD video service (voluntary by broadcasters) with more immersive 3D audio, provide new advanced emergency alerts and enable better accessibility options for Americans with disabilities.

As long proposed, the new ATSC 3.0 system will not be backward compatible with the current over-the-air broadcast tuners in TV sets, but broadcasters will be required to simulcast substantially similar programming to their ATSC 3.0 broadcasts over the current ATSC 1.0 system for a period of five years. This will eliminate the need for a tuner box subsidy program as was implemented for the transition from analog to digital ATSC 1.0 broadcasting.

Read more about the FCC vote to approve the ATSC 3.0 framework after the jump:

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VESA Kicks Off DisplayID V. 2.0 Standard For Current And Future Tech

November 15th, 2017 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K Front Projection, 4K LED LCD, Augmented Reality, Blu-ray Discs, Blu-ray Players, Cable TV, Connected TVs, Digital Media Receivers, gaming monitors, HDR, laser projectors, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, portable projectors, short-throw projectors, UHD 4K OLED, UHDTV, Video Processors

Anyone who has struggled with old legacy A/V gear failing to work with newer advanced 4K video equipment will be happy to know that the Video Electronics Standards Association (VESA) should be bringing a solution for new equipment.

This week, VESA kicked off the launch of the DisplayID Version 2.0 standard, designed for smoother plug-and-play connectivity between advanced A/V devices.

Like the Extended Display Identification Data (EDID)/Enhanced EDID standard before it, the DisplayID standard addresses display identification and configuration data, allowing video sources like video game consoles, Blu-ray players, graphics cards and set-top boxes to automatically identify and setup displays.

But it is designed to work with new and future standards and protocols.

The news should be especially useful to developers and users of cutting-edge gaming desktop PCs, 4K Ultra HD televisions and users of other advanced computer, communications and peripheral devices, which are advancing quickly beyond the interoperability capabilities of legacy devices that can present a road block in the chain new interconnected products.

VESA, a standards body working with the IP and consumer electronics industries, called the Display ID v. 2.0 the “premier out-of-box experience for 4K resolutions and beyond, High Dynamic Range (HDR), augmented/virtual reality (AR/VR) and other advanced features.”

The association is calling the standard “a best-in-class plug-and-play experience,” bringing advanced capabilities including compatibility with 4K-and-higher resolution video formats, HDR of various profiles, and augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) gear and content. It will also support high frame-rate refresh rates of 120Hz and above.

Read more about DisplayID v. 2.0 after the jump:

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Hisense Acquires Toshiba TV Assets For $113.6M

November 14th, 2017 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Connected TVs, Front Projection, front projectors, Full HD 1080p


Hisense Electric, a wholly owned subsidiary of China-based Hisense Group, revealed Tuesday that it will purchase certain television assets of Japan’s Toshiba Corp., including TV production, brand, R&D and operation service, effective Nov. 14, 2017.

Under the deal, Hisense will purchase 95 percent stock shares of Toshiba Visual Solutions Corporation (TVS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Toshiba Corp., for $113.6 million (12.9 billion Japanese Yen) with Toshiba retaining 5 percent of the stock.

Hisense will obtain the TVS businesses including production, research and development, and sales functions as well as the license to use the Toshiba brand for a period of 40 years for visual solution partners operating in Europe, South East Asia and other markets.

The acquisition will give Hisense, which is among the largest manufacturers and marketers of televisions in China, yet another popular television brand for marketing purposes, although which territories will be available for use is complicated by several prior licensing deals for the brand in various markets around the world.

Hisense currently markets televisions here under the Hisense and Sharp brands. Hisense licensed the Sharp brand three years ago from Japan’s Sharp Corp., which was struggling with a large debt load. Sharp Corp. later fell under the control of Taiwan’s Hon Hai Precision, a company owned by Foxconn, and run by Terry Gou. Foxconn has been aggressively trying to get the rights to the Sharp brand back from Hisense to relaunch it under Sharp/Foxconn control in the United States.

Hisense still has two years to go on an initial five-year license for the Sharp brand in the United States, so it will be interesting to see if the Chinese manufacturer will replace Sharp with the Toshiba brand for the new retail distribution channels it has developed for its Sharp lines.

The announcement followed by a few days the Tokyo-based firm’s reported $436 million net loss for the fiscal first half. Toshiba is reportedly also in the process of trying to sell its chip business to a group of investors including Bain Capital. Meanwhile, The Visual Solutions subsidiary reported a $54.1 million net operating loss in the last fiscal year.

Toshiba, which like Sharp has been struggling the past several years, licensed off the Toshiba brand for televisions in the United States to Taiwan electronics manufacturer Compal Electronics. A Hisense spokesman in the United States contacted by HD Guru was not able to say Tuesday what, if any plans, Hisense has for the Toshiba brand for television sales and marketing here.

In a statement, Hisense seemed to indicate that much of its initial interest in TSV will be to produce and market televisions in Japan and other Asian markets, where Toshiba continues to have a strong brand presence. Hisense said Toshiba has long had respected display technology in Japan and continues to enjoy high international global technology brand awareness.

Read more about Hisense’s purchase of the Toshiba television business after the jump:

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