JVC Readies 2017 e-shift4 Projector Lines

January 23rd, 2017 · 2160p, 4K Front Projection, D-ILA, Front Projection, front projectors, HDMI, HDR, News, UHDTV

JVC used the recent CES 2017 to present a new line of 2017 custom installation projectors, which are based on the company’s D-ILA e-shift4 microdisplay technology, and will provide a slight boost in image brightness and contrast over earlier e-shift model iterations.

The new models will stand below the JVC flagship RS4500 ($34,999 suggested retail price), which was the company’s first native 4K Ultra HDTV D-ILA front projector, first announced at CEDIA Expo last fall.

The new line offers more affordable alternatives for generating a 4K-like viewing experience, including the support of native 4K content and high dynamic range.

The six new models will boost brightness and color performance, and will also offer: a new low-latency mode to reduce frame delay for better video game play, and an auto-detect HDR picture mode for HDR10 content. All six models offer two full-speed 18Gbps HDMI 2.0a inputs with HDCP2.2 to provide connection to native 4K UHD sources with support for up to 4096×2160 resolution, including HDR and 4:4:4 color sampling.

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HDMI 2.1 To Bring Robust Home Theater Experience

January 19th, 2017 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Audio, Blu-ray Players, Connected TVs, Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, HDMI, HDR, height channels, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, object-based audio, OLED, OLED, Sound Bars, Sound Systems, Streaming Services, Surround Sound, Surround Sound Systems, UHD 4K OLED, UHDTV, Ultra HD Blu-ray Players

 

Developers of HDMI 2.1, the next version of the HDMI digital connector which was formally announced at CES 2017 earlier in the month, are calling it by far the most aggressive and different of all the prior versions of the digital interface used for video and audio applications.

During our visits with various engineers and executives involved with HDMI 2.1, we gathered a little additional insight beyond the core specs outlined by the HDMI LA two days before the show opened.

The experts, who will not be named, spoke to us on background, primarily because the release of the completed specs to members will not be made until the second quarter of this year. But those involved in the format’s development said it was designed to not only expand the capabilities of HDMI but to improve the quality of the HDMI experience. The developers sought a version that will be reliable and to improve upon brand-to-brand interoperability, which has been an issue from time to time with earlier HDMI versions.

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Vizio Adds Google Home Control To SmartCast Products

January 18th, 2017 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Amazon, Connected TVs, Digital Media Receivers, electronic program guides, Full Array LED Backlit with Local Dimming, HDR, Home Automation, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, screen mirroring, Second Screen, Sound Bars, Sound Systems, Streaming Services, UHDTV

 

One week after announcing it had updated the SmartCast platform powered by Google’s Chromecast, TV/video display maker Vizio said that its SmartCast enabled products are now compatible with Google Home, Google’s new voice-activated speaker powered by the Google Assistant.

Vizio SmartCast TVs have Chromecast functionality built in to enable streaming video and music apps on the display controlled by the SmartCast app on a smartphone or tablet. With integration of Google Home users with a Google Home speaker will be able to speak voice commands across a room to control basic television operations hands free.

Google Home accepts simple voice commands to adjust volume up and down, play, stop and skip music tracks on any Google Home supported services. Google Home users can also power on their displays by asking to play entertainment on the big screen when the “Quick Start Power Mode” function is enabled on their Vizio SmartCast display. (Vizio SmartCast displays lack over the air tuners and do not quality to be called “TVs”).

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Philips PVRs ‘Powered By TiVo’ Planned For Fall

January 18th, 2017 · Connected TVs, Digital Media Receivers, DVR, electronic program guides, Full HD 1080p, News

 

The Philips and TiVo brands will be reunited this Fall on a line of Personal Video Recorders (PVRs) designed for use by consumers looking to avoid pricey cable or satellite TV subscription services.

An executive with P&F USA, which licenses the Philips brand for the sale and marketing of TVs and video-related products in North America, confirmed that a Philips-branded “concept” PVR the company showed at its booth in the Renaissance Hotel during the recent CES 2017 in Las Vegas should be coming to market this September, under the name “Philips HD Personal Video Recorder Powered by TiVo.”

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Roku Reveals Improved Mobile App Update

January 17th, 2017 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, 720p HD, Connected TVs, Digital Media Receivers, electronic program guides, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, Second Screen, Sling Box, Streaming Services, UHD (4K) Media Players, UHDTV

 

Roku revealed through a blog announcement Tuesday that it is releasing the latest version (v4.0) of the Roku mobile app for iOS and Android devices, bringing a new look with faster and easier response.

The update brings what Roku calls “one-tap access to features that make streaming what you love fast and simple.”

The interface simplifies navigation to popular mobile features, like the remote control and search functions. Users will be able to quickly browse a selection of movies and TV shows that are available to stream by tapping the new “What’s On” tab.

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CES 2017 Brings New Compact 4K And Full HD Cameras

January 16th, 2017 · 2160p, Digital Camera/Camcorder, Digital Cameras, Full HD 1080p, Lenses, News, UHDTV

 

Although much of the focus at CES 2017 was on new 4K Ultra HD televisions a few companies were busy making sure we had something worthy to watch on those screens by supplying new cameras that produce 4K Ultra HD and Full HD video files.

As reported here, Panasonic introduced its new flagship pro-level mirrorless compact system camera in the Lumix GH5, which got most of the attention, but the company also unveiled a pair of compact cameras in the GX850 and FZ80 (pictured at top), both offering 4K Ultra HD video capture with advanced features.

Meanwhile, Canon unveiled its PowerShot G9 X Mark II (available in February at a $529 retail), which is positioned as an entry-level model in the company’s 1-inch sensor lineup. It features a 20-megapixel BSI-CMOS sensor, Digic 7 processor, 3x optical 28-80mm equivalent F2-4.9 lens, 3-inch  1.04m-dot touchscreen LCD monitor, 8.2 fps burst shooting and Full HD video capture at up to 60 fps, ISO 12,800 low-light sensitivity and 6 fps continuous shooting.

Not to be out done, Nikon excited its legions of camera lovers by revealing that the D5600 DSLR previously announced for other markets, soon will be reaching the United States along with two Coolpix point-and-shoot camera models in the W100 and A300 models.

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Nuvyyo Offers Cord Cutters New Tablo Solutions

January 16th, 2017 · Connected TVs, Digital Media Receivers, DVR, electronic program guides, HDMI, News, Streaming Services

 

Nuvyyo, the maker of the Tablo Over-the-Air (OTA) DVR, used the recent CES 2017 to announce it is expanding the Tablo experience to more devices and platforms.

Tablo has been a popular solution for cost-conscious cord cutters looking to mix free OTA and over-the-top (OTT) programming through one easy to use DVR box that affords viewers with the time-shifting convenience of cable and satellite services.

At the show, Tablo revealed that it is extending its DVR interface and programming guide to Android TV platforms using a new Tablo Droid app. The first implementation will be targeted at the Nvidia Shield Android TV-based set-top media adapter.

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HD Guru’s Best of CES 2017 Awards Revealed!

January 13th, 2017 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K Front Projection, 4K LED LCD, Audio, Blu-ray Players, Connected TVs, Digital Cameras, Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Front Projection, front projectors, Full Array LED Backlit with Local Dimming, HDMI, HDR, height channels, laser projectors, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, LG Electronics, News, object-based audio, OLED, short-throw projectors, Sound Bars, Sound Systems, Streaming Services, Surround Sound, Surround Sound Systems, UHDTV, Ultra HD Blu-ray Players, Virtual Reality

 

CES 2017 brought us the continued evolution of 4K Ultra HDTVs supporting both high dynamic range (HDR) and a wide color gamut, and this year top manufacturers made great strides in presenting not only brighter and more colorful pictures, but truly impressive looking television sets to boot.

We also saw more of the new generation of Ultra HD Blu-ray players, including more models with support for Dolby Vision as well as the mandatory HDR10 HDR formats.
This physical media delivers 4K Ultra HD resolution along with HDR and WCG enhancements at bit rates of up to 100 Mbps, well beyond the range of content delivered by cable and satellite TV services or over-the-top (OTT) streaming video providers. Last year, we saw some of the best images ever produced in the home using Ultra HD Blu-ray players, and based on the new wave of introductions we expect that to only get better in 2017 and beyond. These players also support output of object-based audio formats like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X surround sound, that bring movies to life with sounds that seem to follow on-screen objects all around the viewing room.

While we are on the subject of sound, CES offered a few impressive additions to the world of high-fidelity with new soundbars that produce deep low tones without the need for an out-boarded subwoofer. For more traditional speakers, the show saw a number of high-end models that reproduce music with new levels of authenticity, while on the lower end we witnessed a number of bright and lively wireless speakers that let you take your music listening from room to room, and even outdoors.

This year, HD Guru presented its coveted HD Guru Crystal Awards with the help of Las Vegas model Jamillette Gaxiola, who, among other accolades, was Miss Cuba Grand International 2013, and some of our favorite industry executives on the floor of CES.

On to our Top Picks.

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