Hisense Unveils 4K Android TV Lines With Voice AI

January 8th, 2018 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, AI Voice Powered Digital Assistants, Amazon, Connected TVs, electronic program guides, Full Array LED Backlit with Local Dimming, HDMI, HDR, intelligent assistant, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, Streaming Services, UHDTV, voice command, voice control

Hisense H10E series 4K Ultra HD LED-LCD TVs will include quantum dot technology for a wider color gamut and brighter HDR

Hisense USA unveiled at CES 2018 a range new 4K Ultra HDTVs under both its Hisense and Sharp brands, with the goal of significantly building its market share in the year ahead.

The company continues to use the Sharp label it acquired two years ago to build placement for both Sharp and Hisense in leading regional and national retail chains and e-commerce portals.

Hisense USA marketing VP Mark Viken said Hisense still has three years left on its licensing agreement for the Sharp name on televisions in North America and Brazil, and it intends to continue using it throughout the term of that agreement.

Sharp Corp., under the new direction of majority owner Foxconn/Hon Hai Corp, has been trying to get the licensing rights for televisions sold under the Sharp brand back from Hisense in order to begin using the trademark itself for a global television business.

Meanwhile, Hisense will soon complete the acquisition of 95 percent of the assets of the Toshiba Visual Systems Group, along with the manufacturing and marketing rights to the Toshiba brand for TVs and related electronics. Viken said Hisense continues to determine how it will use that brand and assets in the future.

Elsewhere, Hisense continues its brand building both in the United States and internationally, with key sponsorships around the FIFA World Cup, USA Soccer, USA Women’s Soccer, NASCAR and Evil Genius video gaming. Hisense also will have exclusive access to a World Cup app on its TVs, with direct access to many of the matches, including camera angle selection.

Kevin Cahill, Hisense product marketing director, said Hisense will have in North America three smart TV platforms determined by model series in 2018. These include the Android TV platform, in the company’s top-range LED-LCD TV series, Hisense’s own smart TV platform in step-down Hisense and Sharp series and the Roku smart TV platform in select Hisense and Sharp TV series.

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Panasonic Shows 4K OLED TVs Supporting HDR10+

January 8th, 2018 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, Connected TVs, HDMI, HDR, HDR10+, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, OLED, OLED, Surround Sound, UHD 4K OLED, UHDTV

Panasonic is using CES 2018 to showcase four 4K OLED TVs, all of which will support HDR10+ high dynamic range (HDR) with dynamic metadata among other advanced picture quality platforms.

Unfortunately, initial plans for the U.S. market are to sell the new OLED TVs “only as reference monitors”  here, although they are expected to be available in other regions that maintain consumer television businesses, a company spokesman told HD Guru.

Stay tuned to HD Guru for updates from the show.

The new 4K OLED TVs are said to incorporate “profound under-the-hood improvements” to Panasonic’s proprietary Hollywood Cinema Experience (HCX) image processor, along with the latest generation of HDR OLED panels “with exceptional contrast and colors.”

Using HCX processing and other techniques, Panasonic said the televisions are capable of covering 100 percent of the Digital Cinema Intiative (DCI) P3 wide color gamut recommendation.

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Panasonic Unveils 4K Lumix GH5S, Camcorder Trio

January 8th, 2018 · 2160p, Digital Camera/Camcorder, Digital Cameras, Full HD 1080p, HDMI, HDR, Lenses, News, Second Screen, UHDTV, Video Processors

Panasonic used CES 2018 to unveil the latest digital camera in its high-performance Lumix mirrorless G series — the GH5S offering expanded video recording capability and enhanced image quality.

The company also introduced a trio of Panasonic camcorders — two 4K models in the HC-WXF1K and HC-VX1K and a Full-HD model in the HC-V800K, which features a new sensor and new lens for significantly improved image quality.

The GH5S, which will be available Feb. 2nd at a $2,499 suggested retail for the body only, is said to have been optimized for for professional filmmakers, by providing the highest-ever image sensitivity and video image quality, including under low-light, in Lumix camera history.

The GH5S has a 10.2-megapixel Digital MOS sensor with Dual Native ISO Technology and Venus Engine 10 image processing.
The multi-aspect type sensor will capture the same angle of view in 4:3,17:9,16:9 and 3:2 aspect ratios. It is also capable of shooting stills in 14-bit RAW format, for greater flexibility with professional RAW development workflows.

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Panasonic Unveils 2018 Ultra HD Blu-ray Player Lineup

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Panasonic unveiled at CES 2018 Monday four new Ultra HD Blu-ray players, including some of the first models to include support for the new HDR10+ dynamic metadata high dynamic range (HDR) platform.

The players include the latest generation HCX processors, which are said to enhance HDR picture quality, build after planned firmware updates will add hands-free voice control via Amazon Alexa and Google Assist AI technology.

As this was posted, Panasonic didn’t say which if any of the models would be making it to the U.S. market. Pricing and availability will be announced later.

The players include the Panasonic models DP-UB320, DP-UB330, DP-UB420 and DP-UB820. The latter two step-up models add support for the optional HDR10+ HDR platform, in addition to the mandatory HDR10. The top-end DP-UB820 will also include support for the optional Dolby Vision HDR profile.

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Funai To Add Technicolor HDR To 2019 Philips 4K TVs

January 8th, 2018 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Connected TVs, HDR, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, UHDTV, Ultra HD Blu-ray Players

 

Funai Electric, which makes and markets Philips, Magnavox and Sanyo branded (among others) television and video products in United States, said at CES 2018 Monday that it will integrate support for the Technicolor HDR profile into 2019 4K Ultra HDTVs for the U.S. market in conjunction with the launch of ATSC 3.0 broadcasting standard.

Technicolor HDR (SL-HDR1), which was developed with technology contributions from both Technicolor and Royal Philips, is said to create new opportunities for broadcasters to deliver advanced HDR experiences without expensive infrastructure upgrades.

High Dynamic Range offers enhanced brightness, detail, color, luminance and heightened ranges of shadow. The Technicolor HDR profile addresses broadcaster requirements in a highly efficient and cost-effective manner.

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Channel Master Unveils `World’s Smartest TV Antenna’

January 8th, 2018 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Amazon, Digital Media Receivers, electronic program guides, HDMI, HDR, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, OTT services, Streaming Services, UHD (4K) Media Players, UHDTV, voice command, voice control

 

Over-the-air TV antenna manufacturer Channel Master is traveling to CES 2018 to bring new cord-cutting solutions to subscription TV-fatigued consumers.

The company’s latest addition is called the Channel Master SMARTenna+ (model CM-3001HD), which is billed as “the world’s smartest antenna,” offering seven virtual antennas in one device that eliminate over 90 percent of common receptions issues with indoor antennas.

The square, flat antenna measures 11.6-by-11.6 inches and is color black on one side and white on the back to help blend in with walls and ceilings.

The SMARTenna+ is the perfect compliment to the Stream+ HD-DVR and up to 4K UHD media streamer announced last month.

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Samsung Unveils First MicroLED TV For The Home, 8K QLED

January 7th, 2018 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, 8K OLED, 8K ultra-high resolution, AI Voice Powered Digital Assistants, Connected TVs, Full Array LED Backlit with Local Dimming, HDMI, HDR, HDR10+, Home Automation, intelligent assistant, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, Streaming Services, UHDTV, voice command, voice control

The First MicroLED flat-panel display presented by Samsung at CES 2018, Sunday

Samsung gave OLED TV proponents something to worry about in its pre-CES press briefing in Las Vegas Sunday, by unveiling the first true MicroLED TV for the home.

It also presented its first 85-inch QLED TV with 8K resolution and high brightness performance.

Meanwhile, Samsung said all of this year’s QLED TVs advance in all areas of picture performance, design and smart-TV functionality.

As for MicroLED, the company showed a “home-sized” 146-inch screen-size TV dubbed, “MicroLED The Wall.” The display uses an OLED-like technology comprised of tiny self-emitting LEDs as pixels capable of what Samsung said is “outstanding brightness, contrast, and close-to-perfect viewing from any angle.”

Pricing and availability will be announced later.

Unlike OLED TV technology, MicroLED is said to be resistant to image retention, and eventually is expected to be easier to mass produce in large screen sizes.

In short, Samsung said MicroLED “changes the conversation” about television technology in 2018.

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Westinghouse Introduces 4K UHD Android TV Line

January 7th, 2018 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, AI Voice Powered Digital Assistants, Connected TVs, Full Array LED Backlit with Local Dimming, HDMI, intelligent assistant, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, search and recommendation, Second Screen, smart TV hacks, UHDTV, voice command, voice control

The Westinghouse television line, which is licensed for use in North America by China-based Tong Fang Global, is using CES 2018 to expand its 4K Ultra HD TV assortment with a series of smart TVs based on the built-in Android TV platform.

The Android TVs will have full Chrome Cast and Google Home technology, allowing users to control not only the television functions, but home automation devices around the house as well.

Last year, Westinghouse used the giant Las Vegas technology showcase to introduce its first television line based on the Fire TV OS. That line is doing well and continues to build momentum, said Brett Hunt, Westinghouse sales and marketing VP.

This year, Westinghouse is expanding its selection of smart TVs by providing retailers and consumers with an assortment of products centered around different operating systems, as Westinghouse continues to build its presence in key U.S. retail accounts including Best Buy, Target and others.

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