Hisense Unveils High-Performing Big-Screen 4K Ultra HDTVs

October 6th, 2016 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K Front Projection, 4K LED LCD, Connected TVs, DLP, DVR, Front Projection, front projectors, Full Array LED Backlit with Local Dimming, HDR, laser projectors, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, short-throw projectors, Streaming Services, UHDTV

Hisense USA CEO Jerry Liu presents the 70H10D 70-inch 4K Full Array LED LCD TV with Quantum Dot technology.

Hisense used a New York City press event Wednesday to unveil a range of step-up large-screen 4K Ultra HD TVs ranging from 65- to 100-inches.

In total, the company showed six 4K Ultra HD LED TVs with high dynamic range (HDR) capability and a 4K Ultra HD DLP short-throw projector capable of a Rec. 709 color gamut and screen sizes up to 100 inches.

Hisense USA CEO Jerry Liu said the company is using the larger-screen size displays to compete against top-tier companies with high-performance picture and sound quality at attractive price points.

Mark Viken, Hisense USA marketing VP, said the results of a consumer blind television picture quality study conducted by Wakefield Research for Hisense last month indicated “consumers rate Hisense’s picture quality at the same level as premium brands like Samsung and significantly above a budget brand like Vizio.”

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Google Unveils 4K Chromecast Ultra With HDR-10, Dolby Vision

October 4th, 2016 · 2160p, Connected TVs, Digital Media Receivers, HDMI, HDR, Home Automation, News, screen mirroring, search and recommendation, Second Screen, Streaming Services, UHD (4K) Media Players, UHDTV


Google used its hardware press conference in San Francisco Tuesday to unveil the latest iteration in its family of Chromecast digital media adapters.

The new Chromecast Ultra, which is billed as offering the most premium Chromecast streaming video experience to date, is designed to seamlessly link (along with other Chromecast units) to the newly announced – and Amazon Echo-like – Google Home omni-directional wireless speaker with built-in Google Assist.

Google Home will interact with users and respond to spoken commands to control program watching by searching for and selecting movies and programs which it will then play, stop, pause, rewind and fast forward upon voice command.

Content, including 4K Ultra HD videos with HDR-10 and Dolby Vision support for the first time, can be accessed and viewed from a wide range of over-the-top streaming content services.

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New 4K Ultra HDTVs Brighten Up The Great Outdoors

October 3rd, 2016 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Connected TVs, HDR, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, OLED, UHD 4K OLED, UHDTV, Video Processors

                             The 65-inch SunBriteTV Veranda Series SB-6574UHD ($3,500 retail).

As more and more Americans look to take their big-screen fun outdoors to elaborate patios, decks and outdoor living spaces three TV manufacturers who attended the recent CEDIA Expo 2016 in Dallas, Texas rolled out some advanced new all-weather approaches.

SunBrite TV, which for the past few years has been trying to break into the mainstream market, used the backing of its new owner to put out a line of TVs that are priced very close to equivalently sized indoor models.

Meanwhile, MirageVision continued its mission of customizing name brand indoor TVs for outdoor applications, bringing some of the first OLED and high dynamic range (HDR) 4K models to the backyard.

At the same time, Séura, which has long offered lines of Séura Storm TVs, continued the roll out of its 84-inch 4K Ultra HD LED LCD TVs in both shaded and ultra bright (direct sunlight) applications.

Peerless also showed its line of UltraView Full HD 1080p outdoor televisions along with supporting outdoor sound bar and wireless HD transmitter systems for applications where cable runs are problematic.

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Amazon Unveils Improved Fire TV Stick With Alexa Assistant

September 29th, 2016 · 720p HD, Amazon, Connected TVs, Digital Media Receivers, HDMI, News, search and recommendation, Streaming Services


Just three days after Roku unveiled the revamp of its set-top box line, Amazon came forward with a new and improved version of its Fire TV Stick.

The latest generation thumb-drive-like adapter is priced at an affordable $40 retail, and adds voice control via the company’s popular Alexa personal digital assistant, which is embedded in the remote.

The remote will take spoken commands to search across more than 90 channels and apps; rewind and fast-forward programming; and execute a long list of “skills”.

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Review: Hisense 50H8C 4K Ultra HD TV Offers Impressive Entry-Level HDR Performance

September 28th, 2016 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Amazon, Connected TVs, Full Array LED Backlit with Local Dimming, HDMI, HDR, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, Streaming Services, UHDTV

When we first saw Hisense’s 50H8c 4K Ultra HDTV at CES 2016 last January we were impressed. The TV presented good natural colors, impressively deep blacks, listed a 10-bit panel and had the ability to read high dynamic range (HDR) content.

If that wasn’t enough, the TV carries full-array LED backlighting with local dimming (Hisense won’t divulge the number of local dimming zones, but the number appears to be small), comes with an industry leading 4-year warranty (after registration), and currently rings in at an astounding $499.99 expected street retail price. The value alone was enough to earn HD Guru’s Best TV Value Award for CES 2016.

Eight months later, we finally got our chance to go over the TV in more detail and evaluate the set properly for picture and sound performance. What we found is that the Hisense 50H8c is a steady performing Rec. 709 4K Ultra HD TV with nicely balanced colors, good lag performance for respectably fast game play, sharp and clear 4K Ultra HD resolution and nice upscaling of lower resolution HD and SD source material to 4K resolution.

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Roku Refreshes Line With 5 Players, Brings HDR

September 26th, 2016 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Amazon, Connected TVs, Digital Media Receivers, electronic program guides, HDMI, HDR, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, search and recommendation, Sling Box, Streaming Services, UHD (4K) Media Players, UHDTV


Roku introduced Monday a revamped lineup of Roku set-top streaming adapters, including the company’s first two models offering support for high dynamic range (HDR) along with 4K Ultra HD streaming.

In total, the company is adding five new models, which will be replacing many of the currently available set-top box offerings. Also with the introductions, Roku is changing its model naming practice, moving from numbers to names.

Models include the Roku Express ($29.99 suggested retail), Roku Express+ ($39.99), Roku Premiere ($79.99), Roku Premiere+ ($99.99) and Roku Ultra ($129.99). All will be available for pre-order beginning today with arrivals expected October 9th. The Roku Express+ will be available exclusively through Walmart, while all other models will be available from Roku and leading retailers including: Walmart, Best Buy, Amazon and others.

The five new streaming players will join the Roku Streaming Stick that was introduced in April.

The new models start with the entry Roku Express, which is billed as the company’s tiniest streaming box yet outside of the streaming sticks. The Roku Express offers an HDMI connection to a TV, a fast response time and support for up to Full HD 1080p video streaming. The company also announced a Roku Express+ version, which brings support for legacy television sets with analog composite audio/video (red, white and yellow) RCA jack inputs.

Two new mid-range Roku players include the Roku Premiere and Roku Premiere+, which offer 4K Ultra HD output, fast quad-core processors, upscaling of lower-resolution video to up to 4K Ultra HD at 60 fps; 802.11ac MIMO dual-band wireless connectivity; and a night listening mode setting that adjusts audio sounds to maintain volume consistency

Roku Premiere+ adds support for HDR; an enhanced point anywhere remote with headphone jack for private listening; MicroSD card slot for additional channel storage and Ethernet port for wired internet connections.

The Roku Ultra offers 4K Ultra HD with upscaling; HDR support; optical digital audio out; USB port for local media playback; point anywhere remote control with game buttons, voice search and headphone jack for private listening. The remote also includes a lost-remote-finder feature and all other features in the Premiere+.

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StormAudio Brings High-Performance Immersive Audio Systems To U.S. Market

September 22nd, 2016 · Audio, Auro3D, Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, HDMI, height channels, News, object-based audio, rear surround channel, Sound Systems, sub woofer, Surround Sound, Surround Sound Systems

                                                                Yves Trélohan, StormAudio senior VP

StormAudio, a consumer electronics hardware company owned by Belgium-based Auro Technologies, made its U.S. debut at CEDIA Expo last week by launching a line of immersive sound processors and power amplifiers equipped to accept and play the leading 3D audio formats including Dolby Atmos, DTS:X and Auro-3D.

The company said its mission is to make and market “the ultimate in high-end immersive audio, pushing the boundaries of home theater to new levels of performance.”

StormAudio products are designed and manufactured in France and are specialized in immersive audio processing, like the Auro-3D channel specific 3D audio format championed for professional cinema applications by the parent company. However, Yves Trélohan, StormAudio senior VP and head of the Home Entertainment and Luxury Audio Product Division, said the StormAudio product line is manufactured and marketed to be audio-format agnostic and does not focus on one format over another.

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NRDC: Government Uses Flawed TV Energy Consumption Tests

September 21st, 2016 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, HDR, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, LG Electronics, News, OLED, OLED, Test Equipment, UHDTV


Your TV might be contributing to global warming. Well, it’s certainly making a lot of people hot under the collar, anyway.

An environmental watchdog group called the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) issued a report on television energy consumption Wednesday calling government testing procedures for energy use by TVs flawed and implied that some manufacturers may be deliberately designing TVs to pass the Department of Engergy (DOE), International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tests while actually using more electricity than they should in real-world conditions.

The group said that video clips assembled for the government test material used when measuring TV energy consumption for programs including Energy Star, are an assemblage of fast (on average about 2.5 second) scenes that jump cut throughout the clip. This test material causes some brands of TVs equipped with “motion detection dimmers” to scale down energy consumption and help them meet energy consumption guidelines.

But the NRDC said the test clips are nothing but a random compilation of unrealistically and unwatchably fast video sequences, creating motion that these motion detection dimmers easily pick up and respond to. When playing content edited in a way that is more realistic to the way it is actually presented these dimmers often don’t get triggered, the NRDC claims.

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