AT&T To Bring Multi-Platform Cloud DVR Feature To Pay-TV Services

July 14th, 2017 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Connected TVs, DVR, electronic program guides, HDR, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, Live OTT services, News, OLED, OTT services, Satellite TV, Satellite UHD 4K TV, Skinny TV services, Sling Box, Streaming Services, UHD (4K) Media Players, UHDTV

 

AT&T said it will launch a “cloud DVR” feature to enable subscribers to its DirecTV Now live over-the-top streaming service, DirecTV satellite TV service, and U-verse telco-tv service to store recorded programs on remote servers instead of hard drives in a set-top box.

AT&T revealed through a press statement this week that new cloud DVR capability is slated to begin this summer through an invitation-only beta trial of the new feature that will enable DVR recording on DirecTV Now.

The company didn’t reveal how it plans to select the initial beta testers.

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LG 4K OLED TV Wins TV Shootout For 4th Consecutive Year

July 13th, 2017 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Calibration, Connected TVs, Dolby Atmos, Full Array LED Backlit with Local Dimming, HDR, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, LG Electronics, News, OLED, OLED, Streaming Services, Test Equipment, UHD 4K OLED, UHDTV

ISF President Joel Silver discusses the 2017 TV Shootout Criteria during CE Week Wednesday.

LG’s OLED TV technology, represented this year by the 65-inch OLED65E7P, continued to take top honors in the Annual TV Shootout during the CE Week Show in New York by sweeping three categories in votes by a panel of expert judges, Thursday.

The LG 65-inch Signature Series E7P OLED TV ($4,797) won best television for 2017 for studio lighting/home theater, HDR viewing and for streaming video presentation. It was one of six televisions selected to compete.

This marked the fourth consecutive year an LG OLED TV had come out on top in voting during the Shootout event. In prior years, the TVs had been crowned King of TV by the shootout event originator.

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Samsung Delivers MS750 Sound+ Soundbar

July 12th, 2017 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Audio, center channel, Full Array LED Backlit with Local Dimming, HDMI, HDR, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, Sound Bars, Sound Systems, sub woofer, Surround Sound, Surround Sound Systems, UHDTV

 

Samsung said Wednesday that the affordably priced MS750 Sound+ single-unit soundbar offering a vertically expanded soundstage with distortion cancelling, enhanced bass and, multi-speaker control is coming to retailers now.

The MS750, which carries a $699.95 average street price, was first introduced at CES 2017 last January, when it won the show’s Best Soundbar Award from HD Guru. It offers 5-channel sound from 11 drivers, each having a dedicated amplifier. This includes three wide-range tweeters, six woofers and two vertical wide-range tweeters.

Using simultaneous multi-array performance and long-excursion technology, the sound of the MS750’s bass is said to have increased depth and coverage.

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Review: Sony HT-ST5000 Dolby Atmos Soundbar Offers Wide Sound Stage

July 10th, 2017 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Audio, Blu-ray Players, center channel, Dolby Atmos, front channels, HDMI, HDR, height channels, LED LCD Flat Panels, object-based audio, OTT services, rear surround channel, Sound Bars, Sound Systems, Streaming Services, sub woofer, Surround Sound, Surround Sound Systems, UHDTV, Ultra HD Blu-ray Players

Sony’s HT-ST5000 Dolby Atmos soundbar was quite a surprise. For only a 2-piece system, this attractively styled unit delivered big sound with a widely dispersed soundstage and clear dialog.

What’s more, this $1,498 system , reproduces music as well or better than some entry home theater in a box systems, offering bright wide musicality, rear and overhead effects in high ranges and a mid-range that is less boxy sounding than some competitors in this class.

What stands out in this soundbar is the Dolby Atmos capability, which emits sound that at times seems to come from above the picture to give images a more lifelike quality.

This is no substitute for a high-performing surround sound system with a 7.1.2 or 7.1.4 speaker array, but for those who lack the budget, space or interior design to accommodate a full home theater system, the HT-ST5000 is a worthy substitute.

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Amazon Prime Day Sale Kicks Off Today

July 10th, 2017 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Amazon, Blu-ray Discs, Blu-ray Players, Blu-ray Titles, Connected TVs, Digital Camera/Camcorder, front projectors, Headphones, Home Automation, LG Electronics, News, OLED, Sound Bars, Sound Systems, Streaming Services, sub woofer, Surround Sound Systems, UHD 4K OLED, UHDTV, Ultra HD Blu-ray Players

 

The national shopping holiday — that Amazon, at least, would like us all to start celebrating – known as Amazon Prime Day begins tonight with thousands of bargains running throughout the day on Tuesday, July 11th.

Anxious bargain hunters can begin scouring the e-commerce site starting at 6 p.m. Pacific / 9 p.m. Eastern tonight. Anyone with a Prime membership can participate. This means, if you want in on the action and don’t already qualify, sign up for a trial membership now. In addition to participating in special Prime Day sales, Prime will qualify users for free shipping on Prime-qualified items sold through Amazon and to stream thousands of hours of entertainment through Amazon Video, among other perks.

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ICDM At Work On Display Standards To Answer `Specsmanship’

July 6th, 2017 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Calibration, Curved Screen, HDR, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, OLED, Projection Screens, Test Equipment, TV Tables, UHD 4K OLED, UHDTV, Ultra HD Blu-ray Players, Video Processors

Insight Media’s Chris Chinnock

One of the more frustrating issues surrounding the launch of new display technologies, like high dynamic range, wide color gamut, and color volume is the lack of unified standards to measure and monitor performance.

Thanks to the Society for Information Display (SID) a multi-company/multi-industry Committee called the International Committee for Display Metrology (ICDM) is developing exactly that. The ICDM is a standards committee within SID, which represents over 300 top display metrologists and specialists of related sciences.

Speaking at the recent QLED & HDR10 Summit sponsored by Samsung and Insight Media, Chris Chinnock, Insight Media principal, said the key to this organization is to develop accepted test procedures and to provide them as a resource for anybody in the industry who needs to test a display.

“It’s important to have some agreed upon test methods, so there isn’t market confusion or specsmanship – at least it can attempt to mitigate some of that by having accepted test procedures,” Chinnock said. “It also helps to have accepted procedures if you are buying a display so that you can compare the specifications of a spec sheet and know that what that spec sheet lists is truly representative of what you would see. That’s not always the case, but it’s a worthy goal, anyway.”

Of course, it also means test procedures are in development on the latest technologies for TV reviewers and calibrators.

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Gunn: `GotG2′ To Be 1st Disney Release In 4K/HDR

July 6th, 2017 · 2160p, 3D Blu-ray player, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Blu-ray Discs, Blu-ray Players, Blu-ray Titles, HDR, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, OLED, OTT services, UHD 4K OLED, UHDTV, Ultra HD Blu-ray Players

 

Hollywood director James Gunn announced on his official Facebook page Wednesday that Walt Disney Studios will release his Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 for home video in 4K Ultra HD resolution with high dynamic range (HDR) and a wide color gamut.

Gunn’s post said that “after a couple of years of me begging and pleading, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 will be coming to home video in 4K UltraHD. It will be the FIRST Disney release to be released this way.”

Gunn’s Facebook posting didn’t mention in exactly which format Disney plans to release the 4K HDR version, although a report on Engadget cited “internal documents” stating it will be released August 22nd in DVD, Blu-ray and Ultra HD Blu-ray formats.

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QLED Conference: QLED vs. OLED Race Is On For Market Dominance

July 5th, 2017 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Full Array LED Backlit with Local Dimming, Full HD 1080p, HDR, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, LG Electronics, News, OLED, OLED, UHD 4K OLED, UHDTV

Ross Young, Display Supply Chain Consultants CEO

Organic Light Emitting Diode (OLED) televisions might be getting a lot of positive attention this year, but industry analysts from display market research organization Display Supply Chain Consultants (DSCC) said LED LCD TVs based on quantum dot enhanced technologies stand a good chance of winning the race toward market share and profitability in the near term.

Speaking at the QLED and HDR10 Summit sponsored by Insight Media and Samsung Electronics in Los Angeles last week, Ross Young and Bob O’Brien, co-founders of DSCC, offered their assessments of two key technologies in the high-end consumer television market — quantum dot-based LED (QLED) LCD TVs and organic light emitting diode (OLED) televisions, like those marketed in the U.S. this year by LG Electronics and Sony. The current assessment seems to be that QLED is advancing at a rapid pace toward scalability while large-format OLED displays face a long uphill slog in achieving panel yields large enough to move the needle on market share.

The world’s principal large-format OLED panel supplier LG.Display continues to increase yields and output every year, but compared to LCD displays it is still very small. In 2017, global OLED television sales are expected to account for less than 2 million units, which is a fraction the 223 million unit global television market.

“One of the real opportunities for QLEDs is that you can generate much higher pixels per inch (PPI) than OLEDs because you can use lithography instead of evaporation,” Young said. “That’s big when you are talking about 1,000 PPI or 2,000 PPI opportunities.”

“But if you want to decrease costs, inkjet printing could possibly be lower due to the increase in efficiency,” he said. “What we’ve seen is that the efficiency is competitive with solution processible materials today.”

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