Apple Unveils Apple TV 4K Media Adapters

September 12th, 2017 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, Connected TVs, Digital Cameras, Digital Media Receivers, electronic program guides, Full HD 1080p, HDR, Home Automation, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, OTT services, search and recommendation, Second Screen, Streaming Services, UHD (4K) Media Players, UHDTV, voice command

As widely expected, Apple used its press conference Tuesday to introduce the new Apple TV 4K in two versions, both supporting 4K 3840x2160p resolution streaming video for the first time as well as both Dolby Vision and HDR10 high dynamic range.

A version of the Apple TV 4K with 32GBs of onboard storage will retail for $179. A 64GB version will sell for $199. Both models are available for pre-order September 15th and will ship September 22nd.

Apple will also continue to sell a 4th Generation Full HD 1080p Apple TV with 32GB of storage at $149.

The Apple TV 4K will help Apple catch up to competitive devices including Amazon’s Fire TV, Roku Premiere and Ultra boxes, NVIDIA Shield TV, Chromecast Ultra and various third-party media adapters running the latest Android TV platform.

The platform will also help Apple expand its ambitious plans for both content production and sales and leverage the 4K videos and high-resolution still images that will be shot by legions of adopters of the just-announced new Apple iPhones, highlighted by the iPhone X.

Earlier in the year, Apple hinted at its 4K advancements in both the Apple TV 4K and the various iPhones when it announced it was supporting HEVC video compression for both encoding and decoding. The compression scheme will arguably have even more utility in the new class of 4K-capable iPhones introduced at the same press event on Tuesday.

Reports have also said that Apple is planning to produce original content for its iTunes service, and possibly others, and will further support that programming with 4K UHD resolution and HDR.

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Five Key Takeaways From CEDIA 2017

September 11th, 2017 · 2160p, 3LCD front projectors, 3LCD projectors, 4K Flat Panel, 4K Front Projection, 4K LED LCD, Amazon, Audio, Connected TVs, HDMI, HDR, height channels, Home Automation, Laser HDTV, laser projectors, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, LG Electronics, News, object-based audio, OLED, OLED, OTT services, portable projectors, Sound Bars, Sound Systems, Surround Sound Systems

LG’s Tim Alessi Kicks Off CEDIA By Showing The Signature Series W7 4K OLED TV

Like Hurricane Irma lashing into the Florida coastline, last week’s CEDIA Expo 2017 in San Diego marked yet another shift in the winds for the custom electronics installation industry.

For starters, the 28-year-old Association that started the event back in 1989 turned management over to an outside professional exhibitions company, which was handling the trade show for the first time.

From an attendees’ view point the change was more or less seamless. Key video display manufacturers like LG Electronics, Samsung, and Hisense, which are all primarily flat-panel TV companies that have made a return to the venue in recent years, continued to increase their on-floor booth presences with the latest technologies, many of which had just made an international debut at the IFA Show in Berlin, Germany a few days earlier.

Unfortunately, the absence of the huge former exhibitor Crestron last year was still glaring, but rival Control4 was on hand. The control system developer released the latest version of its operating system, OS 2.10, and with it a new personalization platform called When/Then, which allows users to personalize their professionally installed smart-home systems for themselves to easily control more than 10,000 smart home devices.

Also, stalwarts like Sony, Epson, JVC, Bang & Olufsen and others maintained their CEDIA presences recognizing the importance the integration trade commands in selling and promoting upscale audio and video technologies from large flat-panel OLED, QLED televisions and 4K short throw projectors to smart home control solutions.

From an audio standpoint, CEDIA was as vital as ever, with many of the key hi-fi brands on display to demonstrate the latest surround sound technologies with more and more dynamic 3D surround enhancement and a broader range of price points.

Overall, we came away from the San Diego event with five key takeaways that need closer watching as AV electronics entertainment evolves in the home.

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Hisense Shows `Laser TV’ Short Throw Projector

September 8th, 2017 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K Front Projection, 4K LED LCD, center channel, Connected TVs, HDR, Laser HDTV, laser projectors, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, portable projectors, Projection Screens, short-throw projectors, sub woofer, UHDTV

Hisense, which is not traditionally known as a resource for the custom electronics trade, traveled to the CEDIA 2017 custom electronics show this week to promote and demonstrate a new 4K  Short Throw DLP laser projector, called the “Laser TV,” which is scheduled to launch at retail November 1, 2017.

Hisense representatives said they see a big opportunity ahead for high-resolution front projectors that can produce huge screen sizes of 100-inches and up at a fraction of the cost of an equivalently sized 4K Ultra HD flat-panel television.

The company is also focusing intently on DLP-based Short Throw projectors which are compact, easy to setup, and can be positioned only a few inches (6 inches in the case of the Laser TV) from the projection screen or wall surface.

Compared to large flat-panel TVs, projection systems have screens that weigh much less (about 50 pounds for the screen and mounting system included in the Laser TV package) and don’t require any structural reinforcement to the wall. Screen surfaces also don’t have the typical glare of a glass panel.

The Hisense Laser TV is based on Texas Instruments’ single 0.66-inch 4K DLP DMD chip technology using one color wheel and one phosphor wheel. Hisense said the projector has been specially engineered to provide a clear path to the color wheel, thus providing a more rapid and efficient transmission of light through to the lens optics, for reduced lag and brighter results.

The Laser TV will include both a built-in ATSC OTA tuner and a smart TV platform to access streaming services.

Hisense will include a wall-mounted 100-inch SI screen in a bundle with the projector for a $9,999 unilateral pricing policy (UPP) price, which is a reduction from the $12,999 price that was first considered.

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Kaleidescape Returns To CEDIA With `Co-Star’ Linking Kit For Legacy Devices

September 6th, 2017 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K Front Projection, 4K LED LCD, Blu-ray Discs, Digital Media Receivers, electronic program guides, HDMI, HDR, LCD Flat Panel, News, OLED, UHD (4K) Media Players, UHDTV, Ultra HD Blu-ray Players

 

UPDATE! Kaleidescape is coming back to the CEDIA 2017 custom electronics show in a big way this week to unveil a new solution that bridges its older Premiere disc-based HD media players with its latest 4K-Strato players that download up to Ultra HD Blu-ray quality movies with HDR from the company’s cloud-based Movie Store.

It is also announcing the addition of Paramount to its list of supporting studios to the Kaleidescape online Movie Store, as well as the addition of the first titles in 4K Ultra HD with HDR10 from 20th Century Fox.

Sony also announced at the show that it has reached a cross-marketing deal on Sony native 4K SXRD projectors and Kaleidescape Strato players that will give purchasers of Sony native 4K projectors a bundle of 10 free classic and new release movies for the Kaleidescape 4K Strato players through the Kaleidescape online Movie Store, in an offer valued at up to $350 running through March.

The new activity in San Diego this week is nothing short of miraculous given the state of Kaleidescape a year ago. In fact, the company’s mere appearance will be something of a Lazarus story.

Last year, Kaleidescape was still licking its wounds after being forced to temporarily shut its doors due to an unavoidable financing pinch and an inability to raise necessary capital to continue operations.

With financing now in hand, a long list of supporting Hollywood studios providing content, and propelled by the strength of its advanced video technology, the 14-year-old company is back. It’s also ready to embrace not only new Strato player customers but those long-time Kaleidescape enthusiasts who own one of its Premiere products, which were intended to import content from physical discs into the home media ecosystem.

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Epson Unveils LS100 Full HD Ultra Short Throw Projector

September 6th, 2017 · 3LCD front projectors, 3LCD projectors, 720p HD, Amazon, Digital Media Receivers, Front Projection, front projectors, Full HD 1080p, HDMI, laser projectors, Lenses, News, portable projectors, Projection Screens, short-throw projectors

 

Epson is using this week’s CEDIA 2017 custom electronics show in San Diego to unveil its Home Cinema LS100 Full HD 1080p ultra-short-throw 3LCD video projector offering a large, bright image suitable for a variety of viewing locations in a home.

The Epson LS100 ($2,999 suggested retail price) offers an ultra-short-throw range with a laser light engine enabling it to be placed just a few inches from a wall in order to project up to a 10-foot screen size. The compact design enables the projector to be placed almost anywhere without long cables, shadows from people walking in front of the lens or glare reflecting off a glass panel interfering with the quality of the picture.

The super bright image, which Epson lists at 4,000 lumens of color and white brightness, and 2,500,000:1 contrast ratio enable the projector to be placed in settings that have some ambient light without washing out colors or black levels.

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Sony Unveils 4K SXRD Projector Trio In San Diego

September 5th, 2017 · Uncategorized

Sony used CEDIA 2017 in San Diego Wednesday to unveil three new native 4K Ultra HD projectors.

All models are based on Sony’s native 4K SXRD (LCoS) microdisplay technology with full 4K 4096×2160 resolution and are compatible with HDR10 metadata.

Although the models closely resemble those introduced for the U.K. market at last week’s IFA technology show in Berlin, Germany, the models being added to the U.S. custom installation channel have different model numbers and slight differences in features and functions.

The new models include two HDMI2.0a/HDCP2.2 inputs, MotionFlow smooth motion technology, Super Resolution Reality Creation video processing, Triluminos Display color processing technology for projectors and low-noise operation.

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JVC Reveals 2017 ‘4K e-shift5’ D-ILA Projectors, 20th Anniversary Edition

September 5th, 2017 · 2160p, 3D UHDTV, 4K Front Projection, D-ILA, Front Projection, front projectors, HDMI, HDR

 

UPDATE! In honor of the 20th Anniversary of the first Direct-Drive Image Light Amplification (D-ILA) projector, JVC introduced at IFA and later at CEDIA 2017 in San Diego a 20th Anniversary edition 4K /HDR compatible version — the DLA-20LTD – to highlight a 2017 projector line.

Heading into the CEDIA 2017 custom electronics show in San Diego Sept. 7-9th, JVC pre-announced the special edition 4K UHD-compatible projector along with three others. The other three were said to be based on the company’s latest “4K e-shift5” technology, which simulates a native 4K resolution. All models are compatible with 4K UHD content sources (3840×2160 pixels) and HDR10 high dynamic range (HDR).

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BenQ Ships LK970 4K DLP Projector With BlueCore Laser Engine

September 5th, 2017 · 2160p, 21:9 Curved UHDTV, 21:9 monitors, 4K Front Projection, Amazon, Front Projection, front projectors, HDMI, laser projectors, News, Projection Screens, UHDTV

BenQ America said Tuesday that its LK970 4K UHD BlueCore laser projector with 5,000 lumens of peak brightness is now shipping at a $12,999 suggested retail price.

Positioned for both home theater and large venue business applications, the BenQ LK970 4K Ultra HD projector is based on Texas Instruments’ latest DLP digital micro mirror chip technology and BenQ’s BlueCore laser light engine with a 20,000-hour average use life expectancy/60,000 hours in Eco mode.

The high peak brightness output is said to be ample enough for presentations in settings with some degree of ambient light without washing out color or contrast performance.

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