HDR10+ Logo Launch, ATSC 3.0 Celebration Slated For CES 2018

January 5th, 2018 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Blu-ray Players, electronic program guides, front projectors, HDR, HDR10+, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, OLED, UHDTV

 

The next-gen ATSC 3.0 over-the-air broadcast standard and with it High Dynamic Range technology are shaping up to be  big parts of next week’s CES 2018 technology trade show in Las Vegas.

On Friday, 20th Century Fox, Panasonic and Samsung Electronics, all members of HDR10+ promotional organization, jointly announced that they plan to demonstrate their dynamic-metadata HDR platform at various locations around the show, Jan. 7-12th.

Members of the group are hopeful that HDR10+ high dynamic range metadata will be selected by broadcasters for transmission along with forthcoming 4K Ultra HD signals in coming years.

The HDR10+ companies announced a new licensing and logo program for the royalty-free HDR profile, which was designed to bring dynamic metadata capabilities to the formerly static baseline HDR10 profile.

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LG Unveils Compact 4K UHD DLP Projector

January 4th, 2018 · 2160p, 4K Front Projection, Connected TVs, DLP, HDMI, HDR, LG Electronics, News, OTT services, portable projectors, Projection Screens, UHDTV

 

In its continuing string of pre-CES 2018 announcements, LG Electronics revealed the model HU80KA compact 4K Ultra HD DLP projector, designed for use in home cinema applications.

“LG’s first-ever 4K UHD projector represents the pinnacle of innovation in the portable entertainment market,” stated Tim Alessi, LG Electronics USA product marketing head. “Offering superb brightness coupled with a design that offers true versatility, the new HU80KA will lead the way in changing how consumers enjoy 4K content in their home and on the go.”

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Alexa Support Comes To Select DTS Play-Fi Speakers

January 4th, 2018 · AI Voice Powered Digital Assistants, Amazon, Audio, intelligent assistant, News, OTT services, Sound Bars, Sound Systems, Streaming Services, Surround Sound, Surround Sound Systems, voice command, voice control, Wireless Audio

The Pioneer Elite F4 DTS Play-Fi wireless speaker (and others) is being upgraded with Works with Amazon Alexa capability.

DTS revealed Wednesday that “Works with Amazon Alexa” functionality is now headed to select wireless speakers supporting its DTS Play-Fi advanced multi-room audio platform.

Speaker owners are now able to verbally ask Alexa through the speakers to play a song in a specific room, groups of rooms or the whole house, adjust volume, skip the track forward, mute, pause and stop the music using an Amazon Echo, Dot or Show device equipped with far-field microphones.

Initial DTS Play-Fi products supporting the capability include the Pioneer Elite Smart Speaker F4, Onkyo Smart Speaker P3 and the Phorus PS10, DTS said.

Additionally, DTS Play-Fi-enabled products, including the Klipsch Stream wireless multi-room audio lineup, as well as McIntosh Laboratories, MartinLogan and THIEL Audio, will add the capability by the end of March, the company said.

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Hisense To Add Alexa Voice Integration To 2018 4K Ultra HDTVs

January 3rd, 2018 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, AI Voice Powered Digital Assistants, Amazon, Connected TVs, DLP, Home Automation, intelligent assistant, laser projectors, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, Projection Screens, short-throw projectors, Streaming Services, UHDTV

The Hisense 4K Ultra HD Laser TV will be among 2018 TVs getting Alexa voice integration.

Hisense revealed Wednesday that it will be building Alexa voice AI capabilities into select 4K Smart TVs to be unveiled at CES 2018 in Las Vegas next week.

Hisense said the TVs with Alexa integration are part of a larger initiative to make interacting with Smart TVs easier and more intuitive.

Among the first 2018 models to feature Alexa will be the Hisense 100-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart Laser TV, which is a short-throw DLP laser projector with bundled screen that was introduced late in 2017.

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Roku Unveils Home Entertainment Network Licensing Program

January 3rd, 2018 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, AI Voice Powered Digital Assistants, Audio, Connected TVs, Digital Media Receivers, HDMI, intelligent assistant, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, Sound Bars, Sound Systems, Surround Sound Systems, UHD (4K) Media Players

Roku, the developer of robust smart streaming media adapters and smart TV operating systems, is about to make the set-up and use of home theater audio products as simple and effective as its Roku TVs.

The company announced Wednesday the Roku Whole Home Entertainment Network licensing program which was designed, in part, to help original equipment manufacturer (OEM) partners develop wireless home theater audio systems that easily link with Roku Smart TVs and others for an optimized, immersive experience.

Mark Ely, Roku product management VP for players and whole home, said that by optimizing the simplicity of connectivity, set-up and use of both smart TVs and home audio systems, the company hopes to expand the appeal of the Roku TV platform.

At the same time Roku said that its licensing partner TCL will announce at CES 2018 its plans to offer the first device under the new program.

Additionally, recently added Roku TV partner Funai will extend its Roku TV licensing agreement to include Magnavox branded Roku TV lines in addition to the previously announced Philips branded Roku TVs sold through the P&F USA division.

According to Ely, adding speakers, surround sound systems or soundbars to a TV is the most popular way of expanding the TV experience today, but home theater audio products generally have been expensive and hard for people to set up and use.

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LG To Add ThinQ Voice AI To 2018 4K UHDTVs

January 2nd, 2018 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, AI Voice Powered Digital Assistants, Amazon, Connected TVs, Dolby Atmos, Full Array LED Backlit with Local Dimming, HDMI, HDR, intelligent assistant, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, LG Electronics, News, OLED, OLED, Second Screen, Sound Bars, Sound Systems, Surround Sound, Surround Sound Systems, UHD 4K OLED, UHDTV, voice command, voice control

The LG W8 4K Ultra HD OLED Signature Series TV with ThinQ AI voice control technology

LG Electronics  will unveil at CES 2018 next week 2018 lines of 4K Ultra HD OLED, 4K Super UHD and 4K UHD LED-LCD TVs, and an improved webOS smart TV platform with ThinQ artificial intelligence (AI) linked to integrated Google Assistant voice control.

Although LG has elected to have its televisions support both Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa voice-powered technologies, only Google Assistant can be used with the sets’ remote-button-controlled voice input. This will control basic set functions, and search for content.

Users with Amazon Alexa-enabled home automation products will need to connect an Alexa smart speaker, like the Echo Plus or Echo Dot, to have the television use Alexa Skills to operate a variety of features and functions.

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LG Display Unveils First 88-Inch 8K OLED Panel

January 2nd, 2018 · 8K OLED, 8K ultra-high resolution, LG Display, LG Electronics, News, OLED

 

LG Display, LG Electronic’s display panel manufacturing sister company, announced this week that it has developed the world’s first 88-inch 8K OLED display, which will be shown at CES 2018 in Las Vegas next week.

The OLED display is said to have 33 million pixels (7680×4320) – 16 times more than FHD (1920×1080) and four times more than UHD (3840×2160).

LG Display made the announcement early to get the jump on competitors, who are reportedly also planning to make 8K display technologies a part of their announcements at the consumer technology showcase.

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LG To Bring New Soundbar, Bluetooth Speakers To CES

December 28th, 2017 · 2160p, AI Voice Powered Digital Assistants, Audio, Dolby Atmos, HDMI, height channels, LG Electronics, News, object-based audio, Sound Bars, Sound Systems, Streaming Services, Surround Sound, Surround Sound Systems, UHD 4K OLED, UHDTV, voice command, voice control, Wireless Audio

LG Electronics made entertainment audio products a big part of its CES 2018 news by revealing a range of speakers  developed with the assistance and technology of partners Dolby Labs (Dolby Atmos) and Meridian Audio (developer of advanced DSP audio technologies).

LG is giving up its former association with Harman Kardon, many of the assets of which were recently acquired by LG-rival Samsung, and is replacing it with the expertise of Meridian while expanding the use of Dolby Atmos surround sound technology.

Among the products to spring from this collaboration are a large assortment of Bluetooth speakers using Meridian Audio’s advanced high-performance digital signal processing (DSP) technologies that LG said “deliver more natural and warm sound.”

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