HDTVs with 4K resolution, Smart TV features out in Korea next month
Samsung is preparing to launch 55-inch and 65-inch models of its UHD TV sets next month. Starting off in Korea, the new models will go on sale in June, with a view to releasing it in other markets shortly afterwards, with the two differently-sized 4K-capable TVs following the 85-inch S9 the company released in the country at the beginning of this year.
Rest of World release of curved HDTV expected within months
LG is putting curved OLED televisions on sale earlier than first thought. The electronics producer is opening up its 55-inch EA9800 to pre-orders in Korea today, with shipments in the country expected in June. The HDTV's release outside of Korea will apparently be announced in the coming months, along with regional pricing.
Curved screen to eliminate image distortion to viewer
LG has confirmed it will be placing a curved OLED TV on sale by the end of the year. The EA9800 TV, measuring 55 inches and first shown off at CES earlier this year, will be part of the first curved releases, with other larger televisions planned to be shipped at around the same time, though the exact shipping dates are unknown.
Amazon's Lovefilm gains more Warner Bros programming
Lovefilm has signed an agreement with Warner Bros International TV Distribution, adding more content to its on-demand roster. The Amazon-owned British subscription streaming service will now offer a number of extra TV series, including seasons one to seven of The West Wing, all nine seasons of One Tree Hill, all seasons of Nip Tuck, and episodes of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
Contradicts claim that plasma panel development has ended
Reports that Panasonic will halt plasma-based HDTV production has been refuted by an executive as incorrect. Henry Hauser, vice president of merchandising at Panasonic USA has said that plasma panel development is still taking place, contradicting comments made by Panasonic Display vice president Kiyoshi Okamoto that the company had researched its last plasma panel.
Final panel created by Panasonic research and development teams
Panasonic has stopped development of plasma-based HD television panels, and is unlikely to start up research on the display technology again. Panasonic Display Vice President Kiyoshi Okamoto confirmed the closure of plasma research and development during an event where the company revealed the pricing for its line of HDTVs for 2013.
Sceptre enables MHL connections with 2013 HDTV line
HDTV and PC display manufacturer Sceptre has added Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) to a number of models in its 2013 line of LED HD televisions. A number of models, starting from 32-inches and going up to 58-inches, will now connect to a compatible smartphone over a cable, and will not only display the phone's screen and stream any accompanying audio, but also charge the phone at the same time, using a single cable.
Three-year plan would downsize entire Panasonic TV business
Panasonic is considering reducing its number of televisions over the next few years, according to reports. The Japanese electronics company is apparently looking at downsizing its entire TV business over a three-year period, starting next fiscal year, with the first casualty being Panasonic's plasma-based productions.
Gradient-covered glass HDTV designed to lean against wall
Dutch television manufacturer TP Vision has created a new TV that replaces the bezel and base stand with a single pane of glass. The Philips DesignLine TV has a black gradient lowering from the screen to the floor that also hides the screen itself when switched off, and the TV itself is designed to lean against a wall or pillar.
OLED screen measures 4.5mm thick, under 22lb
LG has opened up pre-orders for its 55-inch OLED HD television in the United Kingdom. Shipping to customers in the US and South Korea later this month, the 55EM970V weighs less than 22 pounds, measures 4.5mm (0.18-inches) thick, and though will not offer the same Ultra-HD resolution as its larger 84-inch counterpart, it will still provide what is claimed to be "exceptional picture quality."
Quantum dots to increase color range by 50 percent
Details of 'Triluminos,' a feature of Bravia HDTVs using quantum technology demonstrated at CES by Sony, have been made available. Originally appearing in televisions in 2008 before being pulled due to the costs involved, the technology relies on nanoscale particles called 'quantum dots' in order to increase the color range of LCD televisions by around 50 percent.
Smart TV features in many, top range includes 2D-3D coversion
Panasonic has outlined its 2103 Viera lines of LCD and plasma HDTVs, with a wide array of options available for future TV buyers. A total of 32 televisions have been detailed by the company, divided equally between plasma-based and non-plasma, and have been split into five plasma screen series and seven LED-based LCD display ranges.
New 4K-capable TVs have 240Hz refresh rate, Theater 3D
Vizio has shown off its lineup of HDTVs for 2013, including a number of large UHD televisions. The new premium-level XVT series, the company's first Ultra High Definition TVs, were shown alongside an enhanced line of M-Series Razor LED Smart TVs, complete with Video On Demand apps and social features.
Evolution Kit to provide hardware, software upgrade for HDTVs
Samsung is set to reveal a way for owners of televisions in its 2012 range to add features from its upcoming 2013 HDTV catalog. The Evolution Kit, to be fully unveiled at CES next week, will make changes to the way existing smart televisions will work, not only in terms of software, but also by adding more hardware to the TV set.
NFC, WiDi, Miracast accompanies content recommendations
LG has revealed more details about its range of televisions for 2013, ahead of CES. Adding to the announcement of Google TV-enabled screens the company has already shown, it has also opted to give more information on features the HDTVs will have, including NFC, Miracast, WiDi, and a new recommendation function.
Sound Bar features Coneq processing, Bluetooth streaming
Hitachi has unveiled its fall lineup of high definition televisions and accessories for the US. The new list of HDTVs, divided between the Value series and the UltraVision UltraThin LED series, are also accompanied by 32-inch and 40-inch Sound Bars. Containing six speakers and using Coneq 3D sound processing the Sound Bars can also be used to stream music through its Bluetooth connection.
Includes sub $1000 60-inch Full HD smart TV
Vizio has added a new line-up of sleek and slim Smart HDTVs to its roster, just in time for the holiday season. The six new televisions include options from the E-Series and M-Series ranging from 55-inches to 70-inches, with and without 3D, as well as a 58-inch 21:9 Cinemawide Class LED TV with 3D capabilities.
Analysts putting out last Q2 calls and predictions
Despite a mixed consensus on how well Apple may do when it reports its calendar second-quarter (fiscal third-quarter) revenues next week, analysts are throwing in their final predictions on both the financial outcomes and what the near-term future holds for the company. Neilsen says Apple and Google will continue to eat the lunch of the other smartphone OSes, Piper Jaffray doubles down on the Apple HDTV and iPad Mini, while Gartner foresees a substantial growth in ultraportables.
Deals on HDTVs, iPods, and more
Today's deals from DealNN include price breaks on HDTVs, iPods, and more. Tigerdirect.com today has lowered the cost of the refurbished LG 47-inch Widescreen 3D LED HDTV, complete with four built-in HDMI ports, maximum image resolution of 1029 x 1080, 16:9 aspect ratio, and 7,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. Currently featured at DealNN, the HDTV has now dropped to $679.99 after rebate, and offers savings of up to $720.
Deals on HDTVs, headphones, and more
Today's deals from DealNN include price breaks on HDTVs, headphones, and more. Tigerdirect.com recently lowered the cost of the LG 42-inch LED HDTV, with a maximum image resolution of 1920 x 1080, built-in HDMI and USB ports, 6ms response time, and 16:9 aspect ratio. Currently featured at DealNN, the HDTV is now priced at $579.99 and offers savings of up to $220.
Prices set to rise from 2011 models
Pricing details for Samsung's 2012 HDTV lineup may have surfaced ahead of schedule. A leaked price list, which was posted by HD Guru, suggests that the company may be raising the minimum advertised price (MAP) for many of its latest LCD and plasma televisions. The high-end 8000 series LED-backlit LCDs are said to start at $2699 for the 46-inch variant, while the 75-inch model is expected to command $7299.
Models range in size from 19" to 70"
Westinghouse has announced that it will formally unveil its 2012 television lineup next week at CES in Las Vegas. The forthcoming offerings will include an expanded size range from 19 to 70 inches, including LED-backlit and traditional CCFL-based models, along with 3D-capable TVs and a thin bezel design.
Deals on HDTVs, iPad cases, and more
Today's deals from DealNN include discounted HDTVs, iPad cases, and more. Tigerdirect.com has recently lowered the cost on a wide range of electronic devices as part of its Top 12 for 2012 sale, one of which is the refurbished 55-inch Toshiba LCD HDTV with three built-in HDMI ports and a 120Hz screen refresh rate. Currently featured at DealNN, the Toshiba HDTV has now dropped $900 in price and can be purchased for only $699.99.
3D UDTV expected to arrive next year
LG has disclosed additional details surrounding an 84-inch 3D TV that is expected to arrive on the market sometime next year. The panel is capable of displaying 4K content with 3840x2160 resolution, though it also displays in standard 1080p resolution.
Cyber Monday savings continue
It's not too late to take advantage of Cyber Monday savings. Buy.com today has the unlocked 16GB iPhone 4S on sale for $859.99, which is already $439.01 less than the list price of $1299, for today only save an additional $50 dropping the price further to $809.99 with FREE shipping. Save $200 on a 15.4-inch MacBook Pro with a Intel Core i7 processor, 4GB of RAM and a 500GB hard drive, now $1599.99 at BestBuy.com.
Black Friday prices on HDTVs
If finding the right HDTV deal out in the retail stores didn't quite work out this Black Friday, don't worry, there are still plenty of great low prices online. Amazon.com today has the LG 32-inch LCD HDTV which features 720p resolution and LED backlighting technology for $299 after an impressive 46% price break from the list price of $549. Get the latest 3D technology with the LG 47-inch 3D LCD HDTV which features 1080p resolution and includes four pairs of passive 3D glasses, it has seen a massive 61% price cut from $2499.99 down to only $969.99 with FREE shipping at Buy.com.
Black Friday deals today
Turkey day has arrived and there is no reason to be pulling yourself away from the football games, food and good times for long lines to get great deals. Online retailers like Buy.com are already offering great discounts on items like the Nikon Coolpix S6100 16MP compact camera with 7x optical zoom and 3-inch touchscreen LCD, it was $199.99, but is now $117. Also available at Buy.com is the Bose SoundDock Series II multimedia speaker system, on sale now for $249 after a $50 price cut. A $30 discount is available on the D-Link DIR-601 wireless N home router, it was $49.99, now $19.99.
Deals on HDTVs, headphones, and more
Today's deals from DealNN include price drops on HDTVs, headphones, and more. Tigerdirect.com has recently lowered the cost of the refurbished Vizio 32-inch Class Razor LED HDTV, which includes a maximum screen resolution of 1920 x 1080, an 8ms response time, four built-in HDMI ports, and a three month warranty on parts and labor. Currently featured at DealNN, this particular HDTV can be purchased for only $299 and offers savings of up to $350.
Adapts to built-in Ethernet port on some models
A number of HDTV and Blu-Ray devices now sport Ethernet ports for connecting to a home network, but do not have built-in wireless capability. The new Netgear WNCE3001 Universal Dual-Band Wireless Internet Adapter is an add-on -- for smart TVs and Blu-Ray players which have an Ethernet port -- that allows them to join wireless home networks, using the "cleaner" 5GHz Wi-Fi band for faster delivery and the avoidance of video "jitter," though it can use the 2.4GHz frequency as well.
Deals on HDTVs, monitors, and more
Today's deals from DealNN include discounted HDTVs, monitors, and more. Buy.com has a wide range of HDTVs on sale this week, however the Coby 32-inch LCD HDTV with built-in HDMI digital connection, 15-pin interface, 8ms response time, and 1366 x 768 maximum display resolution, is currently being featured at DealNN. This particular HDTV has recently dropped 37% in price and can now be purchased for only $249.99; free shipping is included as well.
Deals on HDTV's, speaker systems, and more
Today's deals from DealNN include discounted HDTV's, speaker systems, and more. Cowboom.com today is offering the Dynex DX-L19J-10A 19-inch LCD HDTV with maximum screen resolution of 1366 x 768, built-in HDMI and S-Video connectors, 5ms response time, and 1000:1 contrast ratio as its deal of the day. Currently featured at DealNN, this HDTV has now dropped in price from $219.99 down to $89.99 and delivers up to $130 in savings.
Deals on HDTV's, Blu-ray Players, and more
Today's deals from DealNN include price breaks on HDTV's, Blu-ray players, and more. Onsale.com has recently lowered the cost of the refurbished Vizio 32-inch LCD HDTV, complete with 1366 x 768 maximum resolution, 16:9 aspect ratio, 8ms response time, and four built-in HDMI ports. Currently featured at DealNN, this HDTV has dropped to $247.99 in price and offers savings of up to $202.
Deals on HDTVs, camcorders, and more
Today’s Deals from DealNN include price breaks on HDTVs, video cameras, and more. Abt.com today is offering a $229 price break on the Samsung 40-inch Series 6 Flat Panel LCD HDTV, which is currently featured at DealNN and includes a 1080p HD maximum resolution, built-in USB and HDMI ports, and Auto Motion Plus 120Hz technology. As a result of the discount the Samsung has now dropped to $668 in price, and has free ground shipping available.
Sony brings latest 2D and 3D camcorders to CES
For 2011 Sony has released an extensive list of new camcorders with a sizable range of feature content, ranging from 2D to 3D video capability, to models with built-in projectors, to models equipped with hard disk drive-based storage to models with flash memory storage. Pricing ranges from just over the $200 mark, to the $1,500 neighborhood for the HDR-TD10 3D HD flash memory Handycam camcorder.
Asphalt 5, others to help expand Viera's IPTV
Gameloft and Panasonic today showed the former's Asphalt 5 running in HD 3D on Panasonic's Viera HDTV at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Asphalt 5 and two other games, Near-Orbit Vanguard Alliance (N.O.V.A.) and Uno will be directly accessible through the just-unveiled Viera Connect IPTV service available in Viera HDTVs. The games, which will launch later this year, are part of an overall expansion of the Viera Connect service.
Viera Cast becomes Viera Connect, added to tablet
Consumer electronics giant Panasonic has revealed its latest lineup of products live from the halls of the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show, and Electronista has the details. As expected, Panasonic has big news for its popular line of Viera HDTVs, with a major focus on 3D technology, as well as the addition of a new tablet device that features the same interactive connectivity technology used on the Viera HDTVs.
Dr. Bott delivers HDMI adapter with audio support
After Apple released new MacBook Pro notebooks Tuesday the company announced the new portables feature Audio out over the Mini DisplayPort connection. While may not have plans for its own branded adapters to provide HDMI with audio, Dr. Bott has announced its Mini Display Port to HDMI Adapter II. The adapter supports the new audio-out capabilities of 2010 MacBook Pros and supports HDCP copy protection, allowing a MacBook Pro to connect to an HDTV via its HDMI port. the adapter is plug-and-play -- it does not require use of a driver and does not require a restart.
ViewLED first previewed at CES in January
ViewSonic has begun shipping the 23-inch VT2300LED TV that was initially previewed in January at CES. The ViewLED device features edge-lit LED backlighting, which is claimed to offer a 30-50 percent reduction in power consumption compared to earlier models. ViewSonic lists a 1000:1 static contrast ratio, 5ms response time, and 300 cd/m2 brightness.
Wirelessly streams HDMI 1.3 video and audio
Gefen has released the GefenTV Wireless for HDMI 60GHz Extender, a new sender/receiver system that transmits uncompressed HDMI 1.3 video and audio to any remote display. The system features multi-antenna technology that enables 1080p video signals to be sent over a maximum distance of 30 feet. Also provided are four LED indicators on the front of both the sender and receiver units, indicating everything from power status to pairing activity and the strength of the wireless signal.
TVs feature "Monolithic Design Concept"
Although Sony's 3D-enabled TVs drew most of the attention this year at CES, the company also introduced several new 2D BRAVIAs. Many of the models have been updated with LED backlighting and a new form-factor dubbed "Monolithic Design Concept." Wi-Fi connectivity allows several of the TVs to access Internet video, widgets, and other content from DLNA-certified home networks.
LG LH90 LED LCD HDTV
LG on Wednesday shipped the LH90 series of 1080p LCD HDTVs, the first it says feature both LED backlighting and which pass the THX Display Certification process. Each TV supports contrast rations up to 2,000,000:1, while TruMotion technology converts the refresh rate to 240Hz. The integrated THX Movie Mode is designed to optimize the color, black levels and signal processing.
Belkin FlyWire delayed
Belkin has delayed the launch of its FlyWire device, pushing the anticipated release date to August, according to Engadget. The wireless system, first introduced at CES 2008, can be used to stream 1080p HD content from multiple HDMI inputs to HDTV televisions using the 5GHz band. Automatic frequency hopping is designed to reduce conflicts with Wi-Fi or other signals.
Gefen HDMI extender
Gefen has released its latest connectivity product, a fiber extender that can be used to transmit an HDMI v1.3 signal up to 330 meters (~1000 feet), for applications requiring HDTV distribution through large venues. The system integrates six lasers to serialize the signal, with support for 1080p HD and compliance with TMDS and HDCP standards. The sender unit is connected to the receiver unit using a single fiber optic cable that can send the HDTV signal with zero delay, according to the company.
Sony home theater systems
Sony has expanded its line of home theater systems to include three new configurations with integrated five-disc DVD/CD changers, the DAV-HDX587WC, DAV-HDX589W and DAV-HDX285, along with two new DVD players. The HDX587 and HDX589 models support 5.1-channel audio signals and offer an iPod cradle that can be used to play music or video. The systems also feature video upscaling for DVD content, along with an HDMI port for connecting HDTV sets. Digital Cinema Auto Calibration is designed to assist with proper installation, while Portable Audio Enhancer and Dialogue Enhancer are designed to enhance sound quality.
6.5mm thick TV at CES
While some details were leaked last week, Samsung offered some more insight into its CES announcements. On Sunday, Samsung said it has developed the "world's thinnest" TV and expects to unveil several ultra slim HDTVs at CES. According to a new report, the new HDTVs are expected to be only 6.5mm thick - about 2mm thinner than the firm's last product; the HDTV's will range from 40-inches to 55-inches and will support Samsung’s Motion plus technology (240Hz) and Samsung’s LED backlight technology; however, Samsung's newest model does not have a built-in tuner or receiver within its unit, but said it comes with a separate external tuner device. [via Akihabara News]
A variety of HDTV Black Friday deals are currently being featured at DealNN. Starting with the SENS 22-inch LCD HDTV/DVD combo for $379.99 and on November 28th the price will be reduced by $80 to $299.99. J&R.com has reduced the price on the Panasonic VIERA 42-inch plasma 720p HDTV by 50% from $1,199 to $599.99. The refurbished Westinghouse 47" 1080p LCD HDTV is now priced at $664.99 (was $1,449.99) after rebate at MacMall.com. The refurbished Vizio 32-inch widescreen LCD HDTV is availabe at Buy.com for $429.99 which is $570 off the list price of $999.99.
Buyer's guide available
Just in time for Black Friday shoppers, Consumer Reports has released its guide to recommended electronics gifts, with Apple receiving several nods from the list. The independent non-profit organization tests and rates products, and has set up a web page grouping ratings for HDTVs, digital cameras, blu-ray disk players and more. Each section highlights best values and highest rated performers and links to full reviews of the products.
LaCinema multimedia drive
LaCie has announced the US release of its LaCinema Rugged multimedia storage device. The drive features HDMI output and HD upscaling, allowing content to be viewed on an HDTV. Users can load video, images, and music onto the drive via USB 2.0, and then play or view content from any television. The Rugged features aluminum shell protection, combined with internal anti-shock absorbers and an exterior rubber bumper. Users can view the content by navigating the graphic menus of the user interface.
DealNN: SD memory
Today's DealNN deals include a variety of products ranging from flash cards to LCD HDTVs. Starting at $9 is the Transcend 2GB SD memory card from Abt.com. The Kensington WiFi finder plus is priced at $14 at NothingButSoftware.com. Buy.com is offering the PolkAudio miDock Portfolio iPod speaker system for $37. The James Bond ultimate collectors set on DVD is available at Amazon.com for $89. Lastly is the Philips Magnavox 32-inch 720p LCD HDTV price at $399.99, at SecondAct.com.
VIZIO ships Java HDTVs
VIZIO announced on Monday it has shipped its VO-series 1080p HDTVs, including the newly styled 32-inch VOJ320F and 37-inch VOJ370F as well as the 32-inch VO32LF-32 and 37-inch VO37LF-37 with more traditional styling. The VOJ models are the first in VIZIO's line-up to feature the Java-colored bezel accents and redesigned stand and cabinet. All sets share the same 6,500:1 contrast ratio, 6.5ms refresh rate and 500 nits of brightness, coupled to 178-degree vertical viewing angles. The VOJ models add picture-in-picture (PIP) and picture-outside-picture (POP) viewing options.