Netflix, Haier, Insignia on board as partners; releases across the year
Entertainment streaming platform provider Roku made a number of announcements today at CES regarding Roku televisions and expanded HD content streaming. Roku will be partnering with television manufacturers Haier and Insignia to produce new HDTV models of Roku televisions, while NetFlix works on delivering 4K compatible content through Roku's platforms, and a previous Roku TV maker will focus on debuting a Roku 4K Ultra HD TV for the new year.
HDTVs, wireless keyboards, and more
With the new year right around the corner, it's time for Tigerdirect.com's End of the Year Clearance Event, featuring the Seiki 65-inch Class 2160p Ultra LED HDTV. Currently priced at $1,000, this HDTV has dropped an impressive $2,500 off its once $3,500 list price, and includes a $100 mail-in-rebate that lowers the cost even more, down to $900. The Seiki HDTV comes with three HDMI ports, a 120Hz refresh rate, 4K signal compatibility, and a maximum resolution of 3840 x 2160. Shipping rates start at only $30, but sales tax applies for residents of Florida, Illinois, Texas, and North Carolina.
Over-the-air DVR is a user-friendly solution, but can be limited without subscription
With over-the-top content options growing past Hulu and Netflix, consumers may be finding it harder to justify paying a monthly fee for cable. An unfortunate casualty of severing these ties is the loss of convenient technology and local channels, keeping some television viewers from making the final leap. Thankfully, new options have hit the market for those that have access to an antenna and a USB storage device. The Tablo is one such digital video recorder (DVR) that captures free, over-the-air broadcasts, allowing people to watch their favorite time-shifted shows through a tablet or browser. But is Nuvyyo's Tablo a device that does the job with minimal hassle, or are consumers better off with the attachment to cable? Find out in our review.
MBP for $1,699, MBA for $869 and more
Amazon currently has the previous-generation 15.4-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display on sale for $1,599 with free US shipping. That's a savings of $400 off the list price of $1,999, and $100 less than the lowest price found anywhere else. This MBP features a 2.0GHz Intel quad-core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB of PCIe-based flash storage and Intel Iris Pro graphics. Included is a one-year warranty on parts and labor from Apple.
New LG curved OLED TV price less than quarter of similar earlier model
LG has launched an OLED HDTV which it is offering for less than a quarter of the price of a similar-specification television it put on sale last year for $15,000. The 55EC9300 55-inch Curved OLED TV is now available to pre-order in the United States for $3,500 via Best Buy, with LG aiming to ship the television from August 24th.
$200 off 15.4-inch Retina MacBook Pro (Crystalwell)
This week at B&H.com, save big on the 15.4-inch Retina MacBook Pro, which has seen a $300 discount from the MSRP of $2,599, and it is about $200 less than the lowest price we have seen on this MBP anywhere else. It features a 2.6GHz Intel Core i7 "Crystalwell" processor, 8GB of RAM and and 512GB of PCIe-based flash storage. Included is a one-year warranty on parts and labor from Apple.
Sceptre releases new 24-inch LED HDTV with built-in DVD player
Sceptre has unveiled its new 24-inch LED HDTV, an all-in-one unit with built-in DVD player. Its base swivels to offer flexible viewing angles, and the television is equipped with a side-accessible HDMI port and USB port for connecting to external sources. Featuring a 1080p, 1920 x 1080 high resolution LED display with 16:9 wide screen, Sceptre's TV has an estimated 50,000 hours of life. Priced at $400, Sceptre's 24-inch Color Series is available in white, pink, red and black.
16GB iPad mini for $380
Currently, MacMall.com has the 16GB iPad mini with Retina display for $380. That's $19 less than the list price of $400, and about $8 less than the lowest price found anywhere else. This iPad features a 7.9-inch retina display, A7 processor, Wi-Fi connectivity, iSight and FaceTime HD cameras. It is powered by a battery that lasts for up to 10 hours on a single charge. Included is a one-year warranty on parts and labor from Apple.
Sceptre releases 32-inch LED HDTV in four different colors
Sceptre has announced the release of its newest 32-inch LED HDTV, as part of its Color Series. Available in pink, purple, white and black, the LED HDTV features three HDMI ports that deliver digital video and audio from external sources through single cable. Its USB port allows for viewing content directly from a flash drive, and its LED panel offers 720p, 1366x768 resolution. Weighing 12.32 pounds including its optional stand, the HDTV can be easily wall-mounted. Priced at $500, Sceptre's Color Series 32-inch LED HDTV can be purchased from various online retailers.
Report comes second-hand from analysts, claims 'unnamed' Korean maker
A report in the Korea Herald has revived talk that Apple may be preparing either its own HDTV set or a partnership with a known brand to bring new technology to a future television product. The newspaper quotes analysts from IBK Securities as saying that Apple has requested sample 65-inch OLED display panels from an unnamed Korean manufacturer for testing. Given traditionally low yields of large OLED displays and their high price, the report seems speculative.
Bulb life of HDTV claimed to last for more than five years
HDTV and PC display manufacturer Sceptre has unveiled a new television to its range, one which the company claims to be very energy efficient. The X322BV-HDR is a 32-inch LED HDTV that is Energy Star V6.0 compliant, its rated lamp life of over 50,000 hours allows it to be used for more than five years non-stop, and the claim that it has an estimated energy cost of $8.60 per year.
Curved OLED HDTV also sees price cut by LG in United States
LG is preparing to step up its Ultra HD television efforts in the United States, by planning to ship a pair of 4K-capable televisions. Already announced for release in South Korea, the two UHDTVs will be reaching the US later this month, alongside price cuts on existing UHD offerings, as well as its on-sale curved 55-inch OLED HDTV.
CEO Mike Fries rubbed shoulders with Cook, Cue at Sun Valley confab
The CEO of one of the world's largest cable companies has told analysts at an investment conference in New York that he doesn't believe Apple is going to produce an actual HDTV as has been speculated for years -- debunking predictions from proponents such as Brian White of Cantor Fitzgerald and champion of the cause Gene Munster of Piper Jaffray. If anyone would know Apple's actual plans, Liberty Global chief Mike Fries would be strong candidate, as he and other TV execs met with Apple CEO Tim Cook among others at a recent conference.
Music video content app for Apple TV could happen as soon as this week
Music video provider Vevo may have signed deals with both Apple and Samsung to provide streaming and on-demand content. For Apple, the deal will likely mean a new app on Apple TV, possibly coming as early as later this week. For Samsung, Vevo is allegedly providing the content for the Korean company's smart TV lineup. The on-demand music video service would be similar to the content already provided to Microsoft's Xbox, reports say, but the new deals add a second channel that would stream videos 24 hours a day.
Curved television undercuts similar offering from LG by $6,000
Samsung will be releasing its own 55-inch curved OLED HDTV in the United States, less than a month after LG launched its own version in Best Buy. The KN55S9C, going on sale from tomorrow onwards through Samsung's website and select retailers, is also undercutting the $15,000 price tag of the LG offering, selling for the cheaper $9,000.
Volume, channel selection controlled by TV set dials, remote
LG has launched a new HDTV in South Korea with physical dials and retro physical styling. The 32LN630R uses a 32-inch 1080p IPS display offset to the left-hand side to make space for the wood-framed rotary dials, used to change the volume and channel, three function buttons, and a grate-effect speaker panel.
4K-capable screen accompanied by three HDTVs
Chinese manufacturer TCL is attempting to take the lead in Ultra HD televisions, by preparing a budget 50-inch television for sale in September. The 4K-capable television revealed by the company is flanked by other HDTVs it will be launching in the United States next month, including 40-inch, 46-inch, and 55-inch models.
Curved television gains THX Display certification, $15,000 price tag
LG has started selling its 55-inch curved OLED television in the United States, following a launch in South Korea a few months ago. The 55EA9800, appearing in some Best Buy stores, has also been declared by LG to be the first OLED TV in the world to have THX Display Certification, after passing more than 600 picture quality tests.
BlackSapphire SL screens include passive 3D, XinemaSound 3D audio
JVC has revealed a pair of smart TVs it will be releasing later this summer. The BlackSapphire SL range in 47-inch and 42-inch versions are edge-lit LED HDTVs with an "adaptive backlight," and have a design that not only uses a thin bezel with a slim frame, but is also supplied perched upon a half-pipe television stand.
Passed THX 4K certification tested upscaling of HD content
Sharp will launch its first THX-certified 4K-resolution television in the United States in August. The 70-inch Aquos Ultra HD LED TV, the larger of two models announced for sale in Japan last month, will also be the first television of its type to have the visual certification, thanks to it passing through four hundred performance tests.
New 4K-capable televisions include optional DVR with 6-channel recording
Toshiba has revealed it will be launching a new set of 4K-capable televisions in Japan. The Regza Z8X range of UHDTVs, measuring 58, 65, and 84 inches, will include native support for NHK's "Hybridcast," a system the Japanese broadcaster is trialling which adds more information to TV programming through an Internet service.
Google Maps updated in European countries with cycling directions
Google has updated its Maps service in Europe to include directions and turn-by-turn navigation for cyclists. The update, according to a company blog post, includes new directions for Germany, France, Poland, Ireland, Luxembourg, and Lichtenstein. Cycling directions through the service usually provides routes that use official cycle lanes, and with the new countries, Google has teamed up with a number of cycling organizations to supplement its own data as well as information supplied through Google Map Maker.
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.