Hearing will decide fate of Aereo, will also have effects on cloud file streaming
In what is likely to be the final stop between Internet over-the-air television streamer Aereo and essentially the entire broadcast industry allied against it, Aereo seems to be fighting an uphill battle. Today's hearing before the US Supreme Court found judges skeptical about Aereo's business model, calling it "based solely on circumventing legal prohibitions that you don't want to comply with."
Range includes 85-inch flagship, budget-priced 4K televisions
Sony has outlined the pricing and availability for its range of Bravia 4K Ultra HD televisions, sets it originally revealed at CES in January. The high-resolution televisions, including one high-priced model measuring 85 inches diagonally priced at $24,999, are detailed at the same time as an updated version of the company's 4K media player.
Internet ads exceeded TV dollars by $2.7 billion in 2013
US Internet advertising revenues for 2013 hit an all-time high of $42.8 billion, exceeding broadcast television advertising revenues of $40.1 billion. The full-year results mark the first time that Internet ad spending has eclipsed television commercial sales. Of particular note is mobile advertising -- for the third year in a row, mobile achieved triple-digit growth year-over-year, rising to $7.1 billion during 2013, a 110 percent boost from the prior year total of $3.4 billion.
Television range uses sub-pixels to help display 4K content on 1080p panel
Sharp has started to ship a range of 4K-supporting, sub-4K-resolution televisions the company launched at CES in January. The Quattron+ collection, part of its 2014 Aquos range, is capable of playing Ultra HD content, but does so using a 1080p panel that employs Sharp's "Revolution" technology, splitting pixels in two to provide 16 million sub-pixels, giving it an "effective resolution of 3840x2160."
Stay is not pending appeal, but to serve the public good
Online over-the-air television streamer Aereo has won a very brief reprieve from its shutdown order across six states. District Judge Dale Kimball ruled that "notwithstanding the many factors weighing against a stay, the court, in its discretion, grants Aereo a temporary 14-day stay."
First legal defeat curtails operations in eight states
Internet "over-the-air" television video streaming service Aereo has been handed its first defeat in its ongoing court battles with conventional broadcasters, and the verdict is a significant one. Judge Dale A. Kimball of the Utah federal court system ruled that the streamer is violating the copyrights of broadcasters with its service in the states of Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Wyoming, and segments of Montana and Idaho.
Price cut an attempt to grow OLED television market, claims LG
LG has lowered the cost of its curved OLED television in the United States, in an attempt to improve demand for OLED devices. The 55EA9800, a curved OLED Full HD television that went on sale in the US through Best Buy in July last year, is being cut down in price from the initial $15,000 down to $8,000, with an extra $1,000 rebate bringing the price down to $7,000.
Sony estimated to cull 5,000 jobs by end of financial year
Sony has confirmed it will be selling off its PC business, affecting approximately 5,000 employees in the process, in order to concentrate on its mobile business. At the same time, it has revealed it will attempt to spin off its television arm into a separate unit, as part of an aggressive reform strategy the company initially announced in April 2012.
OnCue Cloud TV platform could be rolled into Verizon FiOS
Verizon has agreed to buy Intel's Internet television business, the two companies have confirmed. Intel Media, which is working on Intel's OnCue Cloud TV platform, will remain in Santa Clara and continue to use its existing management team, with Verizon hoping to retain the 350 employees in the unit once the acquisition is completed sometime in the first quarter of this year.
Streaming video on demand subscribers continue to rise
Streaming video services such as Netflix and Hulu could in some cases be eroding the customer base of premium television broadcasters, according to a new report. NPD Group figures for the period between March 2012 and August 2013 show that the number of subscribers to HBO, Showtime, and other channels have dropped from 38 percent of US households to 32 percent.
55-inch Ultra HD television shipping in Australia by late January
Australian hardware producer Kogan has used CES to launch two devices destined for sale in Australia. The company's first 55-inch Ultra HD television will be going on sale for $999 AUD ($900), and is accompanied on the show floor by the Agora HD Mini 3G tablet, an Android 4.2.2 device with a 7.85-inch, 1,024x768-resolution display.
50 to 70-inch Vizio P-Series displays use 64 active LED zones for high contrast
The new range of Vizio 4K-capable televisions will be priced starting from $1,000, according to the company at CES. The new P-Series Ultra HD Full-Array LED Smart TV collection, launched at the event, will consist of 50-inch, 55-inch, 60-inch, 65-inch, and 70-inch televisions that are all able to show 3840x2160-resolution images, all with considerably lower prices compared to other Ultra HD devices.
Ultra HD TVs, sound bars, zipper-style headphones on show at CES
Display manufacturer Sceptre has revealed its 2014 line of televisions and other devices at CES. Though light on details, the company advises that the typical range of HDTVs is accompanied by a group of Ultra HD displays, sound bars, speakers, headphones, and a number of what Sceptre calls a "Mobile Internet Display" but sounds like a collection of tablets.
TCL, Hisense to manufacture TVs with Roku-driven smart functionality
Roku is expanding its reach from Internet-connected set-top boxes into smart televisions. The Roku TV, developed in partnership with television manufacturers TCL and Hisense, will provide all the functionality of its existing streaming video devices but built into the television itself, with the first units set to reach customers and retailers sometime this fall.
OLED TVs include Ultra HD resolutions, curved designs, upscaling
LG will be using CES to show more OLED-based televisions, alongside the 105-inch Ultra HD TV it previously announced. Various 55-inch and 65-inch OLED TV models will be on show, along with a Gallery OLED TV, a curved OLED set, and an updated version of a 77-inch curved OLED Ultra HD television it showed at IFA last September.
Thumbnails to apps span lower third of rumored LG webOS TV
LG may have given webOS a considerable makeover for its expected smart television, if a leaked image of a device is genuine. The image, showing what could be the television LG is believed to be launching at CES next week, appears to demonstrate webOS using a thumbnail system relatively similar to the "cards" the original webOS software itself used.
Extra-large Samsung television increases size of 85-inch S9
Just 11 days after revealing a 105-inch curved Ultra HD television it will be showing at CES, Samsung has put a similar-sized television on sale. The 110-inch UHD television forms part of the same product family as the 85-inch S9 television it launched at the start of this year, with the flat 4K-resolution panel encased in its own freestanding metal frame.
Failure to create durable, cheap OLED panels forces partnership closure
Sony and Panasonic are dissolving their partnership for producing OLED televisions. The partnership, formed in June last year, was formed with the aim of sharing the costs of manufacturing the panels, something more expensive than other displays such as TFTs, though apparently a number of technology issues blighted the efforts and in turn forced the companies to go their separate ways.
Samsung television has similar specifications to LG version
Samsung has revealed it will be showing off its own 105-inch curved Ultra HD television at CES in January, on the same day as rival LG announced its own similar screen. The widescreen television, also called the "world's first" by the company, appears to share a considerable number of specifications with its competitor's version, and is said to build upon the curved UHD TV that it debuted earlier this year.
Aereo-style service from NimbeTV requires cable service authentication
A startup offering cable TV streaming over the Internet has opened its service to everyone in New York, following a successful test period in the city. In a similar manner to Aereo's service, NimbleTV will offer cable subscribers access to the same channels but over the Internet, along with the ability to record programs via the cloud-based DVR.
BBC adds five free HD channels to high-definition lineup
The BBC will be adding five new channels to its lineup in the United Kingdom tomorrow for Freesat, Freeview, Sky, and Virgin Media users. The broadcaster will be adding HD versions of BBC Three, BBC Four, BBC News, CBBC, and CBeebies to its existing high-definition channel lineup, with the BBC advising that this brings the total subscription-free HD channel range from the corporation to seven. Earlier this year, the BBC revealed it would be shutting down its dedicated 3D channel, due to a lack of viewers.
Pebble cuts price of smart watch from $150 to $130 for Black Friday
Pebble has reduced the cost of its smart watch by $20 on its website for Black Friday, bringing the price down from $150 to $130, and effectively counters most of the cost of a delivery upgrade to 3-5 days instead of weeks. The grey model of the Kickstarter-funded wristwear is backordered, though the jet black, cherry red, orange, and arctic white versions are still available.
New CEO prioritizing things differently than exiting chair
Intel's move towards IP-based television service has seemingly run into serious delays, making the company question its commitment to the new service, according to reports. Sources claim that Intel is readying the division, called OnCue, for sale -- with the most likely buyer being Verizon.
Retailer to start selling high-resolution 4K televisions before holiday season
Seiki is bringing a new low-priced 55-inch Ultra HD television to the United States, being sold exclusively through Sears. The television, capable of showing 4K-resolution video, will be sold through the retailer for $1,500, and will be appearing in more than 500 Sears retail stores, just in time for the holiday shopping period.
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.
Panasonic to continue plasma display sales until March 2014
Panasonic has confirmed it is pulling out of the plasma television market, after many rumors stating it would do so over the course of the last year. The company will end production of plasma display panels in December of this year, and will be ceasing operations in three factories used for manufacturing by the end of March 2014.
Cloud-based DVR service to be available in Denver metro area November 4
Aereo, a cloud-based DVR company, has announced its service expansion to the Denver metropolitan area, launching in the region November 4, 2013. A monthly membership permits users to access 'over-the-air' television channels via an Internet connection, from local Aereo antenna and remote DVR centres. Users control both the antenna and remote DVR using a web browser or mobile device, and can view, record, pause, fast-forward and rewind. The Denver metro area service expansion includes sixty-seven counties across Colorado, Nebraska and Wyoming. Aereo membership pricing starts at $8 per month, which includes 20 hours of DVR storage, and $12 per month for 60 hours of storage. Consumers receive their first month of access for free.
KitKat seen as a move to control TVs
Google's forthcoming Android 4.4 KitKat update to its mobile operating system could spark the beginning of a wider movement by the search giant to carve out territory in the television market. A new report from ETNews says that Google will try to leverage Android's brand strength to succeed where its earlier Google TV efforts have so far failed. Google has already said that it worked to make KitKat scalable to more devices, including lower-power handsets, but the new reports seem to indicate that Google is also looking to expand Android's reach upward into televisions.
Cloud-based DVR accesses free over-the-air TV channels via supported devices
Aereo, a cloud-based DVR company, has announced the upcoming availability of its television services in the Detroit metropolitan area, beginning October 28, 2013. Using web browsers, iOS devices, Android devices, and more, Aereo allows users to access 'over-the-air' television channels via an internet connection, that could once be attained with 'bunny ear' antenna over top of one's TV. Aereo's antenna are located in data centres for serviceable areas, which also include a remote DVR. Users control both with an Internet-connected device, and can view, record, pause, fast-forward and rewind as one would with a cable or satellite DVR.
4K-capable TVs supplied with upscaling Blu-ray player, sound bar
Toshiba has started selling its range of Ultra HD televisions in the United States. The L9300U range, consisting of a trio of televisions capable of displaying 4K-resolution video, and will be supplying its BDX6400 4K Upscaling Symbio Blu-ray player and SBX5065 300-Watt Sound Strip as free extras to purchasers for a limited time after launch.
Plasma reduction an attempt to rectify $913M TV division loss for year
Panasonic will stop selling plasma-based televisions early next year, according to reports. Sources claim the electronics producer will continue selling the televisions up until the end of its financial year, March 2014, though the company itself advises that it is still considering the options for its plasma display business, and has yet to decide its fate.
Streams 108 channels at home, 25 when out of the house
AT&T has brought more viewing options to its U-verse mobile app collection, by adding Internet streaming of live television channels. Viewers will be able to watch a range of live programming from subscribed-to channels through the iOS and Android apps, alongside the existing remote control, DVR-scheduling, and video on-demand services.
New system sports 7.1 surround, 3D, motorized TV pedestal
Bang & Olufsen has launched a new 65-inch plasma television line that the company says will "take both sound and vision into a new era." The BeoVision 12-65 New Generation 1080P television boasts a motorised floor stand in some configurations to move the 65-inch Bang & Olufsen flagship screen to the user's favorite viewing position on command, as well as a discrete "video engine" that can be installed in a different location than the television.
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.
App in testing could lead to pop-ups from advertisers in future
Owners of smart televisions may soon have to contend with interactive pop-up advertising, if one company succeeds. Software created by interactive advertising specialist Visible World for LG smart TVs displays selectable reminders on top of other content, reminding them of when TV shows are about to be broadcast, even if they are playing a game or streaming movies.
Increased resolution, size compared to curved OLED HDTV launched in July
Following on from the 4K launches by Samsung, Sony and others at IFA in Germany, LG has shown its largest Ultra HD OLED television. Using the same principle as its 55-inch HDTV, the 77-inch model hopes to improve its picture quality through using a concave design, at the same time as upgrading the 1080p resolution from the smaller version.
New reader highest resolution Sony e-reader yet, charges rapidly
Amidst a plethora of other releases, Sony has revealed its new e-reader, the PRS-T3. The new reader is Sony's highest-resolution e-book device ever, boasting that a three-minute quick charge gives the grayscale E Ink reader enough charge to get through a 600-page novel, and that a full charge gives users two months of regular reading.
Philips 4K televisions accompanied by HDTV with four-sided Ambilight system
Electronics producer Philips and TP Vision has entered the 4K-resolution market by revealing two new Ultra HD televisions at IFA, alongside an Ambilight-focused device. The 3840x2160-resolution 65-inch and 84-inch screens in the 9000 range of televisions are accompanied by a third display with a four-sided Ambilight configuration called Elevation.
New 98-inch version of S9 UHD TV launched, UHD OLED TV teased
Samsung has revealed more high-resolution televisions at its second press conference at IFA in Germany. Aside from showing off its previously-announced curved OLED HDTV and its F9000 line, it launched a new model of 4K television in its S9 range, dwarfing its current 85-inch model, and teased that it is working on an OLED UHD TV.
New 2.5 version of the SDK expected soon, supporting 4k, HTML5
Smart TV Alliance announced today the next step in its evolution with the launch of a Developer Support Program, enabling application developers to submit Smart TV applications to a single integrated QA process to port applications across Alliance-compliant Smart TVs. The Alliance is also releasing a new software development kit (SDK 2.5) that will enable multi-screen application development and has announced nine new manufacturers and solution providers who have joined the Alliance to further support cross-platform Smart TV applications and services.
New units prioritize slim design over acoustical quality
To coincide with the debut of the Video Unlimited 4K service, Sony today expanded its 4K Ultra HD TV line-up with the addition of the X850A series, available in 55- and 65-inch screens. With four times the resolution of Full HD and incorporating Sony's Triluminos Display, the new X850A incorporates a slim bezel without the integrated magnetic fluid speaker system found in the X900A series now on the market. This new design offers customers the flexibility of connecting to an existing or separate home theater system.
New service requires Sony 4k television, FMP-X1 media player
Alongside its other releases, Sonytoday launched the Video Unlimited 4K service, the world's first 4K Ultra HD video download service, with access to a small but expanding library of native 4K Ultra HD feature films and TV shows. Beginning with a selection of more than 70 full-length, native 4K Ultra HD feature films and TV shows, Video Unlimited 4K will offer customers the option to rent and purchase content for download on Sony's 4K Ultra HD Media Player for playback on Ultra HD televisions.
Capable of displaying 4K resolution video at 60fps, double current HDMI capability
Panasonic has launched its first Ultra HD television at IFA, the first to be compatible with the recently-announced HDMI 2.0 standards. The Smart Viera L65WT600 television, measuring 65 inches, is able to receive 4K-resolution video at 60 frames per second, double that of the 30fps that current HDMI standards are capable of producing.
All of the ESPN network must be purchased, minimum fees to streamers apply
The ESPN sports network has allegedly been in deep discussion with potential Internet television purveyors to offer its live programming online. A deal with any IPTV carrier would have to pay at least as much as a traditional cable outlet would, according to President John Skipper, with a mandated purchase of "the whole suite of products." Expected to be bundled are ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN News and mobile app content.
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.
Agreement includes three months free to LG smart device customers
LG has signed a deal with broadcaster BSkyB to add Now TV to its range of smart televisions in the United Kingdom. The agreement will bring the Sky-backed streaming service to Internet-connected LG HDTVs in August, with Now TV content being exclusive to the manufacturer's smart TV range for a minimum of 12 months.
Initial broadcasts pave the way to commercialization in 2014
Broadcasters in South Korea are attempting to provide owners of Ultra HD televisions with suitable content for the high-resolution televisions. Five members of the Korean Cable Television and Telecommunications Association have started broadcasting a small group of channels with the 4K content, six months ahead of its original plan, and a year earlier than similar proposals in Japan.
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.
Doctor Who, natural history shows last created in 3D trial
A trial of television broadcasts in 3D in the United Kingdom is going to be put on hold at the end of the year. The BBC intends to stop creating new shows in 3D for a three-year period, citing a combination of disappointing viewing figures and an overall viewing experience that is expensive and difficult for many viewers to undertake.
58-inch 4K-capable TV to go on sale in the US for $5,000
Toshiba has revealed that it will be releasing three 4K televisions in the United States, shortly after similar Ultra HD televisions go on sale in Japan. Starting in August, the L9300U series of UHDTVs will go on sale with a choice of three screen sizes, all of which will use the company's CEVO 4K Quad+Dual Core processor and CQ Engine for image processing and upscaling HD content to 4K resolution.