28/01/2014 - 4K: Is Ultra HD the Next Big Step?
21/01/2014 - Video View Expanded by Sony’s Wearable HDTV
15/01/2014 - Samsung’s 110-inch 4K HDTV Now Available for Sale
10/01/2014 - CES 2014: New Bravia HDTV Lineup Announced by Sony
07/01/2014 - Sceptre's showing off 4K TVs, Roku Ready displays, earbuds and pretty much everything, ever at CES
Some companies make a a big to-do over a single product, with big press events and bigger ad campaigns. And then there are those companies like Sceptre that just kind of do the shotgun thing, jamming a single press release up with several product lines, ranging from a series of 4K TVs to earbuds with zipper-esque cord that's less likely to get tangled than the standard fare. The big announcement here is the unoriginally titled 4K Series, which range from 39- to 58-inches. Though, for the record, it's a much more solid moniker than the "Color Line," which are apparently named for their frames and not the fact that that their picture is no longer confined to just black and white. The company's also got a line of Roku Ready displays, some sound bars and something called a "Mobile Internet Display," which runs Android and sure sounds a lot like a tablet to us...
Somewhere to the right of Samsung's huge 105-inch UHD TV, there was something even more curious. The TV was initially switched off, but otherwise plainly labelled for all to see: "85-inch bending TV." We stuck around to see it in action -- check it out after the break. Many will say why. Others, simply, why not?
Todd Thoenig contributed to this report.
17/12/2013 - Sharp Slashes the RRP of 4K TV by $3K
Satellite provider DirecTV may already have embraced online broadcasts, but reports suggest it's looking to double-down on streaming to lure back a younger generation of cord cutters. The WSJ reports that the company is exploring the idea of launching a "price-sensitive" paid video service that won't look to compete with Netflix or similar services, but would instead bundle programmes to cater for specific customers, like Hispanic audiences or children. DirecTV appeared ready to dive deeper into streaming when it was linked with a $1 billion-plus bid for video site Hulu, but CEO Mike White has indicated that his company has already begun navigating the choppy waters of online programme licensing in an attempt to kickstart its own service. While he isn't sharing his online vision for now, White says he will disclose more information in the next 12 months -- so don't dismantle that satellite dish just yet.
Source: Wall Street Journal
22/11/2013 - New Sales vice President Appointed by Mohu
05/11/2013 - Apple’s 2014 Lineup includes iWatch and HDTV
30/10/2013 - Displays for 4.7-Inch iPhone, Apple HDTV, Retina MacBook Air and iWatch Predicted by NPD DisplaySearch
09/10/2013 - A Retro Design for Seiki’s New HDTV
06/10/2013 - New 70-Inch Aquos Sharp Ultra HDTV Gets a $500 Trim
You didn't think Texas would actually let Charlotte hold on to the title of world's largest HD screen, did you? Texas Motor Speedway announced that in 2014 it will take the wraps off of "Big Hoss TV," a 218-by-94.6 foot (20,633 square foot) 1080p display manufactured by Panasonic. That's bigger than the 16,000 square-foot HD screen at Charlotte Motor Speedway, as well as the massive screens located in Houston and Dallas. As the track's handy infographic points out, it has 9,000-plus square feet on the Cowboys' board, it's bigger than the Lincoln Memorial and will weigh more than seven elephants when it's done. Just like the CMS screen it will be used to display live video, instant replays, stats and more during races, viewable to every frontstretch seat in the house (those seated on the backstretch will be greeted by a mere 18-by-24-foot 1080p display). Construction begins this fall after the Texas 500 NASCAR race, and it's scheduled to be ready in time for the race weekend of April 3rd, 2014.
Source: Texas Motor Speedway
Microsoft has signed a deal with a Chinese IPTV firm BesTV to develop "games and related services," according to Xinhuanet. What that means is anyone's guess though, because there aren't many concrete details other than the fact that the duo are working together on something. When we asked for further info, a Microsoft representative could only tell us that the companies are "looking to explore new opportunities in Shanghai and China" because the two believe the region holds "great market potential and partnership opportunities." Funny that, considering the year-long gap between the Xbox One's Asian and North American debuts.
Source: Xinhua News
You didn't think Samsung was done announcing TVs at IFA yet, did you? This time, Samsung's folded two of its new TV notions into one set, announcing the world's first curved Ultra High Definition TVs. They don't appear to be OLED (so our money's on LED), but the new screens will be available in both 55-and 65-inch sizes. the company saying that differently-sized curved UHD TVs sets will come, "based on consumer response", so if people are buying 'em big, these high-pixel curves could get bigger too -- Samsung's range of flat 4K TVs now stretches to a one-percenter-baiting 98 inches. At almost the same time, Sony has just taken the wraps off its own curved display, a 65-inch LED TV -- but it's not UHD. Hyun-suk Kim, executive VP of Visual Display, reckons the new TVs are another milestone for the company, and will "invigorate" the UHD market, one that's only just taking its first steps.
Philips has just launched Cloud TV at IFA 2013, a service that'll work on its latest Smart TVs including the hot-off-the-press Philips 9000 4K series. It'll bring streaming of "hundreds of local, national, international and special interest channels" to 2012 or newer Philips Smart TV models. An app will also be available for those sets to scan all that content, most of which will be free. The company also announced Cloud Explorer, which will let you store your personal photos, video and audio by signing in to Dropbox or creating a new account through Philips. Both are now available in most of Europe and Russia, so if you're pining for yet another cloud streaming or storage service, check the PR after the break.