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LG Blames Poor HDTV Market for Record Loss

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

LG Electronics announced their quarter results recently and they are unfortunate the state that they have suffered record losses. The company credits this problem due to the slump in the global demand for HDTVs. This reduction has hit several TV manufacturers around the world, but LG seems to be one of the hardest hit with an estimated £271 million ($432 million) lost. The company is not discouraged though and they expect the TV market to stabilize and show better results near the holiday season. Analysts also think that even though LG suffered record lows, they are still in better shape than other manufacturers to survive the economic downturn.

[via HDTV Test]

Samsung UN60D8000YF HDTV Review

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

One of the new D8000 series HDTVs to come from Samsung is the UN60D8000YF. This screen measures 60 inches, diagonally, and displays full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution, a 25000000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, and 3D content. Today, the writers from Electronic House released their review of this particular model. The first thing they compliment is the thin design. The TV uses LED lighting, which allows it to have only a 1.7 inch thickness. The writers state that it is about as thick as a dinner plate. They compliment the 3D features, but are a little discouraged by the fact that Samsung doesn’t include any 3D glasses with the TV. Instead, customers will have to purchase 3D kits separately, which can retail for a few extra hundred dollars. There wasn’t a whole lot that the writers didn’t like about the TV. They concluded by stating, “Overall, this is one of the most satisfying TVs I’ve used recently. Aesthetically, it’s gorgeous, the picture looked great in most viewing situations, and the combination of extra features fills out the total package.”

[via Electronic House]

Sceptre Releases E243BV-FHD HDTV

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Sceptre announced today the release of their latest LED TV, the E24BV-FHD. The screen measures 23 inches, diagonally, but comes with a 1000:1 contrast ratio, and full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution. The display is part of the Sceptre’s “24” series that has many different versions in several different colors. The company included a diverse connection panel that includes HDMI, VGA, composite, component, and several audio ports as well. The TV can be used either as a TV or a PC monitor. “The new 24-series FullHD LED HDTVs embodies Sceptre’s commitment to providing affordable and high quality products to the public” said Cathy Chou, operations VP, Sceptre. Self expression is as important as quality, and Sceptre allows users the ability to complement their decor and personalities.” The E24BV-FHD is available now and retails for just under $400.

[via TWICE]

Toshiba 55WL863 HDTV Review

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

One of the new 3DTVs to come from Toshiba is the 55WL863. This display measures 55 inches and comes with full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution and a 7000000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. Today, the writers from Trusted Reviews released their review of the 55WL863. The writers complimented the overall design of the TV and thought that the TV was robust and looks like a high end model. The impressive design was only complimented with the picture quality and the low retail price. Unfortunately the writers would have liked to see some improvements with the online features and the 3D capabilities. They stated that the 3D images suffered from crosstalk problems, which is a common and annoying problem with active shutter 3DTVs. The final verdict the writers made was, “Toshiba’s bid to add a high-end, enthusiast-friendly TV to its 2011 range has proved a mostly thundering success. The 55WL863 really is a superb TV, delivering some of the best picture quality yet seen from any LCD TV, as well as a good feature count. There are even moments where the 55WL863’s 3D performance breaks new quality ground. Toshiba needs to improve its online services and reduce its 3D crosstalk noise before the 55WL863 could be considered an absolute classic TV, but it’s still quite a triumph for Toshiba and one that all but the most dedicated 3D fans would be foolish to ignore.”

[via Trusted Reviews]

4D Vision Unveils 4DV-Ultra Display

Monday, October 24th, 2011

This week at Kintex there is a new screen on display that is claiming to be the world’s first 4K glasses-free 3DTV. The screen is called 4DV-Ultra and it was created by the developers at 4D Vision. The sign measures 110 inches, diagonally, and is the combination of four HDTVs wit narrow bezels. The screen has a native resolution of 3840 x 2160, which isn’t true 4K resolution, but is still far better than full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution. Unfortunately the company did not release any additional information about the 4DV-Ultra at this time.

[via Korea IT Times]

Netflix is Coming Soon to the UK and Ireland

Monday, October 24th, 2011

Almost every connected HDTV includes access to Netflix. Today, the company announced that they will finally be going across the pond to the UK and Ireland. The company announced that sometime in “early 2012,” Netflix will finally be available to those two nations. The company did not announce pricing options yet, but they did state that there will be a “low monthly subscription price.” Netflix is one of the biggest movie providers in the US with over 20 million paying customers. The company offers streaming and DVD delivery to customer’s doors.

[via Flatpanels HD]

AUO Unveils OLED TV Prototypes

Monday, October 24th, 2011

The OLED HDTV industry does not have a lot of competition at the moment. But today, AUO unveiled several OLED prototypes at the FPD International 2011 exhibition. Among the group is the company’s first 32” OLED TV, which is capable of displaying full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution. The design uses a Metal Oxide TFT as backplane and measures only 3mm (0.1 inches) thick. The company claims the prototype has a quick response time and a very high contrast ratio, but those specifications were not given in detail at the time. AUO also plans to show a 65” transparent LCD display and a 65” gesture-controlled 3D LCD TV at the show.

[via OLED Info]

Steve Jobs Biography Gives Details About Apple HDTV

Monday, October 24th, 2011

In case you haven’t heard the news, recently, Apple’s Steve Jobs passed away. This of course is bringing tons of hidden information to the surface for everyone to see. Among them is a brand new biography about Steve from writer Walter Isaacson. In his book, there are details that talk about Apple’s plans to eventually release a connected HDTV. Unlike the Apple TV that turned out to be only a set-top-box, the connected TV design would have been an actual high-definition TV set. The main feature would be its ability to sync with any Apple product through the company’s iCloud service. Not only would products be able to talk to each other and share content, but it would also simplify the HDTV setup by eliminating remote controls. These plans did not die with Steve Jobs and they are still being looked at by Apple. There are rumors saying that Apple will release a TV sometime in July 2012. Expect a follow up when information becomes available.

[via Apple Insider]

Google TV 2.0 Unveiled

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Google TV was not the most popular feature to be introduced to HDTVs. The main problem was with the content providers who constantly blocked Google TV from accessing their content. It looks like Google is making a new attempt to launch their platform as screen shots of the Google TV 2.0 have been unveiled. The platform will come with an updated UI and will have access to the Android Marketplace. But unfortunately that’s all the specs available at this time. Will the new version be more popular? Only time will tell.

[via Zatz Not Funny]

HD Nation Discusses Sharp Elite HDTVs

Friday, October 21st, 2011

This week on HD Nation, the hosts start off the show by talking about the new Elite TVs from Sharp. These TVs were designed by the same people who designed the same named TVs under the Pioneer company. The Pioneer TVs are still considered to be some of the best plasma TVs ever created in regards to image quality. The Elite TVs will be LCD instead of plasma and will be available in two sizes, a 60 and 70 inch sizes. The screens also feature LED backlighting and 3D technology. The biggest feature however is the contrast and black levels. Currently, the TVs are measured to have about a 15000:1 contrast ratio, which is impressive for the standard contrast. To finish up the show, the hosts answer a viewer question about using 3D glasses over prescription glasses. The viewer wanted to know if any of the companies currently make any prescription 3D glasses. Unfortunately none of them currently make 3D glasses for those who already wear glasses, but they all say that that technology is “Coming Soon.” The closest that anyone has come so far are clip on 3D lenses that can attach to existing glasses.

[via Revision 3]

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