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Panasonic TX-L65AX900 HDTV Preview

Thursday, March 27th, 2014

Panasonic unveiled their latest AX900 series recently and today the writers from Trusted Reviews released their first impressions. They got the chance to see the new TX-L65AX900, which features a 65 inch screen, LED backlighting, and UHD (3840 x 2160) resolution. With Panasonic announcing to end their plasma line this TV is expected to provide better image quality. The writers were very impressed with the quality and thought that colors looked remarkably good. They saw the TV get compared to the company’s flagship plasma TV, the TX-P60ZT65B. The writers were happy to report that the TX-L65AX900 did indeed perform better than the plasma with deeper black levels and impressive color accuracy. In the end, the writers stated, “Given that many of the engineers now working on Panasonic’s LCD TVs were once key engineers in Panasonic’s plasma department and Pioneer’s plasma department before that, there seems every reason to hope that the backlight haloing issue will be resolved before the TV finally goes on sale.”

[via Trusted Reviews]

Panasonic Unveils AX900 and AX902 HDTV Series

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014

Back at CES, Panasonic showed off a new LED prototype TV that was suppose to rival the image quality of plasma TVs. Today, the company unveiled the TV’s series number as the AX900 in the USA and the AX902 in the UK. Each series will include three new TVs, a 55”, 65”, and 85” display. All of the displays will receive full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution, LED local dimming, and IPS LCD panel technology. The company didn’t release a lot of details at this time. But they did say that they are looking to release the TVs in autumn 2014. Panasonic will be releasing more information at IFA 2014.

[via HDTV Test]

Latest Apple TV Rumors Suggest Future Agreement with Comcast

Monday, March 24th, 2014

It appears that Apple rumors will never die. Today it was reported that Comcast entered into talks with Apple to provide their newest TV-connected device with live TV streaming and cloud DVR recordings. The supposed talks between the companies “aren’t close to an agreement.” But some of the details suggest that Apple sells its hardware at retail TiVo-style. While the rumors have been continuing for years Apple still has never confirmed or denied if they are developing their own Apple HDTV.

[via Engadget]

Panasonic Unveils AX800 and AX802 HDTV Series

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Panasonic is pleased to announce their latest generation of UHD TVs. The series is called the AX802 in the UK and the AX800 series in the USA. The collection includes several big screen TVs ranging from 50 to 65 inches, measured diagonally. They all include a UHD (3840 x 2160) resolution, Smart TV technology, and 3D capabilities. The collection also uses the latest in LED backlighting and comes with THX certification. The connection panel will include 4 HDMI ports as well as the standard collection of inputs. The collection is expected to begin shipping as early as April. Retail prices will begin at £2000 ($2757) in the UK.

[via HDTV Test]

HD Nations Reviews Harmony Smart Keyboard and Talks About Latest HDTV Topics

Friday, March 21st, 2014

This week on HD Nation, the hosts start by showing off the newest remote control from Harmony. The remote is actually a keyboard and track pad, designed to help make surfing online content as easy it is from your computer. They also talk about the new Seiki HDMI cable that can up convert content to UHD (3840 x 2160) resolution. The only thing about the cable is that the up-conversion technology is already integrated into all UHD TVs, which makes it unnecessary in most instances. They also go into talking about some of the best services and remote that allow users to control their home theater PC.

[via YouTube]

BenQ Releases Two New Gaming HD Monitors

Friday, March 21st, 2014

BenQ is a globally renowned LED and gaming monitor expert. Today, the company announced the release of two new HD monitors, the RL2460HT and RL2240HE. These monitors measure 24 and 22 inches, respectively and they both include HD (1920 x 1080) resolution and a 1000:1 contrast ratio. Both monitors are designed for high speed gaming and include a 1ms response time. “Today’s most popular games are fast, intense, and entirely detail-driven,” said Bob Wudeck, Associate Vice President, Strategy and Business Development at BenQ America Corp. “To give gamers an edge, our RL2460HT and RL2240HE monitors were engineered alongside the world’s top professional fighting game champions to deliver the precision, speed, and market-first innovations needed to provide gamers with amazing experiences. With new game-specific settings, 1ms GTG response times, ZeroFlicker technology, and an HDMI out port on our RL2460HT, our acclaimed RL series is now packing even more of a punch.” The RL2460HT and RL2240HE are available now through certified retailers. They are priced at $249 and $189, respectively.

[via BenQ]

Samsung UE65HU8500 HDTV Review

Friday, March 21st, 2014

The Samsung UE65HU8500 is the company’s new flagship TV for the curved screen industry. It features a 65 inch screen, UHD (3840 x 2160) resolution, and a curved screen. Today, the writers from Trusted Reviews got to review the TV before its release. They were very happy with the 3D and 2D picture quality. It was so good that they couldn’t find any major flaws with it. They also were pleased with the upgraded Smart TV platform. They said it was extremely sophisticated and provided an ample amount of content. The only concern they had with the TV was a noticeable reflection problem that was due to the curved screen. But other than that, the writers gave the TV a rave review. They concluded by stating, “We thought last year’s Samsung UHD TVs were good, but the UE65HU8500 improves on them – often substantially – in practically every way. And it does so, moreover, while costing a cool £1,000 less than the equivalent set last year. A new 4K/UHD price war? Don’t mind if we do…”

[via Trusted Reviews]

Sony Named #1 in UHD TV Market

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

According to recent market research, Sony has been named the leader in the UHD TV market worldwide. The only nation where Sony didn’t come out on top was China. The reason is China’s policy to keep foreign manufacturers out in order to allow native companies to prosper. According to NPD DisplaySearch’s Quarterly Global TV Shipment and Forecast Report, Sony has secured up to 84% percent of the market last year. Paul Gagnon, director of global TV research for NPD DisplaySearch, said, “Sony maintained the top shipment share of 4K TVs outside of China, which is a position they have held since the second quarter of 2013, but one which will be challenged significantly this year by low-cost competitors from China and elsewhere.”

[via HDTV Test]

Samsung 2014 HDTVs and UHD TVs Coming Soon

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Samsung is happy to announce the beginning of the role out of their new 2014 HDTVs and UHD TVs. The collection will start with three new series, the HU9000, HU8550, and H8000. These series will release April 6th while H7150 series will be released later in the spring. Also being released soon are several UHD TV series. These include the U8700, U9000, and U8550 series. The UHD TVs feature UHD (3840 x 2160) resolution and screen sizes ranging from 55 to 65 inches. The company didn’t unveil specific prices or TV models yet.

[via HD Guru]

Google Chromecast Now Available in the UK

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Today, Google was happy to announce that their popular Chromecast is finally released in the UK. This plug-in dongle provides online content to non-smart TVs and allows for a more diverse variety of content. It connects using a wireless connection and can be concealed easily behind the TV. The biggest draw to this device is the low retail price, which in the UK will sell for £30 ($41), which is only slightly more than what the USA sells it for.

[via Trusted Reviews]

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