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Panasonic TH-65LRU60 HDTV Receives Top Energy Star Qualifications

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Panasonic is a leading provider of hospitality technology solutions. Today, the company announced that their latest model, the TH-65LRU60 HDTV was named a Most Efficient Energy Start qualified product in 2014. This designation is only given to products that prevent greenhouse gas emissions. This is made possible by meeting a long list of energy efficiency performance levels and rules that were set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The TH-65LRU60 features a 65 inch screen and full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution. It uses LED backlighting to ensure low energy consumption and eco-friendly standards. “As budgets tighten, hotels expect not only high levels of functionality and performance, but also energy efficiency for in-room HDTVs,” said Art Rankin, Senior Director, Business and Product Strategy – Audio Visual Technologies, Panasonic System Communications Company of North America. “At Panasonic, we aim to provide the hospitality industry with a wide range of leading edge, energy efficient displays to help them reduce electricity costs and offer their guests a best-in-class in-room television experience.”

[via Business Wire]

Amazon Could Releases Set Top Box Device Soon

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Amazon has been hinting towards releasing their very own set-top box later this year. Today, the writers from TechCrunch said that this new product will not be the conventional box, but instead be modeled after the Google Chromecast. The details are limited right now. But they say that the device will run a version of Android and it will support the common media streaming services. It will have a variety of apps that can typically be found on all boxes these days. The Amazon device is expected to release as early as next month and retail for about $35.

[via Engadget]

Seiki Releases HDMI Cable for UHD TVs

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

Seiki is happy to announce that they are finally releasing their first HDMI cable. The cord will be able to support UHD (3840 x 2160) content and will be able to up-convert HD content from your cable box or Blu-ray player. The cord is available now through certified retailers and is priced at about $50.

[via Engadget]

Steve Jobs Told Apple Not to Develop HDTVs

Monday, March 17th, 2014

For all those Apple TV hopefuls out there, this might come as bad news. Today, it was unveiled that the late co-founder and CEO, Steve Jobs made it perfectly clear that Apple will never develop their own HDTV. According to a recently released book called Haunted Empire: Apple After Steve Jobs. In the book, it details that Steve used to gather the top 100 employees to a remote location once a year for a secret meeting. It was at this meeting the year before his death that Jobs addressed the question about an HDTV with a stern “No.” He was quoted to say, “TV is a terrible business. They don’t turn over and the margins suck.” While the Apple HDTV rumors have been circulating for years, Apple has never officially confirmed any of the rumors or made any announcement of their own. The latest rumor says that the TV was pushed back to 2015 at the earliest. But if the company honors Jobs’ statement then the wait will be in vain.

[via UberGizmo]

LG Releases 55EA8800 HDTV in USA

Monday, March 17th, 2014

LG is happy to announce that their 55EA8800 OLED HDTV is finally available in the USA. This TV was designed to look like a painting when not in use and features a 55 inch screen and full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution. This TV is nicknamed the Gallery TV due to wall mount capabilities and its gallery mode that shows famous works of art in a standby phase. The TV has a diverse connection panel that will include antenna, component, composite, three USB ports, and four HDMI ports. The 55EA8800 is available through certified retailers and it is priced at $7499.

[via OLED Info]

Samsung UE42F5500 HDTV Review

Monday, March 17th, 2014

One of the newest HDTVs from Samsung is the UE42F5500. This TV includes a 42 inch screen and full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution. Today, the writers from Trusted Reviews released their review of this particular device. They were very happy with the TV’s relatively low retail price. This makes it a good value for anyone looking for a smart TV. The picture quality was good but the writers thought the black levels could be better. The TV is good for its value, but the low retail price also means some corners needed to be cut. The writers thought the overall build quality was flimsy and not the same as Samsung’s other TVs. In the end, the writers concluded by saying, “Samsung has delivered another high-value proposition with the UE42F5500. It’s the cheapest way of getting Samsung’s current Smart TV platform on a decent-sized screen, and it performs nicely overall.”

[via Trusted Reviews]

HD Nation Talks Blu-rays, Amazon, and More

Friday, March 14th, 2014

This week on HD Nation, the hosts start the show talking about the rush of new Blu-ray releases. They include a lot of James Dean titles. Next up, the hosts talk about the new Amazon set top box that has been unveiled. It is expected to provide many of the same services and online content as the leading competitors. However there is no mention about supporting Apple or Google content. Another segment on this week’s show talks about the next generation of Blu-rays called the Archival Disk Format. This new layout is only being introduced to business at this time, but it’s possible for it to expand to consumers in the future. This format is a double sided disk technology that will be able to hold between 300GB and 500TBs of storage.

[via YouTube]

Samsung Unveils 2014 Plasma HDTV Lineup

Friday, March 14th, 2014

It looks like plasma technology isn’t dead quite yet. Today, Samsung unveiled their new 2014 lineup of plasma HDTVs. The TVs range in size from 43 to 64 inches diagonally. They are divided into several series based on the features they include. Some of the key features for the collection includes full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution, Eco Sensor technology, Smart TV, a 600Hz frame rate, and more. Click the link for the complete list.

[via HD Guru]

NEC EA274WMi Monitor Receives PCMag.com Award

Friday, March 14th, 2014

NEC is a leading provider of commercial LCD display and projector solutions. Today, the company announced that their EA274WMi monitor received the PCMag.com’s Editors’ Choice Award for Best Big-Screen Business Monitor. The EA274WMi features a 27 inch screen, a 1000:1 contrast ratio, and WQHD (2560 x 1440) resolution. The monitor was selected for its impressive image quality and high resolution. “The EA274WMi display has been delighting people since it came on the market late last year, and we’re grateful for PCMag.com’s highest honor,” said Kevin Christopherson, Director of Product Marketing for Desktop Displays at NEC Display Solutions. “The unit’s extensive input panel and NEC exclusive features like ControlSync are additional benefits that help this display stand out.”

[via Business Wire]

Toshiba Unveils Latest LED HDTVs

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Toshiba announced today their new 2014 range of LED HDTVs. These TVs still have the common HD (1920 x 1080) resolution and are divided into several different series. The entry-level 3 Series is noted to gain the most TVs this year and they will also include Wi-Fi capabilities and Smart TV features. The L3 collection will have TVs ranging from 40 to 48 inches and the W3 collection will include some lesser models with WXGA (1366 x 768) resolution. The flagship line this year will be the L74, which will include a 42, 47, and 55 inch screen. They will have passive 3D technology and the company’s new CEVO picture and audio processing technology. The company has yet to announce specific model names but expect to see a follow up report when they do.

[via Engadget]

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