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Strategy Analytics Report Shows Samsung and Vizio Control HDTV Industry

March 13th, 2014

There used to be a time when the HDTV market was even competition among all the leading manufacturers. But today, in the USA, there are two leading companies in the industry, Samsung and Vizio. According to the Strategy Analytics firm and their report called “United States Smart TV Market Share Report Q4 2013” that details the HDTV industry and how much control each company has. The top two manufacturers are Samsung with 29.6% control and Vizio with 24.6%. This makes up for over 55% of the HDTV industry in the US. “We expect that Smart TVs will comprise more than half of all flat-panel TV shipments in the U.S. in 2014, but the Smart TV market will continue to be dominated by a handful of vendors at the top,” said Eric Smith, Analyst of Connected Home Devices at Strategy Analytics. “Vendors competing solely on price will be slow to embrace Smart TV.”

[via Technology Tell]

LG Releases 2014 HDTV Lineup in Korea

March 13th, 2014

LG Electronics announced today that that they will be releasing their 2014 HDTV lineup. The release is limited to Korea at the moment, but it will include 68 new TV models. The biggest TV on the list measures 105 inches and features a curved screen and UHD (3840 x 2160) resolution. This year will mark the largest range of TVs that LG has ever introduced in a single lineup. Hyun-hwoi Ha, president and CEO of the LG Electronics Home Entertainment Company, said, “With our strong competitiveness in display technology including ULTRA IPS, CINEMA 3D and the unrivalled simplicity of the webOS Smart TV platform, we are optimistic that in 2014, LG will be the one to watch in the TV industry.” LG hasn’t released a lot of details about the new models so expect to see a follow up report when more information becomes available.

[via HDTV Test]

EIZO Unveils RadiForce LS580W HD Monitor

March 13th, 2014

One of the latest HD displays to be released by EIZO is the RadiForce LS580W. This screen measures 58 inches and come with a UHD (3840 x 2160) resolution. It uses LED backlighting and includes a 700 cd/m2 brightness level and a 9.5ms response time. The display is intended for the medical profession and provides excellent detail quality. Other key features include dual DVI ports, a wide viewing angle, 24/7 operation. The RadiForce LS580W is available now although the retail price was not released.

[via EIZO]

Designers Unveil Tapp Streaming Service

March 13th, 2014

Today a new online streaming service announced their launch. This one is called Tapp and it was created by the former CNN president Jon Klein and former NBC Universal Television chairman Jeff Gaspin. The TV app is designed to center around a series of video channels for your smartphone and smart TVs. Users can purchase specific channels for $10 each per month and each channel will provide content specific to the channel’s theme. This seems expensive to most and it is. But the developers are hoping that the star power they provide will convince customers to purchase the channels.

[via Engadget]

Vizio M601D HDTV Review

March 13th, 2014

One of the latest HDTVs from Vizio is the M601D. This screen measures 60 inches and comes with full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution and 3D technology. Today, the writers from Sound and Vision released a review of this TV. They were very happy with the TV’s 2D performance. They complimented the contrast and uniformity. The 3D viewing was much to be desired though. They noticed some ghosting issues, which is peculiar with passive 3D technology. Another thing the writers noticed was that the color reproduction was off and needed adjusting to get it right. The final conclusion the writers made was, “The not-very-expensive M601d-A3R offers excellent contrast and picture uniformity, along with fault-free video processing. Its main weaknesses are slightly inaccurate color and unimpressive 3D. That said, most of the Blu-rays I watched on the Vizio looked great, and I had no cause for complaint during the many hours I logged watching the Winter Olympics with it. It might not be 4K or OLED, but for a basic 60-inch LCD, Vizio’s M601d-A3R combines high value with very good performance.”

[via Sound & Vision]

Sony Smart TV Platform Review

March 13th, 2014

Sony recently unveiled their latest Smart TV platform that they will be integrating into the 2014 collection. Recently, the writers from Trusted Reviews got the chance to review the platform and see how it compares to the previous year. They thought that the company made many improvements with the interface. They didn’t like that it didn’t have a 4oD or ITV player and the content was a little hit and miss. They also noticed that the platform only had a one way streaming connection with smart devices. The writers did find some good points. They thought the recommendation system was rather accurate and helpful. They also liked what video content was actually available. In the end, the writers stated, “Sony has rectified the worst issues with its 2013 smart TVs and produced a very good system that will please most buyers. There’s still room for improvement, however, particularly with its support of catch-up services, personalization and second screen features. None are quite deal breakers for us, but they might be for you.”

[via Trusted Reviews]

Study Shows 77% of USA have HDTVs

March 13th, 2014

According to a recent study from Leichtman Research Group over 77% of the households in the US have at least one high definition television set. The study also showed that about 46% of all USA houses have multiple HDTVs. These numbers have increased significantly in a five year period. Five years ago only 34% of the US households had one HDTV, while only 11% had multiple sets. “At the same time that consumers are acquiring an increasing number of devices that allow them to watch video anywhere and anytime, television sets in the home are getting bigger and better,” said Bruce Leichtman, president and principal analyst for Leichtman Research Group. “Nearly 60 per cent of TV sets used in US households are now HD sets, up from less than 20 per cent just five years ago.”

[via Advanced Television]

Sony KDL-55W955B HDTV Review

March 13th, 2014

One of the new HDTVs from Sony is the KDL-55W955B. This 55 inch screen features full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution and Triluminos display technology. Today, the writers from HDTV Test released their review of this display. The W95 series is supposed to be this year’s flagship collection. The KDL-55W955B is the smallest TV in the collection. The writers liked the new design of the TV but they weren’t as thrilled with the wedge stand that allows the TV to keep from tipping. The trouble though is that it might cause a problem if a user tries to wall mount the screen. One concern the writers had with the KDL-55W955B was its initialization lag. This occurs when the TV is first turned on from cold standby there is a 30 second lag from beginning to end. The writers were happy with the projector’s color gamut as it was larger than previous models. They unfortunately also noticed some backlight consistency issues and thought that it would cause problems video enthusiasts. The conclusion the writers made about the KDL-55W955B was, “If you can find a set free of the backlight uniformity issues that plagued our sample, and are going to use the television primarily in a bright room, then the KDL-55W955 is not without its virtues. It has great out-of-the-box greyscale accuracy, good color balance, impressive motion rendition, and first-rate gaming responsiveness. Nevertheless, this year’s midrange Sony W705 and W829, or even better, last year’s top-end Bravia W9 (if you can still find stock) are wiser buys due to their superior contrast performance.”

[via HDTV Test]

Asus Unveils Chromebox

March 13th, 2014

Asus unveiled today their latest set-top-box, the Asus Chromebox. This device features the Chrome OS and is available for pre-ordering. It comes with a 1.4GHz Celeron and 2GB of RAM. It also comes with an SD card slot and dual USB ports as well. The box retails for $179 and is expected to begin shipping on March 14th. Unfortunately, Asus has not released any additional details at this time.

[via Engadget]

Sharp Releases Qauttron+ HDTV Collection

March 7th, 2014

Earlier this week Sharp unveiled the prices for their latest Quattron+ HDTVs. Today, the company announced that these models are now available. The Q+ series is divided into two separate series, the UQ and the SQ lines. Both lines will have large sized TVs measuring 60” and 70” and the UQ line will also include an 80” screen. The SQ line will have full HD (1920 x 1080) resolution, 240Hz refresh rate, and 3D capabilities. The UQ line will have the new UHD (3840 x 2160) resolution and the ability to scale up to 4K resolution. The Quattron+ technology is the next generation to last year’s Quattron technology. It introduces yellow pixels into every pixel cluster on an LED panel. This yellow pixel allows for brighter and more color accurate images. The TVs are available now through certified retailers and prices range between $2399 and $5999.

[via Sharp]



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