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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #635: Optimizing your wireless music system

By The HT Guys • May 16 2014, 9:38am

Lots of information and news this week to discuss including some changes in the OLED manufacturing landscape, a new way to share your online movie collection with Vudu and UltraViolet and the potential for pay-as-you-go Internet at home. We close out with a discussion on Wireless whole house music systems, which really becomes a wider discussion on wireless networks in general and how to optimize them for multimedia distribution.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #629: Sharp 2014 Quattron+ Televisions

By The HT Guys • Apr 4 2014, 3:35pm

We mentioned the upcoming Quattron+ technology from Sharp in our CES roundup earlier this year.The tech just got real. Sharp has announced several new LED LCD models for 2014 that feature the technology. Along the lines of JVC's e-Shift technology we discussed a couple episodes back, Quattron+ looks like a clever bridge between the 1080p LED LCD televisions of today and the 4K and/or OLED televisions of tomorrow.

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HDTV Expert - QD Vision Co-Founder Predicts Death of OLED-TV

By Ken Werner • Feb 19 2014, 10:26pm

On February 8, in his presentation entitled “Are Quantum Dots Closing the Window of Opportunity for OLED-TV?” at the SID Los Angeles Chapter's One-Day Conference on Technologies for Advanced Television, held in Costa Mesa, CA, Seth Coe-Sullivan, co-founder and CTO of QD Vision, made a well-argued case that OLED-TV would become irrelevant in five years. […]

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HDTV Expert - Samsung and LG Offer Curved OLED TVs — but Why?

By Ken Werner • Sep 5 2013, 5:25pm

Samsung and LG have both started shipping 55-inch curved-screen TV sets. The volumes are low and the prices are high, but they are shipping. In the US, you can buy Samsung’s offering from Amazon for $8999. LG’s version is $14,999 in the US, but the company has cut its price for the Korean market to [...]

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HDTV Expert - Guess What, LG? Samsung’s Got a 55-inch Curved OLED TV, Too.

By Pete Putman • Aug 14 2013, 3:56pm

And it's cheaper by $6,000. Are we about to see an OLED TV prices war start up?

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HDTV Expert - THX Certifies Up-converted 4K Television

By Ken Werner • Jul 25 2013, 8:20pm

The consumer television industry needs something new that will excite consumers and stimulate sales. 3D was a bust, OLED is struggling to raise its manufacturing yields out of the mud and bring its prices down from the stratosphere, and quantum-dot-enhanced color gamuts have yet to penetrate the consumer consciousness. But Ultra HD (or 4Kx2K, or [...]

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #583: OLED vs 4K for your next TV

By The HT Guys • May 17 2013, 7:11am

We're willing to admit, and we probably aren't the only ones, that 3D simply is not the next big thing in home entertainment. Sure it sounded cool on paper, but in reality 3D at home just doesn't provide the immersive 3D experience you get in a theater. Couple that with eye fatigue, headaches and seizures and 3D hasn't delivered. Of the two options vying for the title of next big thing, OLED and 4K, which one has a better chance of claiming the throne?

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HDTV Expert - The Wacky World of OLEDs

By Ken Werner • May 3 2013, 3:24pm

A classic line from vaudeville was “Dying is easy; comedy is hard.” Compared to bringing large OLED displays into the mainstream, it now seems that comedy is a piece of cake.
If we ever get large OLEDs right — that is, if we learn how to print the front plane; use IGZO or graphene or carbon [...]

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HDTV Expert - OLED-TV, Where are You?

By Pete Putman • Feb 21 2013, 9:20pm

By my count, LG missed three promised deadlines last year for the commercial introduction of its 55-inch OLED-TV set. Samsung, apparently never happy with the idea of bringing OLED-TVs to market before their time, grudgingly said it, too, would introduce a 55-inch OLED-TV in 2012, but when LG missed its final deadline of the year [...]

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HDTV Expert - Panasonic Delivers Big OLED Surprise at CES — by Ken Werner

By Pete Putman • Jan 31 2013, 6:19pm

The OLED-TV story was in a rut for months:  Samsung and LG had beautiful 55-inch prototypes, but repeatedly missed their promised product introduction dates.  But things are changing.
The big CES surprise came from Panasonic, which showed a very impressive technology demonstration of the 'World's Largest 4K OLED.'  At 56 inches, it does beat LG and [...]

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OLED TV Demystified

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Jan 22 2013, 3:51pm

As you may already know, small OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) panels have been introduced to consumers in several forms for several years, and at CES 2012 LG and Samsung showed their 55-inches 1080p OLED HDTV prototype panels, both displaying stunning images and with prices said to be around $10,000 USD when available toward the second part of 2012, however, the OLED panels have not yet appeared at local stores, although they are expected soon in 2013. At least LG announced at CES 2013 panel availability for the first quarter in the US, at a higher price: $12,000.

As I covered in this article, LG’s WOLED HDTV uses a white OLED design and implements passive 3D technology displaying half resolution images per eye both eyes viewing simultaneously using low cost 3D glasses, while Samsung’s Super OLED HDTV uses a more classic RGB design and implements active-shutter 3D technology that renders full resolution images per eye displayed in alternate fashion.

If you are interested to ...

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HDTV Expert - Sony Introduces OLED-like Color without OLEDs – by Ken Werner

By Pete Putman • Jan 19 2013, 2:23am

In a CES surprise, Sony introduced its Triluminos TVs with quantum-dot backlights courtesy of QD Vision, which significantly extend color gamut.

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LG Shows Its First OLED TV With Curved Screen

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 12 2013, 4:24am

LG-EA9800LG Electronics (LG) today demonstrated its continued OLED TV market leadership with a revolutionary curved model, the EA9800, shown for the first time here today at the 2013 International CES. Featuring proprietary WRGB technology, the incredibly thin display features a dramatic curved design and a vivid picture quality that is practically indiscernible from colors found in nature.

The unique new EA9800 model features the industry's very first curved screen ergonomic design with full...

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Sony develops the World's First and Largest "56-inch 4K OLED TV" Prototype to be exhibited at 2013 International CES

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 11 2013, 6:14am

Sony OLED FST-56Sony Corporation ("Sony") announced today that it has developed the first 4K (3840 x 2160) OLED (organic light-emitting diode) television. To demonstrate its latest achievement, Sony will display a 56-inch prototype at The International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The world's first and largest* 56-inch OLED TV achieves 4K resolution by using the latest oxide semiconductor TFTs and Sony's own 'Super Top Emission' technologies.

Up until now, in order to force light through the OLED layer, OLED TVs used low-temperature polysilicon (LTPS) thin-film transistors (TFTs). However, there were some challenges inherent in the manufacture of large OLED displays...

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LG Begins Rollout Of Eagerly Anticipated OLED TV

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 3 2013, 3:47am

WRGB OLED TV (Model 55EM9700LG Electronics (LG) announced today that it will begin accepting pre-orders for its eagerly-awaited 55-inch class (54.6-inch diagonal) WRGB OLED TV (Model 55EM9700) in South Korea this month with deliveries scheduled to begin next month.

Other markets where the revolutionary LG OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) TV will be available will be announced over the next several weeks along with their respective prices. The announcement comes just days before the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), where an early version of the TV last year was awarded "Best of Show."

More than 1,400 LG retail stores in...

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HDTV Expert - Plasma Totters; OLED Delayed – by Ken Werner

By Pete Putman • Dec 20 2012, 11:53pm

Panasonic may be abandoning plasma faster than many analysts anticipated, and Samsung and LG may be pushing 4Kx2K next year at the expense of OLED.

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HDTV Expert - No OLED-TV Panel Production from LGD until 2013 — by Ken Werner

By Pete Putman • Sep 10 2012, 6:48pm

LG Display's 55-inch OLED-TV panels will not see volume production until 2013, reported Digitimes' Julian Ho and Alex Wolfgram this morning, citing an unidentified 'report from Japan.'   Although this is not the strongest imaginable sourcing for a story, it is highly plausible.  Let's see why.
1.  It is September.  If LGD hasn't gotten beyond pilot production [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Sony and Panasonic: New Entrants in OLED TV Race

By Alfred Poor • Jun 26 2012, 1:00pm

This story has me scratching my head a bit; Sony and Panasonic will partner in developing OLED TVs. According to the press release, the two companies will pool their “core and printing technologies” to develop a “printing method-based next-generation OLED … Continue reading →

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How Much for an OLED?

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Jun 13 2012, 2:02pm

In this article I addressed the basic differences between LG and Samsung’s 55” OLED panels, which were announced to be released later this year. Before CES 2012 a price range between $8,000 and $10,000 was rumored to be the most likely for both sets. Some said that the OLEDs may be offered for even lower than that, venturing a $5,000 figure taken from a hat while the rabbit was sleeping, which I never thought OLED would be offered for that low price upon introduction in 2012.

Then DisplaySearch declared that they expected the price to be around...

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HDTV Almanac - Alfred Poor on Video about HDTV

By Alfred Poor • Jun 13 2012, 1:00pm

Yesterday, I had the pleasure of discussing HDTV and related topics with David Gewirtz of ZDNet, which he captured on video. We covered a wide range of topics, including OLED HDTVs, 3DTV, screen sizes, Smart TVs, and “direct LED” TVs. The video runs almost a full hour and was made during a Skype video call. [...]