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By Ken Werner • Sep 30 2015, 6:10pm
Whenever I hear this question, my curmudgeonly inclination is to answer, “Who cares?” Perhaps a better question is “What revolutionary new product would allow Apple to continue earning profit margins far larger than the industry average?” In fact, it’s very hard to imagine Apple coming up with such a product.
The financial analyst […]
By Pete Putman • Sep 10 2015, 5:53pm
HDMI, DisplayPort, superMHL – all competing standards that promise faster connections with the advent of UHD.
Is it time to re-think the way we switch and distribute video and audio?
By Pete Putman • Sep 10 2015, 4:24pm
There are tectonic shifts happening in the worlds of consumer and professional electronics – and most of us aren’t even aware of them.
By Pete Putman • Sep 9 2015, 10:09pm
After repeated service outages, phone calls, and emails to Comcast’s executive office, everything is working as it should be…three months later.
By Ken Werner • Sep 9 2015, 4:03pm
Although QD Vision’s message at Display Week in San Jose was bullish, if I worked there I’d be worried.
Why is that? TV set architecture is progressing along two parallel paths: 1) Very thin sets with LED edge lighting, and 2) somewhat thicker sets with direct backlighting.
Initially, QD Vision’s Color IQ linear quantum-dot optical […]
By Pete Putman • Aug 26 2015, 6:23pm
Rumors of the demise of laptops are slightly exaggerated.
At least in their present form.
By Pete Putman • Aug 4 2015, 8:49pm
Two news items from the past week illustrate clearly that, in many ways, the once-profitable days of consumer electronics manufacturing in Japan are drawing swiftly to a close.
By Ken Werner • Jul 30 2015, 3:35pm
At SID Display Week, in an aisle on the show floor, I had a brief conversation with Candice Brown-Elliott, Nouvoyance CEO and creator of the Pentile Matrix pixel configuration widely used in Samsung OLED displays.
She said that micro LED was the only disruptive technology she saw at Display Week.
In addition to being a […]
By Ken Werner • Jul 22 2015, 8:50pm
For some time Sharp has been showing examples of its “free-form” displays, which do both the “row” and “column” driving through the same edge of the display, leaving the rest of the display to be cut in curves or other unusual shapes.
But Sharp had not been willing to describe in detail how it distributed […]
By Pete Putman • Jul 16 2015, 9:18pm
AV-over-IP…HDBaseT…BlueRiverNT…There’s something going on here, but what it is ain’t exactly clear…
By Pete Putman • Jul 16 2015, 8:01pm
This is one of the slowest times of the year to sell TVs.
But you wouldn’t know it from the Sunday sales fliers.
By Pete Putman • Jun 12 2015, 9:50pm
Last Wednesday, Sharp held a TV showcase in Lower Manhattan and showed that they’re still committed to the North American television market.
Said commitment came in the form of nine models of Ultra HD (3840×2160) sets, ranging in size from 43 inches to a wall-sized 80-inch model.
Some background is useful before I proceed.
By Pete Putman • Jun 8 2015, 9:27pm
It all started innocently enough a couple of weeks ago, when I started experiencing issues with Internet connectivity.
And it turned into a circus of confusion.
First, some background: I’ve had Comcast service at my home address for close to 18 years now, and there have definitely been some ups and downs in my relationship […]
By Ken Werner • May 29 2015, 9:45pm
It takes a long time to develop novel display technologies.
As a result, product designers sometimes express a desire for display characteristics that the industry cannot supply — at least not yet, and maybe never.
It can work the other way, though.
Candice Brown Elliott’s brilliant Pentile Display architecture was initially developed to improve efficiency, […]
By Ken Werner • May 20 2015, 6:37pm
Not many years ago, if you went out to buy an LED sign you could choose between a pixel pitch of 6 mm (for viewing at large distances) and a pixel pitch of 12 mm (for viewing at very large distances).
But over the the last few years, as seen at trades shows such as […]
By Pete Putman • May 19 2015, 8:56pm
On May 12, the Blu-ray Disc Association announced it had completed the specifications for Ultra HD Blu-ray discs and concurrently released a new logo to go with the format.
UHD BD supports a maximum image resolution of 3840×2160 pixels, refreshed at a variety of frame rates (including 60 Hz) with a maximum of 10 bits […]
By Ken Werner • May 14 2015, 8:04pm
A combination of company announcements, seemingly reliable reporting, and just plain rumors make it reasonable to believe that OLED Television is finally getting its second wind.
The reliable reporting centers on LG Display increasing its panel production, with LG Electronics modestly decreasing some set prices.
The rumors center on Samsung re-entering the OLED-TV business, but […]
By Pete Putman • May 5 2015, 4:59pm
While Internet service is the key part of cord-cutting, free over-the-air television still pays an important part.
To get it, you only need some sort of antenna to connect to your television or receiver/DVR.
Here are three such antennas for your consideration, plus a handy VHF/UHF signal amplifier.
By Pete Putman • Apr 25 2015, 1:28am
It’s been over a week since I got back from Las Vegas and edited all of my photos and videos.
But once again, NAB scored big numbers with attendance and there were enough goodies to be found in all three exhibit halls, if you were willing to put in the time to pound the pavement.
By Pete Putman • Apr 9 2015, 10:37pm
Eliot’s 1922 poem The Waste Land, he opens with this verse: “April is the cruelest month…” For many Japanese manufacturers, those words couldn’t ring more true.
One in particular is Sharp, who has been struggling with profitability ever since the Great Recession.
In a recent news story from TWICE, the company confirmed it […]