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HDTV Expert - LG Is “All In” With OLED TVs

By Pete Putman • Apr 9 2015, 10:03pm

Yesterday (April 8), LG formally launched its new line of OLED televisions at The Garage on Manhattan’s upper west side. In addition to showcasing the 65-inch 65EG9600 ($8,999) and 55-inch 55EG9600 ($5,499) UHDTVs, LG also held a press briefing in conjunction with Netflix’ latest streaming series, Daredevil, which is available starting Friday, April 10. I […]

Broadcast

Ed's View - The Empire Fights Back

By Ed Milbourn • Apr 1 2015, 5:20pm

Under assault from the burgeoning OTT IP services, the staggering behemoth that is the US Television broadcast industry will soon deliver a major frontal offensive. And it's a real blockbuster! My sources tell me that on Wednesday, April 1, a gigantic US broadcasting consortium (consisting of NAB, ATSC, several major station groups, and the five major TV networks) will announce a comprehensive petition to the FCC and Congress to amend the 1996 Telecommunications Act. This amendment petition would allow broadcasters to use their spectrum to deliver premium subscription programming. Oh, but that's not all...

Sports

HDTV Expert - Look Out, HDMI – Here Comes Super MHL!

By Pete Putman • Mar 17 2015, 4:38pm

The newest TMDS-based display matches or exceeds the speed enhancements of DisplayPort 1.3. Where does that leave HDMI?

Digital Rights Management (DRM)PC & Laptop Technology

HDTV Expert - EE LLC: A Million PCs and Nobody Knows Its Name

By Ken Werner • Feb 27 2015, 4:07pm

There is a company you’ve probably never heard of whose display technology sits inside a million notebook PCs. Entertainment Experience LLC has developed a total color management system whose mathematical and vision models are embedded in multidimensional look-up tables (LUTs). Current customers include Dell and Quanta, the world’s largest notebook PC ODM. This week, I […]

General Interest

HDTV Expert - Has Sony Finally Seen The Light?

By Pete Putman • Feb 25 2015, 6:00pm

Recent remarks by Sony’s chairman indicate that they may be reaching the end of their rope with underperforming television and smartphone business units.

Mobile HDTV

HDTV Expert - Pixelworks Improves Mobile Display Quality While Reducing System Cost

By Ken Werner • Feb 19 2015, 8:29pm

We have just succeeded in wrapping our heads around the fact that quantum-dot enhancement can signficantly increase the color gamut and color saturation of LCDs with little — and eventually no — increase in system cost. Now, with its “Iris” mobile display co-processor, Pixelworks is giving us another example of improved display performance with, in […]

4K (Ultra HD)

HDTV Expert - Ultra HD: Live From the 2015 HPA Tech Retreat

By Pete Putman • Feb 12 2015, 11:12pm

Ultra HD: Live From the 2015 HPA Tech Retreat As I write this, it is the morning of Day 2 at the annual Hollywood Post Alliance Tech Retreat. This annual conference brings together the top minds across a wide range of disciplines in the media production business. Cameras, lenses, codecs, displays, file formats and exchanges, […]

Events & Tradeshows

HDTV Expert - CES 2015: Upon Further Review…

By Pete Putman • Jan 27 2015, 11:44pm

There's so much to take in at the International CES every year that you need a few weeks for it all to sink it. I posted my recap of the show earlier this month. Now, I want to expound on a couple of trends I saw in Las Vegas you need to watch. (Let’s move […]

Cable HDTV

HDTV Expert - Attention, TV Buyers – Your Time Has Come!

By Pete Putman • Jan 19 2015, 7:36pm

Now — and I mean NOW — is the absolute best time to buy a new television.

Events & Tradeshows

HDTV Expert - Looking for Consumer Electronics at CES

By Ken Werner • Jan 17 2015, 7:36pm

The Consumer Electronics Show 2015 was the biggest in history — again — but the show feels increasingly strange. For a show that is nominally about consumer electronic products, a surprising number are either not consumer products or not electronic. A significant portion of Panasonic’s booth was devoted to a men’s grooming salon where male attendees […]

Events & Tradeshows

HDTV Expert - CES 2015 In The Rearview Mirror

By Pete Putman • Jan 13 2015, 12:12am

The 2015 International CES has come and gone, leaving me to edit over 1500 photos and a bunch of videos and sift through stacks of press releases. Here's what I found.

General Interest

HDTV Expert - Digital Life Matters; Displays Don’t

By Ken Werner • Jan 1 2015, 1:03am

At least, displays don’t matter as much as they used to. In our era, hardware — including displays — quickly becomes commoditized. That is not to say you can’t obtain a temporary competititve advantage with a dazzling display: the thin Samsung edge-lit “LED” TV, the Apple Retina, and the ASUS Zenbook NX500’s 4K, quantum-dot-enhanced display, […]

Events & Tradeshows

HDTV Expert - CES: The Chinese Electronics Show?

By Pete Putman • Dec 20 2014, 2:42am

Maybe referring to CES as the 'Chinese Electronics Show' isn't as facetious as it soundsâ?¦

General Interest

HDTV Expert - Best Buy’s Bharp TV: Turkey Most Foul

By Ken Werner • Dec 6 2014, 11:15pm

The fourth Thursday in November was Thanksgiving in the United States, as it has been since Abraham Lincoln made it so in 1863.  This quintessentially American celebration was created as a national holiday not by Act of Congress but by Presidential Proclamation, which is worth pondering given our current debate concerning the proper limits of […]

General Interest

HDTV Expert - So I Bought A New Camera…

By Pete Putman • Dec 1 2014, 10:18pm

Point-and-shoot digital cameras offer amazing performance these days for very reasonable prices. Some are close to DSLRs in image quality.

General Interest

HDTV Expert - Black Friday, In The Rear View Mirror

By Pete Putman • Dec 1 2014, 8:42pm

Retail sales over the Thanksgiving / Black Friday weekend weren't nearly as good as predicted, declining 11% Y-Y from 2013. But TV sales did show an increase, thanks to a free-fall in prices.

General Interest

HDTV Expert - LG Display’s New Line for TV-sized OLED Panels to Ramp up this Year

By Ken Werner • Nov 18 2014, 12:01am

LG Display will ramp up its M2 OLED-TV panel line next month, according to a report in South Korea’s ET News quoted in English by Amy Fan and Alex Wolfgram in Digitimes. As prevously reported, the new $640-million line is expected to have a monthly capacity of 34,000 units, quadrupling the company’s current capacity. LGD […]

General Interest

HDTV Expert - It’s All About The Pipes

By Pete Putman • Nov 14 2014, 3:37am

It has become increasingly clear that consumers are moving to streaming and cloud downloads to watch TV shows and movies at home.

General Interest

HDTV Expert - Antennas, Antennas, On The Wall…Who Has The Best Reception Of Them All?

By Pete Putman • Nov 6 2014, 3:53am

Time to conduct another test of indoor digital TV antennas from Winegard, Mohu, and Antennas Direct. You may be surprised at the results!

4K (Ultra HD)

HDTV Expert - Ultra HD: A Race To The Bottom?

By Pete Putman • Oct 29 2014, 5:58pm

On September 23, Vizio rolled out its new line of Ultra HD TVs at an art gallery in lower Manhattan. We'd been expecting these to show up ever since pricing was announced way back at CES in January, and there weren't any real surprises in the lineup: Five models, ranging in size from 50' to […]