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4K (Ultra HD)3D HDTV

DVDO Introduces 4x4 Ultra HD Matrix Switcher Designed for Ultimate Flexibility in Residential and Commercial Applications

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 2 2015, 8:55am

DVDO®, Inc., an award-winning provider of high-quality video connectivity solutions, today announced the availability of the Matrix44™, the 4K HDMI® matrix switcher that provides four HDMI 2.0 inputs and four discrete HDMI 2.0 outputs to transmit up to 4K at 50/60Hz while supporting 3D, Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio. Designed for both home and commercial use, it provides intuitive control, fast independent switching and discrete outputs for installers and home theater enthusiasts. Matrix44 is now available at an MSRP of $1499 from authorized DVDO distributors, dealers and online partners.

4K (Ultra HD)High-End Audio

New Pioneer Models Give Consumers the Latest Technologies for the Ultimate Entertainment Experience

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 2 2015, 8:25am

Pioneer Home Entertainment USA continues to provide consumers with an immersive home theater experience by introducing two new Pioneer branded home theater receivers designed to support today’s high quality audio and video formats. The VSX-830 5.2-channel and VSX-1130 7.2-channel receivers offer the latest combination of connectivity and performance features including HDCP 2.2 compliant, HDMI® 2.0 specification for the highest video signal transfer, built-in Wi-Fi®, built-in Bluetooth®, DSD file playback, subwoofer EQ and more. In addition, the VSX-1130 offers Dolby Atmos® (5.1.2) and MCACC Pro refining its Dolby Atmos capabilities.

Internet HD Video3D HDTV

Panasonic Announces Pricing & Availability For Its Inaugural Line Of Streaming Media Players

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 10 2013, 2:40am

Panasonic, an industry leader and pioneer in the development of emerging video technology, announced today pricing and availability of its first-ever line of Streaming Media Players which were unveiled last month at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show. The line-up features two models -- the DMP-MST60 and the DMP-MS10 featuring VIERA Connect and IP VOD respectively.

Blu-ray3D HDTV

Panasonic Announces Pricing & Availability For Its 2013 Blu-ray Disc™ Player Lineup

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 10 2013, 2:20am

Panasonic, a major developer and contributor to the success of the Blu-ray format, announced today pricing and availability of it 2013 Blu-ray Disc Player lineup which was unveiled last month at the 2013 International Consumer Electronics Show. The line-up features two new Full HD 3D models (DMP-BDT330 and DMP-BDT230) and two 2D Blu-ray Disc Players (DMP-BD89 and DMP-BD79) as well as continuations of two successful Full HD 3D 2012 models (DMP-BDT500 and DMP-BBT01).

3D HDTVSports

Cox Communications brings Masters Golf Tournament to customers in 3D on ESPN 3D

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 10 2013, 2:17am

In partnership with ESPN 3D, Cox Communications announced today that Cox Advanced TV Plus customers in Virginia will have the option to view coverage of the Masters Golf Tournament on April 11-14, 2013 on the new ESPN 3D channel 896.

Specific equipment and minimum levels of service are required to access Cox channel 896. Customers will need...

4K (Ultra HD)

Sony Announces Price And Availability Of Its New XBR 4K Ultra HD LED TVs

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 8 2013, 1:59am

FMP-X1Sony Electronics is announcing prices and availability for its new 4K Ultra High Definition TV sets unveiled at CES in January. The new XBR-55X900A (55-inch) and XBR-65X900A (65-inch) 4K Ultra HD LED TVs will cost $4,999 and $6,999 respectively and are available for order online and at retail beginning April 21, 2013.

Sony is also announcing its 4K Media Player, the FMP-X1, and video distribution service – both industry firsts.

Starting today...

Internet HD Video

WD® Introduces Versatile Media Player For Streaming Fans

By Shane Sturgeon • Feb 12 2013, 10:49pm

WD TV PlayWD®, a Western Digital (NASDAQ:WDC) company, and a world leader in storage solutions for the connected life, today unveils WD TV® Play™, a versatile media player that streams popular Internet channels, as well as personal photos, music and movies from other networked devices in the home, directly to an HDTV. Priced at just $69.99 USD, WD TV Play expands upon the existing WD TV family of products, offering an engaging new app-based user interface to allow customers to easily personalize their entertainment experience.

With the Wi-Fi® connected WD TV Play media player, customers can easily stream hit movies, view the latest viral videos, catch up on TV shows and stay connected to social networks through apps such as...

SportsPolitics & Policy

One in Five Owners Bought an HDTV to Watch the Super Bowl, According to CEA Study

By Shane Sturgeon • Feb 1 2013, 12:35am

Nearly a quarter of high-definition television (HDTV) owners in the U.S. (22 percent) purchased their televisions for the specific purpose of watching the Super Bowl, according to the forthcoming Sports and Technology Study V by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®. No other sporting event comes close to prompting that many purchases of HDTVs. Accordingly, more adults surveyed identify themselves as fans of football (79 percent) than any other sport, including baseball (53 percent), basketball (51 percent), racing (28 percent) and hockey (27 percent).

Super Bowl fans will use...

LED (LCD) HDTVs

Sharp Introduces New Series of Ultra-Large LED Displays for the Large-Format Digital Signage Market

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 29 2013, 4:15am

Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America, a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation, is announcing a series of striking, large-format professional LED displays for the indoor digital signage market. This latest family of Sharp professional LED large-format displays feature stunning clarity, outstanding energy efficiency and advanced connectivity. Key features include choice of portrait or landscape orientation, 24/7 operation, Sharp's UV2A LCD technology, picture-in-picture mode, ability to enlarge or daisy chain images on multiple monitors, built-in speakers, and an interface expansion board with comprehensive input/output capabilities including DisplayPort®. With 700 cd/m2 brightness and LED backlighting, these displays boast energy-efficient, high-definition images.

The most impressive of the new series, the PN-R903 LED display, features...

Fiber/IPTV HDTV

Samsung and Verizon Release Current FiOS TV App; Now featuring 75 Channels for a New Level of Entertainment Anywhere in the Home

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 29 2013, 4:07am

Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, today announced that the FiOS TV app now supports 75 live channels and is available for compatible Samsung 2011 and 2012 Smart TVs and Smart Blu-ray™ players.

The app, initially released in July on the Samsung Smart Hub platform, now lets Verizon's FiOS TV and FiOS Internet subscribers watch 75 live FiOS TV channels and more than 25,000 FlexView on-demand movies and TV shows on these TVs and Blu-ray players without requiring a set-top box. This furthers both Samsung's and Verizon's commitment to developing ways to help consumers enjoy "TV Everywhere."

FiOS subscribers that have FiOS TV and FiOS Internet subscriptions can easily download...

Marketplace

Consumer Reports: Latest TV Sets Are Bigger, Better, Smarter, And Cheaper

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 24 2013, 11:33am

Americans who are in the market for a new TV – perhaps in time for Super Bowl Sunday – will find models that are bigger, better, smarter, and cheaper, according to the latest Consumer Reports TV tests. The full report, which features Ratings of 140-plus LCD and plasma TVs, can be found...

4K (Ultra HD)

Toshiba Unveils Second Generation UltraHD TV Series

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 12 2013, 4:34am

Toshiba L9300Toshiba's Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced the L9300 Series of 4K Ultra HD TVs. Featuring four times the resolution of today's 1080p full HD TVs, the new Toshiba L9300 Series TVs deliver the ultimate viewing experience for movies, TV shows, video games, photo viewing and PC applications. Powered by Toshiba's proprietary CEVO 4K Quad+Dual Core Processor, L9300 Series TVs deliver the highest quality UltraHD image processing, including Resolution Restoration to restore clean near UltraHD image quality from less than 4K content, Color Gamut Enhancement to create color intensity that matches the resolution impact and Surface Brilliance Enhancement that brings images to life like never before.

"Ultra HD represents the new pinnacle of home theater image quality and Toshiba is already leading the way in this ...

OLED HDTVs

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...

HD Video Recorders

Hauppauge Introduces Two New HD Video Recorders During CES 2013

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 12 2013, 4:02am

HD PVR 2 GE PlusHauppauge Digital, Inc. (Nasdaq: HAUP), the world's leading developer and manufacturer of TV tuners and HD video recorders, has launched two new models in their line of high definition video recorders. One model is geared toward home media enthusiasts, while the other is designed for advanced gamers.

The new model for home media users is called HD PVR 2 model 1512. HD PVR 2 users can create a library of their favorite cable TV or satellite TV programs in HD. HD PVR 2 has a built-in...

Front Projection

OmniVision Launches Cost-Effective, High-Performance HD LCOS Solution for Pico Projection Systems

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 12 2013, 2:50am

OmniVision Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: OVTI), a leading developer of advanced digital imaging solutions, today announced a new complete liquid crystal on silicon (LCOS) chipset solution for low-cost, low-power and high-definition (HD) pico projection systems. The single-chip LCOS panel OVP7200 displays native 720p HD video...

3D HDTVProgramming

LIONSGATE AND SAMSUNG PARTNER TO EXPAND THE AVAILABILITY OF HIGH-QUALITY 3D CONTENT IN THE HOME ENTERTAINMENT MARKETPLACE

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 12 2013, 2:48am

Lionsgate (NYSE: LGF), a leading global entertainment company, and Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., are partnering to expand the availability of popular theatrical titles in 3D for the home entertainment market, the two companies announced today from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Utilizing Samsung's proprietary 3D image processing technology, the two companies will...

4K (Ultra HD)

THX Unveils New 4K Certification Program for Ultra High-Definition Displays

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 12 2013, 2:43am

THX Ltd. today announced its THX® 4K Certification program, which features newly developed tests and parameters to ensure that the latest 4K HD televisions are able to present content in full Ultra High-Definition (Ultra HD) resolution with image clarity far superior to that of conventional HDTVs. THX 4K Certified televisions not only meet industry 4K performance guidelines but also present content that most accurately reconstructs the original HD master image. The new Sharp LC-60HQ10 is the world's first THX 4K Certified display, capable of converting standard HD content into a 4K2K picture with staggering detail and precision, bringing the entertainment experience to life.

The THX 4K Certification program is the only performance standard...

LED (LCD) HDTVs

NEC Display Solutions Introduces LED-Backlit Commercial-Grade LCD Displays to V Series

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 12 2013, 2:39am

NEC Display Solutions of America, a leading provider of commercial LCD display and projector solutions, announced today the addition of the 55-inch V552 and 65-inch V652 to its commercial-grade V Series. The high-performance, full HD panel makes these models ideal for extended operation times, including retail stores, restaurants, indoor venues, training facilities and corporate boardrooms.

NEC's V552 and V652 utilize...

Events & Tradeshows

2013 INTERNATIONAL CES OPENS WITH RECORD BREAKING SHOW

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 12 2013, 2:35am

The 2013 International CES® opened its doors today featuring more than 3,250 exhibitors across 1.9 million net square feet of exhibit space, breaking both space and exhibitor records that were set last year. Innovation propelled this year's preshow press events that kicked off with 74 companies showcasing their latest tech at CES Unveiled on Sunday night, and nearly 30 exhibitors launching new products during CES Press Day. Owned and produced by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, the 2013 International CES, the world's largest annual innovation event, opens today and runs through...

4K (Ultra HD)LED (LCD) HDTVs

Toshiba Unveils 2013 TV Line-Up And PCS At Consumer Electronics Show

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 12 2013, 2:21am

CES 2013, LVCC Central Hall Booth #10926 –Toshiba's Digital Products Division (DPD), a division of Toshiba America Information Systems, Inc., today announced its full line-up of 2013 HDTVs as well as new PCs on display at this year's International Consumer Electronics Show. Highlights include an UltraHD TV, new premium LED TVs with Cloud TV functionality, an all-new line of Media Box and Universal Disc Players along with a new Satellite® touchscreen Ultrabook™....