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HDTV Magazine Bulletins Archive (January, 2013)

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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™....

3D HDTVLED (LCD) HDTVsSmart HDTVs

Brace Yourself: Sharp® Unveils Bigger, More Beautiful AQUOS® LED TV Lineup at CES 2013

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 11 2013, 6:25am

Sharp LC-90le745uGet ready for an all out visual thrill ride. Sharp today unveiled nearly twenty 60" plus class TV models as part of its new line of AQUOS LED TVs, with more models that feature Quattron technology, more choices in the fast growing 60", 70" and 80" screen classes, striking new slim designs and the world's largest LED TV, the 90" AQUOS.

For the first time...

LCD HDTVs4K (Ultra HD)

Sharp Introduces Ultra High-Resolution Displays with the Industry's Thinnest Design

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 11 2013, 6:19am

This week at CES in Las Vegas, Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America, a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation, is presenting its new 32" class professional LCD monitor series, which features Sharp's ground-breaking IGZO™ technology and touts 3840 x 2160 pixel resolution.

According to industry research, demand for Ultra High-Definition displays, commonly referred to as "4K2K", is forecast to...

OLED HDTVs4K (Ultra HD)

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...

4K (Ultra HD)Blu-ray

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Announces "Mastered in 4K" Blu-ray Titles Timed with Sony 4K TVs

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 11 2013, 6:08am

To compliment the electronics industry's launch of 4K Ultra HD Televisions, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) is proud to leverage its growing 4K asset library to present "Mastered in 4K" Blu-ray™ titles. While maintaining the studio's commitment to the highest possible quality Blu-ray releases, the "Mastered in 4K" offering takes these efforts even further.

"Mastered in 4K" Blu-ray releases will feature titles such as...

4K (Ultra HD)LED (LCD) HDTVs

Sony Announces 2013 BRAVIA TVs

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 11 2013, 4:57am

Sony KDL-50R520Sony is unveiling an impressive line-up of new BRAVIA TVs, with new 4K Ultra HD models at sizes and prices that put 4K within reach of a wider audience, and new LED sets that complement superb picture quality with features like WiFi™ and NFC. With these new TVs, Sony's goal is clear: deliver the most immersive home entertainment experience, with the highest picture quality, regardless of the content or source.

Following the successful launch of its 84-inch 4K LED TV in September 2012, Sony is expanding its 4K UHD XBR LED TV line by adding...

Plasma HDTVsSmart HDTVs

Panasonic Unveils Enhanced 2013 Smart VIERA Plasma HDTV Lineup

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 11 2013, 12:33am

Panasonic, an industry and technology leader in High Definition and Smart TV technology, introduces its 2013 line of Smart VIERA® Plasma HDTVs. Continuing its tradition of developing award winning Plasma HDTVs, Panasonic has introduced an enhanced 2013 lineup built around user personalization and advanced networking features, increased connectivity, re-mastered picture quality, and stunning design elements. Ranging from 42-inch class to 65-inch class, the 16 new models provide the highest quality picture and breadth of viewing options directly to the consumer.

Building on its reputation for creating innovative products, Panasonic's 2013 VIERA televisions have become more than a screen, now functioning as an extension of all lifestyle and mobile devices.

The 2013 Smart VIERA Plasma line-up features...

HD Camcorders & Cameras

Panasonic Introduces Full Lineup of Full-HD Camcorders

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 11 2013, 12:28am

Panasonic announces five new Full-HD camcorders to expand its product lineup for 2013. The new lineup includes the HC-X920, HC-V720, HC-V520, HC-V210 and HC-V110. The high-end HC-X920 model is equipped with the New 3MOS System PRO with BSI (Backside Illumination) Sensor to enhance the three MOS sensors for excellent shooting performance even in dim lighting situations. The use of the BSI Sensor reduces noise to 50% of previous models. The X920 captures and records momentous scenes in high-definition in any environment, including the bright outdoors to dimly lit indoors.

The X920,V720 and V520 all feature the new...

Streaming HD Players

Panasonic Launches Two New Streaming Players To Video Player Lineup

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 11 2013, 12:18am

Panasonic, an industry leader and pioneer in emerging video technology, launches two new streaming media players, the DMP-MST60 and the DMP-MS10 featuring VIERA Connect and IP VOD respectively. The two media players continue Panasonic's innovation in the A/V category and feature VOD up-conversion and DLNA certification with other networking and video quality features.

Panasonic's 3D-capable streaming media player...

LED (LCD) HDTVsSmart HDTVs

Panasonic Unveils Stunning Design Innovations And Cutting-Edge Features On VIERA® 2013 LED/LCD Models

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 10 2013, 11:58pm

Panasonic, an industry and technology leader in High Definition and Smart TV technology, unveiled the new 2013 lineup of VIERA LED/LCD HDTVs that redefine the home entertainment experience and add simplicity and luxury to the home. The 2013 VIERA LED/LCD product line achieves the ultimate in advanced design with outstanding picture quality, easy operation and enhanced connectivity and personalization options. For 2013, all Panasonic VIERA LCD models are LED.

The 2013 Smart VIERA LED/LCD line-up features...

Blu-rayInternet HD Video

Panasonic Expands on Award-Winning Devices with 2013 Blu-ray Disc™ Player Lineup, Focusing on High-Quality Picture, Sound, Design and Smart Networking

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 10 2013, 11:39pm

Panasonic, a major developer and contributor to the success of the Blu-ray format, today introduced an expanded Blu-ray Disc Player lineup with two new Full HD 3D models – the DMP-BDT330, DMP-BDT230, and two 2D Blu-ray Disc Players – the DMP-BD89 and DMP-BD79.

Additionally, Panasonic...

4K (Ultra HD)Satellite HDTV

Eutelsat Launches Europe's First Dedicated Ultra HD (4K) Channel

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 10 2013, 11:26pm

As the television and cinema industries accelerate their progression towards Ultra HD (4K), Eutelsat Communications (Euronext Paris: ETL) today announced it is launching a dedicated demonstration Ultra HD channel for Europe on the EUTELSAT 10A satellite. The first transmissions of content filmed in 4K will start on...

Smart HDTVs

Haier Introduces New Television Capabilities through Roku Streaming at CES 2013

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 10 2013, 10:59pm

Haier today announced its 2013 line of televisions characterized by new designs such as an ultra-thin frame, enhanced sound solutions, and other features such as Roku® streaming. This line-up continues Haier's plan to further its goal of making technology simple and accessible to the consumer, helping to take consumers' home entertainment experience to new heights.

Select Haier televisions will come ready for use with the new Roku...

LED (LCD) HDTVs4K (Ultra HD)Smart HDTVs

VIZIO Reveals Expanded 2013 HDTV Collection Adding Ultra HD and Enhanced Smart TVs to Already Award-Winning All-LED HDTV Line-Up

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 10 2013, 9:29pm

VIZIO Ultra HDVIZIO, America's #1 large size HDTV company1, revealed today its expanded 2013 HDTV collection, highlighted by an all-new line of M-Series Razor LED™ Smart TVs featuring an elegant, modern ultra-slim bezel and razor-thin profile. VIZIO's new HDTV line-up continues to demonstrate the brand's leadership in HDTV technology with advanced innovations like its first Ultra High Definition TVs (4K2K), part of the brand's flagship XVT-Series, as well as the all-new, all-LED2 E-Series line which features a sleek, slim-frame design and advanced Smart TV features and Theater 3D™ available on select models. Ranked "Highest in Customer Satisfaction with HDTVs" by J.D. Power and Associates3, VIZIO will showcase its new 22" to 80" sized collection at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, NV.

VIZIO's new M-Series Razor LED Smart TVs are the must-have centerp ...

3D HDTVFront Projection

Epson Debuts Ultra Bright HD 2D/3D Projector Under $900

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 10 2013, 5:49am

Epson America, Inc. today expanded its award-winning line of 3LCD home theater projectors with the highly versatile and affordable 3LCD PowerLite® Home Cinema 750HD – offering families and first-time home theater enthusiasts an affordable and versatile 2D and true 3D big screen entertainment solution. The Home Cinema 750HD is Epson's brightest home theater projector to date – projecting a bright and colorful display with up to 3,000 lumensi of color and 3,000 lumens of white brightness for dark or light rooms. Offering full HD, active shutter 3D with...

3D HDTV4K (Ultra HD)

Glasses-free 3D Ready For Primetime As Ultra-D Debuts 4K Displays At International Winter Consumer Electronics Show Central Hall Booth #8225

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 10 2013, 5:43am

Stream TV Networks is proud to debut its proprietary Ultra-D™ 2160p technology which features an Ultra-D™2160p powered display, delivering the sharpest 3D experience outside of the cinema – no glasses required. The technology also incorporates the new Ultra-D™2160p SeeCube™ real-time conversion set top box, which provides 2D to 3D-without-glasses and 3D-with-glasses to 3D-without-glasses content conversion in resolutions up to true 2160p. Visitors to STREAM TV'S CENTRAL HALL BOOTH #8225 will witness...

4K (Ultra HD)

LG To Expand Ultra HD TV Lineup For 2013

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 5 2013, 1:52am

LG Electronics (LG ) is ushering in the new year with an expanded family of Ultra High Definition TVs* with new screen sizes for 2013.

At next week's International CES® in Las Vegas, LG's award-winning 84-inch class (84.04 inch diagonal) Ultra HD TV will be complemented by 55- and 65-inch class (54.6- and 64.7 inch diagonal respectively) models.

These new sizes offer the same stellar resolution and immersive viewing experience as LG's 84-inch class Ultra HD TV, which earned the CES 2013 "Best of Innovations" award in the Video Display category. LG was the first company to...

3D HDTVGeneral InterestPolitics & Policy

Consumers Seek, Embrace Built-In Features in HDTVs, CEA Study Finds

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 5 2013, 1:50am

Consumers are seeking high-definition televisions (HDTVs) with the latest built-in features as a growing number of U.S. adults own smart app-enabled displays, according to new research from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®. The study, Beyond 2D Viewing: Understanding the Demand for Advanced Television Features, examined whether current built-in television features, such as 3D and Internet-connected applications, are meeting the needs of consumers.

Consumers are using the built-in features on their HDTV at a high rate, with an increasing number gaining access to...

OLED HDTVs

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...