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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 - 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 […]

Gaming

HDTV Expert - Gaming Monitors that Don’t Tear or Stutter

By Ken Werner • Oct 24 2014, 6:52pm

At PEPCOM’s Holiday Spectacular, a press-and-analysts-only show held last month at the Metropolitan Pavilion on New York City’s West Side, I came across the new ASUS PG278Q 2560×1440 gaming monitor. In discussing the monitor with ASUS personnel, and then with nVidia’s Bryan Del Rizzo, I learned things about the way high-performance games present their imagery to […]

General Interest

HDTV Expert - Mirasol Finds a Home

By Ken Werner • Aug 18 2014, 9:22pm

I may have been wrong. Here’s some history. Some years ago Qualcomm purchased an MIT display spinout called Iridigm and renamed the technology mirasol (with a small “m”). At a time before Apple created the consumer tablet revolution, the standard for non-PC media consumption was the eReader, and the standard for low-power reflective displays was […]

General Interest

HDTV Expert - The OLED Firmament Does Not Quake — but it’s Vibrating a Little

By Ken Werner • Jul 30 2014, 9:37pm

All of AMOLED-land is divided into two parts. Part 1:  Samsung dominates production of smart-phone-sized AMOLED displayss, and is now doing the same for tablet-sized AMOLED displays. (The first Samsung Galaxy tablets with AMOLED displays are now available in the U.S. market.) Part 2:  LG still struggles to make AMOLED TVs a mass-market product, but […]

HTPCs & Laptops

HDTV Expert - 4K TV Does NOT Require Native 4K Media

By Ken Werner • Jul 18 2014, 6:56pm

Repeat after me: 4K TV does NOT require native 4K media. Again: 4K TV does NOT require native 4K media. The reason I’m repeating myself — not only in the previous sentence, but also in echoing other articles I’ve written — is that self-styled experts continue to say that 4K TV will not be successful […]

General Interest

HDTV Expert - I Have Seen the Smart Phone’s Future, and It Sings!

By Ken Werner • Jun 27 2014, 10:44pm

If your main priority is watching your smart phone, buy a Samsung Galaxy S5, which has the best display ever put into a cell phone, at least thus far. But what do you do if you want much-better-than-CD-quality sound to come out of your phone's little 3.5-mm audio jack? Is such a thing even possible? […]

LED (LCD) HDTVs

HDTV Expert - Fat TVs Come Back

By Ken Werner • Jun 13 2014, 5:10am

A few years ago Samsung introduced very thin large-screen LCD-TV sets with LED edge-lighting and thin light-guide plates (LGPs). The company earned its place in the infamous marketing hall of fame by ignoring reality and calling these sets 'LED TVs,' which has confused TV consumers and salesmen every since. With these thin, elegantly designed sets, […]

General Interest

HDTV Expert - What Comes after Amorphous IGZO?

By Ken Werner • May 7 2014, 12:22am

Sharp has established indium gallium zinc oxide (IGZO) as a successful backplane material that enables high aperture ratios in high-pixel-density LCDs in sizes too large for low-temperature polysilicon (LTPS) to be financially viable. IGZO is also an attractive, lower-cost alternative for LTPS in high-pixel-density smart-phone LCDs. Sharp and Qualcomm are working together on IGZO-driven pixtronix […]

Marketplace

HDTV Expert - Smart Phones: Galaxy S5 Triumphs; Amazon 3D Entices

By Ken Werner • Apr 19 2014, 3:04pm

North American sales of Samsung’s long-awaited Galaxy S5 phone began on April 11, and pundits muttered that carriers were nervous about how the phone would sell. As it turns out, either the worries were overblown or the pundits were smoking funny cigarettes. Four days after North American sales commenced, a Samsung spokesperson said GS5 orders […]

General Interest

HDTV Expert - Samsung Galaxy S5 has Best Cell Phone Display Ever

By Ken Werner • Apr 19 2014, 2:52pm

Friend and colleague Ray Soneira, President of DisplayMate Technologies Corp. (www.displaymate.com), recently published the results of his painstaking tests on the display in Samsung’s new Galaxy S5 smart phone. Soneira’s bottom line is that the GS5 has the best display ever put in a cell phone. Although the 5.1-inch display has the same number (1920×1080) of […]

Blu-ray

HDTV Expert - Soneira: New Samsung Galaxy S5 has Best Cell Phone Display Ever

By Ken Werner • Apr 7 2014, 1:24pm

Friend and colleague Ray Soneira, President of DisplayMate Technologies Corp. (www.displaymate.com), has just published the results of his painstaking tests on the display in Samsung’s new Galaxy S5 smart phone. Since mere mortals such as you and I will not be able to get a GS5 in North America until at least April 11, it […]

General Interest

HDTV Expert - Smart Watches Have Not Excited Consumers — But They’re About To

By Ken Werner • Mar 24 2014, 6:27pm

Smart-watch makers are trying to find the right combination of design, functionality, interface, and price that will galvanize a customer population that is curious, but not yet motivated to open their wallets in large numbers. Probably the best-selling smart watch is Samsung’s first-generation Galaxy Gear, which Samsung says sold about a million units through the […]

Digital (DTV) TransitionDigital Rights Management (DRM)4K (Ultra HD)Events & Tradeshows

HDTV Expert - January’s TV is February’s Digital Sign

By Ken Werner • Mar 6 2014, 9:41pm

A lot of the display-related excitement at January’s CES 2014 related to 4K, multi-touch panels, and gesture-related system control. A month later, and those same technologies were being featured in digital signage at the Digital Signage Expo (DSE), also in Las Vegas. It’s impressive how quickly 4K migrated from television to signage. LG’s 105-inch Ultra […]

Digital (DTV) TransitionDigital Rights Management (DRM)

HDTV Expert - Thursday Evening at a Sony Store

By Ken Werner • Mar 6 2014, 9:29pm

After the close of Digital Signage Expo, my colleague Steve Sechrist and I had a dinner of expensive (but excellent) Las Vegas hamburgers and talked as we wandered around the Forum Shops. We wound up at the Sony Store, nearly deserted late on a Thursday evening in early February. We had leisurely conversations with the […]

OLED HDTVsEvents & Tradeshows

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. […]

Events & Tradeshows

HDTV Expert - Samsung was King of the CES Hill

By Ken Werner • Jan 28 2014, 7:46pm

Let’s not talk about director Michael Bay’s meltdown at Samsung’s huge CES press event. Okay, let’s, but just for a moment. Bay, a featured guest (presumably because his explosion-filled action films look really good on Samsung large-screen TVs) came down with a severe case of stage fright when the teleprompter stopped showing him the words […]

General Interest

HDTV Expert - Quantum Dot Makers Defy Conventional Wisdom

By Ken Werner • Jan 23 2014, 9:51pm

It has become conventional wisdom that the two major quantum-dot display-enhancement approaches — the flattened glass cylinder of QD Vision and the polymer sheet of Nanosys/3M — have there own natural market segments, and this conventional wisdom has been supported by statements from the two camps. QD Vision’s “Color IQ” glass element, which is incorporated […]

General Interest

HDTV Expert - The RCA Brand Prospers

By Ken Werner • Jan 23 2014, 3:52am

RCA, the iconic company that — more than any other — brought color television to the consumer mass market was dissolved years ago. But its brand has survived and sometimes prospered. The brand is owned and licensed by Technicolor. After some mis-steps in years past, Technicolor is now managing the brand in an intelligent and […]

Events & Tradeshows

HDTV Expert - Display Surprises at CES 2014

By Ken Werner • Jan 23 2014, 3:41am

Some of my fellow analysts have been bemoaning a lack of TV, tablet, and cell-phone innovations at CES 2014. Well, either I have lower standards than my colleagues or a keener eye because I saw quite a few things that surprised, delighted, and horrified me. Here are some of them. 3M’s Quantum Dot Enhancement Film […]