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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #629: Sharp 2014 Quattron+ Televisions

By The HT Guys • Apr 4 2014, 3:35pm

We mentioned the upcoming Quattron+ technology from Sharp in our CES roundup earlier this year.The tech just got real. Sharp has announced several new LED LCD models for 2014 that feature the technology. Along the lines of JVC's e-Shift technology we discussed a couple episodes back, Quattron+ looks like a clever bridge between the 1080p LED LCD televisions of today and the 4K and/or OLED televisions of tomorrow.

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HDTV Expert - Who ARE Those Guys?

By Pete Putman • Sep 30 2013, 2:34pm

Chinese LCD TV manufacturers are quickly gaining ground on Korean TV heavyweights LG and Samsung — and they've used UHDTV, a barely-hatched technology, to do it.

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HDTV Expert - LCD Always Wins

By Ken Werner • May 30 2013, 8:28pm

LCD always wins — well, almost always.
With its incredible depth of technical development, sophisticated and frighteningly efficient manufacturing, octopussian supply chain, multiple applications, huge volume, and effective distribution, LCD has held off all serious competitors for computer and television displays. Indeed, LCDs for consumer applications such as TV are so inexpensive than panel-makers make little [...]

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HDTV Expert - Projector Manufacturers Are Going Lamp-Free. But Is It Too Late?

By Pete Putman • May 24 2013, 4:04pm

The once-safe market of small to mid-sized classroom and conference room projection continues to cede ground to large LCD displays with each passing month. With lamp-free technology, projector manufacturers have shown they've finally seen the light. But is it too late?

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HDTV Expert - ISE 2013: Oh, It’s ON! – Pete Putman

By Pete Putman • Feb 2 2013, 12:11am

At the recently-concluded Integrated Systems Europe show, projector manufacturers showed concern about the impact of super-sized, inexpensive LCD displays. And they're fighting back.

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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...

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HDTV Expert - Sharp to Manufacture Pixtronix Displays – by Ken Werner

By Pete Putman • Dec 7 2012, 6:40pm

Qualcomm is giving Sharp a much-needed cash infusion so the Japanese panel-maker can can combine its IGZO backplane technology with the front-plane technology developed by Qualcomm's Pixtronix subsidiary. The goal is a display with LCD-like image quality and lower power consumption.

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HDTV Expert - Panasonic Rumors are Two-and-a-Half Thirds False – by Ken Werner

By Pete Putman • Oct 24 2012, 9:41pm

Panasonic will be remaining in the businesses of making TV sets and LCD panels for TV sets despite incorrect reports to the contrary.

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HDTV Expert - Foxconn and Sharp to Launch 60-inch LCD-TV for $1000 – by Ken Werner

By Pete Putman • Oct 5 2012, 7:05pm

Sharp and Hon Hai are collaborating on a low-cost 60-inch LCD-TV to be sold under the SIO brand name.

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HDTV Expert - TV Shipments to Fall 1.4% in 2012 — by Ken Werner

By Pete Putman • Jul 26 2012, 7:20pm

Worldwide TV shipments will shrink by 1.4% in 2012 predicts NPD DisplaySearch in its latest Quarterly Global TV Shipment and Forecast Report, issued in early July.  In the company's latest update, total TV shipments are forecast to fall to 245M units, while shipments of LCD-TVs are expected to increase by 5% — down from 7% [...]

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HDTV Expert - Is a Stampede of Big LCD Displays Approaching?

By Pete Putman • Jul 19 2012, 9:12pm

Samsung's decision to release their 75-inch LCD TV is clearly a defensive move against Sharp. How long before it, too, begins to show up in commercial AV installations?

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HDTV Expert - Buy a Plasma TV While You Can – by Ken Werner

By Pete Putman • Jul 19 2012, 6:27pm

Videophiles prefer plasma TV to LCD, and plasma rates higher than LCD in side-by-side testing.  In addition, large-sized plasmas are less expensive than comparable LCDs, and their greater refresh rate allows them to produce cleaner 3D images.  Nonetheless, the days of plasma TV are numbered.
As consultant David Barnes observes, you need look no farther than [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Best Buy: $10 per Inch for 50″ LCD

By Alfred Poor • Jul 2 2012, 1:00pm

This is a price that I’m more used to seeing for a plasma screen than an LCD, but Best Buy is currently offering a 50″ LCD HDTV for $500. Now, I’ll grant you that it is an Insignia model, which … Continue reading →

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HDTV Almanac - Google TV: Round 2

By Alfred Poor • Jun 28 2012, 1:00pm

Google TV is back. After an abortive first attempt two years ago, the second generation is getting close to shipping. Both Sony and Vizio have announced network media players based on the Google software, and LG has a new LCD … Continue reading →

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HDTV Expert - Can Quantum Dots Save LCD-TV from AMOLEDs? – Ken Werner

By Pete Putman • Jun 25 2012, 2:56pm

As the Society for Information Display’s Display Week event was ramping up in early June, Nanosys Inc. and the Optical Systems Division of 3M Company announced they would collaborate to bring quantum-dot (QD) technology to consumer liquid-crystal displays.
Nanosys (Palo Alto, CA), which identifies itself as a materials company, has been working for several years to [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Sharp Ships 90″ LCD HDTV

By Alfred Poor • Jun 19 2012, 1:00pm

Imagine a television that is more than six and a half feet wide. Imagine that you could have one in your living room now if you want it. It’s not a pipedream; it’s the Sharp LC-90LE745U 90″ LCD HDTV, and the company announced yesterday that it is available now from select retailers in the U.S. [...]

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Does Your LCD Image Look the Same from an Angled View? (Part 3) - How the 3M Solution Applies to Your LCD

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Jun 11 2012, 2:55pm

As covered in detail in parts 1 and 2, for years LCD companies have claimed that their sets can be viewed all the way to 170+ degrees. That number would be like viewing the panel all the way to the side, almost parallel to the edge of the TV frame. Have you actually tried to do that with your set? Do you still see the same image quality if any image at all? Is the image still appealing to you, or you rather move back to the center? Try moving gradually from the center passing the 20 degrees angle to the left or right and keep increasing the angle (20 degrees is about what your companion viewer may be seeing if sitting right by your side). This report (Viewing Angles section) covers more detail about the subject.

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Does your LCD image look the same from an angled view? (Part 2 - The 3M Solution)

By Rodolfo La Maestra • May 29 2012, 2:01pm

As mentioned in part 1 of this article, it has been known from the beginning of LCD, but not well informed by retailers to consumers, that LCD has an inherent viewing problem when the angle of view is off center, and depending on the LCD, the color, brightness, and contrast, drop considerably as the viewer moves from a center position (90 degree straight to the panel) to angles that are typical of the sitting arrangements of most family rooms, whereby viewers gather around the screen, and although they may still view an image, it is typically not of the same quality of the image perceived by the person viewing straight to the set.

This is more noticeable when...

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Does Your LCD Image Look the Same from an Angled View? (Part 1 - The Concept)

By Rodolfo La Maestra • May 24 2012, 2:45pm

It has been known from the beginning of LCD, but not well informed by retailers to consumers, that LCD has an inherent viewing problem when the angle of view is off center, and depending on the LCD, the color, brightness, and contrast, drop considerably as the viewer moves from a center position (90 degree, straight to the panel) to angles that are typical of the sitting arrangements of most family rooms whereby viewers gather around the screen, and although they may still view an image, it is typically not of the same quality of the image perceived by the person viewing straight to the set.

This is more noticeable when...

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Smartphones, HDTVs Are the Most Planned CE Purchases This Year, According to CEA Study

By Shane Sturgeon • Apr 8 2012, 4:25pm

Smartphones and HDTVs are the top consumer electronics (CE) products U.S. households plan to purchase over the next 12 months, according to a new study released today by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®. The 14th Annual Household CE Ownership and Market Potential Study also shows that household penetration rates for tablet computers will see their largest growth this year.

Smartphones will be the...