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HDTV Expert - Panasonic’s 2012 Home Entertainment Media Briefing – Pete Putman

By Pete Putman • Mar 28 2012, 4:08pm

Panasonic's current TV lineup includes LCD, plasma, active shutter 3DTV, AND passive 3DTV in all sizes. So, what's the 2012 marketing strategy — something for everyone?

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #522: Crystal LED HDTV Technology

By The HT Guys • Mar 16 2012, 5:24am

It was pretty clear that the OLED TVs demonstrated by LG and Samsung stole the show at the last Consumer Electronics Show we went to. We were really impressed by the color, contrast and sharpness of the picture. However, there are some issues that need to be resolved before we see mainstream OLED HDTVs in sizes that we would want in our living rooms.

Rather than go with an OLED TV, Sony displayed a technology called Crystal LED. Crystal LED takes six million tiny LEDs to create a picture that they hope will rival OLED technology. A 1080P TV has nearly 2 million pixels on screen. Crystal LEDs TVs take three LEDs, one for red, green, and blue, and combine them for each pixel. Each pixel is mounted directly in front of the display. This is not an LED based LCD but an actual LED TV.


HDTV Expert - A Niche Too Small – Pete Putman

By Pete Putman • Mar 14 2012, 8:07pm

Philips' 21:9 aspect ratio LCD TV was a clever idea, but never caught on.


HDTV Expert - What Do You Do After You Realize LCD’s Glory Days are Gone? – by Ken Werner

By Pete Putman • Feb 27 2012, 9:34pm

Panel makers have just gone through an agonizing period in which making money by manufacturing large LCDs for television has been difficult or impossible.  Panel prices are stabilizing now and may start increasing by April or May, but the specter of significant new Chinese production coming on line does not make for a rosy, medium-term [...]

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HDTV Expert - 3M Wants to Expand Market for DBEF Reflective Polarizer, by Ken Werner

By Pete Putman • Jan 28 2012, 11:12pm

During CES 2012, 3M's Optical Systems Division set up a demonstration in the Sony Theater at the MGM Grand. Dave Lamb (Senior Physics Research Specialist) and Dave Iverson (Business Manager, LCD Television Business) discussed a consumer study sponsored by 3M and conducted by CBS Vision that bolstered 3M's contention that using the company's Vikuiti DBEF [...]


Sharp® Expands Its Big, Broad Line-up of Large-Screen Interactive, Touch-Panel Display Systems – Now in an 80-Inch Class (80" Diagonal) Screen Size Class

By Shane Sturgeon • Jan 10 2012, 5:43am

Sharp Imaging and Information Company of America (SIICA), a division of Sharp Electronics Corporation, is furthering its reputation as a world leader in large-screen interactive touch-panel display systems with the launch of an 80-inch class (80" diagonal) interactive display system, AQUOS® Board, a complete solution to facilitate global collaboration in a way that's never been seen before.

The 80-inch class AQUOS Board combines a high-performance interactive display with a well-designed, comprehensive system for uniquely collaborative sessions – and continues to set a new standard in price...


LG Ultra Definition 3D TV Combines Immersive 3D Experience, Superior Display Quality

By Shane Sturgeon • Dec 29 2011, 11:10pm

LG 84-inch Ultra Definition TVLG Electronics today announced that it will unveil what is believed to be the world's largest Ultra Definition (UD) 3D TV at the 2012 International CES®. Combining LG's passive CINEMA 3D technology and Smart TV functions with UD display technology, the 84-inch class (84.04 inch diagonal) TV breaks new ground in immersive 3D home entertainment.

LG's 3D UD TV boasts...


3M-Commissioned Research Shows Consumers Value Wide-Angle Viewing on Their LCD TVs

By Shane Sturgeon • Dec 16 2011, 5:12am

A new study commissioned by 3M shows that American consumers want high brightness and quality no matter at what angle they view their LCD TVs.

The study was conducted by CBS Vision, the Las Vegas-based research division and facility owned by CBS Corporation. 3M is a leading technology company in high-quality consumer electronics.

The findings show that...

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #494: JVC 47-inch BlackCrystal 120Hz LCD HDTV

By The HT Guys • Sep 9 2011, 8:01am

The HT Guys have been JVC fans for quite some time, dating back to CRT tube TVs in years gone by. Braden has a JVC rear projection TV still in use in his home and Ara has a JVC projector in his theater. When we got the chance to talk to Tom Paterniti, VP of Sales for JVC BlackCrystal TVs and also check out a brand new 47' BlackCrystal LCD for ourselves, we jumped at the opportunity.

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Epson Launches Full Line of 2D and 3D Full HD 1080p 3LCD Home Theater Projectors for Cinema Enthusiasts and Custom Installers

By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 9 2011, 3:02am

Epson America today announced its first line of 2D and 3D Full HD 1080p home theater projectors with the new 3LCD™ PowerLite® Pro Cinema 6010, and Home Cinema 5010/5010e and 3010/3010e. With both home cinema enthusiasts and custom installers in mind, Epson utilizes new Bright 3D Drive technology for an exceptional 3D viewing experience at home on a big screen. Epson's new line offers a range of value-add features and performance at varying price levels to accommodate virtually all home cinema projection needs, including an entry-level solution available for less than...


HDTV Expert - Sharp’s New Elite LCD TV: Yep, They’re Out There!

By Pete Putman • Sep 8 2011, 11:24pm

Not too many dealers have any to show you. But Value Electronics in Scarsdale, NY does.

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HDTV Almanac - 3DTV Panel Shipments Rise 118%

By Alfred Poor • Sep 1 2011, 1:00pm

According to the new Quarterly Large-Area TFT LCD Shipment Report from DisplaySearch, the global shipments of 3D-capable panels for use in HDTVs grew to 4.9 million units in the second quarter of 2011, which is a 118% increase over the first quarter of the year.
As the DisplaySearch analysis points out, “the LCD TV panel industry [...]


HDTV Almanac - iSupply: Low-End Brands Drive Down Prices

By Alfred Poor • Aug 16 2011, 1:00pm

Here’s another item from the Stating the Obvious Department, though it is still worth noting; iSupply has released a study showing that lower-priced HDTV brands are helping drive down the price of premium models. According to a company press release, “U.S. average pricing for a typical high-end LCD TV amounted to $1,002.58 in July, down [...]


HDTV Expert - Wishing Won’t Make It So

By Pete Putman • Aug 12 2011, 2:55pm

Pioneer and Sharp's new Elite line of LCD TVs represent the triumph of hope over experience.


HDTV Almanac - Best Buy Uses TiVo for HDTV

By Alfred Poor • Aug 5 2011, 1:00pm

According to a company press release, Best Buy has released two new connected HDTVs under its Insignia brand. The 32″ NS-32E859A11 sells for $499, and the 42″ NS-42E859A11 has a $699 price tag. These sets have fairly typical feature sets, including LED backlights, 120 Hz LCD panels, and support for online streaming services including Netflix, [...]

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HDTV Almanac - Westinghouse Lowers LED LCD HDTV Prices

By Alfred Poor • Jul 29 2011, 1:00pm

You can scratch off another “premium” feature that no longer carries a premium price. According to the company’s press release, Westinghouse Digital has announced that it is shipping LCD HDTVs with LED backlights at prices that challenge the traditionally less-expensive cold-cathode fluorescent lamp (CCFL) backlight designs. Its 40″ LD-4070Z is on sale online now at [...]

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HDTV Almanac - CEA Reports TVs Weigh Less

By Alfred Poor • Jul 25 2011, 1:00pm

From the Who Ever Would Have Guessed It Department, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has come out with a report detailing the “materials footprint” of televisions and computer monitors from 2004 through 2011. In comparing televisions in the 13″ to 36″ size range, the group determined that flat panel LCD TVs weigh 82% less than [...]

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HDTV Almanac - DisplaySearch: LED Costs Less Overall

By Alfred Poor • Jul 19 2011, 1:00pm

The display market research firm DisplaySearch has released its latest “Quarterly TV Design and Features Report” for Q2′11, in which the company points out the energy-savings advantages of LED backlights for LCD HDTVs. An analysis of 40″ LCD TVs shows that consumers will save money over the life of the television set in spite of [...]


HDTV Almanac - Throttle Back Production

By Alfred Poor • Jul 5 2011, 1:00pm

DigiTimes has reported that LCD panel makers in Korea and Taiwan scaled back production of large size panels, starting in June. Panel prices went up a little in May, but soft demand for product has threatened to drive prices down again. By limiting production, the manufacturers hope to stabilize prices. The article indicated that the [...]

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HDTV Almanac - 3DTV No Longer a Premium

By Alfred Poor • Jun 22 2011, 1:00pm

Westinghouse Digital has announced its new 47″ LCD HDTV, the W47S2TCD. This set has LED backlighting and a bunch of other features that you’d expect to find in a 1080p flat panel television. It is priced at $1,199, which is the same price as the 46-inch UN46D6050TF from Samsung which also has LED backlighting. The [...]