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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.


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...


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...

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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™....

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #565: CES 2013 Wrapup

By The HT Guys • Jan 11 2013, 6:54am

Another CES has come and gone. At the risk of being permanently banned, we've brought back everything we saw and did in Vegas to share it with everyone who couldn't be there. As with every CES, we saw some amazing things and some not so impressive ones as well. Big themes from this year were: 3D is waning, 4K (UltraHD) is emerging, and Plasma may be on the verge of a comeback.


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...

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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...


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...

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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 ...


HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #562: 2012 Year in Review

By The HT Guys • Dec 21 2012, 7:20am

We go out on a limb every year and try to predict what the new year will bring in the realm of HDTV and Home Theater. More often than not, that limb snaps and we come crashing down. Every so often we get a glimpse into the crystal ball that comes out close to accurate. Let's take a look back at what we thought would happen in 2012 to see how well we did on the predictions.


HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #559: HDTV Buying Guide 2012

By The HT Guys • Nov 30 2012, 8:40am

As promised, we're back for another annual edition of the HDTV buying guide and just in time for Christmas - we'd like to think it's back by popular demand. In years past we've broken the categories down at times by size and at other times by price. Both are valid, sometimes as a shopper you want to maximize the budget you have to spend, other times you know the size you need and want to find the best set. This year we'll return to breaking them down by size.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #556: 3M Streaming Projector with Roku

By The HT Guys • Nov 9 2012, 6:28am

We received an email about a month back asking us to take a look at the 3M Streaming projector with Roku and since we are suckers for this kind of stuff, we thought why not! It fits in your hands, can run on batteries, and comes with a Roku Streaming stick. We have to say this little guy is a blast to use!


VIZIO Reveals Must-Have TV and Audio Line-Up Just in time for the Holidays

By Shane Sturgeon • Nov 7 2012, 3:12am

Just in time for the holiday season, VIZIO, Inc., having recently received J.D. Power and Associates' "Highest in Customer Satisfaction with HDTVs" ranking1, announced today its new TV and audio line-up featuring an all LED-lit2 E-Series line and four newly designed sound bars. With the recently released E-Series 60" class Razor LED™ Smart TV (E601i) already being America's best-selling 60" flat-panel TV3, the line-up also includes the flagship E-Series 70" class Razor LED™ Smart TV (E701i) and new 2.0 and 2.1 E-Series and M-Series sound bars, the brand's holiday products are a great wish list addition, capable of taking any room in the home from ordinary to extraordinary at an unparalleled value.

Bringing superb picture quality to the forefront of the home, VIZIO's new, sleek E-Series HDTV holiday line-up features...


New JVC 55" XinemaView 3D HDTV Delivers Powerful Sound & Connectivity

By Shane Sturgeon • Oct 18 2012, 1:50am

JVC 55 XinemaView 3D HDTVIRVINE, Calif., Oct. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- JVC-TV, the legendary brand in audio/video electronics, has announced the introduction of the new 55" JLE55SP4000 3D HDTV featuring XinemaView 3D™ (complete with four pair of battery-free 3D glasses), built-in WiFi and Internet applications, 120Hz CrystalMotion™ screen, and a remote control with QWERTY keypad.

The new JLE55SP4000 is the first model in the venerable JVC brand's new "BlackSapphire" line of HDTVs, the second line introduced since JVC merged with Kenwood and licensed by AmTRAN Video Corp., with more BlackSapphire models coming soon. Featuring an ultra-thin bezel design (less than 0.5" thick) and 1080p Full HD resolution, the edge LED backlit JLE55SP4000 stands out from comparable models with...


HDTV Expert - Let’s Talk about Medium-sized Displays for Tablets – and their Challenges – by Ken Werner

By Pete Putman • Oct 12 2012, 10:31pm

In the electronic displays world, medium-sized displays are those that are larger than cell-phone size and up to 10 inches on the diagonal.  Anything larger than 10 inches is a 'large display.'
In an era of 90-inch TV sets, calling a 10.1-inch display 'large' sounds silly, and it is.  The nomenclature dates back to a nearly [...]

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #551: The CD Player Turns 30

By The HT Guys • Oct 5 2012, 8:35am

Inspired by an article of the same title written by Benj Edwards posted at TechHive.com, the HT Guys decided to do a little look back on the digital format that changed the music industry, and set the stage for other formats that would change the movie industry as well. We knew back when it came out that the CD was going to be huge, we probably couldn't have guessed just how huge.

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LG Electronics Announces U.S. Availability Of First 84-inch Class 'Ultra-Definition' TV

By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 9 2012, 4:05am

LG Electronics today announced U.S. availability for its enormous 84-inch (84.04 inch diagonal) LED display, boasting a native "ultra definition" (UD) screen resolution of 3840 x 2160 to match its impressive size*.

The gigantic 84-inch screen quadruples the level of detail from full 1080p HD resolution to a massive 8 million pixels. Even before so-called "4K" content is available, LG's proprietary Resolution Upscaler Plus delivers higher detail from current HD/SD external sources. A major step forward for the display industry, ultra-definition TV makes use of the screen real estate available with today's largest-size flat panels, much like the jump from 720p to 1080p years ago. The LG UD 84LM9600 is expected to be available in October at an MSRP of...

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Sony Previews the Future of Television - Unveiling 84-inch 4K TV

By Shane Sturgeon • Sep 9 2012, 3:44am

XBR-84X900New York, August 29, 2012– Sony Electronics announced its first TV capable of displaying 4K images, raising the curtain on the next wave in innovation from a company that knows a thing or two about television. The new 84-inch set, model XBR-84X900, is equipped with a 4K (3840 x 2160) LCD panel that delivers an image four times the resolution of Full HD and creates an immersive viewing experience previously unavailable from a TV. The new XBR 4KTV will arrive in Sony Stores and select retail locations in North America later this year.

Incorporating proprietary upscaling technology including the 4K X-Reality PRO picture engine, the new TV is designed to...

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #546: New TV for Fall 2012

By The HT Guys • Aug 31 2012, 6:11am

It's not as bad as it used to be. Sure we all made it through another Summer with almost nothing to watch on TV. But between Gordon Ramsay, USA Network, Netflix and Hulu, it wasn't all bad. But now it's time to rejoice. Football is back, and in just a few short weeks all your favorite shows will be back on, and perhaps a few new ones will make it to your favorites list.

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HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #543: Google Fiber TV

By The HT Guys • Aug 10 2012, 5:53am

We've been wondering for a while when the Sage TV technology would make its way back to the market as a Google offering and rumor has it, the day has arrived. The information circulating in the blogosphere is that the Sage TV team helped provide some of the tech behind the new Google Fiber TV that was recently unveiled. The service looks very intriguing, and knowing that it's backed by Sage TV know-how is even more reassuring.