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4K (Ultra HD)

HDTV Expert - The End Of One Era And The Start Of Another

By Pete Putman • May 31, 10:38pm

Ultra HDTVs are taking over the television market, while Panasonic is beating a retreat. The times they are a-changing at light speed!
The post The End Of One Era And The Start Of Another appeared first on HDTVexpert.

General Interest

HDTV Expert - NAB 2016: Thoughts and Afterthoughts

By Pete Putman • Apr 27, 12:06am

The NAB Show has done a remarkable job of keeping itself current over the past two decades – perhaps the most tumultuous era ever for the broadcasting industry.
The post NAB 2016: Thoughts and Afterthoughts appeared first on HDTVexpert.

General Interest

HDTV Expert - Of Samsung, Big Screens, IoT, HDR, And Patience

By Pete Putman • Apr 13, 8:30pm

Last Tuesday, April 12, Samsung held its annual press briefing and TV launch event at its new, “hip” facility in the Chelsea section of Manhattan.
The post Of Samsung, Big Screens, IoT, HDR, And Patience appeared first on HDTVexpert.

General Interest

HDTV Expert - To Cut, Or Not To Cut: That Is The Question…

By Pete Putman • Apr 11, 10:00pm

By all accounts, cord-cutting is growing in popularity. One major TV brand apparently didn’t get the memo, however.
The post To Cut, Or Not To Cut: That Is The Question… appeared first on HDTVexpert.

General Interest

HDTV Expert - A More Mobile Mobile is Coming

By Ken Werner • Mar 29, 9:25pm

Data traffic on mobile networks will reach 367 exabytes — that’s 367×10^18 bytes or 367 billion gigabytes — in 2020, up from 44 exabytes in 2015, according to Cisco Systems’ recently released Visual Networking Index Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast, 2015-2020. A lot of that is video, which accounted for 55% of all mobile data […]
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General Interest

HDTV Expert - OLED-TV Is Real: Sales Reached $1 Billion Dollars in 2015

By Ken Werner • Mar 9 2016, 10:10pm

One billion dollars worth of OLED-TV sets were sold last year, seven times the sales in 2014, according to a recent IHS report. Ninety percent of that market belonged to LG, but Shin Hyun-jun, an analyst with LIG Investment & Securities Co., expects Samsung to enter the OLED-TV market in late 2017, according to a […]
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4K (Ultra HD)

HDTV Expert - “HDR” Is Coming To Your Next TV. So What, Exactly, Does That Mean?

By Pete Putman • Mar 7 2016, 5:21pm

Thinking about buying a new Ultra HDTV? You might want to wait a few months...or maybe a year. HDR is coming!
The post “HDR” Is Coming To Your Next TV. So What, Exactly, Does That Mean? appeared first on HDTVexpert.

General Interest

HDTV Expert - You Don’t Need A Weatherman

By Pete Putman • Feb 12 2016, 10:04pm

Sharp, a 100-year-old Japanese manufacturing giant, announced last week it is considering a takeover offer from Hon Hai Precision Industries of Taiwan, a/k/a/ Foxconn – the manufacturer of your iPhones, iPads, and lots of other Apple products.

HDTV Expert - CES 2016: Some Second Thoughts

By Pete Putman • Jan 28 2016, 6:21pm

We’re almost a month removed from the 2016 International CES, which was quite the crowded bazaar of electronic gadgets. I’ve already reported on what I saw at the show; now, I want to take a few minutes to do some “Monday morning quarterbacking.” Quarterly reports in this week from two of the CE world’s titans […]

HDTV Expert - CES 2016 In The Rear View Mirror

By Pete Putman • Jan 15 2016, 12:57am

I’m a little less than a week back from one of the world’s largest trade shows, the 2016 International CES. According to press releases from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), the new name for the Consumer Electronics Association, upwards of 170,000 people attended the show this year, which was spread out over several venues in […]

General Interest

HDTV Expert - 2016 – A Turning Point For Television

By Pete Putman • Dec 7 2015, 11:27pm

It’s a safe bet your next television will look and perform much differently than the one you bought five years ago.

Environment / Green

HDTV Expert - More Pixels + Bigger Screens = More Power Consumption

By Pete Putman • Nov 17 2015, 11:41pm

Thinking about buying a new Ultra HDTV this holiday season? Check the power consumption numbers - you may be surprised.

General Interest

HDTV Expert - How to Make a TV Look Better

By Ken Werner • Nov 12 2015, 10:12pm

It is a retailing insight that dates back to an ancient time, the time of CRT TV sets: “The way to make a TV look better is to connect it to a really good loudspeaker.” Sounds like a recipe for an analog, standard-def, monophonic home-theater system, doesn’t it? Some of those old TV salesmen may […]

General Interest

HDTV Expert - By The Numbers – Or Maybe Not

By Pete Putman • Nov 9 2015, 8:12pm

Some recent market research indicates that cord-cutting is picking up speed. Or is slowing down. But maybe it’s more the former than the latter.

Technology

HDTV Expert - Dolby Vision Will Soon Be Available in a Consumer TV Set

By Ken Werner • Oct 30 2015, 1:32am

In early October, VIZIO and Dolby Laboratories announced pricing and availability of the VIZIO Reference Series TV sets, which the companies described as “the industry’s first-ever complete High Dynamic Range solution with Dolby Vision™ playback technology.” The series consists initially of two models, one of which you might be if you’ve had a good year, […]

Broadcast

HDTV Expert - One Man’s Junk IS Another Man’s Treasure!

By Pete Putman • Oct 22 2015, 3:09pm

Next March marks a defining moment in the history of broadcasting: The Federal Communications Commission will hold an auction to see if TV stations REALLY want to stay on their UHF channels, or sell their spectrum space off to the highest bidder and either (a) move to another UHF channel, (b) move to a VHF […]

General Interest

HDTV Expert - What Will Apple Do Next?

By Ken Werner • Sep 30 2015, 6:10pm

Whenever I hear this question, my curmudgeonly inclination is to answer, “Who cares?” Perhaps a better question is “What revolutionary new product would allow Apple to continue earning profit margins far larger than the industry average?” In fact, it’s very hard to imagine Apple coming up with such a product. iWatch, iBust. The financial analyst […]

Cable HDTV

HDTV Expert - Display Interfacing: Welcome to Babylon

By Pete Putman • Sep 10 2015, 5:53pm

HDMI, DisplayPort, superMHL – all competing standards that promise faster connections with the advent of UHD. Is it time to re-think the way we switch and distribute video and audio?

General Interest

HDTV Expert - 4K, Collapsing Prices, and the Declining Importance of Hardware

By Pete Putman • Sep 10 2015, 4:24pm

There are tectonic shifts happening in the worlds of consumer and professional electronics – and most of us aren’t even aware of them.

Service & Repair

HDTV Expert - xFinity: “The Future of Awesome” Is Looking A Bit Less Confusing…

By Pete Putman • Sep 9 2015, 10:09pm

After repeated service outages, phone calls, and emails to Comcast’s executive office, everything is working as it should be…three months later.