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HDTV Expert - On Samsung , Pro AV, Car Audio, and Control

By Pete Putman • Dec 6, 8:53pm

By now, you’ve most certainly heard or read the news that Samsung – the Korean consumer electronics giant – has agreed to purchase Harman International Industries, a holding company with a diversity of CE brands (Harman/Kardon, JBL) and pro AV marques (AKG, AMX, BSS, Crown, dbx, DigiTech, JBL Professional, Lexicon, Martin, Soundcraft, and Studer). Much […]
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General Interest

HDTV Expert - Hey, Whatever Happened To superMHL?

By Pete Putman • Nov 14, 5:15pm

There is no such thing as a ‘sure thing.’ You can have a 20-yard field goal try with 5 seconds left, two foul shots left to ice the game, or a one-on-one penalty shot with your best wing on the ice. Doesn’t matter – things do go awry. In fact, sometimes they never get going […]
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General Interest

HDTV Expert - Everything Old Is New Again: Goodbye To The VCR

By Pete Putman • Oct 20, 1:36pm

This past summer, the Funai Corporation of Japan decided to stop manufacturing videocassette recorders (VCRs) after several decades, citing their inability to source parts as the reason. What’s that you say? You didn’t even know anyone was STILL making VCRs in 2016? A reporter for the Washington Post was referred to me by The Society […]
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Mobile HDTV

HDTV Expert - OLEDs Can Fold. So What?

By Ken Werner • Oct 17, 9:25pm

The idea that a folding OLED display will somehow revolutionize portable product design and create a volcanic market expansion periodically raises its ill-conceived head. A recent occurance was the presentation by UBI Research president Choon Hoon Yi at IMID 2016 in Jeju entitled “Flexible OLED Opens New Digital Convergence.” Yi’s “digital convergence era” refers to […]
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Internet HD VideoPC & Laptop Technology

HDTV Expert - LeEco: Today Vizio, Tomorrow the World?

By Ken Werner • Sep 30, 6:15pm

When LeEco (Leshi Internet Information & Technology) exhibited at one of the press-and-analyst shows at CES 2016, it had not yet changed its name from Letv. Letv showed prototypes and products that were notable both for their variety and strikingly handsome industrial designs. Some of those products also contained advanced components. At Qualcomm’s CES press […]
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General Interest

HDTV Expert - Cord-Cutting: A Slow And Steady Drip, Drip, Drip

By Pete Putman • Sep 30, 4:28pm

As many as 800,000 customers are likely to ‘cut the cord’ in the next 12 months, resulting in $1 billion in lost revenue to pay TV companies.
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Internet HD VideoPC & Laptop Technology

HDTV Expert - LeEco: Today Vizio, Tomorrow the World?

By Ken Werner • Sep 17, 12:57am

When LeEco (Leshi Internet Information & Technology) exhibited at one of the press-and-analyst shows at CES 2016, it had not yet changed its name from Letv. Letv showed prototypes and products that were notable both for their variety and strikingly handsome industrial designs. Some of those products also contained advanced components. At Qualcomm’s CES press […]
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General Interest

HDTV Expert - Samsung Moves Front & Center With HDR

By Pete Putman • Aug 16, 9:29pm

HDR is the next big thing in TV displays, along with a new, wider color gamut, and eventually high frame rate video. And Samsung's leading the discussion about consumer HDR displays.
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General Interest

HDTV Expert - Product Review: ClearStream Eclipse TV Antenna

By Pete Putman • Aug 11, 10:41pm

The ClearStream Eclipse is a small, flexible antenna you can stick on a wall or window. How well does it work?
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Marketplace

HDTV Expert - As The World Turns: Vizio Is Acquired by LeEco

By Pete Putman • Jul 27, 8:16pm

Vizio has been acquired by Chinese online content provider LeEco. What impact will that have on their TV sales and marketing in North America?
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General Interest

HDTV Expert - On CE Week, Shoot-Outs, And Flies In The Ointment

By Pete Putman • Jun 27 2016, 5:05pm

The annual CE Week show isn’t the compelling “must attend” event it once was. And the annual TV Shoot-Out revealed an unexpected and potentially troubling flaw in a new line of UHD TVs.
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General Interest

HDTV Expert - InfoComm 2016 In The Rearview Mirror

By Pete Putman • Jun 17 2016, 4:48pm

InfoComm 2016 showed the AV industry is heading in some radically new directions. Did you notice?
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General Interest

HDTV Expert - AV-over-IP: It’s Here. Time To Get On Board!

By Pete Putman • Jun 3 2016, 6:21pm

At InfoComm next week in Las Vegas, I look forward to seeing many familiar faces – both individuals and manufacturers – that have frequented the show since I first attended over 20 years ago. And I also expect to find quite a few newcomers, based on the press releases and product announcements I’ve been receiving […]
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4K (Ultra HD)

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

By Pete Putman • May 31 2016, 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!
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General Interest

HDTV Expert - NAB 2016: Thoughts and Afterthoughts

By Pete Putman • Apr 27 2016, 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.
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General Interest

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

By Pete Putman • Apr 13 2016, 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.
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General Interest

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

By Pete Putman • Apr 11 2016, 10:00pm

By all accounts, cord-cutting is growing in popularity. One major TV brand apparently didn’t get the memo, however.
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General Interest

HDTV Expert - A More Mobile Mobile is Coming

By Ken Werner • Mar 29 2016, 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!
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4K (Ultra HD)

Living With 4K – More Future Proof 2016 OLED 4K UHDTVs

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Feb 23 2016, 7:00am

At Consumer Electronics Show (CES) LG Electronics introduced on January 5, 2016 four new lines of 4K OLED UHDTVs, from the 55” to the 77” sizes, I was told at the show that one line was available for pre-order, and more recently (one month later) the company announced pre-order availability of other models. I must comment that this is not as most manufacturers do at CES, they typically show new models or even just prototypes and then take months for consumers to been able to purchase them, and in many cases the products never get to market.

The unveiled lines were all 4K HDR-enabled OLED TVs.....

Internet HD Video

A Perfect Storm to Consumers, Courtesy of the A/V Industry - Part 5 - The Internet Seen as the Future of Broadcasting

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Feb 20 2016, 3:00pm

Today a 4K movie from the Sony 4K Entertainment service takes about 40GB of space on the Sony 4K player and takes long hours to be downloaded even with my Internet fiber-optic line of 100 Mbps.

Certain ISP providers may make more difficult the delivery of high resolution content such as 4K, for example, a subscriber of Comcast ISP has data-caps on the range of 300GB per month and is charged $10 per each 50GB exceeding that cap. The total cost of ownership of downloading a 4K movie that already cost $30 from Sony could grow another $10 for just receiving the movie over the Internet if the monthly data-cap was already exceeded.

When I compared with other ISP competitors...

4K (Ultra HD)

A Perfect Storm to Consumers, Courtesy of the A/V Industry Part 4 - Not-Too-Distant Future

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Feb 19 2016, 3:00pm

Consumers often ask what they could buy with some reasonable level of future proof in light of how expensive many components are. We all know that the A/V industry never stops, but now is moving much faster in both fronts of audio and video (and connectivity), to the point that not even recently announced 2016 top-of-the-line UHDTVs that are not yet available for purchase would be able to provide some future proof comfort longer than a few months after they will be released, why?

For example, some known features that are part of the UHDTV phased standard will create obsolescence, such as...

General Interest

A Perfect Storm to Consumers, Courtesy of the A/V Industry - Part 3 - Connectivity

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Feb 17 2016, 3:00pm

The implementation of HDR is also impacting HDMI connectivity. HDMI has to be able to recognize the metadata that tells the display and source device what to do with the HDR signal, this prompted the release of the HDMI 2.0a version, making HDMI 2.0 obsolete because UHD video is moving rapidly toward HDR, which also makes obsolete the A/V Receivers/Pre-pros/HDMI switchers in the system that have HDMI but not version 2.0a because they would be blocking the path of the HDR metadata before reaching an HDR capable display, which would degrade the original HDR image to an non-HDR quality.

HDMI standard-speed cables and HDMI 2.0 chipsets may...

4K (Ultra HD)

Living with 4K - and Pseudo 4K

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Feb 16 2016, 1:30am

I started this "Living With 4K" series of articles back in 2012.

As you may recall, after Infocomm 2015 in Orlando in June, I covered with interest the evolution of 4K projector technology from the commercial industry in the hope that soon consumers could have more options than Sony 4K projectors, and the faux-4K projectors from JVC, Epson, Panasonic, Wolf, and others.

Several years ago I thought that introducing faux-4K projectors at a lower price...

Technology

A Perfect Storm to Consumers, Courtesy of the A/V Industry - Part 2 - Video

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Feb 15 2016, 3:00pm

The first article of this series was about audio, this article is about video, the following articles will cover connectivity, not-too-distant-future, Internet and Broadcasting, and the Final thoughts.

Streaming and downloading SD, HD, UHD content with various compression algorithms (MPEG-4, HEVC, VP9, etc.) and various levels of image quality affected by the ISP connection is a concept that is generally accepted by consumers primarily due to convenience; more details are covered in the part-5 article regarding Internet and Broadcasting.

UHDTV started over 3 years ago as...

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.

High-End Audio

A Perfect Storm to Consumers, Courtesy of the A/V Industry - Part 1 - Audio

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Feb 12 2016, 3:00pm

Regardless what A/V gear you buy today it is already obsolete for some functionality or feature, primarily due to HDMI and 4K with HDR, but audio is not as innocent as it seems compared to the former. Consumers know that manufacturers want them to buy again and replace components that are still perfectly functional for the legacy content they already have, but there is not a single component on a home theater that maybe fully compatible with the rapidly changing features and standards that are continuously emerging and most components are not upgradeable.

Most consumers may resist the urge of upgrading, and continue with...

4K (Ultra HD)

Living with 4K– Introducing 4K Dish Network Hopper

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Feb 12 2016, 7:45am

As part of the "Living with 4K" series of articles I started in 2012 I cover equipment, content, services, etc. and today I am just introducing the arrival of a much awaited Set-top-box system from one of the main players of video services, now in 4K, Dish Network.

A few years ago, in October 2012, I reviewed the Dish Network Hopper on this article. I compared its functionality and user interface with my current cable service but my primary objective was to compare and evaluate Dish Network's HD image quality, which was a notch inferior to my cable service.

Dish Network has just made available...