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HDTV Expert - Three Premium 2017 LCD-TVs Plot Different Paths to Enhanced Performance

By Ken Werner • May 10, 4:18pm

The white LEDs used in conventional LCD-TV backlight units — which are actually blue LEDs with a broadband yellow phosphor inside the package — produce a white light that has insufficient output and purity in the green and red. All current approaches to improving LCD-TV color gamut and purity involve improving the intensity and purity […]
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General Interest

HDTV Expert - Two Keys to Optimal HDR TVs: Dynamic HDR Metadata and Tone Mapping

By Ken Werner • Feb 28, 11:15pm

The Society for Information Display LA Chapter held its 14th annual One-Day Conference on February 3, 2017 at the Costa Mesa Country Club in Costa Mesa, California. At the conference, Gerard Catapano gave a presentation entitled “HDR, Today into Tomorrow.” Catapano, formerly Associate Director of Electronics Testing at Consumer Reports and now Director of Quality […]
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Mobile HDTV

HDTV Expert - OLEDs Can Fold. So What?

By Ken Werner • Oct 17 2016, 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 2016, 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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Internet HD VideoPC & Laptop Technology

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

By Ken Werner • Sep 17 2016, 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 - 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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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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

LED (LCD) HDTVs

HDTV Expert - Are the Folks at QD Vision Worried?

By Ken Werner • Sep 9 2015, 4:03pm

Although QD Vision’s message at Display Week in San Jose was bullish, if I worked there I’d be worried. Why is that? TV set architecture is progressing along two parallel paths: 1) Very thin sets with LED edge lighting, and 2) somewhat thicker sets with direct backlighting. Initially, QD Vision’s Color IQ linear quantum-dot optical […]

General Interest

HDTV Expert - “The Only Disruptive Technology at Display Week”

By Ken Werner • Jul 30 2015, 3:35pm

At SID Display Week, in an aisle on the show floor, I had a brief conversation with Candice Brown-Elliott, Nouvoyance CEO and creator of the Pentile Matrix pixel configuration widely used in Samsung OLED displays. She said that micro LED was the only disruptive technology she saw at Display Week. In addition to being a […]

Cable HDTVLED (LCD) HDTVs

HDTV Expert - How Sharp Makes Its “Free-form” Displays

By Ken Werner • Jul 22 2015, 8:50pm

For some time Sharp has been showing examples of its “free-form” displays, which do both the “row” and “column” driving through the same edge of the display, leaving the rest of the display to be cut in curves or other unusual shapes. But Sharp had not been willing to describe in detail how it distributed […]

Cable HDTV

HDTV Expert - Waiting for Godot

By Ken Werner • May 29 2015, 9:45pm

It takes a long time to develop novel display technologies. As a result, product designers sometimes express a desire for display characteristics that the industry cannot supply — at least not yet, and maybe never. It can work the other way, though. Candice Brown Elliott’s brilliant Pentile Display architecture was initially developed to improve efficiency, […]

General Interest

HDTV Expert - The Amazing, Shrinking LED Pixel Pitch

By Ken Werner • May 20 2015, 6:37pm

Not many years ago, if you went out to buy an LED sign you could choose between a pixel pitch of 6 mm (for viewing at large distances) and a pixel pitch of 12 mm (for viewing at very large distances). But over the the last few years, as seen at trades shows such as […]

HTPCs & Laptops

HDTV Expert - OLED TV: Second Wind?

By Ken Werner • May 14 2015, 8:04pm

A combination of company announcements, seemingly reliable reporting, and just plain rumors make it reasonable to believe that OLED Television is finally getting its second wind. The reliable reporting centers on LG Display increasing its panel production, with LG Electronics modestly decreasing some set prices. The rumors center on Samsung re-entering the OLED-TV business, but […]

Digital Rights Management (DRM)PC & Laptop Technology

HDTV Expert - EE LLC: A Million PCs and Nobody Knows Its Name

By Ken Werner • Feb 27 2015, 4:07pm

There is a company you’ve probably never heard of whose display technology sits inside a million notebook PCs. Entertainment Experience LLC has developed a total color management system whose mathematical and vision models are embedded in multidimensional look-up tables (LUTs). Current customers include Dell and Quanta, the world’s largest notebook PC ODM. This week, I […]

Mobile HDTV

HDTV Expert - Pixelworks Improves Mobile Display Quality While Reducing System Cost

By Ken Werner • Feb 19 2015, 8:29pm

We have just succeeded in wrapping our heads around the fact that quantum-dot enhancement can signficantly increase the color gamut and color saturation of LCDs with little — and eventually no — increase in system cost. Now, with its “Iris” mobile display co-processor, Pixelworks is giving us another example of improved display performance with, in […]

Events & Tradeshows

HDTV Expert - Looking for Consumer Electronics at CES

By Ken Werner • Jan 17 2015, 7:36pm

The Consumer Electronics Show 2015 was the biggest in history — again — but the show feels increasingly strange. For a show that is nominally about consumer electronic products, a surprising number are either not consumer products or not electronic. A significant portion of Panasonic’s booth was devoted to a men’s grooming salon where male attendees […]

General Interest

HDTV Expert - Digital Life Matters; Displays Don’t

By Ken Werner • Jan 1 2015, 1:03am

At least, displays don’t matter as much as they used to. In our era, hardware — including displays — quickly becomes commoditized. That is not to say you can’t obtain a temporary competititve advantage with a dazzling display: the thin Samsung edge-lit “LED” TV, the Apple Retina, and the ASUS Zenbook NX500’s 4K, quantum-dot-enhanced display, […]