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Samsung Display HQ searched by police in probe over stolen LG OLED tech

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

We had hoped that the dispute between Samsung and LG over their OLED tech would be resolved soon but recent developments suggest that may not be the case. Bloomberg reports Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency investigators entered the Samsung Display HQ in Asan as they look into the possibility that LG partners may have leaked secrets of its technology. A Samsung spokesperson denied any involvement, and an LG spokesperson is quoted saying the police made the allegation themselves. This comes after Yonhap News reported last month that LG accused Samsung of illegally using its patented technology and demanded Samsung Display and Samsung Electronics pay for the rights. While these two continue to duke it out legally, we have yet to see an OLED HDTV from either arrive in the US and it seems like it may be quite some time until that happens.

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2013 CES Biggest Show in History with Over 150,000 Attendees

Monday, January 14th, 2013

Last week’s massive event included 37 football fields of exhibit space.

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VUDU Starts Streaming HDX Over the Web

Thursday, November 15th, 2012

Movie fans can now get 1080p video streaming via any web browser and VUDU TO GO.

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Over 1 million Samsung HDTVs sold in the US last month

Monday, November 5th, 2012

US Samsung TV sales top 1 million per month

If it wasn’t busy enough selling millions upon millions of smartphones, Samsung’s TV department has proven it’s no slouch either, with a record 1.15 million sets sold last month in the US alone. After noting “potential demand for super large TV,” Samsung’s focusing its attentions on the 75-inch ES9000 to help it sell the next million. Trumping its first million-selling month one year ago, it’s pretty good going at a time when plenty of viewers are now happily settled with their HDTV setup.

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Over 1 million Samsung HDTVs sold in the US last month originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 05 Nov 2012 09:42:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Zeebox second screen TV companion app crosses over to the US, with a boost from Comcast and HBO

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

zeebox second screen TV companion crosses the Atlantic, with a boost from Comcast and HBO

While it seems like every network is rolling out its own personal second screen app for tablets and / or phones, over in the UK zeebox has been trying to corner the experience across channels and providers with its app. Available as an app for iOS and Android and also on the web, it brings a customized TV guide, live chat, social network sharing and remote control features to the TV experience, and now it’s come to the US. Other than the typical second screen experience, its main hook is an “OpenBox” API and tags that allow content providers to customize the experience for their viewers… and then sell them stuff like video on-demand or related merchandise.

On this side of the Atlantic zeebox has secured backing from Comcast / NBC Universal, giving it financial and promotional support as well as covering more than 30 networks right away. It also means it can eventually act as a remote control for Comcast users, which may be an advantage over competition like Miso, GetGlue and IntoNow, and can flex its muscles paired with hundreds of shows like The Voice, Notre Dame football and HBO content like True Blood. Out of the box, the app’s social ties and careful metering may be a programmer’s dream as it monitors who is watching what live, but we’ll have to see more of the second screen content come to life if it’s going to catch on socially. A customizable guide (yes, you can hide or reorder channels at will) is a nice touch and so is being able to see what your friends are viewing with Facebook Open Graph and Twitter hooks — but only if they’re actually using it. If you want to check it out, the free apps are linked below and the full press release follows after the break.

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Zeebox second screen TV companion app crosses over to the US, with a boost from Comcast and HBO originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 27 Sep 2012 10:46:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Strawberries and Cream Over the Top

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

There is one type of content that makes “television” the most compelling entertainment media available: live sports. If streaming video — also known as “over the top” — is going to make serious inroads into the traditional linear television broadcasting markets, it will need to offer “better-than-television” coverage. And we’ve already seen many experiments that are making significant progress in this direction.

For example, the Olympics in China had more than 2,000 hours of coverage available online, which was significantly more than was broadcast on the several networks that provided programming in this country. It was a great way to follow some of the less-popular events (including my personal favorite, sailing, which rarely gets any network screen time), even though much of the coverage was presented without commentary.

Now you can follow another major sporting event online. Livestream is partnering with Wimbledon to provide online coverage of this famous tennis tournament. The broadcasts are free and will include live coverage of major matches. The high definition programming will also include player interviews, press conferences, and highlights. The Wimbledom.com site will offer the live stream, as well as an archive of clips.

This is an exciting development, and provides sports fans one more reason to connect a browser-capable device to their big screen. It also exposes one more crack in the wall that used to be the broadcast networks’ impenetrable barrier to effective competition. Online streaming video can only continue to grow more popular as a result of developments like this.

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Disney troubled over early offering of John Carter DVD by Netflix and Redbox

Saturday, June 9th, 2012

Disney troubled over early offering of John Carter DVD by Netflix and Redbox

Well, well, the warrior from Mars seems to have stirred some problems over in the US of A. According to the LA Times, Disney isn’t exactly happy with Netflix and Redbox, mainly because they’re both offering the hot-off-the-press John Carter DVD ahead of that 28-day rental window — granted, the parties never agreed to a deal in the first place, and thus it shouldn’t cause any legal troubles. The conundrum started after Walt’s movie studio couldn’t close a pact with Netflix and Redbox that’d see them offer new rentals after the aforementioned time frame. This eventually lead to the services buying discs off of retailers like Walmart and Target for more than twice as much as they would from the studio, but allowing them to have it up for grabs on release date. Chances are this saga won’t end here, though, so we’ll keep you in the loop if this takes a turn for the worse.

Disney troubled over early offering of John Carter DVD by Netflix and Redbox originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 09 Jun 2012 08:36:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Official Stats Show 2012 International CES Largest Ever with over 156,000 Attendees

Wednesday, May 23rd, 2012

North America’s biggest tradeshow drew a record number of attendees from around the globe.

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DirecTV DVRs available in over 100 hotels, never miss the restaurant opening times again

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

DirecTV DVRs available in over 100 hotels

On-demand TV viewing continues to secrete itself into the fabric of your live and now its squeezing more viewing hours out of you from hotel rooms across the US. DirecTV‘s HD DVRs pack the typical programming guide and recording options, plus the ability for hotels to add up to 50 channels of their own content to the recorders — meaning plenty of hotel infomercials dying to be paused, live. DirecTV has now officially launched its Residential Experience, bringing its DVR technology to 110 hotels across the country. Fortunately, the systems also include the hygienic touch of an anti-microbial remote. Classy.

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Aereo countersues broadcasters over its internet TV streaming service

Tuesday, March 20th, 2012
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Now that Aereo has launched its antenna TV-over-the-internet service it can devote some attention to its legal issues, and today countersued the TV networks suing it (Fox, PBS, Univision, WPIX and WNET) in the U.S. District Court in Manhattan. It’s already filed another suit against Disney, CBS NBCUniversal and Telemundo, as they wrangle over whether or not its scheme — using an individual “microantenna” for each subscriber and streaming to that person over the internet, as long as they’re in the broadcasting area — violates their copyright. According to Aereo, it’s merely relocating the equipment form the customer’s home to its remote facility. We’ll see if that argument works out any better than it did for Zediva, which announced last week that customers wouldn’t be getting their money back after it was sued out of existence last year.

Aereo countersues broadcasters over its internet TV streaming service originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 20 Mar 2012 18:58:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Kaz Hirai: Sony is ‘in discussions with non-Sony companies’ over PlayStation Suite

Friday, October 21st, 2011

Wondering whether Sony’s PlayStation Suite will ever really leave its nest? While the SDK won’t be out until next month, SCE Chairman Kaz Hirai just told us here at AsiaD that this Android-friendly framework’s still open to all other manufacturers, and he emphasized that it “isn’t an ecosystem where we want to keep everything within the Sony family” while pimping the three PlayStation Certified Android devices so far: Xperia Play, Tablet S and Tablet P. Kaz also confirmed that Sony’s currently “in discussions with non-Sony companies to bring them onboard,” but as to when this will come to fruition, the company will make those announcements “when it’s time to go public with it,” so we shall see.

Kaz Hirai: Sony is ‘in discussions with non-Sony companies’ over PlayStation Suite originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 20 Oct 2011 20:55:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Over the top video already more popular than DVRs

Saturday, July 30th, 2011
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This is a stat that research firm Magna Global announced a few weeks ago, but really just set in; about 13 million more American households use over-the-top video services, like Netflix, than own a DVR (53.3 million vs 40.5 respectively).We’ve always known DVRs were a stop gap technology until the day we can watch whatever we want, whenever we want, but still. That gap isn’t exactly closing though either, as the very same firm predicts that DVRs will continue to grow by about 33 percent to 63.1 million over the next four years, which is a little less than over-the-top is expected to grow. The real take away here though is that linear TV is going to die a slow death, but it is on its way out as it gets squeezed in both directions by high tech options.

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Blu-ray Disc Giveaway: The Incredibles (and over 75 More) on Big Picture Big Sound

Sunday, May 15th, 2011

Today’s Blu-ray giveaway in Big Picture Big Sound’s Blu-ray a Day in May sweepstakes is "The Incredibles" 4-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack from Disney/Pixar.

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3DTV Over the Air?

Friday, May 13th, 2011

ATSC stands for Advanced Television Systems Committee, and about 20 years ago, this group developed the standard that became the basis for our digital terrestrial TV broadcasts. (Remember all that confusion about the digital transition two years ago?) The standard is due for updating, and the group has been hard at work on ATSC 2.0 already. At their annual meeting this week, the committee talked about some of the changes that could come with a revised standard.

One of the key changes would be a provision that supports the transmission of stereoscopic 3DTV content in high definition. This could seem to be a major challenge, especially given the current battles over the broadcast spectrum that has been assigned to terrestrial television stations. The fact is, however, that 3DTV could be accomodated within the existing bandwidth. The current digital broadcast standard is based on MPEG2 compression technology, which is the form that was used for DVDs. We now routinely use MPEG4 for video compression, including Blu-ray and satellite TV transmissions. This newer approach can be roughly twice as efficient as MPEG2, which means that two frames – left and right – could be sent in the same bandwidth currently required for a single frame.

There are other ways that the data stream could be condensed even further. For example, there is no difference in the appearance of distant objects between the two stereoscopic views. As a result, that data only needs to be sent once. The right hand frame could be sent in its entirety, followed by the data that is different for the left frame. This has the added advantage of maintaining backward compatibility with 2D sets; they could just ignore the second frame if they do not have 3D capabilities.

In order to get to this point, we need a standard for the broadcaster and television manufacturers to use. And we’d probably need external adapters for legacy sets, but that would probably be a low-cost addition.

ATSC is reportedly exploring other additions to the standard, including the ability to deliver data files in the background of the signal transmission, interactive features, audience measurement tools, and advanced program guide information.

This is not going to happen any time soon — remember that it took more than 15 years to implement the first ATSC standard — so don’t hold your breath. But it is entirely possible that broadcast television will get the chance to keep up with some of the other program distribution choices.

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Sharing your InfiniTV 4 over the network is now a wizard away

Monday, May 9th, 2011

The only thing better than an HTPC with a CableCARD tuner is multiple HTPCs with multiple CableCARD tuners. Neither is exactly inexpensive, so it makes sense that you’d want to somehow share the love between PCs. Now while all CableCARD tuners for Media Center are technically network tuners, actually connecting to another PC via the network wasn’t possible in the old CableLabs spec. Of course specs don’t deliver by themselves, and now Ceton’s stab at tuner sharing is officially available in the way of a Network Tuner setup Media Center plug-in. Once you upgrade the firmware of your InfiniTV 4 and install the app, you can launch it from within Media Center and easily configure which tuners will be used locally and which will be used remotely. Then you re-run the wizard on the remote PC and record away. Of course it is a bit more involved than that and still isn’t the dynamic tuner pool that many long for, but click on through to learn why.

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TCO study compares active and passive 3DTV glasses, doesn’t really favor one over the other

Monday, May 2nd, 2011

The debate over active and passive 3DTV glasses has, for the most part, been riddled with biased claims (and more than a little mudslinging) from TV manufacturers on both sides of the aisle. Now, however, an independent study from TCO Development has finally shed some light on how the two glasses can actually affect a user’s viewing experience — and yes, there are some differences. When researchers tilted the passive, film pattern retarder (FPR) above or below a vertical viewing angle of 15-degrees, 3D images tended to bleed into one another at a higher rate. Active glasses, meanwhile, transmitted white images at a luminance that was three times lower than what FPR-equipped shades delivered. But because passive 3D glasses display images at different polarizations for each eye, they don’t offer as much vertical resolution as their active counterparts. Unfortunately, TCO didn’t look into how each pair of glasses affects a viewer’s health and comfort — which, for most of us, would probably be the deciding factor. But as soon as it does, expect either Panasonic or LG to jump all over the results. Dive into the full PR after the break.

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LG woos Sony while it battles with Samsung over which 3D is best

Friday, March 11th, 2011

The fight between the active shutter glasses 3D technology favored by TV manufacturers like Samsung, Panasonic and Sony against the Film Pattern Retarder (FPR) passive glasses 3D technology being pushed by LG got uglier this week. The Wall Street Journal points out LG’s print ads currently running in Korea (they could be running here already, but we’d have to read physical magazines or newspapers to know for sure) claim that unlike the competition, it will work even when viewers lay down on their sides, though the effect may be slightly weakened. Samsung responded by citing experts recommending keeping your head horizontal to watch 3D since the cameras used to film it are aligned horizontally, and an executive apparently called LG’s engineers “stupid” at a press conference, although reports of a “yo mama so fat” diss could not be confirmed.

Of course, since these are the world’s two biggest TV manufacturers, they sell to end users and other manufacturers like Sony, which Reuters reports LG is waiting to hear from about using its technology in the future. Sony and Samsung are already tight when it comes to LCD manufacturing but it’s obvious LG is looking for a few more friends to line up alongside Vizio, Toshiba and Philips (which just announced its latest displays using active and passive glasses.) But back to the end users for a moment, if anyone’s going to buy any of these 3DTVs, it may be wise to start selling consumers on why the feature is worthwhile at all and pointing out the growing amount of content — this week’s Big East basketball tournament, Killzone 3, the NBA Finals or Blu-ray 3D releases like Tron: Legacy — before folks decide just waiting for 4D would be the wisest choice.

LG woos Sony while it battles with Samsung over which 3D is best originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 11 Mar 2011 04:32:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Concerns Continue Over HDTV Inventories

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

A report this week from DisplaySearch showed that the growth of global television shipments slowed in the third quarter of 2010, compared with the same period in 2009. Last year’s shipments over the prior year were up 26% for the third quarter, but this year, that figure shrank to just 9%. Weak sell-through at the retail level — especially in North America — has led to increased inventories.

DisplaySearch also points out that the lower prices for plasma HDTVs compared with LCD models of equivalent size has resulted in a 35% increase in unit shipments compared with the third quarter last year, but this still left the technology with only about one-tenth the number of units shipped for LCD televisions. Samsung, LGE, and Sony remain the top three flat panel TV brands worldwide.

The low growth in shipments indicates that consumer demand is still weak, which is to be expected under the current economic conditions faced by most consumers. The retailers are clearly doing what they can to spur sales, as we saw last week on Black Friday with 32″ models available for under 0 and a 40″ LCD HDTV under 0. It’s not clear yet how strong the HDTV sales were on Black Friday, but it would appear that there are still plenty of sets in inventory as the bargain advertisements continue. If you’re still waiting to buy a new HDTV, you should expect to strike a good bargain between now and New Year’s.

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IMS: In-Dash Navigation Soaring to over $9B by 2017

Thursday, November 4th, 2010

GPS Business News: According to a new report by market research firm IMS Research, the role of the vehicle manufacturer in car navigation is forecast to increase.
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Win Over $400 Worth of Blu-ray Discs

Saturday, October 2nd, 2010

One lucky reader will take home an instant Blu-ray collection worth over 0. Will it be you?

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Digital TV Transition: It’s Not Over Yet

Sunday, September 26th, 2010

On June 19, 2009, all major terrestrial television broadcasters were required to switch from analog to digital transmissions (though many had already made the switch by that point). People scrambled to get their rebate coupons from the FCC for digital conversion boxes, and there was more than a bit of grumbling when people discovered that they no longer could get a signal strong enough to show a picture. (Cable and satellite companies were more than happy to sign them up for a subscription, however.) Fortunately, all that is in the rear-view mirror as we all merrily cruise down the highway of digital television.

Not so fast. The fact is that there are still thousands of television stations in this country still broadcasting analog signals. These are low-power stations and repeater stations that are used in rural areas to relay signals into sparsely-populated areas. But the FCC has finally turned its attention to these, and last week, it adopted a “Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking and Memorandum Opinion and Order” that — among other things — establishes the summer of 2012 as the deadline for these low-power stations to convert to digital transmissions.

How big a problem can this be? According to the FCC document, there are more than 7,500 of these low power stations. Only a bit more than half of them have made the switch to digital broadcasts, which still leaves more than 3,000 stations that still need to make the transition. Why bother? It’s the same problem as with the full-power stations, except on a smaller scale. Digital transmissions require less radio spectrum, so it frees up frequencies for other applications. In part, this will allow emergency services such as police, fire, and ambulance services to upgrade their communications systems. The issue has taken on additional importance with the National Broadband Plan which will calls for the use of part of the radio spectrum for wireless broadband services.

The FCC is taking comments for 60 days after the document is published in the Federal Register, with reply comments for an additional 30 days after that.

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Is technology taking over our lives?

Sunday, August 15th, 2010

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So, nearly 70% of people under 25 admit to communicating by text or email with someone in the same house.
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Surround 3-D TV to Take Over the Living Rooms

Monday, July 19th, 2010

For the first time, a team of researchers at the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), have designed a 9-panel, 3-D visualization display from HDTV LCD flat-screens developed by JVC.

The NexCAVE‘s technology delivers a faithful, deep 3-D experience with great color saturation, contrast and really good stereo separation – claim the scientists.

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Panasonic Plasma HDTV Sale: Over $1000 off 58-inch TC-P58V10, 65-inch TC-P65V10

Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Electronics Expo is offering nice prices on two 2009 model sets, boasting big, beautiful 1080p images, access to VIERA Cast, and THX certification.

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