Wow – we just got sent this amazing picture from the KES trade show in Korea. We don’t have ANY other news yet, so this is a very short article… but this is believed to be the public debut of the new (amazing new) LG UD TV – an 84 inch 3D screen that viewwers were absolutely wow’ed by.
And…is that a curved screen? Is this how to combat crosstalk (3D image blur)?
We simply cannot WAIT to see one of these monsters in close up action and – obviously we’ll bring you more news as we get it here at Planet LED TV. With Sony, Samsung and Panasonic still moaning about OLED development costs and fighting amongst themselves, we have to ask…has LG stolen a march with the 84 Inch LG UD TV – could well be.
The new Bose VideoWave all in one TV comes in 46″ and 55″ sizes they include Full HD 1080p LCD screens with LED backlighting, and an updated click pad remote.
On the outside the TV’s come with a thin aluminium bezel design and via a single cable can be connected to a small outboard controller console, which can connect up to six devices, including an Apple TV, Blu-ray Disc player, cable or Foxtel DPVR or gaming console.
Pricing is at around $6,000 and the new integrated set is just launched in the United States
The new RF-based click pad remote uses minimal buttons and a touch-sensitive click pad, to control a simplified on-screen interface to control everything in the system from one device.
Bose claims that the system eliminates the need to set-up separate speakers, bass modules, and speaker wires. A cluster of six high-performance woofers are included inside the TV and are matched to a Bose waveguide to deliver the deep low tones without distortion.
Generally Bose are good with sound if you know how to set up a Bose system…they can also sound awful if you don’t know what you’re doing! But the Bose Videowave advertising “blurb” will tell you there is nothing to set up and the inclusive “seven-element speaker array” system will deliver “authentic cinema sound and crips clear bass for a true cinematic experience”.
I’m all for the no wires that this set up offers, but…the screen refresh is only 120Hz and at this sort of price (despite the huge wiring advantage) I would epxect a little more on the TV performance front.
Bose fans will love this, for me, well, I’m not sure. To be fair we haven’t been able to have a look yet, so I’ll get out to the store and have a play and report back. Watch this space.
It’s official. Google TV is coming to the UK in the form of a £200 set-top box developed by Sonyand landing sometime next month in July.
Planet TV Ed: Launch date is now set for 23rd July 2012
Google TV, a product from the search engine titans which merges television viewing with online capabilities and apps, was first launched all the way back in 2010 with the Logitech Revue set-top box. However, consumer reaction was anything but positive. In fact, people complained of a buggy, poorly designed OS, with limited apps and a high price. For Logitech, the experience was a disaster, with the Google set-top box losing the company $100 million. Two years later, though, Google has since made many changes to this service and now the improved Google TV is coming to Britain on board the Sony NSZ-GS7 set-top box.
So just what’s better with Google TV this time around, one might ask? Well, for starters, the entire user interface and OS has been redesigned, for the better. Your favourite TV channels, apps like YouTube, the Chrome browser for online activities and so on are now accessible directly from the home screen – much like with a smartphone. Also like on a smartphone, Google TV users will have many more apps to choose from than before.
Actually, the new Google TV OS is based on Android and, as a result, it can run Android apps, although these must first be optimised for use with TV screen sizes. Therefore, we can definitely expect many more quality apps than before. Besides which, Google has played a role in optimising some of the most important apps, such as YouTube, for use on the large TV screen. Other major on board apps that users can look forward to include the ubiquitous BBC iPlayer, the Chrome browser, as well Google TV’s photo viewer which can aggregate photos from services like Picasa, Flickr etc.
It’s not just the OS which has received an overhaul, the controller has too. If you remember the Logitech Revue, then you’ll know it came with an awkward to use full size keyboard for controlling the Google TV set-top box. The new and improved Google TV Sony box, on the other hand, comes with an ordinary sized Sony remote control. What makes this universal remote special is that it contains a QWERTY sized keyboard on its reverse side to make tasks like internet browsing easier, as well as a touch screen on its front side for use with many apps. Moreover, the Sony NSZ-GS7 set top box can also be controlled via an Android smartphone or tablet of your choice if you prefer.
While the Sony Google TV box certainly looks like a major improvement over the Google TV from two years ago, there is one factor that could hurt its chance at success, namely, its high price. Sony are selling the NSZ-GS7 set-top box for £200, which is a bit much for just internet capable Google TV. Apparently the company is also launching a Google TV Blu-ray player later, but there’s no confirmation yet on when Sony is launching a TV with integrated Google television. We suspect the latter would appeal to customers more since they get both Google TV abilities and a new television in one package.
Planet TV Ed – we don’t necessarily agree with this assessment on price. Yes it is more expensive than Apple TV by some stretch, but it does have other benefits.
When you can have access to many of the same online features with Xbox Live, or when such features come included on your new Samsung LED TV, the incentive to fork out two hundred quid on a new Google TV set-top box definitely dwindles. At any rate, Google has upped the ante in a smart TV market where there are many major players, including Microsoft, Samsung, LG, and we suspect Apple, but still no clear winners.
Intel is counting on facial-recognition technology for targeted ads and a team of veteran entertainment dealmakers to win over reluctant media partners for its new virtual television service – Intel Virtual TV.
But so far it’s proving a challenge to get the service off the ground, thanks to an unwillingness on the part of major media content providers to let Intel unbundle and license specific networks and shows at a discount to what cable and satellite partners pay.
Intel, the world’s largest chipmaker, has kept its strategy to launch a slimmed down cable TV service under wraps as the tech giant risks getting into a completely new line of business.
According to five sources who have been negotiating with Intel for months, the company is emphasizing a set-top box employing Intel technology that can distinguish who is watching, potentially allowing Intel to target advertising.
The set-top box pitched by Intel doesn’t identify specific people, but it could provide general data about viewers’ gender or whether they’re adults or children to help target advertising, two sources said.
Intel’s plans put it in the middle of Silicon Valley’s battle for the living room. Heavyweights such as Apple , Amazon and Google believe the $100 billion U.S. cable television ecosystem – dominated by major distributors such as Comcast and DirecTV Group and program makers like Walt Disney Co and Time Warner Inc. – is ripe for disruption for reasons ranging from shifting viewer habits to ever-increasing programming costs.
While none of these companies have so far been able to make major inroads, Intel thinks it can build a better set-top box and over-the-top subscription service to deliver TV content to consumers, even though the initiative catapults it into virgin market territory. A successful TV service showcasing Intel technology could be a big step toward making its chips prevalent in more living room devices.
“If they can create a virtual network and it incorporates proprietary Intel technology, they could certainly bring something different to the subscription TV model.” said JMP analyst Alex Gauna.
Intel’s offering aims to exploit one of the TV industry’s major issues: the reliability, or lack thereof, of Nielsen ratings data on audiences. Nielsen has long been the dominant provider of TV ratings, but the accuracy of its data has come under attack by some network programmers, who argue that its polling system of 50,000 homes is antiquated for the digital age.
For its part, Intel claims that the new interactive features in its set-top box would add greater value to TV advertising and help offset reduced revenue from licensing fees for network owners.
“They’ve told us the technology is going to be so much more interactive with ads that you can make more money. But it’s just a little unproven,” said one executive who has been involved in the talks.
An Intel representative declined to comment for this story.
Chip features making it easier for Hollywood studios to protect content streamed to computers, as well as tools for detecting faces and analyzing audiences, are examples of current proprietary technology that Intel would like to see widely adopted.
While Intel’s processors power 80 percent of the world’s PCs, its chips have not achieved a significant presence in smartphones, tablets and other interconnected devices. Intel executives say they are eager to make sure its semiconductors play major roles in new markets with big growth potential.
According to a company source, ensuring that its chips become prevalent in home entertainment devices would be the driving reason behind any Internet TV service it launches.
Comcast , for instance, recently announced the gradual rollout of an Intel-based set-top box that customers can control with their smarpthones. Called “X1,” the platform will rely on data centers packed with high-end servers — which typically also use Intel chips.
Intel last year wound down a push to make chips specifically for “smart” TVs after Google TV, which it had backed, failed to make a major splash with consumers.
At the same time, it formed the Intel Media business group with a mandate of promoting digital content on Intel-based platforms.
According to sources, Intel is proposing to media companies a service could include both a bundle of TV channels similar to a normal cable package and an on-demand component.
Intel is intent on launching its video service before the end of the year, sources said. Original plans called for it to be launched by November, said one of the sources, but that deadline likely will not be met.
The biggest problem Intel faces is its inability to reach deals with major content providers, which are reluctant to license their networks and TV shows at rates that could undercut their larger established cable and satellite partners.
Intel wants to keep its costs down by licensing smaller packages of TV networks instead of replicating the basic cable TV bundle of more than 100 channels. But network owners won’t agree to smaller bundles without being paid a premium for the channels they choose to license.
“Why would I want you to take subscribers away from another distributor at a lower price?,” asked the same media executive who spoke with Reuters on condition of anonymity.
To change that mindset, Intel has assembled a team of television industry veterans well-schooled in negotiating distribution deals. Leading the group as head of Intel Media is Erik Huggers, who worked on media at Microsoft before going to the BBC. Huggers enlisted as an adviser Garth Ancier, who most recently served as president for BBC Worldwide America and before that worked at NBC, FOX, and Disney.
In addition to Huggers and Ancier, sources said, two other names prominent in TV circles have emerged as consultants for Intel: entertainment lawyer Ken Ziffren and former MTV executive Nicole Browning.
Browning, who previously negotiated on the other side of the table for MTV, has been handling some of the talks with partners, sources said.
Ziffren built his reputation representing Hollywood talent – he was instrumental in negotiating the deal that returned the “Tonight Show” to Jay Leno. Lesser known is his firm’s work negotiating deals for DirecTV’s video-on-demand service and carriage agreements for pay-TV network Starz.
But even that quartet of executives may not be enough to resolve an intractable problem, which is that content companies have little incentive to offer their channels to Intel at a discount and Intel is loathe to pay a premium.
“They’d love a better deal but they won’t get one,” said Needham Co analyst Laura Martin of Intel. “The industry has always worked on volume discounts.”
Underscoring the difficulty insurgent tech companies face in securing content, Microsoft in January indefinitely postponed plans for its own online TV subscription service after deciding that licensing costs were too high, according to people familiar with those discussions.
And therein lies that dilemma that Intel and other insurgent over-the-top providers must tackle before their big plans can be realized.
Copyright Thomson Reuters 2012
PETALING JAYA: Television set purchasing trends have leaned towards those with light-emitting diode (LED) backlit or Internet connectivity features, according to market research company GfK Malaysia.
Over the past 12 months, sales of LED TV have grown to constitute 37% of total Malaysian TV market, which valued at US$629mil (RM2.01bil), from 17% previously.
GfK said in a statement that the total number of TVs sold in Malaysia increased by 50% in volume and 17% in value over the past 12 months.
General manager Jennifer Chan said: “As technology continues to develop, lowering prices have made LED TVs increasingly affordable and this is a key factor driving its escalating sales in the country.
“We are witnessing falling TV prices across the board. For instance, the price of a 42-inch LED TV averaged at US$973 (RM3,112) a year ago but today cost 31% less, at just US$673 (RM2,153),” she added.
The take-up rate of web-connected TVs have also been rising steadily in the last 12 months. Almost 215,000 units, or 17%, of all flat-panel TVs sold over the past 12 months can access content on the Internet. The web-connected models available has also increased from around 50 to over 100 from a year ago.
GfK Malaysia findings also show that more Malaysian consumers are going for larger TV screens, mostly because of declining prices.
TVs with screens of 40 inches and above now make up 44% of the total sales, increasing 6% over the previous period.
A radical new television set, designed to end the eternal battle for the remote control, was shown in Boston Tuesday.
The flat-panel TV, presented at SID Display Week, an industry trade show for electronic screen makers at the Boston Convention Exhibition Center, allows two people wearing special glasses to watch different programs on the same screen.
It’s an eye-catching innovation for an industry that badly needs one.
The world’s major makers of flat video panels are being hammered by slow sales and a supply glut that has led to huge losses for major screen manufacturers such as South Korea’s Samsung Corp., maker of the dual view TV.
“All of the top panel makers have been losing money for at least six quarters,” said Sweta Dash, a senior director at the technology market research firm IHS iSuppli in El Segundo, Calif.
‘All of the top panel makers have been losing money for at least six quarters.’
The problem is price, analysts said. Thanks to a glut of flat TV panels, sets that once cost thousands of dollars now sell for hundreds. That may be good for consumers, but it’s disastrous for giant panel makers like Samsung, South Korean rival LG Electronics, and Japan’s Sharp Corp.
As TV viewers switched from obsolete picture-tube TVs to flat panel sets, those companies built huge, highly efficient factories to make millions of panels a year for themselves and other manufacturers. But television sales flattened during the 2008 economic collapse, taking those panel makers by surprise, according to analyst Paul Semenza of NPD DisplaySearch of Santa Clara, Calif. The manufacturers don’t want to lose market share to rivals by cutting back their output, he said, so “the guys who make these big panels sell them for less than it costs to make them.”
The result is a dramatic drop in retail prices. The average TV set sold for $832 in 2008, $644 in 2009, and only $545 last year.
Even though consumers are buying about the same number of TV sets — about 34 million a year since 2009 — they are paying less. Americans spent $18.4 billion on new TV sets in 2011, down from nearly $26 billion in 2008, according to the Consumer Electronics Association.
TV makers have tried spurring sales and boosting prices with new technology, notably by introducing 3D sets in recent years. But most consumers just shrugged. “The manufacturers thought it was going to be a new kind of product,” Semenza said. “In reality, it’s just a feature.”
Now, companies like Samsung and LG are placing their bets on another next-generation screen technology: organic light-emitting diode, or OLED displays, which offer richer colors and pictures with much better contrast. Both companies came to Boston this week with 55-inch OLED televisions that are expected to go on sale later this year.
Manufacturers think that in the long run, OLED sets will be cheaper to make than today’s liquid crystal or LCD sets, said Semenza. They hope the new technology will attract a surge of new buyers, just as people flocked to replace their old-fashioned picture tube sets with the first affordable flat panels. “I think it is an open question whether that will work,” he said.
That’s because OLED sets will be very expensive for years to come. Samsung last month said the sets will cost about $9,000 when they go on sale in South Korea later this year. They won’t get cheaper until they’re produced by the millions, but with a huge oversupply of LCD panels on the market already, that could take quite a while. Although IHS’s Dash has heard predictions that OLED sets will be as cheap as other television sets in three years, she expects it to take at least twice that long. “The cost is still a big challenge,” she said.
There’s little disagreement that OLED technology has major advantages over the LCD and plasma technologies used in most of today’s flat screens. Beyond the richer colors, OLED screens are self-illuminating — unlike LCD screens, which need a bulky backlighting system to illuminate them from behind. As a result, OLED TV sets are less than an inch thick.
A Samsung official said that OLED can switch between different images extremely fast — which made it practical to develop the sets that can show two programs at once. The dual viewing system requires special glasses, similar to those used with 3D televisions. But in this case, the glasses isolate one of two different video streams running simultaneously. A pushbutton allowed the viewer to switch between shows; speakers in the earpieces of the glasses deliver the audio track.
Such technology won’t rescue the flat panel makers, according to Semenza. The real problem is a glut of cheap LCDs, he said, and only substantial production cuts will help panel makers turn a profit.
“If something is unsustainable,” Semenza said, “it has to stop.”
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Planet TV Ed – we did check the date of this to make sure it wasn’t 1st April, what will they think of next?