Will High-Tech TVs Juice Consumer Electronics?

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How To Get Streaming Video To A Big Screen

There are plenty of ways to get streaming video onto your big living-room screen. Internet-connected “smart” TVs and gaming consoles such as the Xbox or PlayStation can do the trick. But stand-alone devices tend to offer more features and more video services to choose from. Here’s a rundown of six of them.

QUARTERLY REPORT

GoPro Sees Shares Tumble Out Of Focus

A New Generation Discovers The TV Antenna

Modern TV antennas don’t look much like the rabbit ears you might remember. But the TV antenna is making a comeback. The number of homes in the U.S. that get network TV over the air and don’t have cable or satellite service has gone up about 17% in the last five years, according to Nielsen.

Samsung Denies Fudging TV Energy Efficiency

Sharp’s 8K TV On Sale In Japan In Oct. For $133K

TV Bundles Challenge Apple To Make A Deal

A new version of the Apple TV device has a lot more capabilities than earlier versions. But getting television shows on the device is a challenge.

NEWS ANALYSIS

Is Overhauled Apple TV The Future Of TV?

It’s the first time a company has turned out a set-top box and a home entertainment system that could be considered comprehensive. The new Apple TV takes what competitors do in a piecemeal way, brings it all together and adds more functionality.

What’s Inside Matters In New iPhones

Changes to the inner workings of a new crop of iPhones unveiled Wednesday will make a big difference to users, including camera improvements and new sensors. Old functions have been sped up, including maps and messaging. Here’s a rundown of what has improved.

Apple Unveils Bigger IPad, New Apple TV

As expected, Apple debuted a bigger-than-ever iPad with a 13-inch screen called the iPad Pro on Wednesday, along with a redesigned Apple TV box revolving around apps and voice controls starting at $150.

Revamped Apple TV Targets The Living Room

Apple will introduce a retooled, more ambitious Apple TV on Wednesday marking a new seriousness for the company in the competitive “living room” market. Among its upgrades are a new remote and greater support for apps and games, which could position the device against mainstays like the Xbox and Playstation.

Samsung Debuts Ultra-HD Blu-Ray Player

Samsung talked up its first UHD Blu-ray player, the UBD-K8500, during an event Thursday at a press conference at the IFA electronics show in Berlin. The player is capable of providing four times the resolution and 64 times higher color expression compared to standard Blu-ray and can upscale content to provide UHD resolution for any disc. UHD streaming services are also available through the box.

Panasonic To Revive Technics Turntables

LG’s OLED TV Shows Highlights, Shadows Of HDR

The Next Apple TV Won’t Support 4K Video

The fourth-generation Apple TV, set to be unveiled at an event on Sept. 9 and released in October, will feature a mix of new and familiar hardware, according to reliable sources. While the new device will sport a much faster processor than the current Apple TV, a color-matched remote control, and a somewhat larger body, it will lack support for 4K video streaming and have the same basic ports as the third-generation model.

Next Apple TV To Sell For Less Than $200

With the official debut of the next-generation Apple TV less than two weeks away, sources have provided additional details on Apple’s pricing, availability and product lineup plans for its set-top devices. According to sources, the fourth-generation Apple TV will be priced below $200, and is on track to become available in October.

Connected Homes Show Continued Growth

Connected TV homes continue to make gains in the TV marketplace. Now 45% of TV sets sold in the U.S. are connected TVs — up from 34% a year ago and 24% two years ago, according to The NPD Group. And those who made those purchases are increasingly activating their connected TV sets: 69% of those Internet-capable TVs are connected, up from 45% two years ago.

Next-Gen Apple TV To Launch In Sept.

Apple is set to unveil its new Apple TV at its September event. The new device features an A8 chip, a new, dramatically-improved touch pad remote, increased on-board storage and a new operating system that supports Siri voice commands. A new App Store will debut at the same time.

Hisense To Buy Sharp America In $23.7M Deal

Television Maker Vizio Files For IPO

Can 4K TVs Improve Regular HD Programs?

New 4K ultra high-definition TVs promise incredible detail with higher resolution. But with most content in non-4K, 1080p resolutions, is this even possible?

Marked Rise In Connected-TV Internet Homes

More than half of all U.S. TV homes have at least one TV set connected to the Internet. Leichtman Research Group says 56% of all U.S. homes have at least one television set connected to the Internet from a smart TV, video game set-top box, blu-ray player and/or an Internet-connected TV-video device, such as Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast or Amazon Fire TV. This is up from 44% in 2013, and 24% in 2010.

LG Shows Off ‘Wallpaper’ TV Under 1mm Thick

Apple TV Remote Expected To Add Touch Pad

Sony Adds T-Commerce App To Smart TVs

Samsung To Integrate Giraffic Into Smart TVs

4K Sets Predicted In Half Of U.S. Homes By 2020

Panasonic Details Plans For Firefox OS TVs

Too Many Remotes? Try This Touch Screen

The Ray Super Remote wants to declutter your coffee table and become the central nervous system of all of your home entertainment systems. The touch-screen device, released Tuesday, is designed to control TVs, cable boxes, DVRs, video game consoles and Internet streaming players such as Roku and Apple TV. What’s more, it runs on software that learns viewers’ preferences so it can list programs suited to personal interests.

Samsung Launches Tizen-Powered TVs In S. Korea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean electronics giant Samsung Electronics Co. has started domestic sales of high-end televisions powered by its Tizen operating system and plans to add washing machines, fridges and other appliances to the range of products that use the software. Samsung said sales of Tizen-powered ultra-HD TVs began Thursday in South […]

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CES 2015

TV Makers Design For Streaming Video

Traditional TV is far from dead, but these days viewers care less about watching shows live and even prefer saving certain series to watch all at once in an evening or weekend of binge-watching. Online video will account for a third of all video viewing in 2020, up from about 10% in 2013, predicts The Diffusion Group, a research firm that specializes in Internet video. So how to keep the television set, that focal point of the American living room for decades, relevant? Design for online video.

CES 2015

Netflix To Endorse Streaming-Optimized Sets

Forget the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval. Netflix said today at the International CES consumer electronics confab, that it will start to endorse TV sets “to help consumers identify televisions built for a superior Internet TV experience.”

CES 2015

CES: CEA Analysts Dive into Top Trends

CES 2015 kicked off on Sunday afternoon with an overview of the state of the consumer electronics industry given by Shawn Dubravac, CEA chief economist, and Steve Koenig, CEA, director, industry analysis. Koenig focused on the economic side of things, announcing that the global tech marketplace rose about one percent in 2014 to just above $1 trillion. As for 2015, expect mature markets to be down 9% and developing markets to be up 11% and simply lead spending as a result of population growth.

Cord-Cutting Is Changing The Kinds Of TVs We Buy

Sony’s TV Biz Mends, But Will It Be Enough?

After 10 years and more than $7 billion in losses, Sony Corp. ’s television unit is poised to again post an annual profit. But the question remains: Is the once-proud business really worth keeping? Masashi Imamura, who oversees the TV division, says there is still value in it for Japan’s most famous consumer-electronics company, even at a time when traditional television viewing is losing out to other kinds of digital content, and low-cost upstarts like Vizio Inc. of the U.S. and Hisense Co. of China have undercut established TV manufacturers.

LG Forms New Dedicated OLED Division

Gift Guide: Gadgets For Avid TV Viewers

TiVo and SlingTV can add to the TV watching experience. Here’s a look at what each does — and why you might want both.

4K TV Shipments Soar To 6.4M In 2014

Shipments of 4K televisions jumped more than 500% last quarter as overall global TV shipments rebounded, according to a new report from DisplaySearch. More than 3 million 4K televisions, also called Ultra HD televisions, shipped to retail outlets during the third quarter, bringing total shipments for 2014 up to 6.4 million

Samsung Says No OLED TVs Next Year