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Sony and Panasonic: New Entrants in OLED TV Race

June 26, 2012 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
This story has me scratching my head a bit; Sony and Panasonic will partner in developing OLED TVs. According to the press release, the two companies will pool their "core and printing technologies" to develop a "printing method-based next-generation OLED technology." Perhaps the most puzzling part is that they "aim to establish mass-production technology during 2013." Wow! This strikes me as two drowning swimmers throwing each other cement life rings....

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Sharp Ships 90″ LCD HDTV

June 19, 2012 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
Imagine a television that is more than six and a half feet wide. Imagine that you could have one in your living room now if you want it. It's not a pipedream; it's the Sharp LC-90LE745U 90" LCD HDTV, and the company announced yesterday that it is available now from select retailers in the U.S. The mammoth screen has a 90" diagonal measurement, and relies on a full matrix of...

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Alfred Poor on Video about HDTV

June 13, 2012 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
Yesterday, I had the pleasure of discussing HDTV and related topics with David Gewirtz of ZDNet, which he captured on video. We covered a wide range of topics, including OLED HDTVs, 3DTV, screen sizes, Smart TVs, and "direct LED" TVs. The video runs almost a full hour and was made during a Skype video call. (David has invested a lot of time and effort to develop a pretty sophisticated "Skype...

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OLED HDTVs Are Really Coming… Maybe

June 11, 2012 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
[Revised 6/12/12 after feedback from Ray Soneira]  Okay, I have to start by waving the white flag of surrender. As many of you may have noticed, I went "dark" for an extended period last fall while I was working on some major projects. For the past month or so, I've been behind but I was struggling to catch up by back-dating my entries. Well, I was in Boston all last...

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Alone Together: Is Split Screen TV a Good Idea?

May 18, 2012 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
Conventional wisdom has it that television remains a group activity. We are rapidly being assimilated by our personal mobile devices, and I often see two people together who are both busy texting or Facebooking or whatever on their smartphones. Then I read a blog entry by some DisplaySearch analysts that describe a new "smart dual view" technology from Samsung. All this does is take a standard stereoscopic 3DTV, and set...

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What Is a “Direct LED” TV?

May 10, 2012 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
If you haven't noticed, there's a new term creeping into the television industry lexicon: Direct LED TVs. And as is so often the case, the new term has created all sorts of new confusion. Here's a quick overview of what this means. First and foremost, this does not refer to a TV where the image is made directly by LEDs (unlike the Sony CrystalLED technology demonstration at CES 2012). It...

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The Return of Google TV!

May 8, 2012 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
According to a Reuters report, LG is going to start shipping televisions based on the Google TV platform before the end of May. Manufacturing of the sets is slated to begin May 17 in Mexico. This is Round 2 for Google TV which drew a lot of interest before it put on the brakes and asked partners not to show products with it at CES 2011. This next version has...

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Look, Ma! No Wires!

May 4, 2012 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
You've got a beautiful, big flat screen television. It's so thin that you've put it on a wall mount and it just seems to float in space. Maybe it will just float away! Wait a minute; no, that can't happen because it's tied solidly to the ground by a mass of cables that should be enough to connect the Space Shuttle to its launch gantry. There should be a better...

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IKEA Television: What Gives?

April 26, 2012 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
Have you seen the new IKEA Uppleva television? It apparently is designed to make it easy for consumers to choose a new HDTV that fits in with their Scandinavian decor. The set hasn't been released in this country yet, so we don't know what the price will be. Without this detail, it's hard to assess the value of this new product, but it clearly marks some interesting changes in the...

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2nd Screen Future Is Bright, but Watch Those Shades!

April 24, 2012 | Author: Muneeb Mannan
We're a society that is joined at the hip to our technology: literally. With smartphones in holsters and ebook readers and tablets in our shoulder bags, we now take our digital connections with us wherever we go. But you may be in for a shock when you try to read your indispensable device when you're out and about, wearing your favorite shades. I made this discovery years ago, the hard...

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