Jan 16 2013

News - Sharp @ CES 2013

Sharp CES

If you want the biggest, brightest LCD that money can buy Sharp has just the thing for you. There are a few lines to choose a 60, 70, 80 or 90" display from, but don't expect them to top competative models from other vendors in metrics like picture quality - especially in the 70"+ sizes because as you know, unless you're sitting ridiculously far away 4K is essential to any display of that size. That said, there is still something undeniably cool about a 90" panel :).

Check out the booth gallery on the next page.

Jan 15 2013

News - LG @ CES 2013

LG CES 2013

If you follow displays, you already know that there were myriad UHD and OLED TVs at CES 2013. LG had both, but they had one over on all the other OEMs because they are the only ones that can claim to be shipping 1080p OLED displays. Now they haven't made there way over here yet (should be in March sometime), but you can buy one in Korea right now if you have the cash.

Jan 14 2013

News - Samsung @ CES 2013

Samsung OLED

I was completely underwhelmed with OLED TVs last year. They consistently suffered from slow pixel response and color bleed, but this year was completely different. There were OLED displays of many sizes, shapes and resolutions at many vendors booths with Samsung boasting some beautiful 4K UHD. Full breakdown after the click.

Nov 29 2012

News - The Case for Plasma vs LED/LCD HDTV

With so many holiday deals around these days, lots of us are evaluating what's the right new television to purchase. While everyone's budget and needs are different, there is some good information here that addresses some of the often quoted rumors in regards to the neverending debate between plasma and LCD televisions.

Contrast ratio is also the greatest difference between displays of any type. Detail, noise, color, and other aspects of picture quality have all gotten very good in the past few years. Contrast ratio has gotten better as well, but not to the same extent. There’s still a wide discrepancy.

Oct 30 2012

News - Sharp Prepping Anti-Glare Moth Eye Panels for TVs this Fall

Sharp Moth EyeSharp is introducing some interesting new technology for a select set of their TVs this year. Sharp will be releasing five Aquos Quattron 3D XL TV sets with a new anti-glare technology dubbed Moth Eye this fall. The new tech evidently uses tiny irregularities in the surface of the LCD panel to reduce glare from external light sources and improve black levels. LCD TVs have certainly come a long way in reproducing deep black levels in recent years, but there is always room for improvement.

 It's bringing five LCD TVs to market in Japan this fall with a new glare-reducing, contrast-enhancing panel called Moth Eye. The name stems from the properties of its namesake, whose tiny irregularities cut reflections and help the insect to see in the dark.  

The Verge


Oct 26 2012

News - Samsung and LG May Delay 55" OLED TVs Until Late 2013, LG Still Prepping $20,000 4K TV


Samsung and LG both made a splash at CES 2012 with 55" OLED TVs that they planned on bringing to market by the end of this year. Unfortunately, it sounds like both companies might be pushing off these new sets until late in 2013. Evidently the two companies have been squabbling over engineers and run into production issues that are slowing down the transition of their manufacturing facilities. 

Samsung and LG, the two electronics makers who promised us these exciting, mind-rotting devices, are said to be having worse-than-expected difficulties manufacturing the sets.


This would seem to be a particularly unfortunate setback for Samsung, given the company's public push to move away from LCD manufacturing to focus on OLED and the growing interest in 4K, or UHDTV, at the high-end of the market from companies that have continued to focus on LCD. LG can at least console itself by capitalizing on the latter trend with plans for a relatively inexpensive 4K LCD TV.

Sony's gorgeous 84-inch 4k TV costs an eye-watering $25,000. Now LG has announced the price of its contender and it's cheaper—but you could still buy a car for less.


Oct 06 2012

News - 4K HDTVs Predicted to Represent Less Than 1% of TV Shipments Through 2017


Our own Andrew van Til recently scoffed at the notion of debating the merits of OLED vs 4K TVs and trying to decide which one is more worthy of holding out for. It would appear that the folks at IHS iSuppli Research would probably agree. IHS is predicting that 4K TVs will represent an exceedingly small part of the market over the next five years, only reaching 0.8% of all TV shipments in 2017. The central thrust of IHS's argument is that the LCD-based 4K TVs creeping into the market right now exist only so that manufacturers can stake a claim on the nosebleed edge of the premium market. In order for 4K to go mainstream, not only will consumers need to be convinced of the benefits, but new technology is going to be necessary to reduce costs. IHL predicts that will require AMOLED panels, but LG and Smasung continue to struggle to make large AMOLED panels and Japanese firms are scrambling to find a competitive technology to match AMOLED. By the time the behind-the-scenes manufacturing details get worked out for these companies and their 4K offerings, standard OLED screens will probably have already had their make-or-break day in the market and everyone will already be turning their attention to what will come next.

The 4K television segment recently has garnered attention with Sony Corp. announcing an 84" 4K LCD-TV priced at $25 000. LG Electronics also launched an 84" LCD-TV for $20 000. Toshiba Corp. is offering a 55" model priced at $10 000. Chinese brands Hisense and Konka have also announced that they will launch 84" 4K TV-sets this year. However, IHS believes that neither consumers nor television brands will have the interest required to make the 4K LCD-TV market successful.

X-bit Labs

Jul 20 2012

News - Samsung Brings Top-End ES9000 TV to U.S.

Samsung will be launching their top-of-the-line ES9000 Smart TV in the U.S. in August. The 75-inch monster is expected to cost $9,999, which I am sure that many will agree is a mere pittance given that the TV will be launching with a special, Samsung-exclusive, gesture-controlled version of Angry Birds. Integrated into the .13-inch bezel will be a camera for capturing hand gestures and for Skype calling. Obviously TVs such as the ES9000 are not actually aimed at the mainstream consumer, but new features such as Sound Share and Smart Interaction along with the image quality improvements that come with being the showcase piece in a manufacturer's premier line of televisions, are all previews of what will be coming to mainstream sets in the future.

This TV does all things Samsung’s other top-line TVs do: 3D, media streaming, DLNA, built-in camera, dual-core processor, micro-dimming backlight and both gesture and voice control. Samsung is taking gesture control a step further by launching a new Angry Birds app that’s controlled entirely by gesture. To toss eggs at those pigs you just wave your hand - no controller needed. 

CE Pro

Jun 24 2012

News - Year-Over-Year LCD TV Shipments Fall for First Time, Samsung and Vizio Hold Top Spots

Samsung's decision to spin of their LCD unit into a separate company earlier this year was prompted by falling panel prices amid a worldwide component glut. The problem wasn't just the abundance of manufacturers pumping out lower quality, inexpensive panels, but falling demand for LCD TVs. That falling demand became even more evident in a recent NPD DisplaySearch report that showed LCD HDTV sales fell year-over-year for the first time ever. The market shrunk by a bit less than 3% from 2011 to 2012, and the market shrinkage seems to be accelerating with a drop of 8% in the first quarter of 2012. Samsung and Vizio were able to make lemonade out of the lemons that NPD was handing out thanks to another report from iSupply that showed Samsung holding onto its top spot as the global sales leader and Vizio leading specifically in the U.S. market. With margins and sales continuing to drop, it will be interesting to see at what point maintaining those sales leads actually become a drag on their bottom lines.

Global TV shipments fell by eight percent in the first quarter of 2012 and, compounding the bad news, total LCD shipments fell for the first time, by 2.53 percent. This time last year, total TV shipments had grown by one percent and LCD by eight percent.

The Verge

May 28 2012

News - Sony Pulls Out of Joint Venture on LCD Panels for HDTVs with Sharp

Sony has backed out of yet another joint manufacturing venture as part of the ongoing restructuring of the company's unprofitable TV unit. This time Sony has parted ways with Sharp. The two companies hooked up in 2009 with plans to jointly operate factories building large LCD panels for HDTVs, with Sony taking about a 7% interest in Sharp Display Products on an initial investment of 10 billion yen. Sony may be having trouble selling TVs, but the company must know how to hire good lawyers as Sharp has agreed to buy back Sony's 7% share for the same 10 billion yen. Not many companies can make an investment that they end up regretting and still get all of their money back. The announcement also raises some questions about how divergent the manufacturing strategies are for these two companies.

Sony and Sharp Split

Sony and Sharp announced this week that their joint venture in producing and selling large-size LCD panels and modules will terminate. Sony will sell its shares in Sharp Display Products Corporation back to SDP. Sony owns about 7.04% of all stock issued in the company.


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