Samsung Throws in The Towel on Plasma TV Production

Electronics manufacturer Samsung is the latest television maker to throw in the towel on the plasma market, announcing that production will end on November 30.

Following the shift away from plasma, the Korean company will focus on 4K ultra-HDTVs and newer technologies – demand for plasma TVs has waned in recent years.

Plasma TVs had large screen sizes and garnered consumer interest, but began to struggle around 2006, when slimmer, better quality LED and LCD screens started to take over.

Here is what Samsung noted in a statement:

“We plan to continue our PDP TV business until the end of this year, due to changes in market demands.  We remain committed to providing consumer with products that meet their needs, and will increase our focus on growth opportunities in UHD TVs and Curved TVs.”

Panasonic also bowed out of the plasma TV market, as manufacturers strive to focus on emerging technologies.  The only large company still developing plasma TVs is LG Electronics, giving consumers a trusted manufacturer to purchase plasmas from in the future.

For consumers interested in purchasing a plasma TV, there could be a growing number of clearance prices from retailers.

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Samsung Display 110″ Ultra HDTV Before CES 2014

This years CES is just days away and with all the major tech companies in the world preparing to promote their newest tech at the show in Las Vegas, you can bet the next few days will be crammed with teasers and announcements. Few announcements come bigger than this one, mostly because this is now the biggest consumer product that Samsung produce.

Due to be on display at CES 2014, Samsung’s 110″ Ultra HDTV will be going on sale this Monday. This version will be limited to China, Middle East and some parts of Europe, but Samsung have said that they will make it available in more regions in another 9 weeks time.

Don’t go shaking down your penny jar just yet though, this TV is freaking huge! Not only will you need a pretty big room to house this screen, you’ll also need some seriously big numbers in your bank account. The 85″ model that was the flaghship Samsung screen at CES 2013 will still set you back a whopping $40,000 (£25,000), this one is bigger and better in every way possible, so you can bet that while Samsung haven’t revealed the price, it will be skyward of £25,000, perhaps even about £40,000.

eTeknix will be heading out to CES in a few days time for coverage of the event, you can bet we’ll be checking out this TV, maybe if we ask nicely they’ll let us hook up a gaming rig to it.

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Samsung Said To Unveil 105-inch Curved UHD TV At CES 2014

Samsung Electronics has announced that it would be unveiling the world’s first, largest and most curved 105-inch Curved UHD TV at the upcoming CES 2014, a global consumer electronics tradeshow in US city of Las Vegas.

The Samsung 105-inch Curved UHD TV adopts a new proprietary picture quality algorithm that delivers optimized color and greater feeling of depth. As the curved panel has been further upgraded and TV circuit technology has been added, the combination of the upgraded curved panel with a greater picture quality engine provides the ultimate immersive experience, a statement said.

“We are happy to unveil the 105-inch Curved UHD TV, the culmination of Samsung’s advancements, following the world’s first Curved UHD TV at IFA 2013,” said HS Kim, executive vice president of Visual Display Business, Samsung Electronics. “You will experience a true curved TV optimized for consumer viewing environments at CES 2014.”

The new UHD TV provides almost two times vivid images when viewed from the side and the best possible TV viewing experience from any angle, according to the statement.

Also, the 105 incher adopts ‘Quadmatic Picture Engine’ to deliver all content in UHD-level picture quality no matter what the source is. Samsung’s 105-inch Curved UHD TV features an 11 million pixels (5120×2160) screen resolution with a 21:9 aspect ratio.

YieldJet Prints OLED TV Panels Using InkJet Technology

OLED TV panels are the future, there is no doubt about it. If you have doubts about the benefits of an OLED panel, it is because you haven’t seen one yet, with many panels promising infinite contrast ratios, the blackest of black and colours unlike anything else on the market. Add that to 4K panels and you’ve got something more drool worthy than any other TV on the market… but there is a downside, cost.

OLED is expensive technology due to the fact they are a small nightmare to manufacture. The process of creating a panel for OLED requires a vacuum evaporation technique, and something called shadow masking which are basically wasteful, inefficient and expensive. So much so that it takes longer to make an OLED display than any other type of display, but the failure rate is also higher, this in turn pushes the retail price through the roof.

YieldJet promises to fix this, using their OLED panel printing system that is effectively a giant inkjet printer in a pure nitrogen chamber that places OLED pixels on glass or plastic. That means that the panels can be easily mass produced, with greater accuracy, lower fail rates, reduced cost and effectively made to any size for smartphones and giant TV screens.

In short, the future is looking pretty promising for OLED TV.

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Hisense Launch Feature Packed 4K TV For Just $2,000

Ok so maybe the word “just” isn’t quite right when we are talking about something that costs $2,000. Yet with models from Sony’s flagship range costing in excess of $5,000 the new 4K ready smart TV from Hisense sounds like a pretty good deal.

It was only a few days ago that we bought you news of the even more budget friendly Seiki 55″ 4K TV for only $1,500, but that TV didn’t pack anywhere near as many features as the Hisense. It certainly looks like manufacturers are keen to get their models out in time for Christmas to capitalise on the sales and impulse buys over the holiday season.

The T880 55-inch 4K Smart TV from Hisense packs a solid feature range that includes built-in WiFi, smart TV apps such as Netflix and YouTube, a 178 degree viewing angle and of course an impressive Ultra HDTV 4K display panel.

The set will be available at Walmart and Costco, although we are not certain if it will be available in all of their retail outlets.

Are you saving up for a 4K panel, or do you still think the technology is too expensive?

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Seiki Release $1,500 55-Inch 4KTV

4K is proving to be far to expensive for many users, and like 3DTV and HDTV before it, it will take a while for consumer demand to pick up and prices to fall. Seiki are at the forefront of the price crashing with their new 55-inch display that will be available now in Sears stores in the US for an impressively low £1,500.

Now we know that $1,500 isn’t exactly loose change, it is still a damn expensive TV, but it is still an incredible deal when compared with the competition. Keep in mind that Sony’s new model, the Sony KD 55X9005A, will set you back around $5000.

Seiki might not have the same extensive feature set as Sony, but the pixel count packs plenty of punch and if you’ve got a content delivery system capable of pushing 4K content then this could be a solid investment.

Obviously 4K movies aren’t the norm in house hold movie playback, at least not yet. 4K console gaming is still a distant dream too, so the only real benefits here will be found by those who either have a 4K camera rig or a gaming PC capable of pushing this kind of resolution, which is in its self no small feat.

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NVIDIA Shield Update To Bring Android 4.3, Console Mode And Gamestream Support

NVIDIA promised that we’d see big upgrades to its Shield gaming system today, and it’s delivering them in spades. A just-launched Android 4.3 update introduces Console Mode. Hook up your Shield to your HDTV, after which you can connect to the device using a Bluetooth enabled controller and lie back in your couch while you enjoy a console-like gaming experience. NVIDIA supplies a button mapping utility that adds hardware controls to games which expect touch input.

The release also takes Gamestream out of beta, providing official PC-to-Shield streaming for more than 50 titles. A few interface-level tweaks come with the new OS, including actionable notifications, restricted profiles and the option of moving app files to an SD card. The update should be rolling out now, but gamers who don’t yet have a Shield now have an extra incentive to pick one up.

If that is not enough for you, NVIDIA is lopping $100 off the system’s price as part of a bundle that includes a GeForce GTX graphics card as well as copies of Assassin’s Creed 4, Batman: Arkham Origins and Splinter Cell: Blacklist.

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Panasonic To Stop Production Of Plasma Screens Next Year

If the rumours are true and Panasonic really are pulling out of the plasma TV trade next year, then this is indeed a sad day. Not only are Panasonic one of the few companies left in the world that actually make plasma screens, but the ones they currently do make are some of the best home cinema screen in the world.

Many people have jumped to LCD and LED tech for their screens, but Plasma has been loved by home cinema enthusiasts for many years as it can often offers better black levels, bright colours and some of the best colour reproduction when compared to its LCD/LED counterparts.

The end of their plasma line would mean Panasonic would have to close their Amagasaki plant, which would then be put up for sale next year.

It seems likely to suspect that this will all go ahead, the plasma side of Panasonic’s business has been loosing money for a few years now, despite the critical acclaim of their Viera range, especially the TX-P60ZT65 which won the European home cinema TV of the year 2013-2014.

While I will mourn the loss of another great range of plasma displays, maybe it is time to lay it to rest as 4K OLED technology may be the way to go and could be the perfect thing to soften the blow.

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Sky Sports Not Giving Up On 3D, Already Working On 4K

Dedicated 3D services appear to be going the way of the Dinosaurs, BBC have announced plans to shelve their 3D tech for three years, Skys Australian counterpart (Foxtel) are taking a break for the format and no doubt a few other smaller sub services will be taking a break soon also, but hope is not gone yet, there are still a few major players in the game that will keep the fires burning.

Sky Sports have confirmed that they will continue to show 3D service from broadcasters, meaning that there will still be content for those who invested in the equipment to view in 3D, I myself have a 3DTV, as do a fair few friends, many bars and pubs have 3D equipment also that have been getting popular for sporting events so I’m sure they’ll be happy to see that content is still being broadcast.

Not only have Sky said that they’ll keep firing SBS 3D broadcasts, but they’re also looking into 4K broadcasting, a tech that is out of the door recently and that is begging for someone to provide major content to get the ball rolling at retail. Not only that but since 4K doesn’t require fancy glasses it’s easier for consumers to adapt to and for any of you that have seen a 4K screen in action, you know how incredible a difference it really is from the current HD standard.

Steve Smith from Sky Sports said that they want to build “a great summer of sport” and that in terms of 4K coverage “We’ll be evaluating when it is ready for us to use. We need to look at it and work with suppliers.” Adding that the challenge for 4K “is not in capture, but in delivery.”

4K can have a massive impact for improving 3DTV too, so this could be a win/win boost for consumers, especially since someone like SkySports could be the first to market with consumer ready content.

Thank you Advanced Television for providing us with this information.

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