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LG’s got quite a bit in store for us this week at SID’s annual display exhibition in Vancouver. In addition to that 55-inch curved OLED TV we first heard about last month, the company will be demonstrating a very nifty 5-inch OLED panel. Created for mobile devices, the display is constructed of plastic, making it both flexible and unbreakable — certainly a welcome quality when it comes to smartphone design. Also on display will be 5- and 7-inch HD Oxide TFT panels
Amazon is still determined to snag every TV exclusive possible , and it just scored one of its better deals — or at least, one of the more forward-thinking. It now has the sole unlimited subscription streaming rights to the previous seasons of five NBCUniversal shows. The highlight could be Hannibal , which will reach the service later this year; gamers may also like the crossover SyFy series Defiance , which should be ready in early 2014. Those who just can’t wait to stream something will get their fill through exclusives for Covert Affairs , Grimm and Suits , all of which are in the catalog today.
Tonight NBC revealed it is bringing back comedy Community for a fifth season. While NBC has been criticized for shifting the premiere date for this last season and dumping showrunner Dan Harmon, Variety suggests its renewal may be related to something apart from the show. The Sony Pictures-produced show could have followed the path of Cougar Town to cable but there’s also new competition for content from sources like Netflix, Amazon and Hulu. All are willing to pay for quality original content and would love to snatch up the audience that’s already watching on NBC. One needs only look at Arrested Development or the Kickstarter for Veronica Mars to see how much hype “saving” a show brings in the digital realm.
Quad-core smart TVs? Move over, Samsung and Haier , because another company’s now joining the party. At a press event in Beijing yesterday, Chinese video content provider LeTV announced its first TV series dubbed “Super TV.” Despite the cheesy name, there are a handful of big names behind it: Kai-Fu Lee’s Innovation Works, Qualcomm, Foxconn and Sharp. The last two aren’t surprising considering Foxconn’s parent company, Hon Hai, is an investor of Sharp as well as LeTV.
Denon ‘s just added to its lineup of network-capable AV receivers with new IN-command models that bring 4K, streaming and surround sound options aplenty. The flagship model is the $1,300 AVR-X4000, which supports 4K passthrough for the few lucky owners of such sets , along with HDTV to 4K upscaling, Spotify , AirPlay and DNLA 1.5. Other features include 7.2 surround sound output with Audyssey DSX , Dolby Pro Logic IIz or DTS Neo:X encoding, 125 watts of power per channel, seven HDMI inputs and three outputs, a remote control app for iOS, Android or web browsers, home automation compatibility, multi-room control and MP3 audio restoration. The $900 AVR-X3000 and $650 AVR-X2000 pack similar features but dial back the watts, surround sound and decoding capability, while the $450 AVR-X1000 is limited to 1080p output and carries the smallest amp. All the models are now up for grabs, while the copious list of specs can be found at the source.
Each week, our friends at gdgt go through the latest gadgets and score them to help you decide which ones to buy. Here are some of their latest picks — along with a few you should probably avoid. Want more? Visit gdgt anytime to catch up on the latest, and subscribe to gdgt’s newsletter to get a weekly roundup in your inbox. Comments
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This week on gdgt: Panasonic’s ST60 is a must-have HDTV
Lucas123 writes “While news stories have focused on the upcoming jump from 5Gbps to 10Gbps for USB SuperSpeed, less talked about has been the fact that it will also increase charging capabilities from 10W to 100W, meaning you’ll be able to charge your laptop, monitor, even a television using a USB cord. Along with USB, the Thunderbolt peripheral interconnect will also be doubling it throughput thanks to a new controller chip, in its case from 10Gbps to 20Gbps. As with USB SuperSpeed, Thunderbolt’s bandwidth increase is considered an evolutionary step, but the power transfer increase is being considered revolutionary, according to Jeff Ravencraft, president of the USB Implementers Forum (USB-IF). ‘This is going to change the way computers, peripheral devices and even HDTVs will not only consume but deliver power,’ Ravencraft said. ‘You can have an HDTV with a USB hub built into it where not only can you exchange data and audio/video, but you can charge all your devices from it.’” Read more of this story at Slashdot.
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USB SuperSpeed Power Spec To Leap From 10W To 100W
The entry price for Ultra HDTV plunged by more than $10,000 earlier this week thanks to Sony’s new 4K sets , but now it’s going even lower with this model from Seiki. The brand is new to the US market and as such unfamiliar to most, but with a $1,300 listing on TigerDirect it’s been lighting up AV enthusiast and deal-hunting forums alike. We haven’t yet had a chance to see this display, but hope to take a look shortly.
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Seiki 50-inch 4K TV on sale for $1,299, offers Ultra HD for a regular HD price
Although the Oculus Rift is one of the more ambitious attempts at making virtual reality accessible, its lack of peripheral version is all too familiar — it’s much like staring into a pair of portholes. Rather than let the disorientation persist unaltered, though, Hack A Day has taken matters into its own hands. Its Oculight hack puts an RGB LED strip inside the headpiece, with the colored lighting set to match the edge of the screen through Adalight code. The result is much like Philips’ Ambilight , but arguably more useful: the virtual world’s light “leaks” into the wearer’s real peripheral view, adding to the immersion. Oculight clearly isn’t for sale and needs a refined installation to create the ideal effect, but the readily available resources will let anyone with an Oculus Rift development kit build their own solution
We know you’ve got questions, and if you’re brave enough to ask the world for answers, then here’s the outlet to do so. This week’s Ask Engadget inquiry is from Chris, who wants to find a low-cost way of getting his wife online. If you’re looking to ask one of your own, drop us a line at ask [at] engadget [dawt] com. “My family’s already invested in Android, and my as wife isn’t the most computer literate, I thought an Android PC stick would get her online without any fuss.
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Mad Men AMC’s main showpiece is ready to return. Now in its sixth season, you should be familiar with Don, Betty and the rest of the crew, but if not you can check out the trailer embedded after the break. (April 7th, 9PM, AMC) Marvel Cinematic Universe: Phase One – Avengers Assembled Now set in a new case (shown above) the boxed set of the first round of Marvel / Disney films is finally ready for release. If you’re a collector / fan that just has to have it, the price on Amazon has dipped even lower, and it packs an exclusive look at the next set of flicks
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Must See HDTV (April 2nd – 7th)
Good news for fans of old video games — accessories maker Hyperkin is unveiling a retro console that will play almost any cartridge you can throw at it, reports Slashdot . Named the Retron 5 for its five slots, the machine will handle the same trio of NES, SNES, and Genesis cartridges as its predecessor, the Retron 3 , as well as Famicom and Game Boy Advance games — not to mention Mega Drive, Super Famicom, Game Boy Color, and original Game Boy titles. HDMI out means you’ll get a clear, digital signal to your HDTV, and Hyperkin says that it will upscale your games to 720p. There are a bunch of built-in niceties, like the ability to save and resume at any point in the game, overclocking to speed through slow parts, and a PS3-like..
March Madness is dominating the TV schedule, but a number of shows are back with new episodes or premieres. The Hobbit comes to Blu-ray (in 3D, but not 48fps… yet) this week, and Continuum has its season finale. Look below for the highlights this week, followed after the break by our weekly listing of what to look out for in TV, Blu-ray and videogames. NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament The seedings are set and hopefully your brackets are all filled in
http://www.engadget.com/podcasts/EngadgetHD_Podcast_340.mp3 We’ve got a pair of new boxes to discuss this week, with the TiVo Mini and Roku 3 both making their debut. While we discuss what they add to the mix (and what they’re still missing), other news includes the end of Netflix’s public API program and UK pricing for LG’s first OLED HDTV. Meanwhile Google Fiber has picked up its first 3D channels and we discuss the importance of Who Framed Roger Rabbit in the history of film as a whole. Finally, we’ll remind you to check in Saturday afternoon at 2:15PM for our “How Technology is Changing the Way We Watch TV” panel at Engadget Expand featuring guests from Sling, Boxee and TiVo.
Engadget HD Podcast 340 – 03.12.2013
College students and studio apartment tenants still don’t have many options for advanced TVs; they often have to make do with a PC monitor or find a way to cram a bigger TV set into a tiny space. It’s a good thing that LG’s MT93 Personal Smart TV is shipping to Europe this month, then. The 27-inch, IPS-based upgrade to last year’s model carries the same smart app platform, 3D imagery and Magic Remote as LG’s larger sets while doubling as a monitor for HDMI-equipped PCs. It even stuffs in wireless sharing support that rarely makes it to small TVs, such as Miracast and WiDi .
The future of TV is supposed to involve streaming video, and it’s also supposed to involve 4K TVs — but melding the two has been difficult. Telefonica wants to show that the feat is at least possible with mere mortal connections: it’s been using Mobile World Congress to show 4K video streaming on a 100Mbps fiber-to-the-home link. As our Spanish teammates can attest, the (admittedly very local) demo works as well as you’d hope, providing all the fine details without buffering or other hiccups. There’s no estimated timeframe for a commercial service, but we wouldn’t hold out hope of a version that would fit on cable or DSL when there’s a raw 40Mbps bitrate.
It took a long time for HBO to let customers shift programming from a smartphone onto their TV. But good things come in spades, and after finally enabling AirPlay for its HBO Go iOS app last week, the company has enabled HDMI video output for compatible Android devices. With options like Miracast still in their infancy, Google’s OS lacks a unified, secure, and widespread mirroring technology of its own, so HBO opted to give users a physical solution. Now you’ll be able to tether your Android smartphone or tablet directly to your HDTV and watch the network’s premium content on the big screen.
HBO Go app for Android now allows HDMI output
…And the results are in! We asked for your favorite tech picks from 2012 and you answered. Readers (and no doubt some manufacturers) spread the word, helping us reach a total of more than 280,000 votes . Some winners were obvious picks: the Tesla Model S took home top honors in the transportation category, with 25.9 percent of the vote, and the Apple’s MacBook Pro with Retina display won for best laptop — though not without some stiff competition from the Razer Blade . Other winners were upsets, as you’ll see below the break.
A patent struggle between LG Display and Samsung Display kicked off late last year when the latter filed a lawsuit claiming its counterpart had stolen technology secrets tied to the production of OLED screens. In turn, LG threatened its own injunctions and the fight was on but now it may be moving towards a resolution. After rumors indicated the two were trying to talk it out a few days ago Samsung Display dropped its injunction request , and now LG has responded in kind. After dropping its request for an injunction preventing the sale of Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 in South Korea, LG Display says it is seeking a resolution “through an amicable negotiation” — you can read the official statement in full after the break
http://www.engadget.com/podcasts/EngadgetHD_Podcast_337.mp3 We’re getting the band back together. After we welcome Ryan Block and Peter Rojas back to the fold, we dig into all the news that came out of the AllThingsD conference last week. Sony, Dish, Microsoft, Intel and others had plenty to say, but did we believe everything we heard? We’re also on the bleeding edge of a new display technology as OLED HDTVs hit the streets, so we’ll make our best guess as to whether mainstream pricing is in the near future. Finally, several connected TV platforms have updates, and the battle for content continues to heat up with customers stuck in the middle — press play to find out all the details
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Engadget HD Podcast 337 – 02.19.2013
After its run on the internet and then cable TV, Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome is coming to Blu-ray, along with the second season of Game of Thrones and Monsters Inc . Sports fans have NASCAR racing to (try to) replace football, while movie buffs can keep an eye out for the Academy Awards on Sunday. Look below for the highlights this week, followed after the break by our weekly listing of what to look out for in TV, Blu-ray and videogames. Top Gun 3D After a short run in theaters, Top Gun 3D is coming home on Blu-ray
Must See HDTV (February 18th – 24th)
We saw all the 2013 HDTVs debut last month at CES and the first few new models are starting to reach shelves. One of the more interesting sets arriving is LG’s 55-inch OLED HDTV, the first of its kind at this large size. Shipments are starting Monday for the 11 million won ($10k~) television, and according to a press release, LG has notched about 100 pre-orders so far in its home country . For comparison, LG announced it sold 300 of its 84-inch, $20k Ultra HDTV in Korea as of last month. LG also mentioned it plans to sell as many as 15 percent more HDTVs in 2013 than it did in 2012, as it continues to push its Smart and 3D features.
For all the dimensions that Doctor Who has explored on TV, the third has been a rarity — there was an early 3D experiment in 1993 for the series’ 30th anniversary, a 2010 trailer, and that’s that. For the show’s 50th birthday, the company is willing to make a return trip through a two-part 3D special. Most of what’s in store for the unique event is being kept secret, although we imagine we’ll see plenty of Sonic Screwdriver action. We’ll have to see how closely the special’s broadcast dates align with the official anniversary in November; hopefully, it’s far enough into the future that Whovians can prepare with a little TV shopping .
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Doctor Who gets an extra-British 3D special for its 50th birthday
Looking to save some coin on your tech purchases? Of course you are! In this round-up, we’ll run down a list of the freshest frugal buys, hand-picked with the help of the folks at Slickdeals . You’ll want to act fast, though, as many of these offerings won’t stick around long. If the mid-week blues are too much for you to bear, shelling out a few bones on a new gadget or two may just liven up those spirits.
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Slickdeals’ best in tech for February 6th: 60-inch Panasonic Viera 3D HDTV and Kindle Fire HD