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Sharp Readies 8K TV at IFA

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Sharp Readies 8K TV at IFA

The current TV technology of choice might be 4K, but Sharp is set for the future with the announcement of the first commercially available 8K resolution TV, which will arrive in European markets from March 2018.

The TV in question is a 70-inch Aquos model revealed at IFA 2017. Dubbed the LC-70X500, it offers 7680 x 4320 resolution and promises  “ultimate reality, with ultra-fine details even the naked eye cannot capture." It is also compatible with the Dolby Vision HDR and BDA-HDR (for Blu-ray players).

However, while rolling out an 8K TV might be nice there isn't much content one can appreciate on it-- at least outside of Sharp's home Japan, where public broadcaster NHK does regular 8K satellite broadcasts through a "Super Hi Vision" test channel. Set up in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, it shows a mixture of arts, sports, music and documentary programming reminiscent of test HDTV transmissions.

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Sony Presents Entry-Level VPL-VW285ES Projector

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Sony Presents Entry-Level VPL-VW285ES Projector

CEDIA 2017 sees Sony launch an entry-level 4K HDR home theatre projector-- the VPL-VW285ES, a projector promising a (relatively) lower-priced option for customers wanting to upgrade their cinema and gaming experience.

The VPL-VW285ES offers real 4K output, with resolution reaching 4096 x 2160. It also adds HDR through HDR10 and HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) support, while colour is further boosted through the addition of Triluminos technology. Brightness reaches 1500 lumens, and Sony claims operation time totals up to 6000 hours.

For customers wanting a fancier projector Sony also has the VPL-VW385ES, a mid-tier projector with 200000:1 Dynamic Contrast, "Advanced Iris" for improved detail and less image artifacts and Sony Reality Creation upscaling, and the high-end VPL-VW885ES featuring 2000 lumens brightness, "infinite" dynamic contrast with real-time laser light control and 20000 hours lamp life.

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Optoma Intros Low-Lag Media Room Projector

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Optoma Intros Low-Lag Media Room Projector

Optoma launches the HD39Darbee-- a portable HD projector ideal for movie fans and gamers featuring Darbee Visual Presence image enhancement for increased contrast and colour saturation.

The projector weighs less than 3kg, and can be carried around in an optional carry bag for any event or gaming session. It is also small yet bright enough for media room installations, with brightness reaching 3500 lumens and fast response time of 16ms.

Resolution clocks at 1080p, while the Rec.709 colour depth is bolstered by Optoma Amazing Colour technology. A variety of preset modes and settings allow users to match any application or environment, and a 1.6x zoom with vertical lens shift simplifies positioning for a wide choice of screen sizes.

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The Samsung 88-inch "Billion-Colour" Q9 TV

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The Samsung 88-inch

Samsung releases one of its biggest TVs yet-- the 88-inch version of the Q9, a QLED set aimed firmly at the "global ultra premium" segment of the market.

“At Samsung, we are aiming to expand our footprint in the ultra-premium TV market with our ultra-large QLED TV models that embody the perfect combination of technology and art,” the company says. “With their superior picture quality and innovative features, we are confident that our QLED TV lineup will continue to drive sales and solidify Samsung’s leadership in the global TV market.”

The Q9 features support for 4K resolutions and HDR, as well as the whole DCI colourspace (covering over 1 billion colours). According to Samsung this means 100% colour volume, and images showing exactly what the creators intended, with "detailed colours and subtle contrast" even at peak brightness.

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TrendForce: TV Panel Sizes on the Up

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TrendForce: TV Panel Sizes on the Up

According to TrendForce's WitsView global LCD TV panel shipments total 123.35 million units in H1 2017, a -0.1% Y-o-Y decline, with demand for mid-size panels offsetting the traditional seasonal effect during H1 2017.

The industry was faced with the risk of tightening panel supply following the closing of the Samsung Display L7-1 Gen-7 fab at the end of 2016, leading to TV brands stocking up on panels.

In the meantime prices of panels in the 40-43-inch size range are up by an average of nearly 70%, the result of TV brands shifting demand towards larger size segments. Thus, the average TV panel size is 44.7-inch in H1 2017, a 1.7-inch increase from H1 2016, and global shipments of TV panels in total area for H1 2017 is also up by 8.7% Y-o-Y.

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The Android-Powered Optoma IntelliGO-S1

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The Android-Powered Optoma IntelliGO-S1

Optoma launches the IntelliGO-S1-- a projector powered by Android OS, with an included Aptoide open source app store offering over 700000 apps, including streaming services such as Amazon, Hulu, Netflix, Pandora and Spotify.

The projector includes 8GB of storage, built-in media player and wireless connectivity, ensuring playback of virtually any media. Customers can also play content via USB drive or micro SD card, as well as Android/iOS device screen mirroring via wifi. Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity allows the addition of speakers, headphones, mouse and even keyboards.

Actual projection comes through RGB LED light source with a lifetime reaching 20000 hours. Image resolution is up to 1280 x 800, with 500 lumens brightness and 15000:1 contrast ratio. Built-in 2W speakers provide audio.

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BenQ Announces MH530FHD Projector

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BenQ Announces MH530FHD Projector

BenQ announces the MH530FHD-- a home entertainment projector featuring native 1080p (1920x1080) resolution, 3D capability, brightness reaching 3300 ANSI lumens and 15000:1 contrast ratio.

It also features 1.2x zoom, keystone correction and audio via built-in 2W speaker. Connectivity comes through dual HDMI inputs, and a Quick Install button instantly accesses installation-friendly features. Projected image size reaches up to 300-inch.

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Meet the Largest 4K TV... Ever!

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Meet the Largest 4K TV... Ever!

How big can a 4K TV get? If your pockets are extremely deep, the answer is extremely big-- for customers with the space, C Seed 262 is a screen measuring 262-inch (or 6.65m) diagonally.

Made by Austrian luxury electronics specialist C Seed, the C Seed 262 is the result of a collaboration with French audio vendor L-Acoustics. Its huge (6144 x 2574mm) frame contains 10 integrated speakers making a 7.1 or 9.1-channel surround system, a built-in 4K media server and a motorised fabric cover to protect the screen.

Speaking of the screen, the actual display features an panel with black LED technology offering 800 nits brightness and 5000:1 contrast ratio.

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TVMucho Brings a New Vertical Market: Expats

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TVMucho Brings a New Vertical Market: Expats

Vertical marketing. We all know it is the way to get closer to customers.

Now TVMucho brings you to a "sleeper" vertical market that has been underestimated.  There are 6.5m expats in Spain, 7.8m in the UK, 10m in Germany, 2m in the Netherlands and more than 45m in the U.S.

TVMucho is a software-based product that offers access to TV broadcasts from users’ home countries. TVMucho works on smart TVs, set top-boxes, PCs, Mac, mobile and tablet devices anywhere in the world.

There are no regional blocks so no computer or VPN/IP shield is required.

TVMucho targets a huge worldwide group. "We've spent a lot of time and effort researching those expat customers, and we can claim to understand them better than any other TV provider," says Vincent Weberink, CEO at TVMucho.

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Epson Intros Home Cinema 4000 Projector

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Epson Intros Home Cinema 4000 Projector

Epson announces the Home Cinema 4000-- a projector using the company's 4K Enhancement technology to display 4K content from three (R, G, B) native 1920x1080 LCDs using a pixel-shining technique.

The projector features a 140000:1 contrast ratio and brightness clocking at 2200, and supports HDR10. Powering such projection is a 3LCD engine able to achieve wide colour gamut covering the entire Rec. 709 and DCI-P3 colour spaces, while a smart motorised lens has 10 presents for powered focus, zoom and lens shift.

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Sharp Returns to OLED TV Production?

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Sharp Returns to OLED TV Production?

The Japan Times reports a familiar name plans to make a return to TVs-- the Foxconn-owned Sharp is building large OLED panels for TVs in new production lines at its Japanese production plants

The report adds the company plans to spend $15 million on the plants in the City of Sakai and the town of Maki, and hopes to start operations in April-June 2018. The plants will mass-produce not only TV panels, but also small and medium-size OLEDs for laptop and smartphone use.

In addition, it will continue development of 8K LCD TVs.

Currently, LG Display is the only company building OLED panels suitable for consumer TV use. These are found in OLED 4K TVs from the likes of Sony and Panasonic, as well as LG itself. OLED panels are pricey to produce, and as such the panel category still has a fairly small share of the global TV market.

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