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BenQ Intros CineHome HT2050A Projector

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BenQ Intros CineHome HT2050A Projector

BenQ announces the CineHome HT2050A-- a 1080p home entertainment projector upgrade of the HT2050 featuring a 6x speed RGBRGB colour wheel able to achiever over 96% Rec. 709 accuracy with CinematicColor technology.

The HT2050A is 3D-capable, and comes equipped with two 10W CinemaMaster Audio+ speakers for deeper audio. Low 16.67ms input lag and a special Game Mode make the projector ideal for gaming, while a pair of HDMI ports (HDMI x1, HDMI/MHL x1) allow the connection of a Google Chromecast, Roku or Amazon Fire TV. MHL connectivity allows the streaming of HD content from any MHL-enabled mobile device.

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The Philips 2018 LED, OLED TV Range

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The Philips 2018 LED, OLED TV Range

TPVision-owned Philips reveals a range of LED and OLED TVs for 2018, with models including the entry-level 4K 6503 series, the HDR10+ capable 8303 and 5203 series, and no less than 5 OLED screens.

On the LED side, the 6503 entry-level 4K series features in 43-, 50-, 55- and 65-inch models. All carry HDR support, Ambilight technology, a "Pixel Precise Ultra" processing engine and the Philips Saphi UI. Following on these models are the 7303 TVs, coming in the same sizes but adding DTS-HD Premium audio processing and the "P5 Perfect Picture" processing engine. The TVs run on Android, and as should feature Google Assistant voice control.

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Nvidia, Display Maker?

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Nvidia, Display Maker?

Nvidia has a surprise product on show at CES 2018-- "Big Format Gaming Displays" (BFGDs), an apt moniker for what is essentially a line of 65-inch 4K HDR monitors.

Being primarily aimed at high-end gamer customers, BFGDs feature a number of requisite technologies. These include 120Hz refresh rate, 4K resolution, HDR and G-Sync. Also included is means to play games without need for a PC through built-in Shield hardware.

The company says BFGs are primarily aimed at desktop use, not as a living room TV replacement, even if HDMI inputs allow the connectivity of a STBs and the like. In addition, the built-in Shield handles streaming media needs through YouTube, Netflix and Amazon Prime Video apps. Google Assistant support allows for voice control and smart assistant capability.

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Samsung Shows Off QLED at CES 2018

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Samsung Shows Off QLED at CES 2018

Samsung continues to push QLED-- the rival technology to OLED promising similar image quality while being easier to produce-- at CES 2018, with an upgrade promising improved lighting management as well as any number of smart features.

The Korean giant still has to detail its 2018 TV lineup, even if it does include at least one model boasting brightness reaching over 2000 nits thanks to full-array local dimming (or directly backlighting the quantum dots making the display). This is significant, since 2017 QLED TVs could only reach a maximum 1000 nits brightness.

Further improvements include a layers of black and anti-reflection filters to minimise internal light leakage and external glare as paired with an anti-blooming algorithm. The company also says 2018 QLED TVs will be "tremendously" easy to setup via syncing with a smartphone or tablet, while the addition of Bixby provide voice control.

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Sony Intros LSPX-A1 Ultra Short Throw Projector

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Sony Intros LSPX-A1 Ultra Short Throw Projector

CES 2018 has Sony show off a high-end 4K ultra short throw projector-- the LSPX-A1, a projector the company claims provides nothing less than a "truly transformative cinematic experience."

The LSPX-A1 is designed to sit close to the walls, and is able to project a 120-inch image from a distance of 24cm. Projected images are at native 4K resolution (4096 x 2160) and come complete with HDR and 2500 lumens peak brightness. It should be compatible with any 4K content source, be it a connected device or 4K Blu-ray players.

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An HDR Standard for PC Monitors

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An HDR Standard for PC Monitors

Customers wanting to know the HDR capability of a future monitor get a helping hand from the DisplayHDR-- a VESA standard setting baseline HDR quality levels for PC displays.

Developed with the input of over two dozen member companies, the High-Performance Monitor and Display Compliance Test Specification (or DisplayHDR) measure 3 distinct levels of HDR performance. These are baseline (DisplayHDR 400), mid-range (DisplayHDR 600) and high-end (DisplayHDR 1000), with each level based on 8 parameters.

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The Queen of QLEDs

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The Queen of QLEDs

The architect behind development of the Cd-free quantum dot technology, Dr. Eunjoo Jang at the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) was just appointed a Samsung Fellow-- an honor also referred to as “Samsung’s Nobel Prize.”

One of the breakthrough achievements of Samsung researchers has been the development of cadmium-free quantum dot technology, used currently in Samsung QLED TVs.

While quantum dot had the benefit of delivering superior light expression, the technology posed harm to the environment with toxic cadmium at risk of being released through nanoparticle degradation. Samsung’s quantum dots, however, are cadmium-free, and Samsung is currently the only company that produces cadmium-free (Cd-free) quantum dot displays.

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Vivitek Presents HK2288 Budget 4K Projector

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Vivitek Presents HK2288 Budget 4K Projector

Vivitek launches a compact 4K UHD projector option-- the HK2288, built around a recently developed TI 0.66-inch 4K DLP DMD chip able to generate 8.3 million individual pixels.

The projector also offers DLP DarkChip3 and BrilliantColor refinements for optimal black levels. Meanwhile eXpanded Pixel Resolution (XPR) technology uses 4.15 million (2716x1528) mirrors capable of switching over 9000 times per second to deliver two discrete pixels for each mirror per frame, reformulated through video processing to map and reproduce a native 4K image.

The result, according to Vivitek, fully resolves a 4K 1-pixel line pattern and "is indistinguishable from native 4K projection-- unlike pixel-shifting techniques employing standard 1080p chips."

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TrendForce: 8K, the Next Frontier for QLED TVs?

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TrendForce: 8K, the Next Frontier for QLED TVs?

OLED continues to dominate the high-end TV market in 2018, TrendForce's WitsView says, with shipments reaching a high of 2.5 million-- a "significant" increase over the shipments of 1.5m of 2017.

Driving such growth are more brands entering the OLED market, as well as promotional efforts from major vendors such as Sony. This comes despite the problems of OLED technology, namely colour decay and burn-in issues, and more companies are looking into further developing the technology. On the other hand QLED TV makers, including Samsung, TCL and Hisense, are finding the high pricing of QLED an issue when it comes to promotion.

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BenQ Intros Affordable CineHome HT2550 Projector

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BenQ Intros Affordable CineHome HT2550 Projector

BenQ launches an entry-level 4K UHD projector-- the CineHome HT2550, a single-chip DLP number promising to hit 96% Rec 709 colour gamut, together with native 3840 x 2160 resolution.

The projector uses 0.47-inch single-DMD-chip DLP technology together with BenQ CinematicColor technology and an RGBRGB colour wheel to hit 96% coverage of Rec. 709 colour gamut. In total it can push 8.3 million distinctive pixels, with 2200 ANSI lumens brightness and 1000:1 contrast ratio.

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Broader European Rollout for Sky Q

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Broader European Rollout for Sky Q

British broadcaster Sky plans to launch the Sky Q service to more European countries, starting from Italy on the holiday season before moving to Germany and Austria sometime during H1 2018.

Announced as part of the broadcaster's fiscal Q1 (ending 30 September 2017) earnings report, the rollout of Sky Q in the rest of Europe follows the early 2016 release of the service in the UK and Ireland. In fact, Sky CEO Jeremy Darroch says Sky Q "continued to grow well" in the UK, with customer numbers growing by 23% Q-o-Q during fiscal Q1, reaching 1.6 million households.

The broadcaster cites the success of the system on its support for 4K content. It currently offers over 1000 hours of 4K resolution content, including sports, movies and TV shows. More 4K content should be on the way as well, thanks to a reductions in production costs.

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