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The "Entry-Level" Loewe Bild 3 TV

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Germany's Loewe presents what it describes as an "entry-level" 4K TV range-- the Bild 3, offering sets in 43-, 49- and 55-inch sizes at lower costs than the high-end Bild 7 and Bild 9 ranges.

The 43-inch (model 3.43) and 49-inch (3.49) models feature LCD panels with support for HDR 10 and Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG). The 55-inch version ups the ante with an OLED panel and the addition of Dolby Vision HDR.

All models offer an integrated 80W with 4 drivers, 2 passive radiators and a bass reflex port, together with access to streaming services such as Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime TV, BBC iPlayer and Tidal. Bluetooth support is also included for wireless music playback.

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Roku Presents 4K Streaming Stick

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Roku Presents 4K Streaming Stick

The Roku streaming device lineup gets a refresh-- one complete with no less than 5 new players, ranging from low-cost options for first-time customers to a 4K-capable Streaming Stick.

Aimed at first-time streamers or as addition to another room, the 2nd generation Roku Express and Roku Express+ promise a 5x power boost compared to the previous version. The Express+ is also ideal for use with older TVs, since it includes composite AV connectivity.

On the streaming dongle side side, Roku offers two options. The first is an updated Streaming Stick, now featuring a quad-core processor, 802.11ac dual-band MIMO wireless connectivity and a voice remote complete with TV power and volume to control compatible TVs as well as the stick. Owners of 4K TVs get the Streaming Stick+, with a more powerful processor able to handle 4K HDR 60fps streaming.

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Futuresource: STBs Remain Household Fixture

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Futuresource: STBs Remain Household Fixture

Traditional pay-TV STBs remain a fixture in consumer homes worldwide, Futuresource Consulting reports, as operators add new features to counter the enhanced functionality of media streamers.

The analyst says global media box shipments (combining STBs and media streamers) total 339 million units in 2016, with STBs making 86% of the total. The total value of the 2016 media box market is up to $21 billion.

However, while the share of STBs making the media box market is "unlikely" to dip in 2017, the traditional STB is under threat by many competing connected devices-- such as media streamers, games consoles and smart TVs-- all able to access content from a variety of sources. Thus more desirable features are being added to STBs, including SVoD services, voice search and smart home functionality, as well as 4K/UHD upgrades.

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Epson Launches EH-LS100 Ultra-Short-Throw Projector

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Epson Launches EH-LS100 Ultra-Short-Throw Projector

Epson takes the short-throw projector category to the home market with the EH-LS100, a laser-powered ultra-short-throw (UST) projector promising flexible installation options and images of up to 130-inch.

The EH-LS100 can be placed just 6cm away from a wall or screen to project a 70-inch WUXGA resolution image, with a bit more of throw distance allowing for larger images. A combination of 3LCD technology and White and Colour Light Output (CLO) of 4000 luments allow it to handle high-ambient light conditions, while Detail Enhancement provides smoother and sharper images. Contrast ratio stands at 2500000:1.

Connectivity comes through x3 HDMI inputs (including x1 MHL), while control comes through either RJ45 connection or wifi connectivity via optional ELPAP10 adapter. Both options allow one to control the projector via smart device and companion iProjection app. Built-in 16W speakers provide sound.

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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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