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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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Optoma Intros Native 4K UHD60, UHD65 Projectors

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Optoma Intros Native 4K UHD60, UHD65 Projectors

Optoma announces the UHD60 and UHD65-- a pair of native 4K projectors with a price tag under $2500, both featuring 3840 x 2160 resolution and HDR compatibility using HDR10.

The projectors also include REC.2020 wide colour gamut and DCI-P3 coverage, as well as vertical lens shift and 1.6x zoom. Connectivity comes through x2 HDMI inputs and x1 HDCP 2.2 port.

The lower-priced UHD60 offers 3000 lumens brightness and 1000000:1 contrast ration with Dynamic Black enabled, and comes inside a white chassis. Meanwhile the UHD65 has 2200 lumens brightness, 1200000:1 contrast ratio with Dynamic Black enabled and Cinematic colour via HDR compatibility and RGBRGB colour wheel, all inside a black chassis.

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LG Debuts ProBeam Laser Projector

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LG Debuts ProBeam Laser Projector

LG announces a more affordable laser projector option-- the ProBeam, a compact projector (weighs around 2kg) capable of beaming a 120-inch picture at up to 2000 lumens brightness.

The ProBeam handles 1920 x 1080 resolution images, and offers a vertical auto keystone alignment feature the company claims automatically detects and corrects screen image distortion. Bluetooth audio out allows users to pair with any wireless audio product, such as an external speaker or headphones.

Further connectivity includes x2 HDM, x2 USB and ethernet ports.

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Loewe Bild 7 Gets 77-inch Option

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Loewe Bild 7 Gets 77-inch Option

Loewe announces the Bild 7.77-- a 77-inch addition to the Bild 7 OLED TV range, offering 4K resolution together with HDR, HDR10, HLG and Dolby Vision support from a set just 9mm thick.

The Bild 7.77 features Loewe's trademark minimalist design, with a graphite grey aluminium front and optional dark or light grey fabric back covers hiding all cables. An included 120W soundbar provides audio, and customers can pair it with a full audio system (such as the company's Klang 5 speakers) via built-in 5.1 surround sound decoder.

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