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Japanese broadcaster looks beyond 4K to 8K

By - September 16, 2013 9 Pictures
Although 4K was the resolution du jour at IBC in Amsterdam again this year, as it has been for the past couple of years, Japan’s national public broadcaster, NHK, was going one better with a demonstration of 8K, or Super Hi-Vision (SHV). The company’s roadmap set a 2020 date to begin satellite broadcasts of 8K content, which aligns nicely with the Olympics recently being awarded to Tokyo for that year. Read More

Microsoft strikes deals with NFL and ESPN to try to make the Xbox One your sports-viewing companion

When you think of the Xbox, you probably picture things like Halo, Fable, and Call of Duty. But with the upcoming Xbox One, Microsoft is trying to expand beyond just gaming, and become your go-to living room companion. And what's a bigger mainstay of weekend couch-surfing than sports? Gizmag recently sat down with Microsoft to chat about some deals the company inked to help bring your home sports entertainment into the 21st century. Read More
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Kyocera develops wafer-thin piezo film speaker for TVs, PCs, tablets

By - August 31, 2013 7 Pictures
Japan's Kyocera Corporation has combined a piezoelectric actuator with a special resin film to produce a proprietary, piezo film speaker that is considerably thinner and lighter than conventional electromagnetic speakers, while boasting similar audio levels. The Smart Sonic Sound already provides the audio for LG's 55-inch curved-screen OLED TV and the company hopes it will give designers of future TVs, computers and tablets more scope to place speakers on the front face of products, enabling an overall size reduction and expanding design options. Read More
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Samsung's Curved OLED TV arrives on US shores

By - August 19, 2013 5 Pictures
Back in January, we were suitably impressed by the viewing experience offered by the 55-inch curved OLED TVs debuted by LG and Samsung at CES 2013. Since then, LG has been leading the race to consumer release, beating its rival to both the South Korean and US markets. Samsung's TV has now landed on US shores, and is considerably more affordable than LG's similarly-sized goggle-box. Read More
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LG brings back the television dial

By - August 12, 2013 2 Pictures
If you’re old enough to remember rabbit ears, you've probably told your kids how hard you had it because your old television had dials. Now LG Electronics is bringing back a whiff of those ancient days with its distinctly retro Classic TV (Model 32LN630R). The South Korean electronics firm didn't just swap out the ubiquitous black case for creamy white, the company also added real channel and volume knobs to appeal to those more interested in classic Scandinavian style rather than bleeding-edge design. Read More

US release for LG's Curved OLED TV

Since LG and Samsung both made world's first curved OLED TV debuts at CES back in January, the former has been leading the race to get units into the hands of consumers. Samsung took silver when it entered the South Korean market last month, and is playing second fiddle again as LG's 4.3 mm thin immersive big screen makes a break for US shores courtesy of Best Buy. Read More
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