The TV will be available in September and is an edge-lit LED LCD with a 120Hz CMI (Clear Motion Index) engine. The native 4K screen has an onboard scaler and will accept native 4K input -- such as from a PC or future 4K players, though presumably locked at 30Hz until the arrival of HDMI 2.0.… Read more
SAN FRANCISCO -- Google may have figured out a surefire way to get the Internet on your TV with its low-cost Chromecast dongle. But don't count Google TV out of the game just yet.
"Google TV is moving forward in a major way," Sundar Pichai told CNET after the company's press confab Wednesday morning announcing the Chromecast and the second version of the Nexus 7.
Google's Chrome, Android, and Web apps leader was adamant that Google TV wasn't shuffling offstage anytime soon. "You'll see more partners announced at CES," the annual … Read more
Roku has announced the launch of Sky News on its Roku streaming platform with both live broadcasts and on-demand content directly on TVs.
The service delivers live 24-hour news coverage to Roku customers in the U.S., Canada, the U.K., and Ireland in addition to an "extensive" on-demand news library.
"Sky News offers award-winning news coverage from the U.K. and the rest of the world, and we are thrilled to make their programs available to our customers," said Steve Shannon, Roku's general manager of content and services in a press release. "Sky … Read more
Editors' note: This post was updated August 21, 2013, with new information.
As of today, you can buy an organic light-emitting diode (OLED) TV from LG and Samsung. On the horizon are models from Sony and Panasonic. The long-awaited release of these next-generation televisions is finally starting to happen.
So what's the big deal? In CNET's first in-depth look at an OLED TV, Samsung's KN55S9C, David Katzmaier said it "produces the best picture I've seen on any TV, ever." It's also thin, bendable and oh so futuristic. Just about everybody agrees OLED is heir apparent to plasma and LED LCD for TV display technology supremacy--despite its current problems.
Here's what we know, as of right now.… Read more
LG was the first manufacturer to ship large-screen OLED TV to Korea and Europe, and today the company claims "first" for its U.S. model.
The LG 55EA9800, a 55-inch OLED TV with a curved screen, will be available for preorder today at a price of $14,999. According to James Fishler, senior vice president of marketing, it will ship to the homes of the people who placed orders "within a couple of weeks."
In this country, LG's OLED TV is selling exclusively at select Magnolia stores inside Best Buy. LG made its announcement at … Read more
It's taken years of fits and starts, but Americans will finally be able to buy first-generation big-screen OLED TVs very soon.
The Samsung KN55S9, a 55-inch OLED TV with a slightly curved screen, will be available at select dealers in the U.S. by mid-August. It will be Samsung's first OLED TV for sale in the U.S., hot on the heels of rival LG.
3D TV is a chicken without an egg. Many LED LCD and plasma TVs today offer a 3D feature and ship with 3D glasses, but most people never use the feature and never don the glasses. Or they try it once or twice and then leave the glasses to gather dust.
The missing egg is content. Despite the hype of its "Avatar"-fueled launch and accompanying predictions about a proliferation of made-in-3D movies, sports, and TV shows, 3D is still uncommon today. There's not much actual 3D you can watch on a 3D TV.
With a couple … Read more
I can't come to your home to help with ideas (sorry), but I can give you some dos and don'ts when it comes to TV placement, to point you in the right direction (i.e., toward the screen). … Read more
The company on Friday announced (PDF) that 55- and 65-inch Ultra HD televisions, part of its LA9700 series, are being rolled out in the United States this week. Along with 4K resolution of 8.3 million pixels per frame, the sets boast 4.1-channel surround system and support for the company's Magic Remote, which lets you control the TV by speaking.
Still, because the LA9700 series includes 4K resolution, don't expect to get … Read more
The 55-inch UN55F9000 and 65-inch UN65F9000 will be available for preorder by U.S. customers starting July 21, shipping in early August. They'll cost $5,499 and $7,499 respectively. That's about $500 more than Sony's 4K X900 series, which is shipping now. LG, for its part, showed smaller 4K TVs at CES, but hasn't shipped any to the U.S. yet. Update 7/15: LG's smaller 4K TVs are shipping now too.… Read more