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All posts tagged "tv"

  • Hisense buys Toshiba’s TV unit in R1.6bn deal

    Hisense's TV division has enjoyed a rather brisk rise in South Africa, but it seems like global operations are doing big numbers as well. Now, the company has announced that it's acquired Toshiba's TV unit. "In this transaction, Hisense will purchase 95% stock shares of Toshiba Visual Solutions Corporation (TVS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation, with the price of 12.9 billion Japanese Yen (R1.6-billion)," the Chinese company announced in a press statement. So what does Hisense gain from this as a result? "Hisense will obtain the TV businesses, including production, research and development, and sales functions," the release reads --...

  • Hisense Laser TV: expect crazy price tag, 2018 release for SA

    Hisense made tech headlines at CES 2017 when it revealed its Laser TV. As the name implies, it's... well... shoot. It's not really a TV but a projector, actually. Featuring a box up close to the screen/wall for short throw projection, the laser TV manages to deliver a sharp, colourful image for a projector. But what if you want to get your hands on one? Well, you'll need to wait a while and have a hefty wallet... "Laser TV in SA, we're probably going to be launching around Feb, March next year," Hisense SA marketing director Claire Noyes-Smith told Gearburn. Hisense is...

  • How long until more 4K HDR TVs hit sub-R10 000 mark?

    4K HDR television sets have received a ton of hype in recent months, in no small part due to the PS4 Pro, Xbox One S, Xbox Scorpio and streaming services supporting the standards. LG, Samsung and other brands have sensed a major opportunity in this regard, having sold TVs with this tech for some time now. But the biggest obstacle is price, with many 4K HDR television sets being rather expensive. Still, we're seeing some 4K sets with claimed HDR functionality hovering just above the R10 000 price window or just a touch under this mark... So the question then is just...

  • CES 2017: Xiaomi Mi TV 4 is thinner than iPhone 7

    We've seen several TVs shown off at CES 2017 this week, but Xiaomi's Mi TV 4 might just be the most visually impressive set yet. The Mi TV 4 is 37% thinner than the iPhone 7, the Chinese colossus claimed, being 4.98mm thin with a "frameless" display to boot. To be fair, it's not of uniform thickness, with the bottom third of the TV being almost 40mm thick. In a rather interesting move, the motherboard, ports and sound system are in a separate "TV bar" that's attached to the actual display by a single cable. If it sounds familiar, it's because...

  • LG launches new 4K OLED TV ranges in South Africa

    September is clearly the month to launch televisions in South Africa. With Hisense kicking things off earlier this month, it was Korean electronics giant LG that unveiled its new wares at an event in Johannesburg's Cradle of Humankind Thursday. The company announced that four of its new premium 4K OLED TVs will arrive in South Africa, handpicked from its 2016 LG G6 and LG E6 ranges. The screens, which boast some novel innovations and marketing pointers, were used to showcase photography from Tanja and Cory Schmitz, two astro-photographers who look for the skyward light in the darkest of South African towns. And...

  • ULED arrives: Hisense brings new TV tech to South Africa

    If you run a quick internet search for ULED technology right now, you'd be hard pressed to find any tangible details. It seems that it's a technology Hisense is massively proud of, but isn't exactly showering consumers with much technical detail. That is, until now. At an event on Tuesday in Johannesburg, the company pulled back the curtains (quite literally) on its new 4K ULED televisions, which were made known earlier this year in Australia. This event also gave Hisense a chance to brief journalists and retailers on its new tech, deliver a new war cry to other established brands, and...

  • 5 pivotal moments in the development of TV technology

    It’s hard to believe how far the television, and TV technology for that matter, has come in a little under a century. As we enter a new age of television thanks to UHD and OLED, let’s look back at the pivotal technological moments that have shaped television as we know it today. The TV is invented A multitude of inventors came up with the technologies that define what we know as television. Vladimir Zworykin was the first to patent the idea for a television as we know it, then known as the Iconoscope. A few years later, Philo Farnsworth was able to produce...

  • 11 TV, film and gaming mashup videos too batshit crazy to ignore

    Gaming's a weird passion. Most people see at a gamer and think "look at this nerd and their obsession with that Pac-Man game." But those who spend their lives vegetating on the couch watching cable television, are insulated from the same sort of stereotypical insults gamers are traditionally labelled with. Why is it more acceptable to be a film or series-addict than it is to be a gamer? Can't we all just get along? Some, like those who made these TV, game and film mashups below, have the right idea. Games, TV and film were simply made to exist...

  • Retro awesome: Tumblr artist give 300 iconic game, TV and film characters an 80s-style makeover

    Paul Robertson could be a genius. Over on his Tumblr page, Robertson has completed (we believe) a series of gaming, TV and film drawings called "Taito Style Sprites". Robertson has drawn 300 extremely well-known personalities in the style of Eighties arcade characters, with breathtaking results. "Bubble Bobble was the first game I ever played in the arcades and it pretty much decided what my career was going to be. So I thought I’d try out some Taito inspired characters. There’s 100 all up :)" The Golden Girls, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Street Fighter IV, Hulk Hogan, Shrek, Robocop, Captain Planet and...

  • 8 TV and game mashups that need to happen

    Combine popular TV shows with games and what do you get? These possible game and TV mashups. Cool TV demands an even cooler game, as a wise person, who may have been me, once said. Once upon a time Once is a special show and would be an excellent game, if Telltale Games, makers of The Wolf Among Us steps in. Once is all adventure, talking, tears and little action, so as a cell-shaded episodic game it would be an instant hit. Fargo Did anyone expect a televised version of the-best-film-of-all-time™ to be such an excellent series? Not me, and all I could...