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TV

  • The smart TV buyer’s guide: 5 of the best

    I like having a large television in my house. Perhaps it's because I'm of an age that still remembers old school CRT-tube TVs that didn't have remotes. I had to get out of my seat to change the channel. Now of course I have a sizeable TV with excellent picture quality. But how did I arrive at my particular model choice? It can get rather confusing when we enter an electronics store and are faced with a variety of televisions on display, with those flashing lights and pictures getting into our heads. We can normally spot the ones with a...

  • The budget 4K TVs are here: this is Seiki’s $699 39-incher

    Seiki is not a household name, yet. But when it launches its US$699 4K, 39-inch HD-TV end of June 2013, it will be. Check this hot little number out: It’s a TV, what did you expect?Seiki introduced its first 4K TV to the market April 2013, a 50-incher for the low price of US$1 399. But US$699 is a lot more palatable, you also get a lot less TV sadly. The 39-inch, affordable 4K option (model SE39UY04) has a max resolution of 3840x2160, a refresh rate of 120hz at 1080p, and 30hz -- which will make the images a little choppy...

  • LG announces 55-inch Curved OLED TV for your IMAX living room

    Brace yourself, for today the South Korean electronics giant LG announced it will start taking orders for its Curved OLED TV. It’s called the 55EA9800. Yes, it’s not that catchy as you would have wanted but it’s probably the current Iron Man of all televisions. This groundbreaking 55-inch curved telly begins shipping next month in Korea. It’s a great development and gives LG another leap forward in its tight competition with Samsung, Sony and Sharp. This particular curved OLED TV will set you back a massive US$13 500. Though it might just be worth your while to dream about...

  • Japan will start world’s first 4K TV broadcasts by 2014

    4K television was this year's big tech news, wowing the crowds at CES 2013 and stomping all over 3D television's promises of better viewing for the future. Yet the general consensus was that 4K broadcasting was still many years in the making. But according to a report in the Asahi Shimbun (translated), the Japanese government plans to start 4K TV broadcasts as soon as July 2014, two years earlier than its previous...

  • Korea can now snag Samsung’s $38k 85-inch Ultra HD TV

    CES 2013 was the cotillion for ultra-HD TV’s and Samsung, the company who demoed one of the largest ultra-HD TV’s at the show has now placed its 85-inch, quad-core TV up for pre-order in Korea. And all that tech can be yours, for the veritably inexpensive price of US$38 000. 85 inches of FUTURE!So what are we getting for just shy of US$40-k?. As mentioned there’s a quad-core CPU running the 214cm TV, 2.2 channel speakers and the “we’re not ready for it” 4K screen resolution bolstered by the "Precision Black Pro LCD panel”. Samsung also has 95 and 110-inch versions...

  • The giants are here: 4K Ultra HD TVs dominate at CES

    There was one thing predominantly clear at CES 2013. Actually it's two things: 3D TV is dead/dying, and enormous living-room-dominating Ultra HD and OLED TVs are the next big thing. Ultra HD, also termed 4K, has been on everybody's lips with the three main competitors Samsung, Sony and LG displaying TV sets that almost defy logic, and making the oft-used phrase "world's first" into a cliché. And believe it or not, an 8K TV snuck in there too... LG Electronics First up is LG with the stars of its show, a 55-inch curved OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) TV, and an...

  • LG to roll out super high-def mobile displays [CES]

    LG Display is the world's largest LCD panel maker, producing not just televisions but also displays for various mobile manufacturers like Apple. At CES 2013 it showed some of the new displays in its line, with a 12.9-inch display that holds a resolution of 2560 x 1700, a 7-inch crammed with 1920 x 1200 pixels, and a 5.5-inch model with full HD that delivers at 1920 x 1080 resolution. Using Advanced High Performance...

  • Tech predictions for 2013: Apple’s ‘iTV’

    With 2012 done and dusted, our attention turns to the upcoming year and what innovation the major players will bring to the table. One of our tech predictions for 2013, may see Apple entering the television manufacturing market with a self-branded TV set. The idea of Apple producing a line of televisions shouldn't seem that foreign a notion, considering the Cupertino based company have all the necessary components to build one. Current Apple CEO Tim Cook hinted at the possibility of the company heading into an industry that he described as "left behind". In this same interview he also...

  • Toshiba 32RL958 review: The ultimate trickle-down TV?

    Smart apps have for long been available only on premium TVs, with the likes of BBC iPlayer and YouTube often costing hundreds of pounds extra - usually on TVs with 3D and a high build quality, to boot. That trend ends here, with Toshiba's 32-inch 32RL958, an Edge LED-backlit LCD TV that's as basic in build and all-round spec as a £399 (around AU$615/US$648) should be, but adding some luscious extras. As well as Toshiba Places, a growing online portal that supports the core must-have apps - BBC iPlayer, Skype, YouTube, Acetrax film streaming, as well as a new open web...

  • Sony unveil 84-inch Ultra High Def TV pre-loaded with 4K content

    Sony has just revealed its latest offering, the XBR-84X900 Ultra HDTV. Set to retail for a sizable US$25 000, it is a little more expensive than LG's 84-incher. The reason for the bigger price tag you might ask? The XBR-84X900 is said to arrive pre-loaded with 4K enabled content, which is the first of its kind. The Ultra HDTV market is fairly small, but Sony will be pinning its hopes on the added 4K delivery system, with the chance that it will entice users to opt for its product instead of the competitors. Other features include cinematic sound integration offering up...