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An HDR Standard for PC Monitors

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An HDR Standard for PC Monitors

Customers wanting to know the HDR capability of a future monitor get a helping hand from the DisplayHDR-- a VESA standard setting baseline HDR quality levels for PC displays.

Developed with the input of over two dozen member companies, the High-Performance Monitor and Display Compliance Test Specification (or DisplayHDR) measure 3 distinct levels of HDR performance. These are baseline (DisplayHDR 400), mid-range (DisplayHDR 600) and high-end (DisplayHDR 1000), with each level based on 8 parameters.

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The Queen of QLEDs

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The Queen of QLEDs

The architect behind development of the Cd-free quantum dot technology, Dr. Eunjoo Jang at the Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology (SAIT) was just appointed a Samsung Fellow-- an honor also referred to as “Samsung’s Nobel Prize.”

One of the breakthrough achievements of Samsung researchers has been the development of cadmium-free quantum dot technology, used currently in Samsung QLED TVs.

While quantum dot had the benefit of delivering superior light expression, the technology posed harm to the environment with toxic cadmium at risk of being released through nanoparticle degradation. Samsung’s quantum dots, however, are cadmium-free, and Samsung is currently the only company that produces cadmium-free (Cd-free) quantum dot displays.

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Vivitek Presents HK2288 Budget 4K Projector

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Vivitek Presents HK2288 Budget 4K Projector

Vivitek launches a compact 4K UHD projector option-- the HK2288, built around a recently developed TI 0.66-inch 4K DLP DMD chip able to generate 8.3 million individual pixels.

The projector also offers DLP DarkChip3 and BrilliantColor refinements for optimal black levels. Meanwhile eXpanded Pixel Resolution (XPR) technology uses 4.15 million (2716x1528) mirrors capable of switching over 9000 times per second to deliver two discrete pixels for each mirror per frame, reformulated through video processing to map and reproduce a native 4K image.

The result, according to Vivitek, fully resolves a 4K 1-pixel line pattern and "is indistinguishable from native 4K projection-- unlike pixel-shifting techniques employing standard 1080p chips."

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TrendForce: 8K, the Next Frontier for QLED TVs?

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TrendForce: 8K, the Next Frontier for QLED TVs?

OLED continues to dominate the high-end TV market in 2018, TrendForce's WitsView says, with shipments reaching a high of 2.5 million-- a "significant" increase over the shipments of 1.5m of 2017.

Driving such growth are more brands entering the OLED market, as well as promotional efforts from major vendors such as Sony. This comes despite the problems of OLED technology, namely colour decay and burn-in issues, and more companies are looking into further developing the technology. On the other hand QLED TV makers, including Samsung, TCL and Hisense, are finding the high pricing of QLED an issue when it comes to promotion.

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BenQ Intros Affordable CineHome HT2550 Projector

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BenQ Intros Affordable CineHome HT2550 Projector

BenQ launches an entry-level 4K UHD projector-- the CineHome HT2550, a single-chip DLP number promising to hit 96% Rec 709 colour gamut, together with native 3840 x 2160 resolution.

The projector uses 0.47-inch single-DMD-chip DLP technology together with BenQ CinematicColor technology and an RGBRGB colour wheel to hit 96% coverage of Rec. 709 colour gamut. In total it can push 8.3 million distinctive pixels, with 2200 ANSI lumens brightness and 1000:1 contrast ratio.

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Broader European Rollout for Sky Q

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Broader European Rollout for Sky Q

British broadcaster Sky plans to launch the Sky Q service to more European countries, starting from Italy on the holiday season before moving to Germany and Austria sometime during H1 2018.

Announced as part of the broadcaster's fiscal Q1 (ending 30 September 2017) earnings report, the rollout of Sky Q in the rest of Europe follows the early 2016 release of the service in the UK and Ireland. In fact, Sky CEO Jeremy Darroch says Sky Q "continued to grow well" in the UK, with customer numbers growing by 23% Q-o-Q during fiscal Q1, reaching 1.6 million households.

The broadcaster cites the success of the system on its support for 4K content. It currently offers over 1000 hours of 4K resolution content, including sports, movies and TV shows. More 4K content should be on the way as well, thanks to a reductions in production costs.

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The "Entry-Level" Loewe Bild 3 TV

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Germany's Loewe presents what it describes as an "entry-level" 4K TV range-- the Bild 3, offering sets in 43-, 49- and 55-inch sizes at lower costs than the high-end Bild 7 and Bild 9 ranges.

The 43-inch (model 3.43) and 49-inch (3.49) models feature LCD panels with support for HDR 10 and Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG). The 55-inch version ups the ante with an OLED panel and the addition of Dolby Vision HDR.

All models offer an integrated 80W with 4 drivers, 2 passive radiators and a bass reflex port, together with access to streaming services such as Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime TV, BBC iPlayer and Tidal. Bluetooth support is also included for wireless music playback.

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Roku Presents 4K Streaming Stick

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Roku Presents 4K Streaming Stick

The Roku streaming device lineup gets a refresh-- one complete with no less than 5 new players, ranging from low-cost options for first-time customers to a 4K-capable Streaming Stick.

Aimed at first-time streamers or as addition to another room, the 2nd generation Roku Express and Roku Express+ promise a 5x power boost compared to the previous version. The Express+ is also ideal for use with older TVs, since it includes composite AV connectivity.

On the streaming dongle side side, Roku offers two options. The first is an updated Streaming Stick, now featuring a quad-core processor, 802.11ac dual-band MIMO wireless connectivity and a voice remote complete with TV power and volume to control compatible TVs as well as the stick. Owners of 4K TVs get the Streaming Stick+, with a more powerful processor able to handle 4K HDR 60fps streaming.

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Futuresource: STBs Remain Household Fixture

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Futuresource: STBs Remain Household Fixture

Traditional pay-TV STBs remain a fixture in consumer homes worldwide, Futuresource Consulting reports, as operators add new features to counter the enhanced functionality of media streamers.

The analyst says global media box shipments (combining STBs and media streamers) total 339 million units in 2016, with STBs making 86% of the total. The total value of the 2016 media box market is up to $21 billion.

However, while the share of STBs making the media box market is "unlikely" to dip in 2017, the traditional STB is under threat by many competing connected devices-- such as media streamers, games consoles and smart TVs-- all able to access content from a variety of sources. Thus more desirable features are being added to STBs, including SVoD services, voice search and smart home functionality, as well as 4K/UHD upgrades.

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Epson Launches EH-LS100 Ultra-Short-Throw Projector

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Epson Launches EH-LS100 Ultra-Short-Throw Projector

Epson takes the short-throw projector category to the home market with the EH-LS100, a laser-powered ultra-short-throw (UST) projector promising flexible installation options and images of up to 130-inch.

The EH-LS100 can be placed just 6cm away from a wall or screen to project a 70-inch WUXGA resolution image, with a bit more of throw distance allowing for larger images. A combination of 3LCD technology and White and Colour Light Output (CLO) of 4000 luments allow it to handle high-ambient light conditions, while Detail Enhancement provides smoother and sharper images. Contrast ratio stands at 2500000:1.

Connectivity comes through x3 HDMI inputs (including x1 MHL), while control comes through either RJ45 connection or wifi connectivity via optional ELPAP10 adapter. Both options allow one to control the projector via smart device and companion iProjection app. Built-in 16W speakers provide sound.

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Sharp Readies 8K TV at IFA

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Sharp Readies 8K TV at IFA

The current TV technology of choice might be 4K, but Sharp is set for the future with the announcement of the first commercially available 8K resolution TV, which will arrive in European markets from March 2018.

The TV in question is a 70-inch Aquos model revealed at IFA 2017. Dubbed the LC-70X500, it offers 7680 x 4320 resolution and promises  “ultimate reality, with ultra-fine details even the naked eye cannot capture." It is also compatible with the Dolby Vision HDR and BDA-HDR (for Blu-ray players).

However, while rolling out an 8K TV might be nice there isn't much content one can appreciate on it-- at least outside of Sharp's home Japan, where public broadcaster NHK does regular 8K satellite broadcasts through a "Super Hi Vision" test channel. Set up in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, it shows a mixture of arts, sports, music and documentary programming reminiscent of test HDTV transmissions.

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