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AquoMotion, AquoDimming, Auto-Depth Enhancer, Motionflow, Precision Black Local Dimming, Clear Action. These are the marketing names given to common features built into today's televisions to "enhance" the image. But while they alter the picture in a way that makes it catch your eye, the result often bears little resemblance to how it was intended to look. That's a problem.

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For as much as I loved the LG 9300's curved OLED screen, trying to navigate through the set's menus using the motion-controlled smart remote and the onscreen Web OS menu could be an infuriating task. Hopefully the second generation navigation menu that LG just announced ahead of CES will make it less of a chore.

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Netflix announced at CES that it would begin shooting original series in ultra high-def 4K, and now British site HDTVtest has caught the first glimpse of the streaming giant's 4K content in the wild. How much more evil does Kevin Spacey look?

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According to Reuters, Panasonic is going to stop production of its fantastic plasma TV sets by March 2014. That sucks, but it's also not surprising since previous reports had hinted at Panasonic planning to cut its TV production and that the TV market has been overtaken by seemingly every other technology not named plasma.

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When the NHK in Japan first developed the spec for what would eventually be officially known as HDTV, they opted for a 16:9 aspect ratio, instead of the more traditional 4:3, which better filled a human's vision. But Panasonic apparently feels that's still not wide enough, at least when it comes to capturing the action on a sports field. So it's developed a multi-camera system that can capture 720P at an astonishing 64:9.

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4K TVs are visual deliciousness in a box but are a little (to put it lightly) out of reach for peasants like us as they come with a price tag either equal to the cost of a car or are only considered cheap because they're graciously not priced like a car. Eyegasms ain't cheap friends. But one company whose name I'm not even sure how to pronounce is trying to change the whole damn game. SEIKI has a 50-inch 4K TV for only $US1300. Yeah.

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Did you hear the latest rumour about Apple's "explorations" into a Dick Tracey-like smartwatch that'll soon be attaching itself to everybody's wrists? It's coming soon. Or never. But it's just another one of an avalanche of products Apple is rumoured to have in the works. We've rounded up everything Apple's supposed to have in the pipeline. If even half of them are true, Cupertino's got its hands full.

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If 3D TVs failed to entice, chances are you've been hanging out for 4K (or "4096p", if you want a direct comparison in pixels). The prices might be prohibitive today, with $US20,000-$US25,000 quoted for models from Sony and LG, but when you do eventually walk into Harvey's (or hit up your favourite price aggregator), you're going to want to know the precise term — because it won't be "4K".

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The Olympics are just barely over, and you're still probably nursing your sport-scorched eyeballs. Give your mind a break after all that TV. But in just four short years, we'll be at it again. So how will we watch the Olympiad next time around?