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Finally, someone's asking the big questions. Ed Husic, Federal Member for Chifley and Australia Tax fighter, has spoken in Parliament on the fact that Australia's main free-to-air TV stations still don't broadcast in HD.
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.
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.
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.
LG’s 55-inch curved OLED TV really is amazingly nuts in person. It stands up to tests and we’ve been excited since the Aussie launch back in May, where McGregor flatly described them as "f**king good tellys." Nice one Obi-Wan. Well, LG’s brand ambassador is back and still excited; in his own dapper way, of course.
A few weeks ago, news of Panasonic's ambitious ultra-widescreen four-camera system had us trying to desperately imagine what it must be like to watch an entire sporting event on a single 64:9 panorama. But thankfully we don't have to strain our imaginations any further, because Panasonic has posted some sample footage of a football game shot with the prototype camera system.
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.
A couple of months ago, Seiki announced a 50-inch 4K TV with a suggested MSRP of $US1500 — which is still an absurd price point for a 4K TV. The price has continued to drop, and now Amazon's selling it for $US1081.
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.
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.
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".
Do you want the gargantuan, gorgeous 84-inch 4k TV Sony recently tempted us with? So do we. But are you willing to sell an organ for it? Official pricing is out now!
Cue the ohhing and ahhing. Yesterday, Samsung unveiled its new crown jewel — the ES9000, a 75-inch gorgeous giant of a TV. With a super-sharp display and a barely there bezel, it's hypnotising.