While others shift their focus to ridiculously large 4K sets, Panasonic is sticking with the stuff that got them where they are. The company is set to release plasmas and LCDs, all sitting at 65 inches and below. While last year that wouldn't have been much of a surprise, that sets them apart at this year's CES.
The NPD Group – as they are wont to do – has put together a survey of Smart TV owners and come to an interesting conclusion. Most Smart TV owners don't use their Smart TVs. In fact, according to their data, only half of these sets are connected to the internet. The rest are used in the exact same way they would be without the extra features.
Wednesday, 26 December 2012
The folks at LG are bringing plenty of cool stuff to CES this year, but the most intriguing of them is the HECTO Laser TV System – a projector and screen combo that gives users a large 1080p picture without requiring a ton of space. The laser projector, which boasts a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, needs to be just 22 inches away to fill up the included 100 inch screen
The folks at Sceptre are stepping up their game for 2013. They've announced their lineup – though the details are still under wraps – and it includes some very cool additions in both TVs and monitors. Sceptre is referring to the new sets as Rimless, and they sport bezels of just 4mm. Those monitors aren't tiny either, ranging from 32 inches on up to 55. What's really intriguing though, is the soundbar.
The folks at Amazon have slowly but surely turned their streaming service into something real and desirable, instead of just an afterthought. The hybrid subscription/transactional service is available on a variety of game consoles, TVs and now it's arrived on the iPhone. Unfortunately, it leaves a lot to be desired.