Korean home theater fanatics get one hell of a set next month, courtesy of LG. For around the equivalent of $22,000, they'll be able to get equipped with an 84" LCD with a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160. Assuming you've got a 4K source, that's one impressive set.
That's a new record for the company – one that CEO Reed Hastings hopes to eclipse very soon. Netflix streaming is more popular than ever, bringing in more users and greater viewership as time goes on. In June they set an absolutely enormous record, with a total of over a billion hours of viewed content.
Sony was the first to jump into the OLED market, but they've since fallen behind. Panasonic, on the other hand, never really ventured into working on the new tech. Korean manufacturers LG and Samsung are far in the lead with this tech, which has prompted Sony and Panasonic to work together to get caught up.
The thing about the Google TV – the very important thing about the Google TV – is that there are a massive amount of apps available. Since it's already tied in to the Android marketplace, you can use practically any app already available on Android phones and tablets. Proprietary operating systems used by most TV makers don't have that advantage, and there's no indication that things will change. The heavily segmented customer base means that developers don't have much incentive to create programs for the platforms, and hardware is really only as good as the software that runs on it.
Have you ever watched a commercial and thought to yourself "boy I'd like one of those, but I really don't want to go anywhere to get it?" TiVo and PayPal know the feeling, and they're making things even easier by adding PayPal payments to TiVo's interactive ads. You'll be able to link up your PayPal account and pick up products with a touch of a button.