Samsung's LCD business is big, and thanks to the recent acquisition of Sony's piece of a joint LCD venture it's been getting even bigger. The folks at Samsung are through trying to manage such a big business within the greater structure and are spinning off a new company that's going to be handling LCDs and LCDs alone.
Sharp revealed some impressive new sets at CES this January and they're finally ready to let us in on when we can expect them and how much we'll be paying. At the top of the line is an 80" LED backlit LCD that comes in at $6,499. Of course, if you're not looking for something to take up an entire wall, they have smaller sets too.
Vizio has been talking up its CinemaWide sets since CES 2011 and now they're finally on the way. The 21:9 sets are designed specifically for those that want to get the full theatrical experience on their TV. It's the kind of set that really takes advantage of the wide aspect ratio used in theatrical movies. It features Razor LED lighting, upscales your Blu-rays for the 2560x1080 resolution and does the things you'd expect from a Smart TV, like streaming movies and music.
Wednesday, 01 February 2012
When it first launched, Google TV was a mess. It didn’t work as well as it should have and sales were incredibly weak. Things are starting to turn around though, thanks to a series of updates to the platform. The latest update brings a bit of functionality to all of Sony’s Google TV products, but the big change comes to the Google TV Blu-ray player.
Widescreen TVs are nice and all, but the aspect ratio is essentially a compromise between 4:3 TV and 2.35:1 theatrical movies. If you're a dedicated movie buff, those black bars and that smaller picture just doesn't do it. Vizio has announced their solution - a series of 21:9 televisions that fill the screen with your Blu-rays.