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At this year's CES 2023 in Las Vegas, industry professionals and private visitors were once again given the opportunity to see the latest technical highlights for themselves from January 5th to January 8th. The technology show is considered the most influential event in its branch and is also a signpost for the year ahead. We have compiled the most important information about news worth knowing from the TV industry for you in our in-depth article on the tech convention.
From January 5-8, 2022, CES® has returned to Las Vegas – this year as a hybrid event, after last year's Consumer Electronics Show had to be purely digital due to the ongoing pandemic. During the CES, many manufacturers announce their new TV models for 2022, including technical innovations and of course the first glimpses of the upcoming models. Of course, new OLED TVs are are at the ready again this year, but Mini and Micro LED technology are also becoming more dominant on the TV market. And what about the new QD technology? What surprises still await us? Find out everything about CES 2022 here!
In mid-July, the company from South Korea announced that it would be increasing the size of the S90C series once again. For the 2023 line-up, the range had already been extended upwards by a 77-inch variant. An additional step in this direction has now been taken. The QD-OLED series, which is still quite new, will be expanded by an 83-inch model – for now on the US market.
However, only at first glance. If you take a closer look at the technology underneath, you will be in for a surprise. In order to realise the plan, a cooperation between the electronics company and LG Display is necessary. Until now, however, the LG subsidiary has not produced QD-OLED panels. So without further ado, the company is using a WOLED display of the respective size.
As a result, the largest model in the series is technically out of line and could cause irritation and disappointment among consumers who like to buy beyond 80 inches. It is not yet clear whether this version will also be available in Europe at some point.
Apparently, the Dutch-Chinese electronics company is discontinuing the compatibility of its in-house Hue products with the Ambilight feature on models from the 2023 line-up. Until now, you could combine the Hue light sources provided by Philips in form of different lamps or LED strips with many Ambilight TVs in a simple way using an app and thus build up a much larger setup.
However, this option will probably no longer be available in the future. It remains to be seen whether this will be changed at a later date. The company has not officially commented on the procedure itself or the background of this decision.
According to South Korean media, panel producer LG Display will deliver the first batches of WOLED displays to Samsung Electronics this month. Although an initial agreement on the cooperation has been reached, general conditions such as the duration of the contract and the volume do not seem to have been finally clarified yet and are currently running on the basis of a trial order. However, no official announcement has been made so far.
The aim is apparently to supply 77″ and 83″ panels, which are supposed to further expand the QD range in the coming year. For this purpose, Samsung has requested the LG subsidiary to carry out the production according to certain specifications and to realise the production in the South Korean plant in Paju.
As Sony recently announced, premium users of the PlayStation Network will be able to stream PS5 titles in the future. The Japanese company is currently at the beginning of a test phase. When the trial run is completed, games from the next-gen console will also be available directly via the cloud. A previous download will then no longer be necessary.
Following manufacturers such as LG and Samsung, who have already made a fresh range of TV models available to consumers, the Japanese electronics manufacturer has now given a more detailed insight into its upcoming portfolio and announced an interesting cooperation.
Up until now, only the MZW2004 series was officially known. The flagship OLED with Micro Lens Array technology was promoted at this year’s CES. You can choose between the sizes 55″, 65″ and 77 inches. The spearhead is joined by the MZ1500 series and the MZW984, as well as another entry-level OLED TV from the MZ800E line. All three TVs are offered in 42″, 48″, 55″ and 65″ sizes.
The range is rounded off by the two Mini-LED models MXW954 and MXW944 as well as two conventional LED devices. Gamers can look forward to a so-called True Game Mode, for which Panasonic has entered into a partnership with Blizzard, respectively Diablo IV. The feature reproduces the colour balance of games exactly as the developer intended.
At this year’s SID Display Week in Los Angeles, the Chinese panel manufacturer BOE presented a TV device with a screen diagonal of 110 inches, almost 2.8 metres. Apart from the scale, which is quite stately, this prototype operates at a resolution of 16K or 15360 x 8640 pixels. Compared to an 8K model, the display can thus show four times the amount of pixels and 16 times more than a comparatively conventional 4K device.
Looking at the additional specifications, however, this test model tends to be at the lower end of the scale and, with a manageable 400 nits of maximum brightness at a contrast ratio of 1200:1 and 60 Hertz ADS panel, does not give any real cause for joy. Qualitatively, the display is supposed to be on the level of a premium colour print. However, before we talk about 16K resolutions in private households, a lot of time will pass. Before that, 8K devices must first establish themselves in the field and corresponding image material needs to be offered on a broad scale.
In the past few years, there was already a growing trend in the purchase of TV devices: interest in televisions with OLED screens increased continuously. According to GfK, this trend remained unchanged in the first quarter of this year, reaching 17 percentage points on the overall market.
This shows that the number has more than tripled in the past four years. Therefore, almost every fifth television is based on the technology of self-luminous pixel. While a good 3 out of 4 devices are now also UHD-capable, the total number of units sold declined to 1.1 million and is thus still falling.
According to the Reuters news agency, the two companies from the electronics industry have agreed on a deal worth billions. On this basis, LG Display will deliver several million WOLED panels to Samsung Electronics in the coming years. We are talking about 2 million units, which are already planned for the upcoming year. An additional 3 and 5 million units are planned for 2025 and 2026 respectively.
It remains to be seen, however, in which way Samsung will use these quantities. Clearly, the South Korean manufacturer wants to establish itself further in the premium TV segment. To achieve this, the production of LCD panels was discontinued last year and the division, including several thousand patents, was sold to the Chinese display producer CSOT – a subsidiary of TCL.
The reason for the agreement is Samsung Display’s currently comparatively low production capacity to supply its big brother with sufficient quantities of QD OLEDs. Furthermore, higher production costs play a role.
In the coming year, the current privilege regarding utility costs for cable connections in Germany will be eliminated by a law change. Tenants with cable television as part of their utility costs or rent will then have the option to choose the type of reception they want or to forego linear television altogether in order to save money.
Until now, landlords have been able to pass on the costs of a cable contract to all tenants. Although in many cases this is a cost saving per household, it also means that you have to pay for a cable connection in every case. As of mid-2024, this point may no longer be part of the bill. Therefore, inform yourself early on whether the new regulation also applies to you in order to avoid any misunderstandings in advance.
According to the British market research institute Technavio, the television market is on a growth course and could increase by more than 180 billion US dollars in the next four years. Especially the range between 52 and 65 inches is steadily becoming more popular.
The situation is different for content in UHD respectively 4K. The company still sees untapped potential here. While 8K models still maintain a niche existence, the analysts see a change in this area by 2027 and believe that corresponding devices will make up ground by that time.
Whether this will actually be the case given the current lull in content in combination with the current costs for such a TV, we will see. It would be more important to first expand the 4K offering in order to build on this foundation.
The OLED line-up announced at the beginning of the year is now available. In addition to the LG OLED B3, which represents the company’s new entry into the world of self-luminous pixels, the South Korean manufacturer is also stepping up with the popular gaming series from the C division. However, LG has not included an additional cooling unit here.
Its flagship and once again equipped with the newest technology is the Gallery series with the LG OLED evo G3. Keyword here is especially the fresh MLA technology with an immense number of micro-lenses that further increase the brightness efficiency and turn the model into one of the most powerful TV devices in its field.
As part of the 2023 TV line-up, the South Korean company is expanding its cloud gaming offer in several ways. If you have an supported GeForce Now subscription, you will be able to stream your content in 4K with up to 60 frames per second onto the screen. A subsequent implementation for selected LG models from 2022 is also planned.
In addition, Boosteroid has been brought on board and joins existing partners such as xCloud, Blacknut, Utomik and GFN. You will have access to it starting with the 2021 model year. With the so-called Quick Game Card in webOS 23, you can access the services directly from the start screen.
This year, Samsung’s line-up will once again get a literal addition. To be precise, this refers to the Q80C series and a 98-inch variant based on Full Array Local Dimming. However, the huge screen diagonal is not entirely new.
The South Korean manufacturer has already launched TVs with such large dimensions on the market in recent years. Most recently the QN100B from the Mini-LED series. In the long run, the TV is supposed to compete against the TCL 4K model of the same size.
The entry-level price will be a hefty 8,000 euros, but it should be significantly lowered thereafter, making the Q80C a relatively “inexpensive” model in terms of its size.
In general, a wireless transmission standard for audio signals is a useful addition to the equipment of a TV set. So far, however, only comparatively few devices support the possibility of communicating with each other via the so-called WiSA method.
This could change in the future, though. Two new standards developed could help to achieve this in the near future. They are chip-independent and could therefore also be implemented as a retrofitted software solution.
While the WiSA E standard is based on the implementation of full Dolby Atmos home theater systems with up to 10 speakers, WiSA DS supports the expansion of additional sound sources if you already own a soundbar solution.
WiSA E is based on a Wi-Fi connection within a 5 GHz network. WiSA DS uses a specially created Wi-Fi network with 2.5 GHz to be able to connect additional 5 channels.
Nowadays, numerous modern TV devices feature the so-called Filmmaker mode. This preset ensures that the overall optical impression is closer to the intended presentation of movies & series by reducing the amount of blue light and deactivating the interpolation, for example. So far, this preset is limited to SDR and HDR content.
According to the chairman and president of the UHD Alliance, Michael Zink at the LG Convention, this will be followed by support for Dolby Vision in the future. In collaboration with Hollywood, the upgrade has already been pushed through and is thus in the pipeline for future devices, so to speak. However, the implementation will probably be launched in 2024 models at the earliest. LG TVs could possibly be among the first devices to use this feature.
During this year’s LG Convention, the South Korean company announced the availability and prices of its 2023 lineup. Accordingly, the upcoming OLED models from the C3 and G3 series will be available starting in March. An exception is the C38 sales variant as well as the 42-inch size of the C39, which consumers will be able to purchase from May on.
The new entry-level model from the portfolio, the B3, will follow in April, as Gerald Strömer, Senior Product Marketing Manager, announced. Therefore, the A-series seems to be discontinued. LG is also keeping quiet about a possible CS9 successor.
In terms of pricing, you can expect an retail selling of €1899 for the 55-inch variant of the B3. At the same size, the C-series costs another 500 euros extra. An additional €400 is charged for the G3 from the 4K premium segment. Usually, the street prices should be a bit lower. Depending on the configuration, the 8K Premium OLED Z3 will cost as much as a small or mid-range car, making it all the less interesting for the average consumer.
The South Korean electronics company was once again able to maintain its top position on the sales market in the TV segment in the past year, taking the first place for the 17th time. According to the market research institute Omdia, Samsung sold a total of 9.65 million units of its QLED and Neo-QLED model series in this period.
Especially TV sizes with more than 75″ and 80 inches are the top sellers. In these segments, the market share is more than 36 and almost 43 percent. The premium sector, namely the price range above $2,500, is also scratching the 50-percent mark.
In addition to the usual characteristics such as brightness, contrast or viewing angle, the topic of reflection resistance tends to be given lower priority in TVs. Especially with OLEDs, however, a good solution at this point offers special added value. Why? Devices with this technology still have a major weakness in terms of luminance.
While the rate for the highest possible brightness continues to increase and often serves as a primary selling point, the measurement results over larger areas or even the entire picture remain far from backlit TVs. This can be a problem especially in light-flooded rooms with reflective objects and sunlight.
To make screens more resistant to such factors, several manufacturers have confirmed a new anti-reflective coating called “AR” for the upcoming 2023 lineup. In addition to LG’s G3 and the Philips OLED908, Panasonic’s MZ2000 series and all QD screens Samsung is launching will benefit from this improvement. According to LG, this should reduce specular reflections by up to 70 percent and overall reflection by 30 percent. In addition, the reddish-pink hue will be replaced by a more neutral tone.
The Chinese-Dutch electronics manufacturer has unveiled its TV lineup for this year at its TP Vision Live digital home event. In addition to the expected successors of the relevant 900 and 800 model series OLED+908 and OLED808 – the first of which has the state-of-the-art meta panel – and two fresh versions of “The One“, the portfolio will also get the addition of a completely new series with “The Xtra” in fall.
With its 120 Hertz is the derived SI-unit of frequency with 1Hz=1/s – When talking about TVs this means how many different pictures a TV can display in one second. panel, the brand-new mini-LED is supposed to close the gap between the all-rounder “The One” and the premium range of OLED+ models, and at the same time become the brightest backlit model to date. Philips mentions a brightness of up to 1000 nits.
The electronics manufacturer from South Korea could launch a transparent OLED next year. The idea was presented by LG Display at the beginning of this year. According to the company, LG Electronics would only have to think about how the design of this TV should turn out.
Although the company already offers transparent OLED signs sold by its Business Solutions Company, with Xiaomi someone else is already a pioneer on the TV market. The Chinese company already released the Mi TV Lux with a transparent panel in 2020. Regardless of a surely high selling price, such a project could push the development in this field and thus make it more marketable.
The TV market seems to be increasingly aware of the fact that 8K devices are lagging behind in terms of sales success for various reasons, and first manufacturers like TCL seem to have finally realized this. Meanwhile, the focus seems to change. Thus, attention could increasingly go to a display that is as smooth as possible and free of streaks.
Instead of additional 8K TVs, which only attract a few consumers, there is now more and more interest in 4K240. However, what has already found its way into monitors would first have to arrive in the TV landscape. Apart from a few exceptions with 144 frames per second, 120 hertz is still the measure of all things.
At CES2023, for example, Samsung showcased the first OLED-based TV panel with an input signal of native 240 hertz behind closed doors. Laptops and monitors with such a high frame rate were already launched at the end of 2022. An additional will follow later this year.
TCL will launch a TV with 240 hertz at half the vertical resolution via VRR before the end of this year. Whether LG Display will follow suit at this point is only a question of time. Advantages are mainly in the field of post-next-gen consoles and sports broadcasts.
The Chinese electronics manufacturer TCL announced an expansion of its portfolio at CES 2023 in Las Vegas. According to the published press release, a QD-OLED was mentioned that will be launched this year. Now the picture has been retracted by the company.
At the time, the corresponding passage was mistakenly included in the press release. TCL will thus continue to focus fully on mini-LED technology. Since Philips has not yet made an official announcement in this area – despite recently expressed interest and an evaluation – Samsung and Sony remain the only two manufacturers with QD TVs on the market for now.
This year, Samsung plans to add new 4K as well as fresh 8K TVs to its Neo QLED portfolio again. This includes the QN900C, QN800C, QN700C models coming up from the 8K segment and the UHD lineup with with the QN95C, QN90C and QN85C. High-end models will have more dimming zones than their predecessors, further minimizing the blooming effect.
Within the 8K devices, a 12K mini-LEDs backlight will be used with control of up to 1300 zones. Samsung also emphasizes the TVs’ “14-bit processing and AI upscaling,” but only in relation to the backlight controller and not the LCD = Liquid Crystal Display – a type of screen using liquid crystals for creating the image panel. So far, however, it is unclear whether the TVs will also support HDMI 2.1 QMS.
Signify, formerly Philips Lighting, has announced the Philips Hue Sync TV app at CES 2023, which will be available exclusively for Samsung TVs. The app will be compatible with Samsung’s upcoming generation of TVs, as well as all previous year models starting with the Q60B, including the 8K range.
The software will allow Philips Hue LEDs to be color-matched to the content of TV shows or movies by tapping into the image signal on the phone and using that to control the lights. An external HDMI Sync Box is not required, but use of the interface requires payment of a 130 euro fee.
Sony has unveiled the second generation of its PlayStation VR headset during its CES 2023 press conference, designed specifically for use with the PlayStation 5. The long-awaited virtual reality headset, dubbed PlayStation VR2, features eye-tracking, haptic feedback in the VR2 Sense controller, 3D spatial sound, and a feedback function.
The features of the VR2 Sense Controller, which offers haptic feedback from the triggers, are particularly noteworthy. With these new features, Sony aims to improve immersion and realism in the virtual environment and take the user experience to a new level.
The TCL electronics group will launch two new product families this year. The S-series includes entry-level models, while the Q-series will offer TVs from the mid- and high-end class. The flagship of the Q series is the QM8, which has more dimming zones and higher peak brightness than its predecessor. Later this year, TCL also plans to release an additional screen with up to 3000 nits and 5000 dimming zones.
Samsung will launch two new QD-OLED TVs this year, joining last year’s S95B model. The two new models are named S95C and S90C and are announced by Samsung Display with a peak luminance of up to 2000 SI unit of luminance: 1 nit = 1 cd/m2 – The best way of measuring and comparing a TVs brightness . The devices are also certified with AMD Variable Refresh Rate with AMD graphics cards or consoles Pro, but still do without Dolby Vision.
Panasonic introduced the new OLED TV model MZ2000 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. The device is equipped with Micro Lens Array technology and a new cooling system that ensures a peak brightness of almost 1500 nits. This allows the flagship to stand out significantly from a predecessor. The OLED will be available in 55- and 65-inch sizes and will start arriving at retailers in the fall. However, the 77-inch version will not benefit from the new panel technology.
LG will launch the G3 based on the so-called Meta technology before the end of this year. Thanks to Micro Lens Array and a sharper driving algorithm that is supposed to enable a luminance of 1800 nits at peak on the panel, the G3 – according to LG – can increase up to 70% in luminosity compared to last year’s model. The OLED TV will have a zero-gap design that makes it flush with the surface of the wall and will be available starting in spring.
As it has now become known, the South Korean company is planning to extend its QD-OLED portfolio. Specifically, this concerns the introduction of a 77-inch variant based on that display technology. Samsung would thus close the gap to conventional WOLED-based devices in this size range.
The presentation of a corresponding model is expected to take place at the CES next year and will have features like HDMI 2.1, a gaming HUB, and of course HDR. Philips could also jump on the QD bandwagon in 2023. Currently, the Dutch-Chinese company is checking the implementation.
The screen producer LG Display, which among others also supplies LG Electronics and Sony, will discontinue its production of LCD = Liquid Crystal Display – a type of screen using liquid crystals for creating the image panels for TV sets in the South Korean P7 factory at the Paju site before the end of December. Although the LG subsidiary will also provide additional capacity at its Chinese plant in Guangzhou, it will only do so with a production volume of 60 percent.
In terms of quantities, this means a drop in monthly production of 90,000 to 120,000 units. In the future, the entire production line of LCDs could be abandoned and switched to OLEDs. According to the company’s own statement, the capacity requirements are already in place.
From now on, owners of older Philips TVs can get an update of their operating system. The electronics manufacturer leaves out version 10 and jumps directly to Android 11, which is the current OS version of its 2022 lineup. However, it usually takes several weeks or even months until the over-the-air update arrives. Once installed, the software is supposed to bring some small improvements.
These include the implementation of voice recognition via the Gboard TV keyboard, ALLM support for apps, Instant Apps, and wider support for input devices like Nintendo’s Switch Pro model via Bluetooth and USB, and Valve’s Steam controller via USB. A manual download via link is not available.
The following models are included:
OLED935, OLED805, PUS9235, PUS9005, PUS8505, OLED984, OLED934, OLED854, OLED804, PUS8804, PUS7504, PUS7304
The South Korean electronics company has barely launched the first true alternative over conventional OLEDs on the market with its QD OLED technology, and there are already more possible projects for the future hovering on the horizon.
Samsung Display, the subsidiary responsible for panel production, recently acquired an inkjet-based manufacturing solution that could be used to produce QD devices with 8K resolution in addition to high-resolution monitors in the future. TVs with such a high pixel pitch are still controversial for various reasons and have not really been able to establish themselves on the TV market yet.
TP Vision, the parent company of Philips, is also considering adding TV models with QD technology to its lineup. However, the company would first have to buy the corresponding technology from Samsung Display. If this path is actually taken, Philips would be the third manufacturer to enter the market with such panels, alongside Samsung and Sony. Danny Tack, Head of Product Strategy, recently announced this possibility in an interview.
At the beginning of this year, the South Korean electronics manufacturer released the so-called Gaming Hub for its 2022 TVs and thus paved the way for cloud gaming directly via the TV without a console. Owners of devices from the 2021 lineup will be also provided with this feature and can download the respective apps from the App Store in the next few weeks. However, the Gaming Hub interface will initially continue to be available exclusively on 2022 models.
Smart TVs that will also feature game streaming in the future: QN700A, QN800A, QN850A, QN900A, WS1A, LS03A, AU7000, AU8000, AU9000, Q50A, Q60A, Q70A, Q80A, QN85A, QN90A and QN95A
More services such as Antstream and Blacknut are expected to follow next year and then be available for TVs starting with the 2021 model year.
Introduced in August, the top models from the series 9 are now available in Germany and the UK. Alongside the new miniLED TV PML9507 in 55″, 65“ and a 75″ version, you can now also buy the two OLEDs 907 and 937. The former is available in 48″, 55″ and 65 inches. Philips also offers the latter in 77 inches in addition to a 65-inch variant.
All three models support Dolby Vision and come with the Android TV 11 OS. The two OLED TVs also have a heat sink that is supposed to boost the OLED EX panel up to 1300 nits of peak brightness and a sound system from Bowers and Wilkins in each case.. In terms of pricing, the new TVs are also on the expected high level.
Compared to the previous year, almost 20 percent less televisions were sold in Germany between July and September, according to the gfu. A total of one million new sets changed hands during this period, generating sales revenues of EUR 668 million. However, this is also a decline of almost 25 percent. With a unit volume of over 130,000 and a market share of 13 percent, OLED models continue to become steadily more popular. LED TVs have lost much more ground in relation to them.
The reasons remain the same: Due to the Corona situation, many consumers stocked up on new models earlier than planned. Added to this is the geopolitical situation and the associated price increases for energy costs and food.
Game streaming is no longer a novelty, and it is now even possible to play directly on a compatible TV without a console or pc. Some time ago, Netflix already announced that it would jump on this Cloud Gaming bandwagon. Now it became known that the streaming giant has no less than 55 games in development. At least 14 of them come from the company itself and are being worked on by internal studios.
Whether the plan will actually work in the now highly competitive market is something that only the coming years will show. Google recently announced that it would discontinue its Stadia service because the streaming platform for games was no longer profitable.
Due to the global economic slowdown, inflation and geopolitical uncertainties, analyst firm TrendForce does not expect demand for LCD panels to increase into the coming year. Due to the covid pandemic, demand for consumer electronics rose at that time and thus also the prices until the first half of last year. The subsequent drop in demand led to sharply falling prices, which even fell below pre-Corona levels. By 2023, supply could rise even further and increasingly push prices down.
In order to push its business with the in-house operating system further forward, LG will focus on the so-called webOS Hub in the future. This will allow partners who have licensed the OS from the South Korean electronics manufacturer to make a variety of changes to the user interface in the future and thus customize the UI experience to their own liking. As a result, consumers who purchase a TV from a brand partner will receive a customized version of LG’s popular control center in the future.
Buyers of new, but also owners of existing LG TVs, who are interested in cloud gaming, can now use Google’s Stadia Pro service for three months free of charge. This applies to all TVs with webOS 5.0 or higher.
The offer can be found in LG’s Content Store. Once there, you just have to scan a QR code and complete the subscription process on your smartphone.
The new LCD TV by Philips are now available in Germany and Europe. While the higher-priced ones are equipped with Android 11, the Philips 7607 uses the Linux-based Saphi. The new Game Bar is especially aimed at console owners and summarizes almost all important information like frame rate, resolution and more in a compact way.
During a Quartal 2022 conference call, LG Display confirmed that negotiations with Samsung have been unsuccessful so far, as Korea Bizwire reports. As a result, a supply solution has not yet been found. According to a source, the companies could not agree on the price.
What had happened? Samsung reportedly started negotiating a deal to buy WOLED panels from LG’s subsidiary back in April 2021. Presumably, Samsung wanted to place cheaper OLED models below the new QD OLED TV S95B this way. However, the debate does not seem to be completely off the table yet.
As reported by the gfu in its sales survey for the first half of 2022, TV sales decreased by a total of 17 percentage in comparison to the same period last year. However, OLED TVs are increasing in popularity despite this trend and were even able to increase by 13 points with 295,000 units sold, according to the report. In terms of the total number of devices sold, OLEDs now make up almost one third.
The decline had been expected due to the strong sales years 2020 and 2021 and was therefore by no means surprising. However, considering the upcoming World Cup in November and December and the – usually – stronger sales in the second half of the year, the sales could get a significant boost again.
In an interview on the occasion of the quarterly results, the co-founder of Netflix, Reed Hastings, commented on the future of classic television broadcasting. In his opinion, the so-called “linear television” will be a thing of the past in 10 years at the latest, as streaming is clearly on the rise.
In June, Netflix reached its all-time high market share of 7.7 percent in the U.S., putting it on par with the two most-watched tv stations, CBS and NBC.
Anyone who buys a German promotional model of the electronics manufacturer’s 2022 lineup by December 31 will get a huge streaming package for free. Depending on the device, the company is giving out gift codes for subscriptions of up to 12 months as part of this promotion. Streamingproviders like Magenta TV, RTL+, Zattoo, WOW, Sportworld, waiput.tv, and Qobuz are among those.
The South Korean electronics company is freshening up its lineup with several new lifestyle TVs. Among them are the digital picture frame TV “The Frame” and the easel-like “The Serif”. Both models will feature a matte display this time.
Especially works of art, which you can either purchase directly or get on your screen via subscription, are supposed to look more real. Movies and series, on the other hand, are supposed to have a lower-contrast impression. While “The Serif” is only available in sizes from 43 to 65 inches, you can choose from a diagonal of 32 to 85 inches for “The Frame”.
The corporate giant is redesigning the user interface of its streaming app Amazon Prime Video. In the future, you will navigate through the subsections of the service via a menu on the left side. This should make navigation easier and more clearly overall.
The update is expected to be released in the next few weeks and will then gradually find its way to all TVs and platforms. First on all common operating systems such as Android and Google TV, then on mobile devices and consoles.
As part of its corporate strategy, the South Korean electronics group is now expanding the licensing of its in-house operating system webOS even further and intends to license the control center to around 200 TV manufacturers from the low-end sector in the future.
Last year, a total of 20 brands – including Blaupunkt and Konka – were already supplied with the software. LG is looking to reposition itself as a software company in the future. “We can’t survive by just selling devices,” a senior executive was quoted.
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Sony’s first QD OLED, the A95K, is now available for purchase. The direct competitor to Samsung’s S95B also comes with a new display technology and provides an additional boost to the already high quality level of OLEDs. Besides this new flagship, you can now also buy the conventional models from the other three series, the A75K, A80K and the A90K.
As reported by the South Korean technology website “TheElec”, Samsung is temporarily halting the production of LCDs due to insufficient demand. Several panel manufacturers such as BOE and CSOT are affected. Initially, this step will last until the end of July. If there is no significant change in the stock until then, the decision could remain even beyond that. Samsung has already reduced the delivery target from 45 million expected units originally to 40 million today.
According to information from Sammobile, Samsung has announced that it will support Philips Hue Lightbars with the upcoming SmartThings update. The dimmable lights synchronize with the TV’s screen – similar to Ambilight – and would thus be an interesting alternative solution to Philips’ intelligent backlight. However, it is not yet clear when the update will be released.
Owners of Sony LCD TVs built in 2021 and 2022 will receive a new firmware update with the version number v6.5929. The software update now allows you to select the VRR mode in combination with “Auto Local Dimming” and not only benefit from a smoother display when gaming, but also from an adjusted contrast at the same time.
If you want to turn your TV up to full capacity in VRR, you can now also do that via the “Maximum Brightness” option.
With the release of the Gaming Hub last week, Samsung also jumped on the cloud gaming bandwagon. Barely a few days old, the South Korean TV manufacturer now implements the paid game streaming platform Luna on its smart TVs alongside Google Stadia, xCloud and GeForce Now. Thus, your game library will again increase in terms of variety.
Numerous gaming controllers are supported. These include the DualSense controller from Playstation and a range of Xbox controllers. According to Samsung, your TV needs to have program version 1302.5 to use the service.
With the Philips PUS7607 and PUS 7657, Philips has introduced two new LCD TVs with 60 Hertz is the derived SI-unit of frequency with 1Hz=1/s – When talking about TVs this means how many different pictures a TV can display in one second. panels, HDMI 2.0 and the new Saphi interface. This is supposed to provide clearer menu structure and thus simplify navigations. The main difference between the two models lies in the color scheme. While Philips paints the PUS7607 matte black, the PUS 7657 gets a silver finish. In addition, the stand of the 50″ and 55″ variants has two adjustment positions. Both are available in 43″, 50″, 55″, 65″ and 70-inch sizes each.
According to a report from The Elec, the electronics manufacturer from South Korea is planning to produce micro-LED TVs based on LTPS TFTs in the third quarter of this year. By using this technology, Samsung will be able to manufacture its TVs smaller in the future.
As an explanation: LTPS is the abbreviation for Low Temperature Pole Silicon. Due to this overall more compact design, pixel sizes can be kept smaller. Thus, a higher pixel density is realized. The required panels are provided by AUO, a Taiwanese display manufacturer. The production start already scheduled for May was delayed due to the pandemic situation and price problems.
Following the OLED models A90K and A75K, which have been available for pre-order for a short time, the first two mini LED TVs, the Z9K and the X95K, have now appeared in the Japanese electronics manufacturer’s store and will be available to you shortly. Besides OLEDs and the new QD OLEDs, Sony now also provides the market of backlit TVs with the smaller LED version.
Sony has announced that the two OLED TVs Bravia XR Master Series A90K and Bravia XR A75K are now available for pre-order. While the A75K is available in 55 and 65 inches, the A90K is only available in 42 and 48 inches for now. In addition, the Japanese electronics manufacturer starts a cashback campaign where you can get up to 300 Euros back, depending on the TV model.
With electronics manufacturer BOE from China, there will be more activity in the supplier market for OLED displays in the future. While LG Display was the only producer of panels with self-luminous pixels for a long time, Samsung is now also focusing on this sector with its subsidiary Samsung Display.
Soon, a third player will now step into the market, which could cause prices to drop in the OLED sector. The company wants to deliver the first 300,000 panels in sizes from 55 to 95 inches to cooperation partners before the end of this year.
As the independent analyst firm Omdia has now announced, revenues from television sales are expected to fall by around 15 percent worldwide in 2022 to around USD 133 billion. The reason, it said, was the ongoing pandemic situation in previous years and the increased interest in TV sets during this period.
Microsoft and Samsung have announced that the Xbox app, which lets you stream over 100 Xbox games, will appear on Samsung TVs from 2022 on June 30. This means that you only need a controller to play and no longer need your own console.
As part of this year’s Milan Design Week, LG unveiled two new OLED TVs in cooperation with premium lifestyle brand Moooi from the Netherlands. The exclusive design of “Easel” and “Posé” is called the LG OLED Object Collection.
The special feature: Via remote control, you activate a fabric cover that virtually shrinks the visible screen area. In addition to an Evo panel and the new A9 processor, LG offers a 4.2-channel sound system with a total output of 80 watts.
The most popular TV in gaming gets a limited Star Wars special edition limited to 501 copies. The design of the LG OLED evo C2 in 65 inch has been slightly adapted in cooperation with Lucasfilm, and some changes have been made. On the back, the C2 – kept completely in black – has been furnished with the emblem of the Galactic Empire.
When powering up, Darth Vader’s world-famous rattle can be heard. The navigation mouse becomes a lightsaber and on the TV’s packaging you’ll be greeted by the dark father. New artwork from the Star Wars universe is also waiting in Gallery Mode. Of course, each version comes with a certificate of authenticity. The special version will likely be sold out quickly despite the slight price increase to 3,300 Euros.
It was planned that the subsidiary of Samsung Electronics would stop producing LCD displays in 2020 already. However, due to the ongoing pandemic situation, Samsung Display continued production at the explicit request of the parent company. In June, however, it will finally stop and no more liquid crystal displays will roll off the production line. The reason: Samsung simply cannot keep up with the falling prices and the tough market situation.
When it comes to televisions, Germany is now almost only familiar with one thing: Smart TVs! In the past four months of this year, 96 percent of over 1.6 million televisions sold were so-called smart TVs. That is 2 percent more than in the previous year. In terms of screen diagonal, the 55-inch size leads the way with 44 percent. This is followed by 65-inch TVs with over 20 percent.
Although Samsung Electronics is still in negotiations with LG to deliver WOLED TV panels, a launch of low-cost OLED TVs this year seems to be off the table. The reason is decreasing demand due to the overall decline in the Covid 19 pandemic infection situation. This is also accompanied by a drop in prices for LCD screens. So the South Korean TV manufacturer is currently in no hurry.
According to the British market research company Omdia, global sales of televisions will decline by around 20 percent in 2022. The analysts name the removal of corona restrictions and rising inflation as the reason. In addition, the market is expected to shift to the newer OLED technology and sales of LED-LCD televisions will decrease accordingly.
The Chinese electronics company has launched the world’s first true 8K QLED display. The 55-inch 8K AMQLED display is able to combine electroluminescence – already used in OLED panels – and quantum dot technology. According to BOE, this makes the display the first active self-emitting quantum dot display of its kind.
Samsung continues to negotiate with LG Display in order to increase its small OLED portfolio. However, the ongoing talks have been unsuccessful so far. Accordingly, no additional OLED models from the South Korean manufacturer could be launched this year.
It has now been announced that Samsung has postponed the production of a first pilot production of displays with the so-called Quantum Dot Nanorod LED technology. This also pushes back the market launch. Nanorod LEDs are smaller than the previous mini-LEDs and are supposed to further improve the display performance.
Panasonic has unveiled its TV lineup for this year at an online press event. With the models LZW2004, LZW1004 and LZW984, the company also addresses the German market. The whole product portfolio will be equipped with the new OLED.EX panel. The Japanese TV manufacturer also promises more gaming features and a 42-inch size.
LG unveiled the first TV with the so-called OLED.EX technology at SID 2022. The panel of the 97-inch giant is said to increase in brightness by up to 30 percent thanks to deuterium, while at the same time treating the pixels with more care and thus increasing their lifespan.
At this year’s ISE in Barcelona, Samsung will reveal a new type of modular micro-LED display with the smallest pixel pitch in any panel yet produced by the manufacturer – the so-called The Wall Display technology. A total of three fresh models of this kind will be presented during the convention.
LG Display is already thinking beyond the OLED evo panel and will probably equip its TVs with so-called “micro-lenses” next year. This new technology should ensure that the comparatively dark OLED TVs make a leap in brightness. Up to 1200 nits should be possible. At the same time, the energy consumption will also be reduced.
According to a new study by Omdia, customers remain skeptical when it comes to 8K TV, as there is still little content available that adds significant value to TVs otherwise. The significantly higher price also continues to deter customers.
Variable Refresh Rate – synchronizes the display’s refresh rate with the output refresh rate of the graphics card support via HDMI 2.1 is now available on all PlayStation 5 consoles. A simple restart of the console should be enough here and no update is necessary.
As part of the iF Design Awards, Philips has released the first information and images of the top-of-the-line Philips OLED907 and OLED937 models. The new lineup is announced for the 2nd quarter of this year.
TCL‘s huge 98-inch QLED model features full array local dimming, HDMI 2.1, Dynamic HDR-format with a color depth of up to 12 Bits and Mastering of up to 10,000 Nits, and Google TV.
So far, only high-end LG TVs are capable of Dynamic HDR-format with a color depth of up to 12 Bits and Mastering of up to 10,000 Nits gaming, but the feature is expected to be available on more TVs in 2023 through a new MediaTek chip. This includes TVs from Panasonic, Philips, Samsung and Sony.