For as long as Netflix’s streaming has existed, subscribers have needed to watch it either through a mobile device, or a Roku/Apple TV/Chromecast device, or a gaming console, but never through their cable box.
LG Electronics will offer an enhanced version of its webOS platform beginning with new models it will introduce at the 2015 International CES. The platform was introduced to offer LG Smart TV viewers simplified connection, content discovery and source switching.
The regional retailers who Dealerscope polled as part of our latest December roundtable provided a mixed report on how consumers are embracing 4K and Ultra HD TV in general. While some consumers are enthusiastically embracing UHD, especially as pricing continues to decline, others remain firmly on the sidelines, we were told. UHD TV pricing is still too high for some consumers—or is still perceived to be too high, at the very least. Here's the dealers' take on UHD TV and other challenges they are facing.
Netflix recently announced that it will begin charging new customers slightly higher fees to view streaming content in Ultra HD/4K. However, Netflix's rival, Amazon Prime, will not follow suit, Amazon announced Tuesday.
Panasonic announced that their AX800 4K Ultra HD LED LCD TVs are now able to stream Netflix in 4K. This is true of the AX800 series, as well as the upcoming 65-inch class AX900 and 85-inch class AX850 4K Ultra HD LED LCD TVs.
David VanderWaal, head of marketing for LG Electronics USA, spoke to Dealerscope about the partnerships that will result in the 4K streaming by Amazon Digital Video later this fall of the “Cheek to Cheek LIVE!” Lincoln Center concert performance by Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga recorded this summer.
Roku is seeking to go public, according to a Wall Street Journal report over the weekend.
At the annual fall meeting of New Age Electronics in Greenville, S.C., last Thursday, we sat down with New Age's president, Fred Towns, to discuss the state of the company, the industry and what has changed with both since we last sat down at CES in January. What follows is a transcript of that interview:
The Redbox Instant streaming service, as of Tuesday, will be dead. Verizon and Redbox’s venture to compete with Netflix in the movie streaming space never really got off the ground, and now it is no more. This message was posted to the Redbox Instant homepage over the weekend:
LG held a sales event at Video & Audio Center in Santa Monica on Thursday night to unveil the company's 65-inch OLED Ultra HD TV to consumers. This is the first OLED Ultra HD TV available to U.S. consumers, and its $9,999.99 price tag brought an impressive turnout to Thursday's unveiling. The 77-inch model will be available in mid-November.