On Tuesday night, hours after formally announced its new P-Series line of affordable Ultra HD TVs- its first major foray into the Ultra HD market- Vizio hosted a media event at Manhattan's Bertrand Delacroix Gallery.
Roku announced Tuesday that it recently sold its 10 millionth streaming player, since the launch of the company in May 2008. It’s been astonishing growth, as Roku launched six years as a box that streaming only Netflix, at a time before House of Cards or Orange is the New Black when “binge-watching” was not yet an established concept.
Sony Electronics president and COO Mike Fasulo affirmed his company’s commitment to the CEDIA channel in a keynote address presented on the eve of the organization’s 24th annual Expo Wednesday at Denver’s Colorado Convention Center. At the same time, he acknowledged the group’s 25th anniversary, kicking off a celebration of longevity for CEDIA that will flavor this year’s convention, which lasts through Sept. 13.
One of the biggest problems facing the rollout of Ultra HD TVs is that there’s no “native” Ultra HD content available to watch on them. There’s no Ultra HD TV channel yet, and there doesn’t seem to be one on the horizon. Although Netflix and Amazon will stream an extremely limited amount of Ultra HD content this year, it won’t be a panacea. And there’s no Ultra HD disc player, which would be the successor to the Blu-ray Disc player.
Sony and LG, ever since International CES in January, have been touting their 4K streaming capability, mostly through Netflix. Now, it's Samsung's turn- and the manufacturer is not only offering Netflix programming in 4K, but Amazon, too. Samsung has announced that starting this fall, it will begin offering streaming movies and TV from Amazon's streaming service "globally"
There’s a documentary about 3D printing that did the festival circuit earlier this year, even winning the documentary feature award at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival, and now it’s headed to Netflix. “Print the Legend,” which was co-directed by Luis Lopez,and J. Clay Tweel and takes its name from “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” will debut on Netflix Sept. 26,
In the announcement of its new OLED TV, LG acknowledges that most of its rivals have abandoned or backed off from the technology. But LG says it is "reinforcing its leadership in this premium display technology," with its new TV.
In the second part of our vendor round table (Part 1 appears in the July print edition of Dealerscope), major TV suppliers discuss how dealers can best couch 4K, and give their views on the OLED category’s present and future potential.
DEALERSCOPE: What are your predictions for sales of Ultra HD 4K TVs for 2014, for the market as a whole, and for your brand in the market? Will the category reach mainstream by the end of the year—and how do you define “mainstream?”