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HBO launching standalone streaming service in 2015

10/15, 12:15pm

Streaming version of HBO will be offered outside of current pay-TV packages

HBO will be starting up a stand-alone streaming service in the United States, the CEO has confirmed. Starting from next year, the broadcaster will be offering subscriptions to stream its content to customers with broadband Internet connections, without it being bundled alongside other channels as part of a more expensive pay-TV package.

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Philips televisions bundled with Apple TV go on sale in India

10/09, 12:43pm

Listings for Apple TV, Philips television packages in India spotted

Philips has started to offer a new range of televisions in India, with the sets being made available bundled with the Apple TV. The collection, which will start from Rs 29,990 ($490) for the base model, will apparently include the Apple set-top box to provide smart TV functionality, as Philips attempts to cash in on holiday season sales in the country.

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Vizio opens pre-orders for P-Series Ultra HD televisions

09/23, 9:35am

Range starts from $1,000 for 50-inch 4K-capable television

Vizio has made available to pre-order a range of Ultra HD televisions it first revealed at CES in January, priced low in comparison to other manufacturer's high-resolution sets. The P-Series consists of five televisions measuring 50, 55, 60, 65, and 70 inches in size, with all capable of showing a 4K-resolution image and upscaling 1080p video.

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LG outlines Ultra HD television range heading to United States

09/12, 10:14am

Fourth-quarter LG television releases include 105-inch, 40-inch models

LG has revealed its collection of Ultra HD televisions destined to go on sale in the United States in the fourth quarter. The list of televisions, including one high-end model measuring 105-inches diagonally, is accompanied a confirmation the manufacturer's recently announced 4K-capable curved OLED televisions to the country in the coming months.

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Bang & Olufsen BeoVision Avant 85 released with motorized stands

09/11, 10:21am

BeoVision Avant 85 has large 85-inch Ultra HD display, hidden soundbar

Bang & Olufsen has unveiled an Ultra HD television, following its earlier BeoVision Avant 55. The Avant 85 boasts a high-resolution 4K-capable display measuring 85 inches diagonally, with the television using a number of unique motorized stands which allow it to change the viewing angle, as well as making the set more discrete.

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TiVo goes big with new in-home 24 terabyte, 26,000 hour TiVo Mega

09/08, 1:25pm

Rack-mountable system includes six tuners, hot swappable drives, retains TiVo features

In a world where consumers are witnessing the shrinking size of technology, TiVo decided to offer up a product that goes in the opposite direction. Today, the company unveiled the TiVo Mega, a massive entry into the digital video recorder (DVR) market that gives some users a way to record more than 26,000 hours of television in a single unit.

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LG reportedly plans exit from plasma television market

08/29, 6:58am

LG expected to announce suspension of plasma display production in future

LG may be preparing to exit the plasma television market, a report claims. The manufacturer is said to be experiencing a reduced demand for its plasma display panel (PDP) televisions, with LG expected to announce its suspension of production in the near future as it moves its focus onto other display technologies, such as OLED panels.

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LG starts pre-orders for curved OLED 4K television in South Korea

08/25, 9:46am

Curved Ultra HD OLED televisions from LG have 77-inch, 65-inch screens

Shortly after launching a curved OLED HDTV in the United States, LG has revealed it will be bringing to market similar televisions with a higher Ultra HD resolution. The previously-rumored 4K-capable displays, in 77-inch and 65-inch versions, will have the same OLED technology and curved surface as the earlier release, but this time it will be able to show 4K-resolution video.

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Briefly: Sky adds recommendations to set-top boxes, Chrome in Cuba

08/21, 3:25pm

Sky updates electronic program guide, adds recommendations, smart season recording

British satellite television provider Sky has started to roll out software updates to its Sky+ HD set-top boxes, updating the electronic program guide. A new "recommendation engine" will make suggestions of TV shows to watch based on previously downloaded or recorded content, reports The Next Web, with other changes including a "Smart Series Link" automatically recording new seasons of TV shows, DVD cover art, and the combination of HD and SD viewing options in On Demand.

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Google updates YouTube for TV with Material Design interface

08/14, 3:36pm

New guide panel makes TV YouTube interface closer to desktop view

Google has overhauled the design of its YouTube for TV interface, and has started to roll out the changes to its set-top box apps. The new user interface, taking on many of the characteristics of Android L's Material Design scheme, aims to simplify searching for channels and specific videos for those preferring to watch YouTube clips on a bigger screen.

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LG starts pre-orders for $3,500 55-inch curved OLED HDTV

08/11, 2:06pm

New LG curved OLED TV price less than quarter of similar earlier model

LG has launched an OLED HDTV which it is offering for less than a quarter of the price of a similar-specification television it put on sale last year for $15,000. The 55EC9300 55-inch Curved OLED TV is now available to pre-order in the United States for $3,500 via Best Buy, with LG aiming to ship the television from August 24th.

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Vizio issues recall for 245,000 television stands prone to tipping

08/07, 7:11am

Reports of tipping televisions prompts Vizio recall, replacement

Vizio has started to recall a number of large HD televisions over safety issues regarding supplied stands. A posting from the Consumer Product Safety Commission advises Vizio is replacing the stand supplied with the 39-inch and 42-inch models of the E-Series televisions, with the recall affecting approximately 245,000 televisions sold between December 2013 and June.

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Sony reveals Bravia S90 65-inch, 75-inch curved Ultra HD televisions

08/07, 5:58am

Sony Bravia S90 can display 4K content on its concave screen

Sony has unveiled new curved Ultra HD televisions in its Bravia collection , following after similar high-resolution launches by Samsung and LG. The Bravia S90 range is made up of two televisions, measuring 75 inches and 65 inches, with both having a concave display panel, the ability to play back 4K-resolution and 3D content, and a 4.2-channel speaker system.

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Review: Simple.tv

08/04, 10:00pm

Home server replacement captures antenna, cable channels for viewing on most devices

For consumers trying to cut the cord and rely solely on the Internet for television entertainment, there are still some issues. Mainly, the problem is that local channels aren't accessible through existing streaming methods, outside of the some clips or news shorts from a website. Are there other options out there for people that still want to see their local news or sporting events without maintaining a cable subscription? Yes, thanks to Simple.tv. But does the device work in a manner that is consumer-friendly, or does it cause more problems than its worth? Find out in our review.

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HBO reportedly examines potential for international online expansion

08/04, 7:50am

Possible web TV expansion hints at future non-cable HBO service in US

HBO may be working on making its programming more available online, though outside of the United States. The channel is believed to be looking into expanding its existing Web TV service it has operated in Northern Europe since 2012 into new markets, as the Time Warner unit explores ways to increase its revenues without disturbing its existing US arrangements with pay-TV operators.

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LG 65-inch curved OLED Ultra HD television rumored to cost $9,000

08/01, 5:57am

Curved LG OLED 4K television apparently shipping in September

Just days after LG put its 105-inch curved Ultra HD television up for pre-order, it appears the electronics producer is preparing to do the same with a smaller model. The 65EC9700, a 65-inch Ultra HD curved television using OLED will apparently start shipping sometime in September, with a price tag far below its 105-inch counterpart.

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Samsung bendable television pre-orders start tomorrow in South Korea

07/31, 5:41am

Bendable Ultra HD television can switch from flat to curved screen using motors

A television capable of moving from a flat display to a curved screen is being made available for pre-orders in South Korea. Samsung's Bendable Ultra HD TV is able it switch between flat and curved on its own, with motors on each side of the television pushing the edges out to create the concave shape, as well as pulling the display back to its flat form.

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LG commences pre-orders for 105-inch curved Ultra HD television

07/29, 12:02pm

Large 105-inch LG television goes on sale one week after similar Samsung screen

LG has opened pre-orders for the 105-inch curved Ultra HD television it demonstrated at CES, one week after Samsung did the same for its own large-screened television. The 105UC9 LG display has a relatively similar specifications list to the Samsung screen, with an almost identical price tag as well, though LG is opting to initially offer it just within South Korea, before attempting to put it on sale elsewhere.

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Apple TV, Roku getting FXNow with Simpsons World in next 12 months

07/22, 10:40pm

On-demand video service coming to media boxes, contains Simpsons World content

According to news from television writer Jason Lynch, Apple TV and Roku streaming devices will gain the FXNow on-demand service within the next 12 months. The news emerged from today's Fox and the FX Network stop on the Television Critics Association Press Tour. With the new app comes "Simpsons World," a new service that provides streaming of the 522 episodes of the animated television series.

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Samsung opens pre-orders for $120,000 105-inch curved 4K television

07/22, 4:41pm

Curved 4K television includes installation by Samsung engineers

Samsung has put the 105-inch Ultra HD television it demonstrated at CES this year up for pre-order in the United States. The UN105S9, a super-sized curved television capable of displaying a 4K-resolution image, is being priced by the electronics giant at $120,000, far higher than any other television in the company's entire S9 television range, including last year's $40,000 set.

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Aereo asks court to allow it use of statutory content licenses

07/10, 7:58am

Joint letter suggests Aereo wants cable company-style licenses following Supreme Court decision

Aereo may have found a way to it to continue offering a service to subscribers with the key lying in the recent Supreme Court decision against the start-up. In a joint letter filed with the US District Court, the company claims that, since the Supreme Court ruled it operated as if it is a cable company, it should be eligible to the same statutory licenses cable companies use.

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Aereo faces shutdown after Supreme Court ruling favors broadcasters

06/25, 11:38am

Cloud-based DVR service should pay licenses to broadcasters, rules Supreme Court

Aereo has lost its battle against broadcasters, after the US Supreme Court ruled against the start-up. In a 6-3 ruling, the court states the company violates copyright law by streaming recordings of TV shows to its subscribers, classifying the streams as "public performances" and so requires that Aereo pay content licenses to broadcasters for their programming.

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Panasonic 2014 Life+ Screen AS650 televisions hit the streets

06/22, 2:08pm

Three 1080p models from 50 to 60 inches, feature 'Beyond Smart' concept

Consumer electronics company Panasonic has announced that the latest televisions in its Life+ Screen series are now available. Ranging in size from 50 to 60 inches, the AS650 model 1080p LED televisions feature Panasonic's "Beyond Smart" concept. Users can see personalized content and applications set on the home screen in an easy-to-use interface.

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CEA study says Internet TV viewers will eclipse antenna only viewers

06/15, 4:55pm

Internet only viewing U.S. households expected to surpass antenna only next year

A study from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) finds that the number of Internet-only viewers of television programming will soon number higher than antenna-only viewers. Television viewers in the United States have been embracing Internet viewing habits at a rapid pace, with a climbing number of households watching exclusively on wireless devices. While device saturation for Internet viewing has increased, the television still remains the most watched device in the US.

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Briefly: Sceptre's compact HDTV, Lian Li's new modular chassis

06/12, 9:49pm

Sceptre releases new 24-inch LED HDTV with built-in DVD player

Sceptre has unveiled its new 24-inch LED HDTV, an all-in-one unit with built-in DVD player. Its base swivels to offer flexible viewing angles, and the television is equipped with a side-accessible HDMI port and USB port for connecting to external sources. Featuring a 1080p, 1920 x 1080 high resolution LED display with 16:9 wide screen, Sceptre's TV has an estimated 50,000 hours of life. Priced at $400, Sceptre's 24-inch Color Series is available in white, pink, red and black.

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BBC will test 4K-resolution broadcasts during World Cup

06/05, 10:24am

Broadcaster to perform closed Ultra HD content trials this summer

The BBC will be trialling broadcasts of Ultra HD content during the World Cup in Brazil this summer. The broadcaster revealed its research and development labs will be performing the tests on 4K video shot during the tournament by Sony, in order to "better understand the latest UHD distribution technologies and standards in a live outside broadcast."

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Samsung demonstrates Tizen-powered smart TV at developer conference

06/04, 7:42am

Tizen smart TV SDK beta release scheduled for July by Samsung

Samsung has demonstrated Tizen running on a smart TV at the Tizen Developer Conference in San Francisco. Used in the recently-announced Samsung Z as well as the Gear 2 smartwatch instead of Android, the Samsung and Intel-developed operating system was operational on the television at the event, giving a hint of what the manufacturer has planned for its expected Tizen smart TV releases slated for later this year.

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Nokia starts shipping Lumia 630, adds TV tuner for Brazil variant

05/16, 12:28pm

Brazilian Lumia 630 includes television capability on government request

The Microsoft-owned Devices and Services arm of Nokia has launched a special edition of the Lumia 630 smartphone in Brazil, in time for the World Cup taking place in the country this year. The device will include a digital TV (DTV) receiver built-in, allowing owners to watch soccer matches on local television broadcasts from the smartphone itself. Sales of the normal version of the Lumia 630 have also commenced this week.

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Xiaomi reveals 49-inch 4K Android smart TV in China for $640

05/15, 3:52pm

Budget smart TV from Xiaomi includes separate soundbar, subwoofer

Following its reveal of the Mi Pad tablet, Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi has launched its second Android television. The Mi TV 2 has a 49-inch display panel sourced from LG that can show 4K-resolution content, as well as 3D video, with the television using Android to run its smart TV capabilities, including streaming video and gaming.

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Aereo versus broadcast industry case heard before US Supreme Court

04/22, 2:57pm

Hearing will decide fate of Aereo, will also have effects on cloud file streaming

In what is likely to be the final stop between Internet over-the-air television streamer Aereo and essentially the entire broadcast industry allied against it, Aereo seems to be fighting an uphill battle. Today's hearing before the US Supreme Court found judges skeptical about Aereo's business model, calling it "based solely on circumventing legal prohibitions that you don't want to comply with."

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Sony plans June release for 4K Bravia televisions in United States

04/16, 9:04am

Range includes 85-inch flagship, budget-priced 4K televisions

Sony has outlined the pricing and availability for its range of Bravia 4K Ultra HD televisions, sets it originally revealed at CES in January. The high-resolution televisions, including one high-priced model measuring 85 inches diagonally priced at $24,999, are detailed at the same time as an updated version of the company's 4K media player.

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Internet advertising eclipses television ad spending for first time

04/11, 3:07pm

Internet ads exceeded TV dollars by $2.7 billion in 2013

US Internet advertising revenues for 2013 hit an all-time high of $42.8 billion, exceeding broadcast television advertising revenues of $40.1 billion. The full-year results mark the first time that Internet ad spending has eclipsed television commercial sales. Of particular note is mobile advertising -- for the third year in a row, mobile achieved triple-digit growth year-over-year, rising to $7.1 billion during 2013, a 110 percent boost from the prior year total of $3.4 billion.

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Sharp ships Aquos Q+ sub-4K television line in United States

03/07, 6:52am

Television range uses sub-pixels to help display 4K content on 1080p panel

Sharp has started to ship a range of 4K-supporting, sub-4K-resolution televisions the company launched at CES in January. The Quattron+ collection, part of its 2014 Aquos range, is capable of playing Ultra HD content, but does so using a 1080p panel that employs Sharp's "Revolution" technology, splitting pixels in two to provide 16 million sub-pixels, giving it an "effective resolution of 3840x2160."

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Aereo granted 14-day stay from shutdown in 10th district

02/26, 7:54am

Stay is not pending appeal, but to serve the public good

Online over-the-air television streamer Aereo has won a very brief reprieve from its shutdown order across six states. District Judge Dale Kimball ruled that "notwithstanding the many factors weighing against a stay, the court, in its discretion, grants Aereo a temporary 14-day stay."

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Aereo beat in Tenth Circuit; must shut down in Salt Lake City, Denver

02/19, 10:42pm

First legal defeat curtails operations in eight states

Internet "over-the-air" television video streaming service Aereo has been handed its first defeat in its ongoing court battles with conventional broadcasters, and the verdict is a significant one. Judge Dale A. Kimball of the Utah federal court system ruled that the streamer is violating the copyrights of broadcasters with its service in the states of Utah, Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Wyoming, and segments of Montana and Idaho.

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LG cuts price of 55-inch curved OLED TV from $15,000 to $7,000

02/10, 2:47pm

Price cut an attempt to grow OLED television market, claims LG

LG has lowered the cost of its curved OLED television in the United States, in an attempt to improve demand for OLED devices. The 55EA9800, a curved OLED Full HD television that went on sale in the US through Best Buy in July last year, is being cut down in price from the initial $15,000 down to $8,000, with an extra $1,000 rebate bringing the price down to $7,000.

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Sony confirms sale of PC business, spinning-off television arm

02/06, 5:38am

Sony estimated to cull 5,000 jobs by end of financial year

Sony has confirmed it will be selling off its PC business, affecting approximately 5,000 employees in the process, in order to concentrate on its mobile business. At the same time, it has revealed it will attempt to spin off its television arm into a separate unit, as part of an aggressive reform strategy the company initially announced in April 2012.

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Verizon confirms acquisition of Intel's Internet television business

01/21, 5:55am

OnCue Cloud TV platform could be rolled into Verizon FiOS

Verizon has agreed to buy Intel's Internet television business, the two companies have confirmed. Intel Media, which is working on Intel's OnCue Cloud TV platform, will remain in Santa Clara and continue to use its existing management team, with Verizon hoping to retain the 350 employees in the unit once the acquisition is completed sometime in the first quarter of this year.

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NPD: Streaming video services rise in popularity, paid TV drops

01/20, 2:29pm

Streaming video on demand subscribers continue to rise

Streaming video services such as Netflix and Hulu could in some cases be eroding the customer base of premium television broadcasters, according to a new report. NPD Group figures for the period between March 2012 and August 2013 show that the number of subscribers to HBO, Showtime, and other channels have dropped from 38 percent of US households to 32 percent.

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Kogan unveils sub-$1,000 55-inch 4K television, 3G Android tablet

01/10, 7:21am

55-inch Ultra HD television shipping in Australia by late January

Australian hardware producer Kogan has used CES to launch two devices destined for sale in Australia. The company's first 55-inch Ultra HD television will be going on sale for $999 AUD ($900), and is accompanied on the show floor by the Agora HD Mini 3G tablet, an Android 4.2.2 device with a 7.85-inch, 1,024x768-resolution display.

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Vizio unveils P-Series Ultra HD televisions starting from $1,000

01/08, 6:28am

50 to 70-inch Vizio P-Series displays use 64 active LED zones for high contrast

The new range of Vizio 4K-capable televisions will be priced starting from $1,000, according to the company at CES. The new P-Series Ultra HD Full-Array LED Smart TV collection, launched at the event, will consist of 50-inch, 55-inch, 60-inch, 65-inch, and 70-inch televisions that are all able to show 3840x2160-resolution images, all with considerably lower prices compared to other Ultra HD devices.

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Sceptre outlines 2014 range of 4K televisions, audio equipment

01/07, 8:27am

Ultra HD TVs, sound bars, zipper-style headphones on show at CES

Display manufacturer Sceptre has revealed its 2014 line of televisions and other devices at CES. Though light on details, the company advises that the typical range of HDTVs is accompanied by a group of Ultra HD displays, sound bars, speakers, headphones, and a number of what Sceptre calls a "Mobile Internet Display" but sounds like a collection of tablets.

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Roku expands to smart televisions, shipping Roku TV this fall

01/06, 11:44am

TCL, Hisense to manufacture TVs with Roku-driven smart functionality

Roku is expanding its reach from Internet-connected set-top boxes into smart televisions. The Roku TV, developed in partnership with television manufacturers TCL and Hisense, will provide all the functionality of its existing streaming video devices but built into the television itself, with the first units set to reach customers and retailers sometime this fall.

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LG outlines OLED television range for CES, increases OLED production

01/03, 6:57am

OLED TVs include Ultra HD resolutions, curved designs, upscaling

LG will be using CES to show more OLED-based televisions, alongside the 105-inch Ultra HD TV it previously announced. Various 55-inch and 65-inch OLED TV models will be on show, along with a Gallery OLED TV, a curved OLED set, and an updated version of a 77-inch curved OLED Ultra HD television it showed at IFA last September.

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LG webOS television photograph leaks showing remodeled cards system

01/02, 7:27am

Thumbnails to apps span lower third of rumored LG webOS TV

LG may have given webOS a considerable makeover for its expected smart television, if a leaked image of a device is genuine. The image, showing what could be the television LG is believed to be launching at CES next week, appears to demonstrate webOS using a thumbnail system relatively similar to the "cards" the original webOS software itself used.

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Samsung launches 110-inch Ultra HD television in China, Middle East

12/30, 7:53am

Extra-large Samsung television increases size of 85-inch S9

Just 11 days after revealing a 105-inch curved Ultra HD television it will be showing at CES, Samsung has put a similar-sized television on sale. The 110-inch UHD television forms part of the same product family as the 85-inch S9 television it launched at the start of this year, with the flat 4K-resolution panel encased in its own freestanding metal frame.

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Sony, Panasonic dissolve OLED TV production partnership

12/26, 7:58am

Failure to create durable, cheap OLED panels forces partnership closure

Sony and Panasonic are dissolving their partnership for producing OLED televisions. The partnership, formed in June last year, was formed with the aim of sharing the costs of manufacturing the panels, something more expensive than other displays such as TFTs, though apparently a number of technology issues blighted the efforts and in turn forced the companies to go their separate ways.

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Samsung will show 105-inch curved Ultra HD TV at CES in January

12/19, 11:58am

Samsung television has similar specifications to LG version

Samsung has revealed it will be showing off its own 105-inch curved Ultra HD television at CES in January, on the same day as rival LG announced its own similar screen. The widescreen television, also called the "world's first" by the company, appears to share a considerable number of specifications with its competitor's version, and is said to build upon the curved UHD TV that it debuted earlier this year.

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NimbleTV opens streaming cable TV service in New York City

12/10, 1:49pm

Aereo-style service from NimbeTV requires cable service authentication

A startup offering cable TV streaming over the Internet has opened its service to everyone in New York, following a successful test period in the city. In a similar manner to Aereo's service, NimbleTV will offer cable subscribers access to the same channels but over the Internet, along with the ability to record programs via the cloud-based DVR.

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Briefly: BBC adds HD channels, Google Play cards on sale in Japan

12/09, 6:30am

BBC adds five free HD channels to high-definition lineup

The BBC will be adding five new channels to its lineup in the United Kingdom tomorrow for Freesat, Freeview, Sky, and Virgin Media users. The broadcaster will be adding HD versions of BBC Three, BBC Four, BBC News, CBBC, and CBeebies to its existing high-definition channel lineup, with the BBC advising that this brings the total subscription-free HD channel range from the corporation to seven. Earlier this year, the BBC revealed it would be shutting down its dedicated 3D channel, due to a lack of viewers.

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