#122 Playdate: The Newest Handheld Games Device

Panic just released what could be the newest handheld games device since the GameBoy! And boy oh boy the Playdate is packed with features and games!

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Best Budget TV Gift for Father’s Day: TCL 6 Series Roku TV

If you are crazy about Netflix, Youtube, and an almost endless array of shows that you can watch till your eyes drop, then you would appreciate a really good-sized TV with crisp images in colors that pop and sound that sounds like the action was live in your living room. But for those who aren’t very techie, shopping for just the right smart TV is not just about selecting a brand – it’s also deciphering the nuances between LCD, LED, OLED, 4K, HDTV, Full HD etc. because of the huge markup with every upgrade. With cameras, I belong to the school of thought that it’s not the number of Megapixels that matter unless your output is large format. It’s also more prudent since the higher the megapixels, the more expensive the camera gets.  In a similar vein, if you get a lot of pleasure from buying more for less (without, the TCL 6 Series Roku TV will absolutely win over your bargain-hunter heart!

Most experts agree that 50″ or 55″ is a good size for the bedroom or living room in an average-sized home, apartment or condominium. Big enough for a comfortable watch without burning a hole in your pocket like theater homes in the past used to. The TCL 6 Series Roku 55″ TV, considered by experts and users alike as best in the budget class because of its high-end picture enhancements is priced at $649 – about half the price of a Samsung TV. Yet, it does not perform shabbily like other mid-priced generic brands do. With its outstanding picture quality, it’s true value for money with its 4K UHD picture and Dolby sound! What it means is you can say goodbye to lack of detail, humdrum colors or muddy black and whites because of its Contrast Control Zone technology and NBP Photon technology produces “produces a vibrant, rich color palette“. On top of that, Dolby Vision ensures “brighter and more accurate colors”.  And did we forget to mention – it’s great for gaming too!

TCL, once an obscure Chinese brand has now gained a foothold in North America because of its reliable performance and is now the 2nd top-selling brand in the U.S. market and 3rd globally. This growth echoes that of the Korean brand Samsung and if TCL continues this trend without hiccups, it might eventually overtake Samsung for the top spot. At its very competitive price, it is shaking up the smart TV market (and budget American competitor Vizio) for all the right reasons.

And if you’ve experienced the paradox of choice and grown impatient at finding the program you want, the Roku TV smart platform with its “simple intuitive interface” brings all your favorite programs at your fingertips.  With TCL’s simple and straightforward Roku software, you can watch thousands of streaming channels beaming all your favorite news, sports, tech, documentaries, lifestyle, fitness, music, kids, and family shows easily. No more wading through the gamut of 500,000 choices in utter frustration because features are well-arranged and streaming options are easy to find. It’s also cable and antenna-ready, just in case you want it that way. The great thing is that it’s voice-activated and can turn your smartphone into your very own remote control.

Perfect for Father’s Day? You betcha!

 

 

 

Sony Is Selling An OLED TV With A $2800 Price Tag

Sony has sold its original OLED TV with a $5, 000 hefty price tag. To brand the company’s OLED TV as expensive is actually an understatement. And if you are a huge fan of both design and image processing, then you must opt to patronize other alternative brand like LG.

 

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Now for this year,  this wouldn’t be a problem for Sony.  This comes after the company has revealed the pricing for its A8F sets this year. Sony’s  A8F starts with a price of $2, 8000 for a 55-inch model. The price is expected to soar to $3, 800 for the company’s 65-inc model.

 

 

With Sony’s current price for its latest TV variants, it is obvious that the price is more expensive than LG C8. LG is selling its C8 product for $2, 5000 only, however, it is obvious to justify Sony’s expensive price. Compared to LG, Sony’s A8F is powered by a screen-as-speaker technology.

 

 

That’s an obvious catch as rumors suggest that Dolby Vision is not yet ready. Online reports suggest that Sony’s A8F and the company’s other 4K TVs won’t support HDR format.  It would only support HDR format until an update would arrive later this year.  This means that you have to settle, for the time being, either HDR10 or the Hybrid  Log-Gamma, respectively.

 

 

Meanwhile, if you are planning to go with LED-based 4K TVs, you can select from a variety of variants. Sony’s X900F has an entry-level price of  $1,100 for a 49-inch model. Such price is expected to climb to $5,300 for an 85-inch variant. Also, you can now pre-order  Sony’s A8F via Amazon and Best Buy respectively.

 

 

 

 

Olympics Will Be More Colorful Than Ever, Thanks to 4K HDR

Olympics is expected to be much more colorful this year

Olympics 2018 is going to be a lot more colorful than it did before. There are a lot of reasons as to why this major event will give color to our lives this year. The parade of Olympic athletes will be seen on TV by viewers all around the world. Also, North and South Korea athletes will enter together for the first time in more than a decade!

NBCUniversal decided to make the winter Olympics available to cable and satellite partners in 4K High Dynamic Range (HDR). Dish, Comcast and DirecTV customers who have HD television sets and subscriptions may experience the 4K HDR coverage.

“For the first time, the Winter Olympics will be available in 4K HDR, marking an exciting milestone for both the TV industry and Olympic viewers,” said Vivek Khemka, Dish Chief Technology Officer. “We’re pleased to work with NBCUniversal to give customers access to this year’s inspiring Olympic performances in the clearest resolution and richest color palette available, maximizing the potential of their 4K HDR TVs,” he also added.

Well actually, this is not the first Olympics to be delivered in 4K. The Rio Olympics in 2016 was delivered by NBC in 4K Ultra High Definition. However, this year’s Winter Olympics is a bit more colorful. With the adding of the High Dynamic Range element. That gives you an even more stunning colors in addition to higher resolution.

But don’t get too excited. There’s a bit of catch actually. The opening ceremonies will be aired on Friday on a normal high definition (HD) format on NBC. But to those who wanted to watch it in 4K HDR, you’ll have to wait until Saturday to see it.

Also, the 4K format will be limited to some events only. It’s because the broadcast production world hasn’t moved fully to 4K HDR. According to NBCUniversal, the content will be limited to the opening ceremonies and to some sporting events. Like the figure skating, short track (racing), ski jumping and ice hockey. The closing ceremony is expected to be viewed in 4K HDR although it’s not on the list yet.