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.

 

 

 

 

Surface Hub: Microsoft To Unveil New Surface Hub 2 Display

Software giant Microsoft is reportedly developing a new model of Surface Hub. The company said that the second generation of its Surface Hub brags a 55- and 84-inch 4K smart displays.

 

A Microsoft spokesperson confirmed this news to The Verge after it released an official statement. “Surface Hub created an entirely new device category and we’re thrilled with the strong momentum we have seen across the globe.”

 

What you need to know about Surface Hub 2?

 

The spokesperson further said that, “We’re working on V2 and will share more in the first half of this year.” It was learned that Microsoft is planning to publicly unveil the Surface Hub 2 in the first half of this year.

 

However, despite the rumors, the software giant did not give a hint as to when the devices will be available for businesses to purchase.

 

Apart from this, Microsoft is working a new operating system upgrade for existing Surface Hub devices. By doing so, the software giant wants you to upgrade the old model of STHS. Also, the Microsoft Teams integration would also released the Surface Hub in the coming months.

 

Meanwhile, Microsoft said that Surface Hub’s demand in the US possibly would outstrip any benefits. In case you don’t know, the company has closed the US manufacturing plant for second year.

Microsoft originally announced its Surface Hub. The 4K displays were supposed to ship that year, but they didn’t end up in businesses until March 2016.

Google + Motorola Mobility = more than just patents for Android

Google has finally laid out the final word regarding their acquisition of Motorola Mobility in May 22, 2012. This has been one of the most tense acquisitions, concerning Google’s mobile plans for android.

As we all know from the past few months, Apple has been on a rampage of lawsuits left and right to Google’s android partners. This has left a lot to question on what Google is doing to protect its partners from being attacked, due to the Android operating system. One such move, as speculated by Wall Street, is buying Motorola mobility for its large portfolio of patents.

What can these patents do? It’s all about the ammunition they have in defense of the Android OS. The patent wars started when Apple asserted its patents against Android totting phone manufacturers. Apple has long built an arsenal of patents for their iOS product, even quoting that they “have patented the shit out it”. Google and its partners in mobile development have been caught unprepared for this war. Victories were scarce, and mobile providers look to Google for help. That is where the patents of Motorola mobility come in. Since it is now Google that owns the patents acquired from Motorola, they can use those patents in full defense and offense in the patent wars in favor of the Android OS.

Is that all there is to it? Acquiring Motorola Mobility has snagged a little bonus called set-top boxes. As we all know, Google is already practically synonymous to the internet. “When you don’t know something, just Google it”, has become an accepted phrase used in forums when people need help about a topic well known in the internet. Google has also touched on creating its own browser: Google Chrome. They did not stop there, as they also began to move into the PC operating system space by launching the Chrome OS. We also take into account that they have Android, one of two largest mobile operating systems for the mobile space. Google is just about everywhere, and they plan to get to more spaces in your line of sight by delving further into set-top boxes. This gives Google some more space in the world of television.

Google TV has long been around, but has not quite picked up. Merging this project with their acquisition of Motorola’s set-top boxes may just provide the edge and push they need to move further with this plan.

Google is becoming a very large entity that has touched so many areas in modern technology. They are practically unrivaled in how many services they provide. Soon, we may just see their logo every time we watch TV as well. All we can say is that they are growing stronger. That is good, right? Only time will tell. The consumers will ultimately be the one to suffer, or as I see it, gain from having one Google account to manage all of your devices.

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Research: Majority of televisions have internet by 2016

Internet TV?

Well, it sound like a pleasant idea and according to a report by NPD InStat, the Internet will be soon connected to our beloved boob tube which will enhance the audiences viewing experience.

The firm forecasts that by 2016, about 100 million television sets in the US and Western Europe will have Internet access with new hybrid TVs set to conquer the digital world.

The TV set for the future will have a combination of technologies so as for viewers to keep on engaged on the screen. Nielsen also predicts that about 60 percent of individuals already have a smartphone, a laptop or tablet and other devices in their hands, their attention is being divided into watching TV and web surfing and texting.

According to NPD InStat, the first wave of Hybrid Broadcast Broadband television sets will hit Europe by 2013 and will soon spread to North America.

In fact, this year’s French Open, French television will use the hybrid technology. Fans will be able to press a button on the remote show interactive menus to display other scores of on-going tennis matches, bios of players and others.

About 12 million households in the US have television connected to the internet. But about 25 million have the ability to do so.

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Comcast launches Netflix competitor Streampix

Comcast is jumping on the bandwagon as they are set to launch their new streaming video service. Xfinity Streampix was developed to team-up with Comcast’s existing Xfinity on Demand and TV Everywhere initiatives. The Streampix will be available to their subscribers later this week.

According to Comcast, this move is “another step moving TV Everywhere forward by giving customers access to an even greater library of popular choices to watch.”

The Xfinity Streampix is included with most Xfinity triple-play packages and the Blast! and Blast! Extra video/Internet packages. For those who are not subscribed to these packages you will get the chance to subscribe to the Streampix for a monthly fee of $4.99.

This is different from Comcast’s existing video-on-demand. The primary difference is the content.

The company’s strategy isn’t different to what Dish Network is doing with their Blockbuster Movie Pass. Both of them are giving additional value and added content. With the influx of those individuals wanting to disconnect their cables, this is one strategy for the company to avoid them.

Only time can tell if their strategy will avoid a catastrophic subscriber decline. Until then, enjoy these new premium services.

Image source: flixist.com

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