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18
Aug

LG to jump heavily into OLED display technology


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Today, LG Display announced that it will be focusing the bulk of its display research and production funds into OLED technology. This will include TVs, smartphones, wearables, and even automobiles.

From now to 2018, LG states that it will be investing at least $8.47 billion into the technology.

Organic light-emitting diodes are a popular technology used currently in wearables due to its battery-efficient quality. LG already produces one smartphone that utilizes the display technology, the Flex, and is the biggest supporter of OLED-equipped TVs. This is in comparison to Samsung, who almost exclusively uses OLED for its smart devices, but has only dabbled in utilizing it for its TVs.

LG hopes that the jump will help revenue and avoid a price war with Chinese manufacturers producing cheap, high-end LCD TVs. Additionally, LCD research has nearly bottomed out and investor support of the technology has heavily waned over the past few years, indicating to the world’s #1 LCD manufacturer that it’s time to look to other display technologies.

This news comes on the heals of LG Display announcing last month that it would be investing nearly $1 billion in a new OLED production plan, which we covered here.

Source: Reuters

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3
Aug

AT&T’s first DirecTV plans include a $200 phone-and-TV combo


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AT&T isn’t waiting long to take advantage of its DirecTV acquisition. The telecom giant is introducing its first plans that incorporate the satellite TV provider, including a promo plan that could save you money if you need to get both cellphone and TV service at the same time. The offering gives you basic TV service for four receivers (through either DirecTV or U-verse) and four phone lines with 10GB of shared data for $200 per month over the first year. You’ll need to agree to a 1- or 2-year TV contract and sign up between August 10th and November 14th, but you could save up to $600 in those initial 12 months — no small amount, even though the rate is likely to change in the long run.

If you’re not taking advantage of that specific promo, you’ll still have some options that include DirecTV. AT&T’s new All in One plans range between $50 to $125 for TV alone, and again let you pick whether you’re on DirecTV or U-verse. If you need phone service for your family, you tack on $160 to get the same cell service from the promo. And yes, you can bolt on internet access — promo pricing for that ranges between $30 to $50 per month for the first year. This could ultimately prove to be expensive if you’re getting everything at once, but it’s not often that you can spring for a single promo that theoretically covers all your needs.

[Image credit: Bloomberg via Getty Images]

Filed under: Cellphones, Home Entertainment, Wireless, HD, Mobile, AT&T

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Source: AT&T (1), (2)

30
Jul

Razer’s Android gamepad is now on Google Play for $80


If you’re tired of having to pause games on your Android mobile device just to wipe finger grease off the screen, you are in luck. For $80, the Bluetooth-connected Razer Serval gamepad will ensure that you never touch that screen again (at least until playtime is over). Razer initially announced the Serval back at CES in January but it has finally hits Google Play’s virtual store shelves.

The Serval is an integral part of Razer’s Forge TV Micro-Console system. It (and up to three other controllers) connects to the Forge hub either via a USB or Bluetooth 3.0 link, allowing users to play Android games on properly sized screens instead of rinky dink mobile displays. The controller itself runs on a pair of AA batteries and can cradle your device onboard as a mobile gaming system or to simply use the device as a second screen. The controller’s layout should seem familiar as well — it’s nearly identical to the XBox’s. Take note, however, you will need to be running at least Android 4.2 in order for this all to work so be sure to double-check your OS build before pulling out your wallet.

Filed under: Gaming, Mobile, Google

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Source: Google Play

29
Jul

Netflix schedules loads of new shows, says why ‘Lilyhammer’ died


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You won’t have to wonder about when Netflix will start streaming much of its its exclusive and original programming — the company has provided scheduling for seemingly all of it in one shot. To begin with, it’s renewing the weird-yet-familiar cartoon BoJack Horseman for a third, 12-episode season that will arrive in 2016. Can’t wait that long? Longmire, the rescued A&E crime series, will make its Netflix debut on September 10th of this year, while a documentary about Keith Richards, Under the Influence, is due on September 18th. There are a slew of comedy specials arriving between August 14th (Demetri Martin) and December 18th (Mike Epps). Aziz Ansari’s comedy series Master of None will show up on November 6th, and Chelsea Handler is hosting a four-movie documentary series that’s “coming soon.”

Not all is sunshine and roses in Netflix land, however. The service has confirmed that it will axe Lilyhammer, its first original (or rather, pseudo-original) show, after its third season. Chief content officer Ted Sarandos claims that Netflix is a fan of the mobster-in-Norway series, but that it has turned into an “economically challenged deal” due to the partnership with Norwegian broadcaster NRK1. While Netflix wanted to maintain tight control over Lilyhammer and its distribution, that just wasn’t possible under the agreement. Whatever the reasons, it’s a sad day… Netflix’s early experiment with producing content has come to a close.

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Via: Deadline Hollywood, Hollywood Reporter

Source: Netflix (1), (2)

29
Jul

CBS plans to livestream Super Bowl commercials for the first time


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If you’ve been livestreaming the Super Bowl and missing out on all of those commercials, that’s about to change. Variety reports CBS will stream all of the ads during the game in February, so those watching via the internet will be privy to the same quality entertainment each time there’s a break in the action. In the past, advertisers have had to choose a streaming option on top of the regular broadcast slots. If you streamed this past February’s game, you likely noticed the same handful of commercials on repeat. That’s why. This time around, though, CBS is said to be treating all of the ad spots equally and advertisers will have to consider delivering content in both places. The report also indicates that CBS plans to charge a record price for each 30-second spot — likely more than the $4.5 million NBC commanded this year. What’s more, the network won’t let companies “opt out” of the livestream either. In recent months, NFL content has made a big splash online with clips on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube alongside Yahoo’s plans to stream a regular season game from London.

[Image credit: Focus on Sport/Getty Images]

Filed under: Home Entertainment, Internet, HD

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Source: Variety

29
Jul

HBO Now comes to Verizon’s internet customers


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Cablevision isn’t the only big US internet provider offering HBO Now — Verizon* is also joining the fray. Anyone with broadband on Big Red can now use their existing account to sign up for the cord cutter service, complete with the usual 30-day trial run and $15 per month subscription. It’s ultimately not much different than subscribing yourself, and you’ve probably already done that if you were determined to watch Game of Thrones or Veep without paying for traditional TV. Look it at this way, though: if nothing else, it’s a token kindness from a telco that’s known for trying to stifle net neutrality and otherwise limit the success of internet video services.

Filed under: Home Entertainment, Internet, HD, Verizon

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Source: Verizon

27
Jul

Sky will reportedly launch its ‘SkyQ’ 4K box within weeks


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Just days after BT began selling its Ultra HD box online, broadcasting rival Sky appears ready to show off its own 4K hardware. The Telegraph reports that the pay TV provider is just weeks away from launching “SkyQ,” an Ultra HD set-top box that will reportedly let subscribers watch or record at least four programmes at once. Like the EE TV box, Sky’s player will also share broadcasts across smartphones and tablets, as families increasingly shift towards smaller screens.

Sky’s 4K player has been a long time coming. Originally known internally as “Project Ethan,” the box will play a major part in its battle against BT, which has already made inroads into its sporting coverage over the past couple of years. While BT’s Ultra HD box relies on YouView, SkyQ will be more customised, which includes Netflix-like navigation that makes it easier to view live TV but also on-demand content.

While Sky may possibly be only a little late to market with its own 4K box, the launch of the device was originally scheduled for next year. However, with the rise of BT and increased competition from other TV providers, the company decided to hasten its release. There’s no word on exactly when we’ll see SkyQ or whether Sky is ready to deliver Ultra HD content, but we’ll likely find out more as the company prepares for the kick-off of the Premier League season.

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Source: The Telegraph

23
Jul

LG bets big on flexible displays for cars and phones


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More and more smartphones, TVs and wearables like Apple’s Watch now use OLED displays, but only two companies mass produce them — Samsung and LG. LG is trying to stay on top of demand by building a new 1.05 trillion won ($900 million) flexible OLED plant in Korea. Starting in 2017, the 6th-gen line will spit out four times as many screens as the current-gen plant thanks to a larger “substrate” sheet size. The plastic-based displays are aimed at smaller next-gen devices that can benefit from the bendability like automotive displays, cellphones and wearables.

Most of LG and Samsung’s high-end smartphones and smartwatches already use OLED displays (P-OLED and AMOLED, respectively). Some — like LG’s G Flex 2 “banana” phone and the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge — specifically take advantage of the flexibility. But, it’s other companies — the Vivo X5, Oppo R7 and 2nd-gen Motorola Moto X all have OLED-based displays, for instance — that are creating demand for the technology. LG said it will eventually build another plant for larger, TV-sized displays that uses the same 6th-gen tech. Samsung also recently pledged $3.6 billion toward OLED production.

Filed under: Displays, LG

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23
Jul

Lawsuit claims Sling tricked viewers by introducing ads


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Don’t like that your Slingbox setup is dishing out ads when it wasn’t before? You’re not alone. Two viewers have sued Sling Media for allegedly pulling a “bait and switch” on existing customers, serving them ads that they hadn’t actually agreed to see. It’s tantamount to fraud, according to the lawsuit, and it’s particularly egregious when many viewers paid $300 or more for their set-top boxes.

If successful, the lawsuit (which could become a class action) would ask for both damages and a ban on Sling serving ads to anyone who hasn’t explicitly allowed them… which, at the moment, is most Slingbox users. The company isn’t commenting on the suit, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it’s willing to go to trial rather than settle out of court. After all, it’s counting on that ad revenue to replace the money that Slingbox M2 buyers would otherwise pay for the SlingPlayer app — at $15 or more per app, that’s not exactly chump change.

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Via: Multichannel News

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23
Jul

Netflix’s TV apps get their first major update since 2013


While Netflix has focused on rolling out more original content to more countries over the last couple of years, we haven’t seen as many updates to its software as we used to. Last week the streaming video service said it would start optimizing its mobile apps, but first up is a tweak for the TV apps you probably use more often. Netflix says this is the first major change its TV apps have had since the new look rolled out in late 2013, and it will start or resume video as soon as you select a title, while keeping the info on the screen (check after the break for a GIF showing how it works). An earnings report earlier this year mentioned bringing video “forward” in the TV experience, and this seems to be a part of that plan, delivering what Netflix says is a more cinematic experience.

Cinematic or not, when I’ve fallen asleep mid-OITNB binge, a visual hint would make it easier to remember which episode I was on so this should help. When we spoke to Netflix’s Cliff Edwards in January we heard about plans to put its app on the same footing as cable, and creating a way for viewers to passively slip into watching makes that possible. Once you turn on cable TV the video is usually just there, while with streaming you’ve always had to pick something first — this new feature combined with faster loading apps and video makes your Netflix & chill moment more casual . If you’re using an older TV or device you may not see the feature, but it’s rolling out to “eligible devices” (Netflix Recommended TVs are a good bet) globally over the next few days.

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Source: Netflix Blog

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