With most people - *cough* content providers - only just getting to grips with 4K resolution, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Samsung had gone nuts by introducing the world’s first true 8K TV. With hardly any native 8K content available out there, what's the point of spending big to get your hands on so many pixels?It's because, although it doesn't feel this way, 8K content is coming sooner rather than later: Japan’s NHK broadcaster is launching an 8K channel in December, while Netflix and TV France, among others, have already filmed some stuff in 8K. Black Friday deals: see all the best early offers right here.But what really makes the 85Q900R exciting as a TV for today rather than tomorrow, though, is that surprisingly it doesn’t actually need native 8K pictures to look incredible - it takes any content you feed it and spits out some of the best images we've yet to see on a screen this size.Price and release dateWhether or not the world is ready for … [Read more...] about Samsung Q900R 8K QLED TV review
Advantage of curved tv
LAS VEGAS -- Samsung is usually ahead of the curve. The company enjoys a comfortable domination of worldwide TV market share and profitability, powered by its trendsetting designs and futuristic technologies. It popularized the first really thin LED LCDs, pushed TV app stores before anyone else, brought hairline bezels into the mainstream, and was first with voice and gesture control and real modular hardware upgrades. 17 Samsung: televisions of 2014 CES (pictures) Now it's the first to deliver curved TVs in a serious way, debuting two series of mainstream LED LCD models, one with 4K resolution and one with standard 1080p, at CES 2014. The first curved flat-panel TVs -- let's all just agree to ignore that oxymoron for the present -- appeared last year. They included a pair of extremely expensive OLEDs from LG and Samsung, as well as the first curved LED LCD, Sony's KDL-65S990A. At CES 2014 LG introduced a few curved sets, but they were mainly OLEDs and none will be remotely … [Read more...] about Are curved TVs a gimmick?
Fourteen days into my experiment of replacing my flat-panel Panasonic plasma at home with a curved Samsung LED LCD, I've come to a couple realizations. First, I want my plasma back, but for reasons that have little to do with geometry. I mostly miss its superior picture quality, particularly for off-angle viewing and uniformity. Second, despite the radical-looking shape of the new TV, the curve doesn't have much effect -- positive or negative -- on me and my family's enjoyment of TV shows, movies and games. In the interest of fairness, I'm still going to live with the set for another month or so, and let it insinuate itself more thoroughly into our lives. At that point I expect to be able to say with more confidence whether this latest trend in TVs qualifies as a gimmick. I'm also going to reserve final judgement on the TV itself, a Samsung UN65HU9000 , for the full formal CNET review, coming soon. Look there for a more thorough comparison of its overall picture quality, … [Read more...] about My life with a curved TV: Week 2
So, you're going to buy a new TV? In that case, let us give you some advice that will help you through the complicated world of televisions. And as with all buying advice, you'll need to have an idea about what you want to spend, and what features are most important to you. So let's take a look over some of the hot tech, and see what might be of interest for your next screen. To 4K or not to 4KAfter TV sales slowed thanks to everyone upgrading to flat panels, from their old CRT monsters there had to be something else to drive new TV purchases. Initially 3D was going to be the thing, but it seems most people aren't that bothered, and even if they like 3D they still wouldn't replace their existing TV to get it. So 4K offers a new upgrade path for people looking to buy a new set. The first thing to know about 4K is that there is very little material in the format at the moment. It's thought that there will be a new Blu-ray standard that offers video in this resolution soon, but that's … [Read more...] about Five Essential Tips for Buying a TV
Much like 3D, curved TVs looked to be a passing fad and a feature that existed for PR departments to take advantage of in advertising and promotion. Both LG and Sony have already decided to ditch curved TVs, but Samsung continues to embrace them and is pushing ahead. So confident is Samsung in its ability to sell curved TVs, according to ETNews it is planning to launch 22 new models. Not only that, all of these TVs will feature at least 65 inch and as large as 85 inch displays. But why continue pushing curved TVs so hard when competitors are leaving them behind? Because for Samsung, sales are growing. The number of curved TVs Samsung sold in 2016 increased 50 percent compared to 2015. A huge increase is also expected again for 2017 before demand plateaus and then slowly starts to fall up to 2020. But these aren't small numbers we're talking about. The global market for curved TVs this year is expected to be 11 million, then 10.3 million next year, 9.6 million in 2019, and 7.6 million … [Read more...] about Samsung Releasing 22 New Curved TV Models