LG Electronics will offer an enhanced version of its webOS platform beginning with new models it will introduce at the 2015 International CES. The platform was introduced to offer LG Smart TV viewers simplified connection, content discovery and source switching.
LG held a sales event at Video & Audio Center in Santa Monica on Thursday night to unveil the company's 65-inch OLED Ultra HD TV to consumers. This is the first OLED Ultra HD TV available to U.S. consumers, and its $9,999.99 price tag brought an impressive turnout to Thursday's unveiling. The 77-inch model will be available in mid-November.
On Tuesday night, hours after formally announced its new P-Series line of affordable Ultra HD TVs- its first major foray into the Ultra HD market- Vizio hosted a media event at Manhattan's Bertrand Delacroix Gallery.
In the announcement of its new OLED TV, LG acknowledges that most of its rivals have abandoned or backed off from the technology. But LG says it is "reinforcing its leadership in this premium display technology," with its new TV.
Sony, which announced its 4K Ultra HD Media Player last year, has finally revealed pricing and availability for the product. The 4K Ultra HD Media Player (FMP-X10) will arrive this July at a price of $699. However, a preorder period, starting now and continuing through July 15, will allow consumers to save $200.
LG Electronics, which this year is fielding a dozen Ultra HD models from 49 to 105 inches, is counting on its new Smart+ TV webOS interface, which was explained and demonstrated Thursday at its Silicon Valley Lab in Santa Clara, Calif., to be a standout feature within the line. All told, 27 of LG’s total of 47 2014 models will include it, said Tim Alessi, director of new product development, who characterized the new platform as “a cornerstone launch” for the company.
AmTRAN added the SL42B-C and SL47B-C Razor-Edge E-LED to its flagship line of JVC-branded BlackSapphire HDTVs.
Vizio Tuesday announced its new line of HDTVs and sound bars for the holidays, including the new E-Series holiday lineup.
AmTRAN Video Corp. will begin full retail deployment in January of its Model JLE55SP4000 Wi-Fi-equipped 55-inch 3D E-LED (Edge LED) BlackSapphire JVC-branded TV – a set featuring a proprietary audio system called XinemaSound 3D that is said to circumvent the need to add a soundbar or other type of audio system to compensate for flat panels’ notoriously poor sound quality.
On the brink of its new fiscal year, Panasonic this week provided an in-depth look at its latest Smart VIERA plasma and LED/LCD TVs that, along with new Blu-ray players and various audio solutions, comprise the company’s home entertainment ecosystem for 2012.