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Panasonic Intros "First" HDR UHD OLED TV

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Panasonic takes on OLED technology as it reveals the EZ1000 at CES 2017-- a "world first" according to the company, since the 65-inch display is HDR-ready and handles UHD resolutions.

Panasonic EZ10000The EZ1000 features a flat WRGB OLED panel supplied by LG Display, and promises to offer "around double the peak brightness of a conventional OLED" and "almost the full DCI colour space." It also carries "professional grade image processing" and a "Dynamic Blade speaker" consisting of 14 speaker units (8 woofers, 4 squawkers and 2 tweeters, plus quad-passive radiator).

On the HDR side the TV supports both HDR10 (PQ) and Hybrid Log Gamma HDR formats, making it ready for both current and future HDR broadcast frequencies.

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Videotree Debuts Outdoor TVs at ISE 2017

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VideotreeBritish TV maker Videotree will showcase a range of weatherproof products at ISE 2017, all featuring toughened glass, double-coated, anti-reflective and high-brightness screens.

Designed to be fully integrated into the surroundings, each Videotree TV is 42mm deep for a sleek and flush finish. The outdoor TVs can also be custom designed, with bespoke framing and installation options as well as optional metal frames for free standing. A patented silent cooling system ensures reliable performance on the summer days, while an optional internal heating system takes care of frost.

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Sanus Intros VTVS1 Universal TV Stand

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Sanus announces the VTVS1-- a universal TV stand ideal as a replacement for manufacturer-supplied TV bases, since it provides both swivel and height adjustment.

Sanus mountDesigned for customers who either don't want to or simply cannot mount their TVs on walls, the VTVS1 should prove useful if the supplied TV feet do not fit the current living room AV furniture. It suits both curved and flat TVs, and features a slim, low profile base acting as a cable management system.

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IHS: Flat Panel Revenues on the Up

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The global flat panel display market looks set to recover after 2 consecutive years of decline, IHS Markit reports-- 2017 revenues are forecast to total $110 billion, a 9.3% increase.

4K Display“While it would be unrealistic to expect an increase in unit demand next year in view of an overall sluggish global economy outlook, market revenue for flat panel display can be expected to grow significantly following a rebound in panel prices along with an increased demand for premium display products,” the analyst remarks.

The 2017 Y-o-Y growth rate of the flat panel display market by unit demand is projected to remain low at 0.3%. On the other hand, display area demand is expected to grow by 6.6%, while market revenue is to grow 9.3% over the same period.

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An Retro LCD TV for a More Vintage Era

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Japanese TV maker Doshisha presents an alternative to the ultra-thin TVs of today-- the Vintage Taste set features pleasingly chunky retro stylings, even if it packs a modern 20-inch LCD panel.

Doshidisha Vintage TasteIn fact the Vintage Taste features all connectivity options expected from a TV on the contemporary market, including USB and HDMI ports, LAN, AV and digital audio outputs. However the housing comes straight from the 1960's, with mahogany-red wood and off-white plastic construction, not to mention functional volume and channel switching knobs complete with satisfying ka-chunk sounds. Oh, and it sits on four-stilted legs.

Amusingly, since as mentioned earlier the TV is a modern LCD number, the housing meant for a cathode ray tube doubles as a storage space-- one can open the top to house other electronics, such as a DVD player or games console, or maybe hide a bottle of booze.

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Sanus Debuts Black Series TV Mounts

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Sanus Black SeriesThe Sanus Black Series consists of a selection of five purpose-designed TV mounts designed for high-end residential businesses and installers, all supporting TVs ranging from 37 to 100-inch.

The range includes large and X-large full motion, tilting and fixed position models, as well as supporting accessories. An Enhanced Hardware Package ensures compatibility with all major TV brands, while quick release tabs allow installers to instantly unlock the TV from the wall plate. A ProSet adjustment feature allows one to adjust the TV after installation and hide small peripheral devices within a smart components panel.

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The SPUD Pop-Up Display

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SPUD monitorCustomers wanting display both large and portable might soon have a solution with the Spontaneous Pop-Up Display (SPUD)-- a collapsible projector-and-screen combo one can open and close like an umbrella.

When collapsed the SPUD is around the size of a large hardback book, and it opens into a 24-inch 720p display similar in look to a photography light dffuser, with the projector at the back of the unit. Connectivity comes through USB and HDMI, while the internal battery promises up to 3 hours of use on a single charge. Maximum brightness reaches 785 nits.

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