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Sharp Readies 8K TV at IFA

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The current TV technology of choice might be 4K, but Sharp is set for the future with the announcement of the first commercially available 8K resolution TV, which will arrive in European markets from March 2018.

Sharp 8K TVThe TV in question is a 70-inch Aquos model revealed at IFA 2017. Dubbed the LC-70X500, it offers 7680 x 4320 resolution and promises  “ultimate reality, with ultra-fine details even the naked eye cannot capture." It is also compatible with the Dolby Vision HDR and BDA-HDR (for Blu-ray players).

However, while rolling out an 8K TV might be nice there isn't much content one can appreciate on it-- at least outside of Sharp's home Japan, where public broadcaster NHK does regular 8K satellite broadcasts through a "Super Hi Vision" test channel. Set up in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, it shows a mixture of arts, sports, music and documentary programming reminiscent of test HDTV transmissions.

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Salamander Design Intros Milan Style

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Milan designResidential and commercial A/V furniture maker Salamander Design presents a design addition of C-Frame System-- Milan, a custom cabinet style with a future forward geometric 3D diamond pattern.

The C-Frame System is a selection of A/V cabinets blending art and technology able to fit with any decor. The Milan style is finished in gleaming white, and complemented by either black or white solid surface tops or black or brown glass tops. It is made using eco-friendly materials, engineered to perform and available in a variety of configurations.

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IFA Hosts BeoVision Eclipse

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Bang & Olufsen presents the first results of its partnership with LG at IFA 2017-- the BeoVision Eclipse, a combination of the design B& O is famous for and Korean OLED technology.

Beovision EclipseThe Danish TV maker announced the "strategic technology partnership" with LG back in March 2016. The BeoVision Eclipse is the kind of TV one would expect from the company, built out of a mix of metal and fabric. It sits on top of a motorised floor stand (which can move across the floor, as well as swivel) and offers a 55- or 65-inch 4K resolution OLED panel promising “absolute black and infinite contrast ratio" together with HDR capabilities.

Customers can replace the floor stand with a motorised or manual wall bracket, while control comes through the BeoRemote One BT remote. On the audio side, it carries a 450W 3-channel soundbar customers can customise with a choice of aluminium or different coloured fabrics. One can also add other BeoLab loudspeakers, with the TV speaker acting as centre channel.

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MantelMount Debuts MM850 Motorised Drop-Down TV Mount

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CEDIA 2017 sees MantelMount present the MM850, the first fully-automated pull down and swivel TV mount from the company, designed for over-the-fireplace installation.

MM850 MountThe MM850 has a motor allowing it to move up/down, in/out and left/right at the press of a button. It is also compatible with 3rd party home automation systems, and as such can also be controlled via appropriate trigger or voice command. Such compatibility comes through integration via IP over wired ethernet or wifi connection, and should work with systems from the likes of Crestron, Control4, RTI and Amazon Alexa.

In addition, installers willing to put in the hard coding for use with non-standard control systems get a full command set. A simpler means of control comes through an included 433MHz RF remote.

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The Samsung 88-inch "Billion-Colour" Q9 TV

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Samsung releases one of its biggest TVs yet-- the 88-inch version of the Q9, a QLED set aimed firmly at the "global ultra premium" segment of the market.

Q9 TV“At Samsung, we are aiming to expand our footprint in the ultra-premium TV market with our ultra-large QLED TV models that embody the perfect combination of technology and art,” the company says. “With their superior picture quality and innovative features, we are confident that our QLED TV lineup will continue to drive sales and solidify Samsung’s leadership in the global TV market.”

The Q9 features support for 4K resolutions and HDR, as well as the whole DCI colourspace (covering over 1 billion colours). According to Samsung this means 100% colour volume, and images showing exactly what the creators intended, with "detailed colours and subtle contrast" even at peak brightness.

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LG Display Goes All Out on OLED

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LG Display has big plans for OLED technology-- the company announces the investment of almost $7 billion (or 7.8 trillion Korean won) over the next 3 years in OLED panel production in order to meet demand from smartphone and TV makers.

LG OLEDsThe company plans to open 3 OLED production lines, two in S. Korea and one in China. Both will produce glass and plastic panels suitable for next-generation smartphones and in-vehicle displays. In addition, around $2.5bn will go in the development of larger OLED displays, while $4.5bn will go towards a separate line of flexible OLEDs.

As a result, the total LG is investing in OLED technology totals $13.5 billion (15 trillion Korean won). The success of recently launched OLED panels for TVs such as the Wallpaper OLED and Crystal Sound OLED (CSO) is cited as part of the reason behind such spending.

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TrendForce: TV Panel Sizes on the Up

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According to TrendForce's WitsView global LCD TV panel shipments total 123.35 million units in H1 2017, a -0.1% Y-o-Y decline, with demand for mid-size panels offsetting the traditional seasonal effect during H1 2017.

The industry was faced with the risk of tightening panel supply following the closing of the Samsung Display L7-1 Gen-7 fab at the end of 2016, leading to TV brands stocking up on panels.

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In the meantime prices of panels in the 40-43-inch size range are up by an average of nearly 70%, the result of TV brands shifting demand towards larger size segments. Thus, the average TV panel size is 44.7-inch in H1 2017, a 1.7-inch increase from H1 2016, and global shipments of TV panels in total area for H1 2017 is also up by 8.7% Y-o-Y.

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