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Samsung and Amazon's HDR Standard

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Samsung and Amazon join forces to add yet another HDR standard in the video mix-- HDR10+, an option the two giants say is better than the rest through a free and open nature.

HDR10PlusAs the name might suggest, HDR10+ is similar to the current HDR10 standard, but it does have a few differences. The chief addition is Dynamic Tone Mapping, a means for HDR-capable TVs to adjust brightness on a scene-by-scene or even frame-by-frame basis, producing "images that are much closer to the director's intent."

Dolby Vision already has such a dynamic metadata setup, unlike HDR10 which is stuck with static metadata. One has to point out Dolby Vision supports HDMI 1.4a and upwards, while HDR10 requires HDMI 2.0, but HDR10+ does not require TV makers to pay licensing fees.

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Panasonic Believes in 3DTV With EX780

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Panasonic keeps the 3DTV dream alive with the EX780-- a 4K LED TV flagship featuring a Super Bright panel with "Supreme Contrast" powered by the Studio Colour HCX2 processor.

Panasonic EX780Compatible with all 3D Blu-ray players, the EX780 comes in 75-, 65-, 58- and 50-inch sizes, and offers optimised digitally enhanced local dimming of LED backlighting for better black level detail and HDR. An HDR Brightness Enhancer further optimises HDR quality when viewed in brightly lit rooms, while peak brightness clocks at around 500 nits.

A Switch Design incorporating cable management within the stand's central pole allows customers to fix the 50- and 58-inch versions in any of four vertical positions for a freestanding or cabinet-mounted design solution. The 50-, 58- and 65-inch models can also be installed with a swivel option for more viewing angle flexibility.

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Samsung Details The Frame TV

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The Samsung 2017 TV lineup has a curious addition reminiscent of a relic from the (relatively recent) past-- The Frame is a TV doubling as a picture frame, much like the digital photo frames from the pre-iPad era.

The FrameThe result of a collaboration with famed industrial designer Yves Behar, The Frame even has an Art Mode where it displays over 100 pieces of art when not in use as a regular TV. It is designed to be hanged flush against walls, and for such purposes Samsung supplies a new gapless wall mount and an "Invisible Connection," single optical cable handling all connectivity.

Further details on The Frame, including size, are not available as yet. What Samsung does detail is its upcoming selection of QLED TVs, with options ranging from the 55-inch Q7 to the 75-inch Q8. All offer quantum dot technology, the OLED alternative Samsung insists offers a wider colour range (100% colour volume according to Verband Deutscher Elektrotechnieker) as well as higher brightness levels and deeper blacks.

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Netflix Recommends 2017 TVs

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Netflix releases its list of recommended TVs for 2017-- a program highlighting TVs offering seamless integration with the video streaming service.

netflix tvSets making the list include LG 4K UHD TVs with Web OS 3.5 (namely models UJ6300, UJ6500, SJ8000, SJ8500, SJ9500, UJ7700, B7, C7, E7, G7 and W7 4K), Samsung 7-, 8-, 9- and Q-series smart TVs, and Sony X850E, X900E, X930E, X940E Android TVs. All models promise "better usability," faster performance and features making getting to Netflix and other online TV services as easy as getting to live TV.

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Sanus Intros Playbase-Compatible Mount

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Following the announcement of the Playbase is the Sanus WSTV1-- a swiveling TV base recreating the look and feel of a mounted TV designed for use with the Sonos TV speaker.

Sanus WSTV1The WSTV1 fits a Sonos Playbase or Playbare beneath the TV, with up to 8 inches of TV height adjustability. It works on all surfaces and promises a substantial improvement over the stands traditionally supplied with TVs. It provides 40 degrees of left-to-right swivel, fits TVs ranging from 32- to 60-inch in size and includes cable management.

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Samsung TVs, CIA Spying Tools?

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According to the "Vault 7" mega-trove of documents dumped by WikiLeaks CIA and MI5 surveillance techniques extend to consumer devices-- the intelligence agencies can apparently even use Samsung TVs to spy on people.

Samsung TVIf the documents are correct, a number of Samsung TVs feature a "Fake Off" mode. Ominously dubbed "Weeping Angel" (a reference to a sinister episode of the Doctor Who series), it allows TVs to remain on even if it looks like the power is off, allowing spies to capture audio and possibly even video from the room in question.

TVs reportedly affected by the hack are 2012 (UNES8000F, E8000GF plasma and UNES7550F) and 2013 (UNF8000 series, F8500 plasma, UNF7500 series and UNF7000 series) models featuring outdated version 1111, 1112 and 1116 firmware. Thankfully there is one way one check whether Fake Off is in operation-- a blue LED on the back of the set remains on.

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LG Presents "Dual Premium" TV Strategy

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LG launches plans of a "dual premium" TV strategy for 2017-- one involving the launch of OLED screens together with next generation Super UHD LED TVs featuring Nano Cell technology.

LG OLED TVUpcoming LG OLED TVs include the 65-inch W7, a display less than 4mm thick when wall-mounted. The company plans to launch five 4K OLED TVs in its home Korea, in screen sizes ranging from 77/65W7, 77/65G7, 65/55E7, 65/55C7 and 65/55B7. More details on specific models in other markets will be revealed locally at time of launch.

Meanwhile Nano Cell technology uses 1-nanometre particles to offer is described as superior colour reproduction by absorbing unnecessary light waves. Such capability allws the LCD displays to filter out specific colours with greater precision, rendering each colour exactly as intended.

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