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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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iRoom Intros surDock On-Wall Docking Stations

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sureDockiRoom announces a pair of new on-wall surface-mount products-- the surDock and surDock mini, non-removable stations designed for use with the iPad and iPad mini respectively.

The surDock permanently charges the iPad through the included power supply, ensuring it is always ready for use as a home automation control system or as a wireless music streamer for an audio system. It fits all current iPad models, except the 12.9-inch iPad Pro.

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Loewe Intros bild 5 OLED TV

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Loewe bild 5German TV maker Loewe announces the bild 5-- a TV featuring OLED technology together with HDR and Dolby Vision support, all inside an angular frame in either silver oak or high-gloss piano black.

Designed by Loewe creative designer Bodo Sperlein, the bild 5 is just 4mm deep and, since it features an OLED panel, needs no backlighting. On the audio side a built-in 5.1 multi-channel decoder and digital audio link allow users to add more speakers and a subwoofer.

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Spanish Broadcaster Manages Dolby Vision/Dolby Atmos Broadcast

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Spanish broadcaster RTVE is the first national channel to complete a live broadcast in Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision, namely the 5 July transmission of the historic Solemn Changing of the Guard.

Dolby vision broadcastThe ceremony was transmitted live in Dolby Vision High Dynamic Range (HDR) and Dolby AC-4 sound, the next generation audio (NGA) format able to carry Dolby Atmos sound and mixes. It used the 4L DVB-T2 trial channel operated by RTVE and Cellnexx Telecomm. The broadcast was available on terrestrial channels in Madrid (channel 32), Barcelona (channel 43) and Seville (channel 36), and was received by viewers with a 4K HDR TV.

Delivery of said broadcast involved a pair of outside broadcast trucks-- one for video, the other for audio. Also involved were a cabin housing EVS recorders for video production, camera control units, reference monitors and analysers, as well Dolby equipment required to incorporate Dolby Vision and Dolby Audio technologies. A satellite uplink distributed the signal via the Hispasat satellite to Barcelona and Seville.

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