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NHK Starts 8K TV Broadcasts

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NHK, the Japanese public broadcaster, starts the first regular TV satellite broadcasts in 8K resolution-- with a "Super Hi Vision" test channel showing a mixture of 4K and 8K content.

NHK ForecastsThe format pushes content at 7680 x 4320 resolution and allows for 22.2-channel audio. The channel is set up in preparation for the launch of full-scale 8K transmissions in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, and shows a mixture of arts, sports, music and documentary programming reminiscent of test HDTV transmissions.

On the current schedule are highlights from the Rio Carnival, the 2012 London Olympics opening, a concert by J-Pop star Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and footage of the Aomori Nebuta festival. Of course, no consumer currently has the home hardware capable of receiving the channel, so NHK is installing viewing stations around Japan to hold public Rio Olympics viewings.

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Sony Claims Brighter TV With Z Series

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Sony launches what it claims are its best and brightest TVs yet-- the flagship Z series, 4K/UHD HDR TVs featuring "Backlight Master Drive" technology for brightness and contrast levels reaching those of OLED screens.

Sony Z SeriesFirst seen in prototype form back at CES 2016, Backlight Master Drive consists of a densely packed array of individually controlled LED backlights. At the time Sony claimed the CES prototype delivered 4000 nits of peak brightness, and while the Z series TVs are not so bright the company insists they are still brighter than the rest of the competition.

Also included in the TVs is an X1 Extreme signal processor Sony says is able to upscale lower resolution standard dynamic range (SDR) content to 4K HDR, with object-based HDR Re-master technology analysing the colours and contrast of individual objects in a scene to present richer and more realistic images. Meanwhile Super Bit Mapping 4K HDR 14-bit processing delivers smoother colour gradations from 8- and 10-bit sources without the "banding" seen in other TVs, and "dual-database" video processing reduces on-screen noise.

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Hisense Intros M7000 4K TVs

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Hisense announces a second generation of ULED 4K TVs-- the M7000 range, with flat displays available in 55-inch (H55M7000) and 65-inch (H65M7000) sizes.

Hisense M7000The TVs handle 4K/UHD resolution images with HDR, dynamic contrast ratio of 4000:1 and 240-zone local dimming. Also included is the Hisense Smart platform as powered by a quad-core processor and online connectivity via either wifi or ethernet.

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Tempo Group Buys Linsar

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The Tempo Group, the Australian distributor for brands including Philips and Hitachi, buys British TV and appliance vendor Linsar for an undisclosed sum.

LinsarTempo supplies the home appliance market in the UK, USA, New Zealand and (of course) its home Australia. It is a major supplier of Sterling appliances and Bauhn CE to Aldi, and supplies other retailers including Bunning, Big W, Harvey Norman, JB Hi Fi and The Good Guys.

Meanwhile Linsar is a privately-owned brand formed in 2006 by Barry Kick and Terry Reed. It makes TVs for the use in caravan parks, oil rigs, boutique hotels, serviced apartments and the public sector, and supplies Argos with house brand TVs.

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Loewe Ships One TV Range

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Loewe starts shipping the entry-level One TV range with two models-- a 40-inch HD display and a 55-inch UHD model, both described as "the first step into the Loewe World."

Loewe One TVWhile admittedly entry-level (at least for Loewe products) the two TVs still offer premium features such as an HD scaling algorithm, HDMI 2.0 connectivity, HDCP 2.2 support and dual-channel configuration capability allowing users to view one programme while recording another on USB stick or share media from multiple Loewe TVs via video server.

Also included is the Assist Media 2015 connected platform for content search across network broadcasts, media libraries and home networks.

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The SVS SoundPath Pivoting Bracket

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SoundPathSVS announced the SoundPath pivoting wall and ceiling bracket-- with a flexible ball and clamp design allowing for the desired adjustment of speaker direction.

According to the company, the bracket rotates by 360 degrees, pans by 180 degrees and tilts beyond 30 degrees, ensuring speakers fire directly at the listening area for the best audio experience possible.

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IHS: Smart TVs Reach Important Milestone

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According to IHS Q1 2016 sees the TV industry reach an important milestone-- more than half of the TVs shipped during the quarter are smart TVs.

IHS Smart TVs Q1 2016

Leading the uptake of internet-connected TVs is China, where 4 out of 5 TVs sets shipped during the quarter did so with smart functionality, while 56% of N. American TV Q1 2016 TV shipments are, well, smart. In contrast European TV shipments are more or less stagnant, with smart TV share remaining at 40-45%, the same seen during the past 2 years.

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