Electronista: LG Display on Thursday introduced the first LCD panel that combines both 3D capabilities and 1080p resolution.
The 23-inch LM230WF4 monitor will ship with shutter glasses and promises to bring with it ultra-sharp images.
Other specs include a 400cd/m2 brightness, a 1,000:1 contrast ratio and a 3ms response time. This is achieved thanks to LG’s use of its high-performance 3D controller and copper bus line that both improve on the resolution and picture quality.
The display can also be switched to show traditional 2D images.
The Korea Communications Commission plans to begin offering a trial service of 3D terrestrial broadcasting starting in the second half of 2010. Similar trials are also scheduled for Japan and the UK.
Despite the announcement, LG has not indicated when the LM230WF4 will be out for sale or what it will cost.
Electronista: YouTube has announced that it will allow users to upload 1080p HD video content without limiting playback to a lower resolution.
The web-based interface will provide a choice between the current maximum, 720p, and full 1080p.
The change brings YouTube up to speed with the limited number of video portals, such as SmugMug, that support the higher resolution.
“As resolution of consumer cameras increases, we want to make sure YouTube is the best home on the web to showcase your content,” said YouTube software engineer Billy Biggs on the company’s blog.
Users can submit 1080p videos to be considered for an upcoming spotlight on the YouTube homepage. The expanded service is expected to go live in the next few weeks.
Content that was previously uploaded in 1080p resolution will be automatically re-encoded, eliminating the need to resubmit the videos.
EngadgetHD: ESPN made a point of mentioning its new Lexington designed L.A. Live based studios would be the first capable of “full HD” 1080p production, but with no details we could only speculate on what that meant.
We got in contact with Colleen Lynch of ESPN and confirmed the new equipment is designed for 1080p at 60 frames per second, with additional production equipment coming in over the next few months.
There’s no way to get that bandwidth home yet and won’t be for at least several years but it’s good to know the network is ready for whatever comes next.
Marketnews: “Full HD” 1080p resolution has helped fuel plasma TV growth worldwide during the second quarter of 2008. According to DisplaySearch, a division of the NPD Group, plasma shipment units increased 1 per cent quarter-over-quarter (Q/Q) to 3.5 million units, but 54 per cent year-over-year (Y/Y).
1080p also helped to drive revenues up 28 per cent Y/Y and six per cent Q/Q. The results show that 1080p now accounts for 21 per cent of all plasma shipped.
More than 70 per cent of all 1080p plasmas shipped were from Matsushita (Panasonic), which also enjoyed a 7-point revenue share jump to 36.8 per cent, representing 23 per cent Y/Y growth.
Panasonic was also the only supplier of 1080p plasmas at the popular 42” and 46” screen sizes. On the smaller size of the scale, however, things are declining.
Overall, 1080p plasma volume grew 89 per cent Q/Q and a massive 333 per cent Y/Y.
HDTV News: Samsung is demonstrating an 82″ Quad HDTV with 2160p resolution at the SID 2008 (Society for Information Display) symposium in Los Angeles, which runs from May 18 to 23.
Compared with current top of the range LCD TVs, which have a maximum 1080p (1920×1080) HD resolution, Samsung’s Quad HDTV offers “ultra definition” technology giving a resolution of 3840×2160, or 2160p.
The set, which is a prototype, features a red/green/blue LED backlight, which raises the color saturation to 150% and also helps to save energy. It has an image refresh rate if 120 Hz.
idealo: At least that is what the Japanese manufacturer is promising with their newest product, the KRF-9000FD. The 1080p projector offers a full HD resolution for sources like Blu-ray video, but can also be used in the 2.35:1 cinema format. Via diverse set up possibilities, the projector should always be able to display a perfectly aligned picture, even in smaller spaces. Moreover, Pioneer promotes the high value projection quality with its full-bodied contrast.
The contrast definitely reaches a respectable level – a ratio no less than 30,000:1 is offered here. Then via an HDMI output the contrast reaches the projection surface, which the projector can adjust to quite well: adjusting the projector vertically by up to 80% and horizontally by up to 34% is possible.
PR Newswire: Panasonic, the industry leader in High Definition Plasma TV, announced yesterday that its much-anticipated web-enabled PZ850 series of VIERA Plasma HDTV’s will be available at retail beginning in mid-June. The flagship line’s wide range of cutting-edge features is highlighted by VIERA CAST which provides access to some of the most popular content sites on the Internet today — YouTube, Google’s Picasa Web Album and Bloomberg. The VIERA line was initially previewed at the 2008 Consumer Electronics Show in January 2008.
Panasonic’s VIERA 1080p PZ850 series offers features designed for the most demanding videophile — enhanced contrast ratio, deeper blacks, faster response time and outstanding picture quality in four screen sizes — the 46-inch (117 cm) class TH-46PZ850, the 50-inch (127 cm) class TH-50PZ850, the 58-inch (147 cm) class TH-58PZ850 (58.0″ measured diagonally) and the 65-inch (165 cm) class TH-65PZ850 (64.8″ measured diagonally).
HDTV Magazine: As you would imagine, being a close friend of the HT Guys comes with some benefits. We have a friend that just bought the Sony KDL-46XBR4 46 inch (117 cm) LCD and a Sony Blu-ray player. He asked for some help setting the TV up and of course we said yes. Well, we said yes because it provides good material for our show. Our friend uses Cox cable, OTA and Blu-ray for his HD material.
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I4U: With the digital transition coming in early 2009 and some markets changing to digital broadcasts before that the market for LCD and Plasma TVs is booming. The economic stimulus checks soon to be showing up for most Americans will also see lots of new HDTVs coming to homes around the country. Today we are going to talk about a few of the things you need to consider when you are buying a LCD or plasma TV.
LCD or Plasma
There are certainly more things that most consumers will want to consider when shopping for a new flat screen TV. Two of the most basic decisions you will need to make is what size a TV you want and if you want to go with plasma or LCD technology. The decision on size will determine to some extent whether you can choose from LCD, Plasma or both technologies for the size you want.
Typically you won’t see plasma TVs under 42-inches in size. That means if you are shopping under 42-inches odds are all you will have to choose from is LCD TVs. That’s not a bad thing, it just means different technology.
Plasma panels have some pros and cons when compared to LCD TVs. The first is that plasma panels tend to not last as long as an LCD panel will. Though honestly, by time a plasma panel looses a noticeable amount of its brightness you will be ready to upgrade anyhow.
Plasma HDTVs tend to be brighter than LCDs and often have better contrast ratios. The contrast ratio is a particularly important specification of any LCD or Plasma TV. The higher the contrast ratio of a TV the better picture quality you will be able to get. It is important to note that there is no industry standard for manufacturers to use when measuring contrast ratio so the numbers are often considered arbitrary.
720p or 1080p
One of the biggest selling points for HDTVs is the resolution of the TV. The resolution is often stated in several ways so you may see things like full HD, 720p, 1080i, 1080p, 1920 x 1080, or 1280 x 720. Most lower cost HDTVs will be 720p. I am not familiar with any network, cable, or satellite that broadcasts in full HD (1080p). That means that if you are only planning to hook your set up to cable or satellite for HD viewing you will only get a 720p signal. Many boxes will upscale to 1080i and every 720p set should be able to handle the 1080i resolution.
Ecoustics: Make sure your high-def television displays a true 1080p image. When watching high-definition cable programming on an HDTV, you may notice that the set crops out text and station logos. This effect is the result of overscan, which HDTV makers often enable by default to eliminate the visually displeasing, flickering white bar of digital information that appears above HD programming.
TV manufacturers choose the setting because most set-top boxes–cable and satellite alike–don’t hide the digital information well. However, it’s important to turn this feature off at times, especially when you’re using a Blu-ray Disc player to watch 1080p content on a 1080p HDTV. If you don’t see every pixel you should see, you’re not viewing a true 1920 by 1080 progressive-scan picture. The name of the viewing mode differs from brand to brand, but it’s commonly called Dot-by-Dot, Point-to-Point, Just, or simply Overscan Off.
If you’re shopping for a new HDTV, make sure that the set you want has the option to disable overscan mode; not all sets do.
HDTV News: In this world where technology come and go, Sharp offers up a contemporary classic, the LC37D64U. This slim-line design model means more picture in less space. You get HDTV style and innovation with a striking piano black finish, bottom mount speakers, brilliant color reproduction, and spectacular picture quality.In addition to providing high contrast ratios, this AQUOS set includes a next-generation Advanced Super View true 16:9 widescreen LCD panel that delivers 1080p full spec HD (1920 x 1080) resolution for the sharpest possible picture. Plus, its Multi-Pixel Technology significantly improves color reproduction at virtually every viewing angle. Two HDMI and two HD component inputs are all compatible with 1080p sources like HD DVD and Blu-ray players.