CES 2014 Innovations Awards and Honorees Announced

The CEA have just announced all of the winners and honorees for their CES 2014 Innovation awards.

Every year just a couple of months before CES, which is held in early January, they announce their winners and honorees. If we’re lucky we get to hear about a number of products which have yet to be announced by the manufactures, as the CEA get a sneakpeek at the upcoming products which will be on display at CES 2014.

My email blew up with numerous emails from manufacturers proudly announcing their wins.

Unfortunately it doesn’t look like these awards have revealed any exciting unknown products, but it’s great to see the CEA value in “honoring outstanding design and engineering in consumer electronics products.”

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LG 77-inch UHD OLED TV

LG 77-Inch Curved 4K OLED TV Wins CES Innovations Award

LG have won 15 awards in the 2014 CES Innovations Awards by CEA.

Every year, a couple of months before CES the CEA reveal their awards for a number of products that exhibitors will be showing off at the upcoming CES. If we’re lucky, sometimes these awards reveal a product that has yet to be announced.

This year looking at LG, they have won the “Best of Innovations” in the video display category for their 77-inch 4K curved OLED TV. This TV was of course revealed back in September at IFA in Berlin, Germany, but has yet to be on display in the U.S.

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Netflix 4k

Netflix Adds 4K Test Videos

Netflix have quietly added a number of 4K test videos to their service over the past week.

It has been no secret that Netflix want to be one of the very first to offer a 4K streaming service the the market. While we were at CES 2013 back in January Netflix were showing off their 4K streaming service on a Samsung TV [Video].

Netflix has also said that they hope to launch their 4K sometime next year, and it looks like with this test they’re getting a step closer. There are current 6 4K UHD clips available to access, they range from 24fps to 60fps.

If you have access the Netflix US, you can view these 4K clips here.

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Samsung GX-SM530CF

Samsung Smart Media Player

Samsung have just launched their Smart Media Player to the U.S market.

The Samsung Smart Media box / player has built in WiFi and has support for over 100 apps, as well as app and streaming support it can also act as a cable box.

Samsung are currently leading the Smart TV market, and in our view have the best Smart TV platform. They have essentially taken this Smart TV platform that they have on their TVs and wrapped it up in to this Smart Media Player known as the Samsung GX-SM530CF.

Technically the Samsung GXSM530CF is a cable box (works with CableCARD slot) with streaming and app support. If you have been eying the new Smart TVs and wish your TV had this support, the $149 Smart TV box is an easy way to get this feature.

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Sony X8 4K TV

Sony X8 4K TVs now Available

Sony launched its first 55-inch and 65-inch 4K TVs at CES 2013 back in January, later in the year at IFA 2013 they announced their Sony X8 series of 4K TVs in the same sizes at a lower price point.

These 55-inch Sony XBR55X850A and 65-inch Sony XBR65X850A 4K Ultra HDTVs are now available online in the the U.S starting at just $3,498.00.

The 4K TV market has to be one of the most competitive markets around right now and since their first 4K TVs have been available on the market their prices have tumbled down.

With consumers obviously wanting lower prices and more of a bargain Sony have delivered the X8 series.

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HDTV News YouTube Channel Trailer

Here at HDTV News we’re proud to offer the most in depth video coverage when it comes to TV tech and all things home theater, whether it be the latest Smart TV lineup, 4K TVs, curved OLED TVs and more.

We don’t just attend the press events and re-write the provided press releases, we go the extra mile and capture the whole event as best we can to bring it to our readers.

As well as covering the major trade events such as CES, we also cover (and film) the smaller product launch events thrown by the individual manufactures. We have coverage from the U.S, England, Denmark and Germany.

Along with the press events we also have a growing number of popular TV video reviews.

Checkout our short HDTV News YouTube trailer below, and please be sure to subscribe! We currently have over 60 videos online and we’re constantly adding to it.

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Hulu Chromecast

Chromecast Gains Hulu Plus Support

When Google launched their $35 Chromecast streaming dongle it launched with just two services, YouTube, and Netflix. But Google were quick to point out that other services would soon be joining the duo.

The first of these new upcoming services to be added to Chromecast is Hulu Plus. This is of little surprise to us as it’s one of the most popular streaming services available.

If you own a Chromecast your device would have already updated itself to support Hulu Plus. Just be sure to download the latest version of Hulu Plus on your Smartphone or tablet, and you should see the newly added “Cast” icon.

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Seiki SE65UY04

Seiki SE65UY04 65-Inch 4K UHDTV Under $3,000

Seiki have just announced that they’ll be bringing their 65-inch 4K Ultra HD TV to the U.S market by th end of the year for less than $3,000.

If you have been following the 4K / Ultra HD TV market, you’ll know that Sony, LG and Samsung have all released 4K TVs in 55-inch and 65-inch sizes. At first these were all about $7,000 or so, but they have all dropped dramatically in just a month or two.

While these major brand’s prices have dropped, they’re still of higher than we’re seeing from Chinese based Seiki Digital. They current have a 39-inch, and 50-inch on the market for a very low $699 and $966 respectively.

With the announcement of their largest 65-inch Seiki SE65UY04 at under $3,000, we’re pretty sure that we will see it selling on Amazon and other stores for just over $2,500.

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Samsung DA-F60

Samsung DA-F60 Portable Bluetooth Speaker Review

When we reviewed the flagship Samsung F8000 Smart TV, we were also provided with the beautiful little Samsung DA-F60 portable bluetooth speaker.

We of course jumped at the chance to review this speaker. If you’re wondering how the DA-F60 ties into a HDTV / Smart TV website, it’s because Samsung have designed the DA-F60 to work with many of their latest Smart TVs via a wireless “SoundShare” mode. This allows you to use this speaker instead of your Smart TV’s built in speakers, with the added benefit of being able to take the speaker into another room with you and continue to listen to the program.

We reviewed the DA-F60, which has a silver finish, but there is also the Samsung DA-F61 which is identical, but has a darker finish.

The portable bluetooth market is becoming a very crowed one, and is full of small, cheap devices offering sub par audio. The Samsung DA-F60 on the other hand easily stands out from the crowd, and for more reasons than just its stylish design.

Along with its great design, it also features NFC for easy wireless connection, and apt-X technology for CD quality wireless streaming. The speaker is portable, and features a battery which can power it for 10-12 hours allowing you to use it outside.

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LG 55LA9650

LG 55LA9650, 65LA9650 Cheaper 4K TVs Announced

LG have announced two new 4K Ultra HDTVs to their growing 4K lineup, the 55-inch LG 55LA9650, and 65-inch 65LA9650. These two new models from the LG LA9650 series come in at a lower price than their existing 4K models of the same size.

This is the same tactic that Sony used roughly a month ago when they announced their 850A series of 4K TVs, which come in at a cheaper price.

With the addition of these new models it increases LG’s 4K offerings to five models (Same number as Sony), including the original 55-inch, 65-inch, and of course their 84-inch 4K. So that’s five models from LG, with the total number of 4K TVs now at 18 at last count.

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