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BitTorrent Will change TV with It’s New Streaming Service

What is BitTorrent

BitTorrent is the biggest name in file sharing. It has been working on live streaming for many years and now, it is all set to offer live video streaming service, BitTorrent Live.

Whenever broadcasters want to transmit a live video, they need to invest heavily into their capabilities in terms of hardware and infrastructure to stream content in real time to their users. During peak hours, especially if the broadcasters have miscalculated the demand, lags in videos is the most commonly encountered issue. BitTorrent solves this problem by using P2P (Peer-to-Peer) technology. This means that if anyone is downloading or streaming a video on BitTorrent’s streaming service, then the video content will not be aired from the BitTorrent’s servers. Instead, the content will be streamed from the devices of other users who have previously downloaded or streamed the content.

This is in contrast to other streaming services offered by competitors who use digital broadcasting with central servers distributing programmers to users via their content delivery networks. P2P technology has made BitTorrent successful, so much so that it accounts for approximately 5% of the internet traffic. BitTorrent Live will launch its service on Apple TV with both iOS and Android versions.

With BitTorrent Live, a large number of viewers can watch live video with only a minute level of latency, and that too without requiring any massive infrastructure. The failure rate in content delivery by BitTorrent’s streaming service is likely to be much less under high demand.

What is Bittorrent

This is something that is quite uncommon with other providers. In fact, in 2014, BitTorrent CEO, Eric Klinker suggested Netflix to switch to P2P architecture. Netflix has hired employees to develop P2P technology, but has not announced any specific plans to use it in its product.

Right now, BitTorrent will launch only a handful of channels free of cost. There is a decent selection of content that includes channels for news, sports, music, youth culture, and technology. Free channels include AWE, Clubbing TV, Fast & Fun, Filmbox Arthouse, Newsmax, NUsicTV, OANN, One World Sports, OpenNews TV, Pursuit Channel, and TWiT, FightBox and Heroes TV. He defended his decision for providing lesser known channels by arguing that BitTorrent is providing a free service, whereas other competitors like Sling TV charges people for the basic packages as well. These channels are lesser known. However, the future versions will charge a subscription fee and will include many more channels.

The Vice President of Media at BitTorrent, Erik Schwartz announced that the company is in talks with major content providers for licensing their offerings. In future, BitTorrent Live will include all major channels. It will live-stream all regional and international content including sports, music, movies and everything else.

What does BitTorrent provide?

BitTorrent powers a massive file sharing culture and this might allow it to become a big player in the market of streaming services as well. BitTorrent Live will become a particular success in regions with slow internet connections. BitTorrent Live will be immensely useful for bloggers and internet marketers who heavily rely on live broadcasts. One unique feature for broadcasters and viewers is that they can chat with each other using the ‘Live chat’ feature.

This service is free at present and anyone can sign up for an account.

To watch hassle free videos, users just need to download BitTorrent Live from its official website. It is available for Mac, Windows and Ubuntu operating systems. One drawback with this service right now is that people can’t stream videos on smart phones or videos.

How to use bittorrent

Highlights of the Service are:

 Biggest file sharing service
 Use of P2P technology which means you get no lag while streaming videos live
 No need for an expensive content delivery network
 Facility where broadcasters and viewers can interact with each other
 Works well with slow internet connections
 Free of cost channel packages
 Free of cost broadcasting
 Services available on Apple TV and Android

According to Christian Averill, Vice President of Marketing at BitTorrent, their streaming service Live should not be considered as a competitor of Facebook Live, but rather as an alternative to Hulu. BitTorrent has always contributed towards mobilizing content on the internet and will now dive in to fix the major streaming issues that plague the market.
BitTorrent will soon be preparing to compete with cable television and satellite TV too, but that will come later. BitTorrent is likely to change the way we see television right now. It will provide both subscription based, and ad-supported services. In addition, there will be on-demand pay per view content available too.

Why NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 1080 is the one thing that you have been waiting all this long

Recently, NVIDIA made its biggest launch yet in the gaming world – its latest GPU, the GTX 1080. The officials claim that it is better than Titan X and would beat its performance by about 30%. The video card is available for $599 and the special founder’s edition is priced at $699. This is the golden time for PC gamers, who can now enjoy their games in the full glory of 4k resolution.
Once this beast of a GPU has been fitted on a computer, the games, and videos run super smooth, and look a lot better. The GTX 1080 has 7.2 billion transistors in a 314 square millimeter die. These features allow for a smaller and more densely packed GPU that runs cooler and is energy sufficient.

NVIDIA’s Hardware

This new model of GPU is both cost and energy efficient. It uses 180W of power, smaller than GP100, and is perfectly designed for gaming. It can clock nine teraflops, which is simply impressive to say the least. It also runs at 1,607 MHz and comes with 8GBs of Micron’s new GDDR5X RAM. The GTX 1080 uses the latest Pascal GP104 architecture, which is incredibly fast and light in terms of performance. It runs like a horse without overloading itself.

The founder edition of GTX 1080 features three DisplayPort connections and one each of HDM1 and DVI socket. People can now play many games at a single time. If there are no ambitions beyond 1080p, then going for this card right now is the best option. For high-end visuals, the high dynamic range (HDR) displays are a must. The Pascal has hardware support for 12-bit color, BT.2020 wide color gamut, SMPTE 2084, and HDMI 2.0b/12b for 4K HDR.

NVIDIA

GTX 1080 comes with new features like 4K at the rate of 60Hz 10/12b HEVC decode, and DisplayPort 1.4 ready HDR metadata transport. Most of the televisions are not capable of utilizing the capabilities of this GPU. To fully appreciate the beauty and picture quality that this GPU can produce, one needs an HDR television, which provide much better television experience than even 4K.

NVIDIA’s Installation

The setup for GTX 1080 is not very different when compared to other video cards. You should have enough room to place it in the case. It snaps right into the PCI-E slot and is powered by a single 8-pin power connector. GTX 1080 has simultaneous multi-projection (SMP) and allows geometry setup work to be done in a single pass. SMP can support up to 16 pre-configured projections, which allow for sharing of up to two projection centers. This enables developers to render both projections at the same time, which is something naive in the market right now. This feature also renders different viewports at lower resolutions. GTX 1080 can be twice as fast as Titan X.

Performance

NVIDA’s latest technology is a powerhouse that not only keeps pace with the likes of GTX 980 and Titan X, but outmatches them in every aspect. In the tests conducted by 3DMark Online, which compared GTX 1080’s performance against other top of the range GPUs, the 1080 came out at the top in 92-95 percent of the cases. In fact, it could be outperformed only when two or more 980 and 980 Ti cards were used together in SLI mode. That’s right, it makes multiple Titans to beat this workhorse.

In many benchmark tests that have already been run on the GPU, it has registered a much better FPS rate in comparison to the likes of the present top GPUs such as GTX 980, Titan X, and R9. Even at a stupendously high resolution of 4K, the GPU delivered consistently higher FPS of above 40 FPS, with games like Witcher 3, Fallout 4, and Hitman.

GTX NVIDIA

Then there is the matter of virtual reality games. Most of the VR devices run games at 1200×1080 pixel resolution. Further, in case of VRs, the games need to be at least 90 FPS to run smoothly. All of this is like a walk in the park for a GPU like GTX 1080. Presently, all the games designed for Virtual Reality run at a low resolution by gaming standards, and at higher FPS. So, the advent of GTX 1080 may probably start a new era of gaming for VRs, and inspire the designers of the next-gen VRs to fully exploit the graphics capabilities of this GPU.

If that happens, the next gen VR games will support 4K resolution, and mark a new milestone in VR itself.

Overclocking

GTX 1080 comes with overclocking capability. GTX 1080 from the Maxwell generation have typically hit 20-25 percent overclocks with relative ease. At default settings, you can let GTX 1080 run for about 25-30 minutes, as it uses the new version of EVGA’s Precision X16 software. It attempts to tune clocks to your particular card and GPU. The Precision X16 OC Scanner works by limiting the maximum overclock to 200MHz. It applies a static +200MHz across all voltages, which sort of defeats the point of tuning each voltage step in the first place.

Here’s Why Augmented Reality Will Kill TV!!

Very soon, well maybe not so soon, but soon enough, you won’t need a television! Guess what, you won’t be needing a smartphone either. Since we are on the topic, you won’t be needing anything with a screen for that matter. Imagine a world without any flat screens to entertain you. No, this is not some apocalypse prediction, but a technological revolution. How would you like to be able to enjoy the convenience of all your entertainment gadgets, and squeeze it into one? If people working on various Augmented Reality (AR) devices have their way, then all you need in your life is an AR device to take care of all your entertainment needs.

Augmented Reality

An AR device projects a digital screen right in front of you, no matter where you are. There are different types of AR devices in various stages of development. Some of them need only a surface to project digital images. The surface can be anything – a wall, a table surface, a door, or even white board. Whenever you want to catch a movie, a TV show, or even a sporting event, all you will need to do is point the AR device on a surface, sit back, and enjoy. The best example of this is Microsoft’s HoloLens. You can use HoloLens as a replacement for any screen. This AR device is so versatile that you can even play console games on it.

augmented reality glasses
If projecting images on a surface doesn’t sound like your thing, then you can simply choose to go with an eyeglass. This type of device will be easy to wear, pretty much like an eyeglass. It may come with a headset design too. The eyepiece of the glass is where all the images will be projected. So, you will have ready access to entertainment on-the-go wherever you are. Whether you are travelling, lazing away on your porch, or sitting in a park, you will be able to enjoy your favorite entertainment, without any disturbance or inconvenience. There are also the contact lens ARs being developed, which can project images right to your retina. Thus, all you will need for your all-round entertainment is a pair of contact lenses, enabled with AR technology.
There are many more types of VRs being developed by organizations, universities, and startups all over the world. All of them aspire for one thing – to become a one-stop-destination for all their consumers’ entertainment needs. To a large extent, their plans are quite practical too. Why would you bother to have multiple televisions at home, when all you need is one AR device to enjoy all your entertainment?

screens

Perhaps the biggest move that the AR devices can make against the traditional screens will be to make the user experience much more immersive. With augmented reality, rendering content in 3D will become very easy. In addition to this, the 3D experience will be superior to anything we have seen so far, and make it a huge winning point for augmented reality. Perhaps, the only major competition the AR technology might face will be from virtual reality technology. The traditional screens like televisions will be simply outdated and a poor form of entertainment. They might continue to exist, just like radios do today, but they will cease being the centerpieces of our living rooms as well as our entertainment.

augmented reality 1st person view
Even if you don’t wish to get sold on the AR for its entertainment potential, there is a lot that this technology offers that you simply won’t be able to resist. For instance, you go to a mall and point your AR device at the outlets there. You will be able to see in real time the customer reviews, trending products, recommendations, and a host of such data. Perhaps, you are travelling, and find yourself in an emergency needing medical attention. Your AR device might use Google’s Street View feature to give a quick walkthrough to the nearest hospital. The potential of these devices is immense. You surely would want to get in on the bandwagon. In fact, the only thing that can hamper your efforts to buy an AR device is its price. Presently, many of these devices are quite pricey. But, as their production technology advances, and they become more popular, they will soon be as affordable as our smartphones. So, when that finally happens, prepare yourself for a television experience unlike anything you have ever dreamed of before. That TV set in your living room will look like a thing of previous century technology, and you will be left wondering why they didn’t come up with AR technology earlier.

Cyber Security: most present problem in American Culture today?

The wide net provides an incredible amount of services that make your life easier. Smart TVs have never made people so vulnerable when it comes to home security. When you don’t have time to go to the store, you can go on Amazon, or Ebay, Modcloth, whatever. The recent FBI and Apple ‘PR war’ over encryption on the iphone makes this a much more urgent issue than ever before. Your phone, and television set,  knows so much about you, that if in fact the FBI could have a back door to your phone, no waterboarding would be done to Siri. She would just be the welcome mat to all of those weed-pics your mom almost took your iphone away for.

goods and services information are on the line with cyber security

So why is it beginning to feel like this is politics, and not technology?

Because everyone in a first world country has advantages over the poor. Let’s say that you have a job as an online publisher. This job will allow you to work almost entirely from your phone, or television. If you have to go somewhere you have access to uber, subway routes, maps, taxis, etc… If you were living in- let’s say- San Salvador you would be putting your hand out at the mercy of whatever bus or cab wanted to stop in front of you. Technology saves us time. Time is money. Every entity in America runs on this precious time, and money. You can find a reliable resource wherever you are within minutes.

If in El Salvador iphones and smart TVs were a thing for everyone, MS-13 would have already designed their own uber-like-service for human trafficking

Does this take away from anything previously seen in politics?

Yes. This allows for voters, average people, to be informed. Therefore they make more educated decisions. More and more people are jumping on this train. Social media technology also allows for ideas to be spread like wildfire. This poses a threat to security systems that are based upon censorship. So when it comes to finding out about Isis, or other terrorist groups that might be active online, the FBI would love to have all encrypted info at hand. An informed public takes everything away from propaganda efforts.

protect your home security on the internet

Does this shape our society?

Maybe. The more cases like these are brought up to the public, the more we freak out over it. How do you know if your passwords are secure? What’s not to say that because you used a keyword- the government does not like- they might be able to remove it, and what’s worse, prosecute you for it? This makes all young minds more active in how they protect their online presence. The rise of online trolls might be an indication that this is the way pop-culture deals with some of the repressed ideas. For the TV show Arrow fans, Felicity Smoak has become a sensation because she represents the ultimate underdog in cyber-security problems. She is a woman with no superpowers that somehow hacks the police, fellow superheroes, and- of course- villains.

The show Mr. Robot has made an entire world in which the ones in control are also the ones that have access to information. This leaves Elliot Anderson with no other option, but to relate to people online more than in real life. The result of a life of alienation because of technology can lead to depression, and many other health problems. All millennials fear this. (If you don’t believe it, just look up depression on tumblr.com)

People like Edward Snowden have become popular figures in our society today. If cyber security was never threatened, what is to say we know our real rights within the nations that we live in? When you promise to protect a nation does this include its citizens also? or does it only include that nation’s “institutions”?

What to do about it?

Applications like Lastpass allow users to only memorize one password in order to access all accounts. This also blocks out any software that detects how things are typed and copied and pasted on the user end of things. Finding some software that serves as a vault for all of your personal information might reduce the amount of info you are putting out on the web for everyone to see. Maintaining your passwords updated every year- at least- can prevent many problems as well. This is probably because too many people have the same password for everything, so if one account is hacked, they are left with many more services vulnerable.

smart televisions can allow your cyber security to be at risk

Are we protected at all?

There is a branch of the Army that looks into these types of issues. Army Cyber Command and Second Army directs and conducts cyberspace and information operations as authorized or directed, to ensure freedom of action in and through cyberspace, and to deny the same to U.S. adversaries.

The National Cyber Security Division (NCSD) is a division of the Office of Cyber Security & Communications, within the United States Department of Homeland Security’s Directorate for National Protection and Programs.

The Office of Cybersecurity and Communications (CS&C), within the National Protection and Programs Directorate, is responsible for enhancing the security, resilience, and reliability of the Nation’s cyber and communications infrastructure. CS&C works to prevent or minimize disruptions to critical information infrastructure in order to protect the public, the economy, and government services. CS&C leads efforts to protect the federal “.gov” domain of civilian government networks and to collaborate with the private sector—the “.com” domain—to increase the security of critical networks. In addition, the National Cybersecurity and Communications Integration Center (NCCIC) serves as a 24/7 cyber monitoring, incident response, and management center and as a national point of cyber and communications incident integration.

 

 

So if you ever have any problems with you online security, those are the people to call.

10 Things That You should Know Before Buying a Television

You will find televisions of every size and specifications in the market today. LEDs, OLEDs, UHD, 4K and now even 8K, the technologies backing the television sets are getting more sophisticated by the day. There is a dizzying array of choices in terms of price, and models. The only downside to such an excellent number of options is the confusion that they cause. Do not worry; this guide has got you covered. Here are 10 useful tips that will help you zero down on the television of your choice.

 

Pick a screen that everyone can see

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Size always has and always will be one of the most important factors. Television size makes a huge difference to the viewing experience. So, first ascertain the number of people who will be watching the television. The television should be big enough to provide a decent viewing angle to all the people in the living room. Other than that, the buyer should also take into account the space in which the television is going to be placed. If you have a large living room, screen sizes between 55” to 65” work best.

 

Consider your sitting habits

The dimensions of the screen that you choose should also depend on how close you sit to the TV. You should measure the height of the television and sit at a distance that is three times that height. This is the ideal distance to watch television without any pixels. This is true even for high definition television. On the other hand, if you are planning to buy a 4K powered television, you can easily reduce that distance to 1.5 times the height.

 

Do not go for less than 1080p

There is a race out there among TV manufacturers to produce TV models with the highest resolutions. For the uninitiated, resolution is essentially the sharpness that a television is able to produce. Now, here is what you should know before buying a television set. The lowest resolution available in the market is 720p. These are almost a dying breed. Now, moving on to the next level, let’s focus on 1080p. This is where you will find most HD televisions today. This is the format in which you will be able to find most cable programming too

 

Buy higher resolution to be future ready

In the resolution race, the next in line is the 4K UHD. There are latest 4K TV models available from all major manufacturers. The 4K television has four times better resolution than regular HDTVs. The benefits of the extra pixels show in the form of a richer and more lifelike picture that appears on the television. This is not the end of the line as far as pixels are concerned. Many manufacturers have come up with 8K versions as well, but they are prohibitively expensive. However, the 4K programming will slowly catch on. This is the future of television and it is only a matter of time before older TVs will become obsolete.

There is a downside to 4K. Currently, there are limited options available on cable or otherwise for 4K broadcasting. So, even if your television has the capability to display such a high resolution video, there is not a lot of content in the market to enjoy it. There is absolutely no content available for 8K television as of now.

 

Know the Refresh Rate

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This is the rate at which pictures are refreshed on the television screen every second. The Refresh Rate is expressed in Hertz (or Hz). The most commonly available refresh rate in the market is 60 Hz. However, many a time, when fast moving objects appear on the screen, the pictures can get blurred. Many of the TV manufacturers now offer higher refresh rates of the order of 120 Hz and sometimes even 240 Hz. The faster the refresh rate, the better the picture quality of fast paced scenes, but the prices will also increase correspondingly.

HDR compatibility for premium TVs

Now, before you go into the details, this is an upgrade for UHD televisions. High Dynamic Range or HDR essentially refers to the wide variety of colors that the television can showcase. In simpler words, it makes blacks blacker and whites even whiter. So, if you want your picture quality to be more lifelike, choose TVs that have UHD with HDR.

 

Look for more ports

Now, this may not look like the most important factor when picking a television, but it should be one of the criteria. The reason is simple. In the future, you may need to connect the television set to a speaker, a gaming console, a plug-in like Roku, or something else. You already need 3 ports and these are just the basic add-ons. Many times, manufacturers try to save costs by providing fewer ports. So, you should pay higher attention to the number of USB and HDMI ports the television offers. Also, makes sure that if you are opting for a 4K television, then your television has HDCP 2.2 (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection).

 

Contrast Ratio Is What You See

The specifications for the contrast ratio are always available on the television. But, take this tip and completely ignore them. You should believe how the contrast is working in front of your own eyes. Most of the times, numbers can be misleading. Believe your eyes.

 

Go For Substance Over Style

Curved televisions may look grand, but the fact of the matter is that they really do not make much of a difference to the picture quality. You should understand that they add more of a pull factor than any functional feature to a television.

 

Smart TV Is No Big Deal

Smart TVs are everywhere and they are not a great feature for any television. So, if you are buying a television by getting wowed by only this factor, you are barking up the wrong tree. Ask the salesman for all the other features of the television and then make your decision

 

Always Buy A Sound Bar

As the TVs have transformed from old boxes to size-zero, this development has affected the quality of speakers on them. Keeping this in mind, it would be a good idea to buy a sound bar while purchasing a television. It will serve you well.

4 Reasons Why You Should Wait Out On Your Purchase of a Smart TV

Smart TVs are stupid. Unless they are evil, that is! No, this is not some conspiracy theory proclaiming to give you some alternate perspective of reality. It has been known for some time now that the potential dangers of owning a smart TV are very real. Of course, there are a lot of things that are potentially dangerous, but they offer enough value to make up for pitfalls. However, as it turns out, smart TVs may not pack that much punch in the value department either. If all this feels confusing to you, let us explain to you more clearly.

 

Major Security Flaws

The security on these things is abysmal at best. Let’s look at the reasons behind that. What is a smart TV? It is a TV that is connected to the internet. A smart TV is part of the entire environment of internet-of-things. As we know, anything that is connected to the internet is exposed to a host of risks. These could be anything from hacking, virus, illegal monitoring, and what not. The security layers that are protecting today’s smart TVs are a joke. TV manufacturers focus more into the hardware aspect of their TV, and hardly bother about the security. As a result, it is actually incredibly easy to break into these things. Thus, even a half-decent hacker can access and steal your private information.

New television technologies allow us to see more detail than ever

We have seen in case of webcams that people have used the webcams of their own victims to spy on them, and obtain compromising information on them, including their naked pictures, videos, and so on. This is only the tip of the iceberg. Hackers are always finding innovative ways of capitalizing at your costs. So, there is no telling what horror they will unleash on you. Bottom-line, stay away from smart TVs at least until they get powerful security systems.

 

The Promise that Never was Never Delivered

When people learned that they could now own a TV that was connected to the internet, and they could watch any video they want from the internet, they believed that it was revolutionary. To be frank, in theory, it is. But, the TV manufacturers and content streamers really messed up this golden opportunity big time.

New television technologies give us more color than ever before!

When people calculated their expenses on the cable connection, they realized that it is much cheaper to cut cords and enjoy entertainment on smart TVs. This was the promise of the smart TVs. But, the interfaces of the smart TVs have so far been pathetic. Users often find it confusing to navigate the interface. Sometimes, they don’t even know what all features and entertainment options are available in their smart TVs. Therefore, it is not difficult to see why users have not been able to use their smart TVs to their fullest potential. A majority of them have never used the features like browser or music streaming. Most of the time, they are simply watching videos on their favorite streaming apps such as Netflix or Amazon Prime, and this is where lies the biggest pitfall of smart TVs.

Smart TVs offered access to the content on streaming services, which were not available on cable services. But, as it turns out, you don’t need a smart TV to access such content. By using devices like Roku Streaming Stick, Chromecast, Fire TV Stick, and so on, people can enjoy the content on streaming services, even on a regular TV. So, what is the point of having a smart TV after all?

Spying

No, not the illegal type! We mean the kind that has spooked the world lately – governmental and corporate spying. The ubiquitous prevalence of ads on the internet has forced the people to use ‘ad blocks’ on their browsers. That is why advertisers are experimenting with new ways of advertising that are less intrusive, and more effective. One of the next frontiers for advertising is the smart TV scene. With you always using your voice commands, don’t doubt for a second that the TV manufacturers will be listening to you soon, if they aren’t already, which is highly unlikely. They will use this information they gain from your interaction with your smart TV to direct ads to your television. As if the ads on the television were not enough, you will soon be dealing with these new types of ads too. Who knows, they make it impossible for you to escape them at all.

Television has never had this much contrast

You might have your own stand on the issue of government-sponsored surveillance NSA-style. But, you have to agree with the fact that if the US government is doing that, then possibly other governments are doing that as well. With the TV having been manufactured from different countries, you can never be sure of who is watching your actions.

 

Life

Typically, consumers want their TVs to last for anywhere between 5-10 years. A normal TV from manufactured by a decent brand usually lasts even more than that. But, smart TVs are a completely different thing altogether. First of all, the operating systems on the present series of smart TVs are terrible. They are very difficult to navigate, confusing for the users, and have been designed very poorly by the manufacturers. Adding to your woes, smart TVs are not like smartphones. Your manufacturer won’t be sending you a series of updates to improve your experience. This is advantageous to them, because within a matter of 2-3 years, your smart TV is stupid TV; it is obsolete. The software they carry provide you an irritating experience, and there is nothing you can do about it. But, it is the hardware that is going to be a bigger problem.

Today’s smartphones and tablets have amazing processing power. In fact, they pack more power than the ones in your smart TV. This is a huge problem. Granted that the newer TVs will have more processing power, but they will still not match the ones on smartphones. All those apps – Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Instant Video, and others – will be undergoing tremendous changes every few months to be able to tap into the increasingly powerful processors of the latest smart TVs. Within a year of you having bought your smart TV, its hardware will be obsolete. Your apps will start freezing when you are using them; some of them may never operate at all; some apps may not even support your TV. Do you still think it is a smart decision to go for a smart TV now?!

Forget 8K and Curves, HDR is The Next Big Thing. Here’s Why

4K is already here and making waves. 8K is in its nascent stage, and it will be another 5 years before it enters the mainstream. Curve TVs have also left the fans impressed. But, if you truly want a TV viewing experience that blows your mind away with its awesomeness, then HDR is what you should consider, when shopping for your next TV. HDR has been the talk of the town lately, with almost all the major TV manufacturers featuring HDR in their flagship televisions at CES 2016. 2016 will be the year in which HDR will emerge as the next big thing. If you are wondering what HDR is, and why it will be that big, read on.

 

What is HDR?

In layman terms, HDR or High Dynamic Range, is the ability of a television to produce darker blacks, brighter whites, and overall a richer and wider range of colors. This ability gives the picture a dynamic look, which is where the technology gets its name. If you are into technology, then chances are that you have already come across this term, although not in the TV industry. HDR has been in use in photography for quite a long time. Smartphones, and cameras, both have been using this technology to produce superb quality pictures for quite some time now. Here is how it works.

Devices with HDR capability can click several images in a single burst, and combine them to produce photos that have the least error in them. These individual pictures are clicked at different exposures, with the first one being an extremely dark image and the last one being the brightest. When these images are combined, HDR retains the darker shades, hues, and colors, while simultaneously preserving the bright regions in the photograph. Thus, the final product contains the brightest elements of a scene, as well as the darkest ones. They are stacked in a single picture, which produces an amazing level of contrast, previously unseen with other technologies. In a nutshell, HDR produces the most lifelike pictures ever produced by a screen.

deeper blacks and whiter whites with HDR TV definition

This is important because no matter how great all those blog posts sound when they talk about 4K, curves, and other features, the real world works quite differently. Suppose you put two televisions of same size side by side, with one of them featuring better contrast, and the other featuring higher resolution. Most customers will pick the one with a better contrast, as the pictures are more ‘true’ in its case. In other words, “1080p resolution + HDR beats 4K any day”.

 

Do I have to pick between LED and OLED, if I choose HDR?

The short answer is ‘no’. But the long answer starts with a ‘may be’. The thing with HDR is that it has not a mainstream technology yet. The consortium of manufacturers of televisions, content producers, TV channel operators, and other parties involved in this industry only recently agreed on what qualifies for the tag of HDR. They now have a new term for HDR – Ultra HD Premium. So, TV manufacturers are not building their TVs, so that they meet the requirements of Ultra HD Premium, as set by the consortium.

The manufacturers of LED do not have any problem as LED TVs can produce intense brightness. On the other hand, OLED technology cannot match the brightness levels of LED. On the other hand, OLED can produce much crisper, and darker hues, than LEDs. Therefore, the consortium created two standards for HDR. Both the standards set different bars for the minimum peak brightness and the corresponding maximum black levels, thus accommodating both OLED and LED technology in the HDR bandwagon. So, both OLED and LED TVs can feature HDR. But, there aren’t that many OLED TVs in the market as there are LED ones. So, you might be limited in your choice if you go for OLED, although many feel that it produces a much better picture quality.

 

Will I be able to watch all TV programs in HDR if I buy an HDR TV?

Sorry to disappoint you, but if only the world were that simple. The thing is that you will get HDR programs only when the content producers, and TV channels air programs that are HDR compatible. Of course, you will need an HDR compatible TV too. It took some time before all the stakeholders agreed on common specifications for HDR. But, now that they have agreed upon common standards, it won’t take much time before they begin rolling out HDR compatible content. Netflix is already working on it. As early as last year, a few movies were released on HDR, which was met with favorable reviews from fans. So, although there is not much HDR content available in the market, it is set to change very soon.

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Will I need new cables for HDR?

The current high speed HDMI is perfectly capable of transferring HDR content. However, both the source, the player, as well as the TV, should have HDMI 2.0a. If you have a device with HDMI 2.0, then migrating to HDMI 2.0a is no biggie. It appears that only a firmware update is required for the migration. If you have not already received the upgrade, just call your manufacturer and inquire about it.

 

To wrap it up, we have to say that 4K has not lived up to its expectations, and 8K TVs are prohibitively expensive. Curved TVs hardly make any difference to the TV viewing experience. It appears that for now, HDR is the only thing that makes for a better television viewing experience. The smart thing to do for a TV shopper is to wait a little while until HDR content becomes mainstream, by which time HDR TVs will also have dropped in price. If you need to buy a TV urgently, or any time in the near future, do not miss the HDR feature. You will regret it big time.

Lego TVs? Just Kidding. But, Close Enough!

At the CES 2016 in Las Vegas earlier this year, Samsung had the technophiles completely floored. Anyone who ever played with Legos now can see their dreams coming true. Yes, if Samsung has its way, you will soon be able to stack up your TV just like a Lego block, and enjoy it any way you like. This might sound like something out of a futuristic movie, but this technology is here! Now! But, this TV is not here to just fulfil your childhood Lego fantasy. Samsung intends to achieve a host of things with this TV. And no, the adage – kill two birds with one shot – does not apply here, simply because Samsung is killing here at least half a dozen birds…err…features or technologies with this single masterstroke.

Samsung Killed Bezels

For as long as we have had televisions, bezels have always been something that we resented. In case you don’t know, bezels are those regions of a TV’s face, which are not covered by the screen. For long, we have come to accept the fact that the bezels are here to say. Many manufacturers have tried to make them as thin as possible, and have had some success with it. But now, Samsung intends to bid adieu to those spaces that serve no practical use to the viewer. The stackable TV will not have any ‘noticeable bezels. Not our use of the word ‘noticeable’ here. Although the company claims that it has created a bezel-free TV, that is not the whole truth. But, it has come very close to doing that. The bezels on its latest stackable TV are so small that you may not even notice them. It’s true, it looks like the pictures are just hanging in the air over there, without any support.

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Samsung Also Killed Size Wars

For decades now, TV manufacturers have been in a state of constant war with each other on who has the biggest TV in the world. And why wouldn’t they? People at Samsung, LG, Sony, Panasonic, and other major players are not fools sitting in their board rooms with some insecurity issues. They know what their customers want, and try hard to meet that demand. Lately, the manufacturers have reached their wit’s end on how large a TV can be. But, Samsung, in one stroke, ended that years of war conclusively and in the most spectacular fashion.

The latest marvel from Samsung, the stackable TV, features a modular design. For all practical purposes, you can add as many screens as you want, until you are satisfied with the size. All the stacks, also known as panels, fit together perfectly to produce a single unified picture. In other words, YOU get to decide the size of TV you want. Whether you want a 100-inch television, or a 200-inch television, anything is possible. While the other manufacturers are slowly trying to push the bar by a couple of dozen inches every time, Samsung clearly had different ideas. And, we love this.

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Absolute Customization

Have you seen those dark bars that appear on the top, bottom, or sides of the screen, when the video’s aspect ratio does not match that of the screen? Well, guess what? That problem is a thing of the past. The modular TV from Samsung is completely customizable. You can rearrange each and every panel of the screen in any way you deem fit. The built-in processor always knows the position of each panel, and will adjust the picture accordingly. Yup, it is quite smart.

Now, suppose you usually watch television in 21:9 aspect ratio, but the video you are watching is in 16:9 format. You can rearrange all the panels of your TV to accommodate the aspect ratio of the video. Now, your TV screen will also have the aspect ratio of 16:9. There is very little limit on how you can stack the panels of this modular TV.

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Further, if you want to have a Times Square style screen in your home for a special event, then you can bundle up a whole set of these panels to build a massive TV. In fact, this is what Samsung did with its 170-inch UHD TV that it showcased at CES 2016. Slick, isn’t it?

So, will Samsung soon ship these beauties?

From all that we have seen so far, there is absolutely no reason for Samsung to not ship these TV in the near future. In fact, we believe that this will become the thing in the near future for many reasons. For one, modular TV solves one of the biggest problems that manufacturers face during shipping – breakage. The bigger a TV gets, the harder it is to ship it. Even will all the careful packaging, there is a significantly high risk of damage in case of big TVs. Modular design solves this problem quite efficiently. Every time a TV needs to be shipped, it can be unstacked into individual panels, which are much easier, and safer to transport from one location to another without getting damaged.

The second problem that modular TVs solve is the cost of production. Manufacturing facilities are designed to facilitate manufacturing TVs of all shapes and sizes. But, the more varieties there are to produce, the higher is the cost of production. With modular TVs, this problem is eliminated completely. Samsung can now produce TVs in only one size, and then build bigger TVs simply by stacking together any number of these modules. This will increase the production of the TVs, and also make them a lot cheaper. When Samsung transfers this cost savings to customers in the form of price reductions on big televisions, there is going to be a standing outside Samsung stores looking to buy these TVs.

Top Trends In TV Technology, According to CES 2016

CES helps us get a sneak peek into the technology that the coming years have to offer. Television has been undergoing a sea change for a few years now. It was obvious that there would be a lot of breathtaking television technology on display at CES 2016 in Las Vegas, and it did not disappoint. There were a lot of new names at the exhibition like Compal, Hisense, and TCL, among others. The CES 2016 has also set the ball rolling for the trends that we will see in the market in the coming year. Here is a down low on what to expect.

More OLED alternatives

OLED televisions have become a fan favorite in the year gone by. The demand side has been going strong, but as far as the supply side is concerned, it was only LG that was producing OLED TVs. However, this is all set to change in the coming year. There are also a lot of alternatives for OLED that major TV manufacturers are going to offer. One of the offerings is the Backlight Masterdrive. This technology has been poised as a contender to the OLED technology. The Backlight Masterdrive is going to build upon the already available LCD technology while weeding out all the shortcomings of the technology. It will use that exceptional picture quality of LCD, while successfully keeping the durability issues at bay.

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Then there is the Panasonic’s Honeycomb Technology. This is presented as an alternative to the OLED technology. The Honeycomb technology makes sure that on the television screen, the areas that are dimmed will always remain separate from each other. This results in the television flaunting an excellent contrast, while overcoming the halo effect that plague the LCDs. The Panasonic TV models that boast of this technology also have an Ultra HD premium badge and are THX-certified.

At present, OLED TVs are quite costly. But, as more alternatives emerge against it and as more manufacturers start producing OLED TVs, the prices of the OLED TVs will eventually drop significantly. This is definitely a good news for the consumer.

 

The Screen Revolution

Apart from the display characteristics, the screen has also undergone a complete transformation of its own. Different manufacturers are coming up with different designs to attract the users. Samsung is not one to be left behind. The transparent OLED screens from the manufacturer wowed the visitors at the exhibition. A similar offering was on display by Panasonic, which was lodged like a glass frame on a book shelf. But, once it came to life, it was an impressive high definition television. This is not exactly new technology, but it is the first time that it has been showcased at an American electronics show.

 

Portable Television

If transparent screens wowed the audience at the CES 2016, the flexible screens completely took the audience by surprise. This HD offering from LG gave the audience a totally futuristic look into television. The screen showcased at CES was an 18” screen that can fold over and touch the other side.

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Though this particular piece was only a prototype, it is almost certain that it will be converted into a commercial product. In fact, it is rumored that it will come to flaunt a good 55” screen size. It is not possible to put a finger right now on the date of the commercial release of the LG foldable screen, but it will create a big buzz whenever it arrives.

 

As Big as you Want

Building a TV as big as you want! Does it sound like a trend to you? Yes, this is something that Samsung has in mind. The manufacturer went out of its way to make its point, when the company put up a whopping 170” TV on the wall at the CES 2016. This humongous piece was made by combining numerous 20” screens together. The implications of such a technology can be far-reaching. With a modular design like this, companies and customers can benefit because of the reduction in the cost of transporting the television. Not only this, anyone can increase or decrease the size of their television at their whim.

The biggest impact of this technology will be on the manufacturing process. The company only has to build the independent units now. There is no need to create television sets of different sizes. Just imagine the kind of savings with the simplification of the manufacturing process, which will definitely be passed on to the consumers as well. Further, the individual screens can be moved from one location to another. This enables the viewer to change the aspect ratio of the TV screen to adapt it to the aspect ratio of the video they are watching. With so many benefits in the offering, modular television will be a sure shot trendsetter. The only question is – when will this technology hit the mass market?

 

Smarter TVs

TV has become much more than just an entertainment station. With the Samsung’s SmartThings platform, the humble box in the living room can become the guard of the house. The platform from Samsung helps TV owners to use the television to keep an eye out for any untoward activity. With this, the television sets are all set to take up more responsibility. With the provision to add all smart devices on to the Samsung platform, this is definitely a trend that will catch on to make households safer and smarter.

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The new television technology at CES 2016 has shown way too many trends in the television fieldv. From better display to completely changing the very concept of television, there are many things that will follow post-CES 2016. It will be interesting to see how many of these trends will have a longer shelf life and how many will just fade away.

New TV Technology 2016 CES In Las Vegas

Consumer Electronics Show (CES) always witnesses a huge participation from all the top TV manufacturers, who love to flaunt the latest technology they have in store for their consumers. The previous edition of CES left us with a glimpse of what this year’s CES might have for us. With 4K to 8K resolutions, with the constantly expanding screen sizes, and the ever increasing curves, the CES 2016 was one of the most anticipated events of the year and it did not disappoint either. Every year big guns like Sony, LG, Philips, and so on, come out with their latest television sets and this year’s event in Las Vegas was no exception either. But, 2016 is no ordinary year for television. 2015 saw flashes of the new TV technology that is all set to revamp the concept of TV, but 2016 is going to make it all a reality. If the show is anything to go by, 2016 is going to be a milestone year in the television history.

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LED Backlighting

Sony is offering a 75-inch slim TV, XBR-X940D, complete with the direct LED backlighting system. The XBR- X930D comes in two versions – one with 55 inch screen, and the other with 65 inch screen. Both of them have the Slimline Backlight Drive Technology from Sony. This technology allows the television to offer better lighting for specific zone, while maintaining a slim body. Of the three models showcased from Sony, only XBR-X850D does not come with these features. However, all the three new models flaunted complete HDR-compatibility. These models, showcased in Las Vegas, use Sony’s display technology, Triluminos, with seamless HDR compatibility. Further, they are able to churn out crisp picture quality, thanks to the 4K Processor X1 inside them.

Backlight Masterdrive
A Sony original, Backlight Masterdrive is what the company claims to be the future of displays. There were some prototypes that were on display at the show. This is a technology that seeks to do away with the shortcomings of the LCD and is being built as an alternative to OLED. With brightness levels peaking at 4000 nits and a large number of dimming zones, the Blacklight technology will be released over the coming years. Although OLED provides an exceptional picture quality, it is wrought with durability issues. This is why it has found very few takers among the TV manufacturers. If Backlight Masterdrive proves to be feasible, then it can become a serious replacement for OLED’s quality capabilities.

Honeycomb

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This is another serious contender against OLED, and has already proved its mettle. Panasonic’s DX900 series television flaunts this latest technology and promises superb contrast, and crystal clear picture quality. Despite ditching the OLED technology offering, these latest models will be able to rock top notch HDR, because of following the Honeycomb structure. What it means is that on the screen, the areas that are locally dimmed will always remain separated. This process removes any of the halo effect that LCDs

are infamous for and they also create rich contrasts on the screen. This is the reason that these models also flash the Ultra HD Premium badge and certification from THX.

The Smart Things
The new televisions from Samsung feature the SmartThings platform. This technology allows the users to connect all their smart devices to a central system. This centralized system turns every smart device in the home into the homeowner’s eyes and ears. The homeowners will be able to monitor each and every aspect of their house using this system. As the new Samsung televisions have this functionality built into them, they act as a monitor as well. This technology allows for video monitoring and storage of data, when necessary.

Transparent Screen
This has more of a ‘wow’ value than anything else. Samsung has come up with new transparent OLED screens. They are slim, beautiful, and exquisite to look at. It is not necessarily a brand new technology. This technology has been showcased before. But, it is certainly the first time that America has seen the transparent screens displayed at one of their electronic shows.

Panasonic also had a somewhat similar offering at the show with its Invisible Display. The company thinks that in a future living room, television should be visible only when it is in use. Planted on a bookshelf during the demo, the television looked like just a glass frame. But, as soon as it was turned on, it came to life. Once it was switched off, it went back to looking like a standard glass pane.

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Flexible Display
If LG would have it, people would be carrying 18” television sets in their pockets. At the CES 2016, LG showcased a full HD screen that can be completely bent. The television can go all the way around and touch the other side. However, this is more of a prototype than a complete product of its own. It can also be seen as a functioning fundamental block of sorts that will be used to build bigger televisions. The company has plans to actually extrapolate this technology to 55” screens. There is no set date on when that would happen, but it would be a really cool addition to any living room.

Modular Design
In addition to a transparent screen, Samsung gave the CES 2016 the biggest television screen so far. The 170” SUHD covered an entire wall. Now, before you get any ideas, no, it is not some new giant television model from the manufacturer. In fact, this offering from Samsung aims to put a full stop to the size war in the television industry. The 170” mammoth television was built by combining together a number of 20” screens. This is an impressive feat, and a rather, game-changer in this industry. This kind of a modular approach will solve the higher costs of transporting bigger TV sets, because they can now be broken down into smaller pieces. Moreover, Samsung can now make one standard-sized television screen, which can then be used to make a bigger television screen.