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SV Staff  |  Dec 06, 2017  |  0 comments
New research from financial services company Raymond James shows that almost a third (31 percent) of Internet users polled in November cited streaming services such as Netflix or Hulu as their primary source of video content, up from 24 percent a year ago and just four percent behind the 35 percent of survey respondents who named cable as their primary source of video entertainment.
SV Staff  |  Dec 06, 2017  |  0 comments

A recent consumer survey from Parks Associates shows that ease of use is a key factor in choosing smart TVs and other connected devices.

Almost half (45 percent) of U.S. broadband households have a smart TV, making it the most commonly used platform for streaming video content among this group, according to a new Market Snapshot from Dallas-based research firm Parks Associates.

SV Staff  |  Dec 06, 2017  |  0 comments
Texas Instruments (TI) yesterday announced an expanded family of chipsets to bring 4K Ultra HD technology to new applications, including” laser TVs, mobile smart TVs, smart home displays,” and a range of projectors, including handheld pico projectors.
SV Staff  |  Dec 05, 2017  |  0 comments
Headphone makers are really stepping up their game lately. A couple months ago it was Sennheiser’s Ambeo, a headset with 360-degree microphones built into its earpieces. Not to be outdone, startup Funky Sound Studio plans to introduce its take on the smart headphone next month at CES 2018.
SV Staff  |  Dec 04, 2017  |  0 comments
BestBuy kicked off a “deals of the day” page” on Friday to lure holiday shoppers to its website with the promise of the “best deals of the season on items like 4K TVs, laptops, tablets, and more.”
SV Staff  |  Dec 01, 2017  |  0 comments
As the holidays draw near, it’s time to start locking down your year-end plan. Which of the products on your upgrade list will make the cut? If a 4K/HDR TV is under consideration but your budget is getting a bit tapped out, we have two recent Top Picks to recommend, along with several other products that got the big Sound & Vision thumbs up in November. Among them an integrated amplifier/streamer audiophiles will love, a soundbar with Virtual DTS:X processing for $300 (no that’s not a typo), a wireless multiroom music system that’s inexpensive and sounds great, and a second-generation Ultra HD Blu-ray player that will take your home theater experience to the next level. All deserve serious consideration.
SV Staff  |  Dec 01, 2017  |  0 comments
P&F USA, the exclusive licensee for Philips televisions and video products in North America, has announced a new series of budget 1080p TVs built around Roku’s OS 8 operating system, which features an upgraded electronic program guide.
SV Staff  |  Dec 01, 2017  |  0 comments
Emotiva Audio has introduced a wall-mountable surround speaker that can be configured as a direct radiating bipole speaker or as a forward- or rear-oriented dipole speaker to accommodate a variety of surround-sound installations.
Chris Chiarella  |  Nov 29, 2017  |  0 comments
So, apparently putting a bow on a fancy new TV and cramming it under the tree (or wherever your holiday customs dictate) is a thing now, which means you (or some lucky recipient) will need something extra-good to watch on it. We’ve got you covered. Each of the Blu-ray titles on our 2017 holiday list have been hand-picked to bring the merriest of AV enjoyment — half of this year’s crop even elevates the holiday cheer to 4K status. Sort of makes me think that poor VHS has become the modern equivalent of a lump of coal….
SV Staff  |  Nov 29, 2017  |  1 comments
SVS today introduced a new series of subwoofers that brings technology from its flagship 16-Ultra Series to smaller cabinets with lower prices.
SV Staff  |  Nov 28, 2017  |  1 comments
Samsung has launched an app for its QLED line of TVs that helps people with Color Vision Deficiency (CVD), commonly known as “color blindness,” experience accurate color while watching TV.
Mark Fleischmann  |  Nov 28, 2017  |  0 comments
It’s no surprise that Parks Associates finds 59 percent of U.S. broadband households subscribe to a streaming service like Netflix, Amazon, or Hulu—or that the trend is upward. But those streaming subscribers are also in an exploratory mood, with “an increase in households subscribing to two, three, or even four or more services,” reports Brett Sappington, Parks’s senior research director.
SV Staff  |  Nov 28, 2017  |  5 comments
Oppo today announced the availability of a firmware update that adds MQA decoding to its UDP-205 4K/Ultra HD Blu-ray player, the $1,299 audiophile version of the UDP-203 one of Sound & Vision’s 2017 Top Picks.
SV Staff  |  Nov 27, 2017  |  1 comments
Between Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday, online shoppers in the U.S. shelled out close to $8 billion ($7.9 billion), representing an 18 percent increase over sales during the same period last year, according to Adobe Analytics, which tracks online transactions at the largest 100 online retailers.
SV Staff  |  Nov 27, 2017  |  0 comments
As a follow-up to the Black Friday deals we published on the eve of Thanksgiving, and as a companion to the deals offered through our own Shop:Sound & Vision portal, here are a few of the Cyber Monday deals that hit our inbox today. Most are only good through midnight so act quickly if you see something you can’t live without.