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Apple’s iTV could offer dynamic backlighting for improved picture quality

January 5th, 2012

Apple recently filed for a patent called “Dynamic Backlight Adaptation for Black Bars with Subtitles” that may be used to provide improved picture quality in its rumored HDTV. Apple explained in the patent application that the black bars above and below video on widescreen televisions can make it tough for a television panel to display …

Samsung announces the affordable Galaxy M with a Super AMOLED display

January 5th, 2012

Following the company’s announcement of the Galaxy Ace Plus, Samsung on Wednesday unveiled its Galaxy M smartphone. The entry-level hadnset features a 4-inch Super AMOLED display with a 1GHz single-core processor and 4GB of internal storage. It runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread and includes a 3-megapixel rear camera, a VGA front-facing camera and a TV tuner. The Galaxy …

Samsung may reenter Japanese TV market

January 3rd, 2012

Samsung may soon begin selling its televisions in Japan after taking a several year hiatus. Samsung is reportedly talking to Yamada Denki Co and Yodobashi Camera Co., two retailers in the country, Reuters said Monday. Samsung originally left the market citing an increase in competition from other television makers and a drop in profits. The …

Apple launches ‘Complete my season’ iTunes feature for TV shows

December 20th, 2011

Until recently, iTunes users were able to purchase episodes of television shows a-la-carte or buy a whole season outright. The problem was, however, a user still had to pay full price for a television season even if he or she already owned a few individual episodes. Apple has reportedly fixed that problem by adding a …

Apple begins pitching voice-controlled TV to top media execs

December 19th, 2011

Apple has reportedly met with top media executives to discuss the company’s vision of the television market’s future, suggesting that the company is moving full steam ahead on its rumored Siri-powered HDTV. The television is expected to include similar technology to the company’s current Apple TV set top box, which allows users to stream content such …

Verizon and RedBox may be plotting movie streaming partnership for early 2012

December 9th, 2011

On Wednesday we reported on a story that suggested Verizon may be planning to challenge Netflix by launching its own video streaming service. Now, it appears the communications giant is secretly working with RedBox, the popular $1.00 video rental kiosk company, on a streaming service that could launch next year. According to TechCrunch, the plan is currently …

Verizon considered Hulu buy, may challenge Netflix streaming service next year

December 7th, 2011

Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam recently took the stage during a UBS conference in New York where he explained that Verizon once considered purchasing Hulu. McAdam did not comment on another rumor, which suggests that Verizon is working on building its own video streaming service that could compete with the likes of Netflix and Amazon. Reuters first reported …

TV-enabled iMac could launch before Apple’s Siri HDTV, analyst says

December 7th, 2011

Apple may launch an iMac with integrated “TV capability” before it launches its own full-blown HDTV, Wedge Partners analyst Brian Blair said Wednesday. Blair said Apple’s new iMacs, which could launch during the first half of 2012, will integrate several features that are currently found in the Apple TV set top box and create a …

Sony CEO: We’re building ‘a different kind of TV set,’ just like Apple

November 10th, 2011

All eyes have been on Apple to reinvent the television set, but Sony CEO Howard Stringer recently confirmed that Sony, too, is working on re-imagining the TV. “There’s a tremendous amount of R&D going into a different kind of TV set,” Stringer said during a breakfast hosted recently by The Wall Street Journal. “We can’t …