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New Super Display TVs And Content Set To Dominate

By David Richards | Friday | 02/08/2013

The TV inductry is changing. Conent providers are cutting deals that will result in consumers having to pay for certain content, while manufacturers are set to do battle with a new generation of large screen OLED abd 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) TVs

Under the bonnet of the new generation of TVs there are today sophisticated ecosystems that deliver connectivity to wireless and Bluetooth networks and manage the delivery of online content, while allowing users to deliver their own content to a screen. Voice and gesture recognition is now standard on a lot of the new 60" and over TVs.

Applications that allow users to communicate with their TV from a tablet or smartphone are becoming common. The new generation of UHD and OLED TVs are not cheap. The Samsung 84" UHD TV is $40,000 and the entry level OLED TVs are tipped to be $10,000.

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Recently in the USA the 60" Samsung 8500 plasma TV was ranked as being superior to 4K UHD TVs from two other brands. The comparison review was carried out by TV industry professionals. 

This is not surprising as Plasma is still one of the best display technologies in the world today. 

Plasma technology is cheap, with several brands offering large screen plasma TVs for sub $1,500, some brands are selling 60" models for sub $1,000.

At the budget end of the market two Chinese brands are now creating waves. 

Hisence and TCL will very shortly bring to market large screen 4K TVs, with both Chinese brands set to price their 60" models at sub $5,000. 

At the Consumer Electronics Show and TCL of new was as a lot of Hisence, steadily share TCL, will brand incorporates of content books, delivered The big is between in January both Hisence TCL showed off an array new TV technology that as good as offerings from of other TV brands.

Hisence, which has been steadily growing its market in Australia along with will shortly launch a brand new Google TV that incorporates a new generation content software that allows books, movies and music to be delivered to a TV screen. 

Big battle that is brewing between free to air TV Companies and pay TV operators like Foxtel, which recently snared the lion's share of the BBC content to its network. In the past, BBC content has primarily been available via the ABC network. Now consumers will be forced to pay a minimum of $68 a month to get access to shows like Silent Witness. 

The ABC says it is disappointed with the BBC for selling its drama and comedy television shows to Foxtel. As of July Foxtel will have first rights on all BBC-made productions ahead of Australian free-to-air networks. The ABC does keep the shows Doctor Who and Peppa Pig. 

In the future, brands like Sony, Panasonic Samsung and LG could be the organisations that deliver content, with content providers and Hollywood studios dealing direct with the TV Companies whose products are used by billions of consumers every day. 

Samsung, Panasonic, LG and Sony have already built out advertising platforms with LG, Sony and Samsung already trialling new ways to deliver content via their global networks. In this issue of SmartHouse, we take a look at some of the new TVs on offer, along with some of the attach gear such as sound bars and home theatre systems.

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