Curved televisions have failed to really take off, but Samsung isn't moving beyond them. ET News reports the company is planning to release another 22 curved TV models around the world. This is despite a seeming lack of demand, which led to Sony and LG abandoning the market.
The Chinese company Xiaomi has now unveiled new series of smart TVs that includes four models - 43-, 49-, 55- and 65-inch TVs. The new Mi TV 4A series will go on sale tomorrow in China and prices start at RMB 2,099, which is around $200 at the current exchange rate.
A new line of OLED 4K televisions from Sony will launch in April, with the least expensive model going for $5,000. The new HDR models were introduced during CES and preorders are now being accepted. The cheapest unit is 55-inches. Two other sizes are going to be sold.
CNN has established a virtual reality news unit that'll create immersive journalism pieces along with livestreams of major news events. The CNNVR division gives journalists the ability to really bring viewers into the news, says Jason Farkas, VP of premium content video at CNN.
BritBox, a TV streaming service from BBC and ITV, is now available in the United States. For $7 per month, people can gain access to on-demand British television content. The service was initially revealed in December 2016. A free trial is available.
Amazon Prime Video users can help the company figure out which series to pursue again by filling out a survey after viewing pilots for five new shows. Partly based on feedback, Amazon will pick the shows it wants to fully invest in. The shows premiere March 17.
If you're not really into expensive HDR-capable 4K TVs, there are a lot of other options. Today, Vizio has announced its new 2017 E-Series lineup, which brings you both 4K and HDR support at an affordable price tag. The lineup contains several models in sizes ranging from
Sony's latest TV lineup come with nice design and powerful specifications, and according to the company, it will also support Google Assistant, but not right away. The Android TV platform will receive new software update later this year that also includes Google's
An MTV executive with experience in television content development has been hired by Facebook. Mina Lefevre, former executive VP of MTV, is joining the network to operate as its head of development. Lefevre will help Facebook move towards offering original content.
The starting price for Samsung's QLED TV models is $2,500. It introduced three QLED models, the Q7, Q8, and Q9, during this year's CES. They offer superior color reproduction and are brighter than the company's OLED televisions. Preorders have opened.
HBO's cable-free streaming option, HBO Now, has passed 2 million subscribers. Parent company Time Warner revealed the service's growth as part of a quarterly earnings report. HBO Now has been available since April 2015. It reached 800,000 subscribers in 2015.
The FTC has hit TV maker Vizio with a $2.2 million fine for collecting data from 11 million television units. It grabbed viewer data in the form of "second-by-second information about video displayed on the smart TV, including video from" cable, broadband, and set-top box.
Facebook is said to be working on an application for streaming television content. A report from The Wall Street Journal says the app is being built for set-top streaming devices. It'll specifically feature video content rather than just giving a new way to access the News Feed.
Earlier this year at CES 2017, LG unveiled several OLED televisions, one of which is the "lightest, thinnest, most beautiful TV on the planet." The Signature W7 Super UHD TV has ultra-thin design, but that also resulted in an extremely high price tag that might back potential
BitTorrent's peer-to-peer TV streaming service is now available on Android devices. The BitTorrent Live app can be downloaded from the Google Play Store. It lets you view free programming, including streams related to news and sports. The service lacks major content.
Despite experiencing some glitches right from its launch, AT&T's DirecTV Now streaming service reached 200,000 subscribers in its first month. That figure was revealed in an SEC filing for the last quarter, which ended December 31.That number is just for paying customers.
Hulu is going to add the ability to download movies and TV series in the coming months. Mike Hopkins, Hulu's CEO, confirmed to AdWeek that subscribers will be able to download content for offline viewing. It's a feature the company is focused on and is developing.
LeEco's expansion into the US consumer market continues to grow. The Chinese company brought a couple products to Target retail stores earlier this month and now it has placed products on Amazon. US customers can purchase phones like the Le Pro 3 and a range of 4K TV models.
Apple plans to add original TV shows to Apple Music, executive Jimmy Iovine has confirmed. The company wants to include TV content on Music since it'll turn the service into "an entire pop cultural experience." Music is trying to better compete with services like Spotify.
Anime Strike is the first branded "Amazon Channel" from Amazon itself. The new streaming option costs $5 per month and includes a large on-demand library filled with series/films in the action, romance, and adult categories, among others. Both new and old content is available.