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Author: Nick Pedersen

4K Television: Is It Worth It?

  The invention of HDTV sparked a revolution in the TV production industry as never-before-seen picture quality began to appear in households across the globe. Brands such as Samsung, Sony, and LG became leaders in home-theater innovation. The latest in technological innovations was unveiled at CES this year: Sony’s 4K television range. Over the past few years, many people have sought to turn their home living spaces into entertainment rooms capable of creating a truly immersive experience, whether it be in regards to home movie screening or gaming. The question is whether this major advancement in picture-viewing quality really...

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Netflix and HBO: The War of the Streaming Titans

A battle is currently being waged between the ever-popular cable TV network HBO and recent rival to their game, Netflix. Netflix and HBO have been dueling it out on the market floor since both began their ventures in the field of streaming media. While HBO has been standing as a top U.S. cable provider for years, Netflix has been hot on its heels with the latest in on-demand viewing. HBO has been well recognized for some of its high-quality original programming, such as Game of Thrones, True Blood, and Curb your Enthusiasm, to name a few. The recent Netflix production House of Cards, however, is stepping on HBO toes as it appears to be reaching its potential of becoming a forerunner in this year’s Emmy awards. HBO, however, has recently signed a deal with Universal pictures that enables HBO viewers to have access to a vast treasure trove of new and classic Universal films, barring Netflix from airing any Universal content. On the other hand, though, Netflix has reached an agreement with Walt Disney pictures that will allow for broadcasting of any of their films after the year 2016. Netflix currently has the upper hand in pricing as it only costs about eight dollars a month to subscribe to the service, whereas HBO’s streaming service HBO GO has to be purchased alongside the main cable package, making the service...

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How Does OLED TV Technology Work?

The 2013 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) revealed and showcased the latest TV technologies. This year, the focus was on the latest HDTV evolution: OLED TV. This new technology is the most notable advancement in TV production since HDTV first burst onto the market. OLED has just stepped up the game, with various major manufacturers developing bigger screens and even better picture quality than that of previous HDTVs. OLED TV is also far more energy-efficient than any previous technology. How does it actually work and what makes it better than traditional HDTV? An acronym for “organic light-emitting diode”, an OLED is much the same as a traditional LED. The difference between the two is that OLED provides light via organic materials within the diode. When an electric current is applied to the material, it lights up. Only three colors are required to produce a picture on your TV screen. These organic materials naturally produce red, green, and blue when stimulated. No other technology produces light in such a way. Each pixel on the screen comprises an OLED. Liquid crystal display (LCD) screens utilize color filters and a backlight to produce a color picure. Plasma screens make use of ignited gas to create red, blue, and green colors. What makes this new development so beneficial? For one thing, OLED technology allows for a much thinner viewing surface. LG unleashed its 55-inch...

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