My favorite TVs of the show
For those of us who cover TVs, there was a lot to look at during CES this year—certainly more than we imagined just a month before the show opened. Not surprisingly, we saw some prototype TVs that wowed us. But the bigger news was that most of these TVs are actually expected to available by the end of the year.
Element Electronics will make TVs in the U.S.
Element, a value-priced TV brand you may have noticed during promotional selling times such as Black Friday, is doing something few other TV manufacturers would dare: It's going to start making its televisions in the U.S.
TV highlights include OLED, 4K, Smart TVs, and voice/gesture control
Who knew that 2012 would shape up to be such a potentially interesting year for televisions? But if companies are able to live up to their CES promises, later in the year we’ll be seeing the first real TV-sized OLED TVs, plus a few big-screen 3D TVs with 4K technology. In the nearer term there will be a dramatic expansion in the number of sets that include Smart TV technology that can bring an ever-growing array of new content into our living rooms.
Video: Could 4K TV technology bring better 3D TV?
One of the most talked about innovations at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show is a display technology called 4K, which essentially quadruples an HDTV's picture resolution—at a hefty $25,000 price tag.
Video: Samsung shows 'Super OLED' and other new HDTVs
Samsung brought much to the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show. But among its vast array of digital goods was a notable array of HDTVs. Chief among the batch was a "Super OLED" TV which uses individual red, green and blue organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs) instead of a color filter as used by other OLED TV makers.
What the heck is 4K and should you spend $25,000 to get it?
Several manufacturers are showing off so-called 4K technology, which promises TV pictures at four times the top resolution of current HD, at the Consumer Electronics Show, including Sony, which expects to have a 4K projector on the market in a few weeks, for $25,000. Assuming you have $25K burning a hole in your pocket, and a vacant wall in your home theater, should you rush out and buy one?
New HDTVs from LG for 2012
News on the latest HDTVs from LG Electronics have been plentiful at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Prior to the trade show, the electronics-maker announced a new HDTV featuring the Google TV software produced by the search engine giant.
Why is it taking so long to get good 3D content on TV?
Anyone who owns a 3D TV probably knows that there is not exactly an overwhelming amount of 3D programming available to merit putting on the glasses. The media and manufacturers keep saying that 3D is the next big thing to be coming-at-ya, but will there ever be content that justifies buying a 3D TV?
Toshiba TVs get smarter, 3D goes all passive
Toshiba is here at CES showing off a TV line that adds more new Internet TV features, including full Web browsing and support for Vudu apps, and it’s dropping active 3D by moving all its 3D models to passive technology.
Hands-on with Sony's Personal 3D Viewer
Sony describes its $800 Personal 3D Viewer as a "lightweight device" capable of "delivering unparalleled home entertainment in an immersive environment." What's it really like to watch 3D programming with nearly a pound of electronics strapped to your head? We visited Sony's booth at CES to find out.
Vizio to offer CinemaWide (21:9) 3D TVs
Here at CES, Vizio says it will be shipping the first 21:9 CinemaWide 3DTV it initially showed at last year's show. Three models will be offered, in 50-inch (XVT3D500CM), 58-inch (VT3D580CM), and 71-inch (XVT3D710CM) screen sizes.
Sony's prototype 'Crystal' LED TV offers sharp picture
Your choices in HDTVs could get complicated. Sony introduced yet another display technology—"Crystal LED TV"—at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Westinghouse bows 70-inch LCD, first passive 3D TV
For its 2012 TV lineup, Westinghouse Digital has decided to go big and stylish with a 70-inch LED-backlit LCD—its largest set yet—plus a 46-inch LCD TV that sports a new ultra-slim bezel design.
Sony announces Crystal LED Display technology, 4K TVs
OLED? Who needs OLED? That was one of Sony's messages here at CES, despite the fact that so far Sony is the only company to actually market an OLED TV, the XEL-1 set we reviewed several years ago.
Panasonic shows off Smart Viera, Skype for TV, and Justin Timberlake
Can Justin Timberlake bring MySpace back? That seemed to be the open question as Panasonic used its CES press conference to focus on social networking and connectivity functions, including a new app called MySpace TV, which was represented by none other than MySpace partner Justin Timberlake.
Samsung announces 55-inch OLED TV, adds voice control, face recognition to Smart TVs
Samsung has announced a 55-inch, 3D-capable “Super OLED” TV, as well as several new ways to control some of the company’s Smart TVs. The company also announced its largest TV ever, a 75-inch LCD set.
Dish Network Hopper records six shows at once, gives every room DVR control, and finds your remote
This morning in Las Vegas, Joseph Clayton, CEO of Dish Network became the first tech exec to carry out a baby kangaroo at a Consumer Electronics Show press conference. And it was all in service of touting the satellite provider's latest attempt to catch up to DirecTV.
Samsung to place ads on Smart TVs
Samsung announced this morning at CES that they intend to Join LG in allowing advertisers to place ads to the home screens of Smart TVs.
Sharp's new HDTV lineup includes monster 80-inch Aquos
Sharp is no stranger to extremely large HDTV panels. Following up on last week's announcement of an 80-inch Sharp Aquos TV, the company unveiled today at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas more details of its forthcoming new HDTVs and features.
LG adds Google TVs, and Smart TVs get voice and gesture control
LG Electronics is adding new sets with Google TV to its lineup, which will allow users to download apps from the Android Market and surf the web using the Chrome browser. The company is also adding voice and gesture control to its SmartTV platform.
LG announces thinnest, largest OLED TV
LG Electronics has unveiled a prototype of a 55-inch OLED TV—the largest model using the technology. The company also announced an 84-inch ultra-definition set it intends to make available in the back half of this year.
Lenovo to release an Android-powered HDTV
Cross-overs at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas are common. In addition to HDTV-maker Vizio's jump into PCs, computer brand Lenovo announced it was getting into the HDTV market—with a model powered by Google Android 4.0, otherwise known as Ice Cream Sandwich.
An RCA sound bar that streams online videos too
At the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, RCA showed off a sound bar home theater system that might improve the audio from your HDTV—and connect your entertainment set to the Internet.
Roku introduces Streaming Stick for HDTVs
Roku plans to make it easier to stream movies and videos from the Net to your HDTV—and without yet another set-top box cluttering your home entertainment stack.
LG to launch Google TVs. Will others follow?
Google TV, which got off to a rocky start last year, may be getting some help in 2012, as LG Electronics will offer two new LCD TV series that include the Google TV platform. Last year, Sony was the only TV maker to back Google's Internet TV service, which provides full Web browsing capability using the company's Chrome browser.
What's ahead in TVs?
The next Consumer Electronics Show is almost upon us: Next week, our electronics reporters and testers, including TV expert Jim Willcox, travel to Las Vegas to soak in the newest cutting-edge CE technology. The fun starts Monday (press day), January 9.
LG to show 55-inch OLED, "ultra definition' TVs
Ever since we got our hands on the first production OLED TV—Sony's 11-inch XEL-1—three years ago we've been excited about this new display technology, which combines some of the best elements of both plasma and LCD TVs. The challenge has been making OLED TVs bigger and more affordable. Sony's set, for example, was only 11 inches and sold for $2,500.