Yep–literally a buck shy of one hundred thousand dollars. If you have a spare 100K, you can purchase one now from select retailers and Samsung online.
So what makes this TV so special? Well, QLED 8K is said to deliver pin-sharp picture quality, remarkable design, innovative smart features and the best resolution. Samsung says its new TVs introduce incredible depth and detail, creating a premium cinematic experience that needs to be seen to believed. It’s also really big.
“As the pinnacle of our TV range, the 98-inch QLED 8K is the ultimate in home entertainment,” said Jeremy Senior, Head of Consumer Electronics, Samsung Australia. “This TV delivers levels of immersion and picture quality the likes of which Australians have rarely seen.”
Samsung’s 8K TVs can also apparently upscale low-resolution content to 8K whether the content comes through a streaming service like Netflix, HDMI or even mirroring a mobile display. This feature has game-changing potential, possibly impacting how classic content is viewed and how content is produced moving forward.
The Samsung 98-inch QLED 8K TV is available now.
Samsung Smart TVs the First to Gain New Apple TV App
The New Apple TV and AirPlay 2 apps are now available on Apple devices along with the 2019 range of Samsung Smart TVs.
What this means is select Samsung TV owners can access Apple TV channels and over 100,000 movies and TV shows via iTunes, all without casting images or connecting additional hardware. With AirPlay 2, users can effortlessly play videos and other content from their iPhone, iPad or Mac directly to their TVs.
To access the content, users can simply select the Apple TV app on a compatible Samsung TV and enjoy content in 4K HDR where available. The Apple TV app works seamlessly with Samsung’s Smart TV Services, such as Universal Guide, Bixby and Search.
Users can choose to subscribe to premium channels, paying only for the ones they want. This app also includes future access to the recently announced Apple TV+ subscription service which will offer original programming from the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Jennifer Aniston, J.J. Abrams, Jason Momoa, M. Night Shyamalan and more.
“For the last decade, Samsung has been at the forefront of offering the broadest selection of content available to consumers on our Smart TV platform,” said Won-Jin Lee, EVP, Visual Display, Samsung.
“As the first TV manufacturer to integrate the Apple TV app on a Smart TV platform, Samsung continues to offer our customers incredible value and access to the Apple TV app experience on the largest screens available today.”
Sony’s 16K Crystal LED Screen
While most of the world is still languishing in 4K and dreaming of the day when 8K finally comes around, Sony is launching a 16K screen using their Crystal LED technology. The screen is located in the research centre for Yokohama-based cosmetics company Shiseido, where the immense 63’ by 17’ screen makes up an entire wall.
And you need that much space for the number of pixels this screen has—64 times the number of a 1080p TV. For the time being, the screen is displaying animal wildlife footage that Sony put together specifically for the installation.
The Crystal LED technology uses micro LEDs that are half the thickness of a human hair. That tiny size is mounted in an area that is 99 per cent black, which creates a contrast ratio of more than 1,000,000:1. The LEDs also have a high brightness, measuring up to 1000 cd/m2. The nearly instant response of the screen smooths out blurs and the 120fps maximum refresh rate makes the screen ideal for sports or simulation.
Finally, the screen has a full 180-degree viewing angle. All these features make it perfect for large scale displays. What’s more, the tile design of the screen has a borderless design, so tiles can be linked together into whatever size and shape you want.
The good news is that at least we know we have something to look forward to.
Bang & Olufsen Unveils Beovision Harmony in Milan
Leave it to Denmark’s Bang & Olufsen to make watching television at home a museum-worthy experience. We’re speaking of Beovision Harmony, which the brand debuted at this year’s Milan Design Week. Distinct in just about every conceivable way, the product houses its sound centre and part of the screen behind two crafted oak and aluminium fronts.
When it’s time to watch a game, show, or movie, the two fronts fan out like a butterfly spreading its wings, as an LG 77″ OLED screen rises to ideal viewing height. As soon as you’re done, the screen lowers into its original position and the fronts close. Indeed, this might be the first TV that’s more entertaining to watch than whatever it is you’re binging on.
As if the avant-garde aesthetic and best-in-class screen weren’t enough, Beovision Harmony delivers a powerful and compatible speaker system. Behind the oak and aluminium fronts—which feature an intricate grading pattern to maximise acoustic performance—there resides a three-channel, fully active DSP-based sound centre. Services like Tune-In and Deezer are fully integrated, and you can also stream music directly from your smartphone by way of Bluetooth, Chromecast, or Apple Airplay 2.
Speaking of integration, Beovision Harmony includes LG’s webOS 4.5 platform, granting immediate access to streaming services like YouTube and Netflix. Furthermore, the TV is compatible with Bang & Olufsen’s ample slate of multiroom media products, such as the Beolab 18 or Beolab 90 speakers. Wrapping everything together in a tidy bow is the Beoremote One, an ergonomic remote control that was crafted from a single piece of extruded aluminium.
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