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Google TV arrives in the UK

Google TV arrives in the UK

Google will finally be bringing Google TV and associated hardware devices to the UK. Google and Sony say that pre-orders for the NSZ-GS7 Internet Player should begin today, with devices shipping in the middle of July. Sony will also be offering Google TV on one of its new Blu-ray players, the NSZ-GP9. Both will allow you to take advantage of Google TV features, including full internet browsing with Chrome, Android apps, and YouTube playback.

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LCD TV shipments drop for the first time

LCD TV shipments drop for the first time

There’s trouble ahead for the television industry: NPD DisplaySearch reports that LCD TV shipments declined year-on-year for the first time in history. The data suggests that 43.1 million units were shipped during the first quarter of this year, down 3% compared to the same period last year. Total television shipments are down too, slipping 8% compared to the first quarter last year.

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Vizio grabs top spot in US LCD TV shipments for Q1 2012

Vizio grabs top spot in US LCD TV shipments for Q1 2012

Vizio is doing very well in HDTV market and has recently entered the computer market. It remains to be seen whether Vizio has the same success with its new computer offerings, as it has had in the HDTV market. Vizio has announced that it has landed the top spot for US LCD HDTV shipments for Q1 of 2012. The company claims 18.5% market share in the US.

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LG and friends form the Smart TV Alliance

LG and friends form the Smart TV Alliance

LG and TP Vision, representing Philips TVs, have today announced the formation of a Smart TV Alliance. The goal of the alliance is to create a “non-proprietary ecosystem for application developers to create attractive, platform-independent services,” with several Japanese television manufacturers said to be in the process of joining already. It looks like TV manufacturers are wary of developers being bearish on the development of apps for multiple Smart TVs, aiming to simplify things instead.

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Infinitec Pocket TV Android dongle gets pre-release bump

Infinitec Pocket TV Android dongle gets pre-release bump

Inside the Infinitec Pocket TV HDMI device is Android 4.0 and the ability to rock and roll on your HDTV - what you'll find in addition to that now that it's had a pre-release update is a massive 1GB of RAM. This device has also settled on a final design as it heads to the actual web-based market after its humble beginnings on Kickstarter. You'll find a mini USB port on the side of the device and it has a promise to be able to handle "the next versions of Android" including what we assume will be an upgrade by the end of the year - supposing Google I/O brings on another boost.

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Foxconn to buy more Sharp shares, fueling Apple iTV rumors

Foxconn to buy more Sharp shares, fueling Apple iTV rumors

Apple's major manufacturing partner, Foxconn, has revealed interest in purchasing more shares in Sharp, raising speculation that the two companies are working towards supplying Apple's rumored television set. Some analysts have dubbed the anticipated Apple HDTV the "iTV" and expect manufacturing for the device to being later this year.

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Texas Instruments Wi-fi streaming Miracast video hands-on

Texas Instruments Wi-fi streaming Miracast video hands-on

It's time to take a peek at Texas Instruments big dip into the world of streaming video content with OMAP processors and WiLink connectivity, both of them on display this week as TI aims for Miracast certification. Once Texas Instruments gains said certification from the Wi-fi Alliance, they'll be able to offer this lovely technology to their manufacturer partnerts. You'll be seeing Android-based full HD content from TI in as they say "secure, low-latency, wireless network connections."

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PlayStation Wonderbook brings Harry Potter to life

PlayStation Wonderbook brings Harry Potter to life

This week the folks at Sony have revealed the first of many titles for a device called the Wonderbook - an accessory that works with the PlayStation 3 and the PlayStation Move. This device is a blank book which, with the PlayStation Move controller, comes to life as you view yourself in the camera on your screen. Basically you'll have your PlayStation making your television a reflection of you with this book, but this book is then brought to life with augmented reality.

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Your next TV could be 7680 x 4320

Your next TV could be 7680 x 4320

The International Telecommunications Union has announced that it has agreed to a new draft recommendation on the technical details for what's being called Ultra High Definition Television or UHDTV. The interesting part is that not only has the ITU agreed on a draft recommendation for not one UHDTV resolution, but two. The draft recommendations will include resolutions of 3840 x 2160 and 7680 x 4320.

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LG outs new IPS personal TVs

LG outs new IPS personal TVs

LG Electronics has announced a new line of personal premium TVs that can work as both a traditional television and a computer monitor in one device. The two products include the DM2752 and the M2752 24-inch displays. Both the screens are capable of picking up terrestrial HD broadcasts and connect to a PC just like any other computer monitor supporting full HD resolution.

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Sony and Samsung enforcing minimum pricing on TVs

Sony and Samsung enforcing minimum pricing on TVs

Cheap televisions may be great for the consumer, but it seems like some companies are fed up of the low prices. The Wall Street Journal reports that Sony and Samsung have both begun to set minimum pricing on their TVs to protect profit margins. Retailers will be prevented from offering the TVs below the prices that the companies have set in an effort to avoid steep discounts.

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EchoStar HDT-610R is world’s slimmest FreeView STB

EchoStar HDT-610R is world’s slimmest FreeView STB

EchoStar might not be a big name in the UK, but they’re hoping to change that with the introduction of a new FreeView+ HD set-top box. The company says it’s the world’s slimmest FreeView coming in at 14mm thick. The HDT-610R packs a lot of tech into that 14mm too, as well as a familiar software interface and additional apps and services from the likes of BBC iPlayer and Box Office 365.

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