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Philips’ – Curved TV, 4k Media Player run on Android.

  • Philips 8900 is the first curved TV powered by Android™ featuring acknowledged high-class 4K Ultra HD picture quality
  • Striking appearance through outstanding design with  a contoured ribbon chrome stand
  • Great processing power and AndroidTM operating system combine to deliver the most fluent and responsive Smart TV experience
  • Smart interaction through typing, pointing, voice and gesturing

Amsterdam, September 4th, 2014 – Today, TP Vision presented the first-ever curved Philips TV. The 139cm (55’’) Philips 8900 4k Ultra HD TV is powered by AndroidTM and certified by GoogleTM . This provides easy access to Google Play Store with its wealth of apps, games and content. In addition, massive processing power together with an AndroidTM operating system allows for the most fluent user interface. The curved Philips 8900 features 3-sided Ambilight and will be available during the third quarter in Europe and Russia.

High-class picture quality
The Philips 8900 has 1000 Hz Perfect Motion Rate Ultra and Ultra Resolution to ensure superb motion sharpness. It also features Local Contrast, to further improve the screens’ excellent contrast, and Micro Dimming Pro, a sensor-based technology that dynamically adapts the LED backlight depending on the ambient room light. The latter delivers impressive contrast through deep blacks and bright whites.

Bended ‘ribbon stand’ harmoniously contrasts with curved display 
The Philips 8900 TV has a 139cm (55’’) curved display that stands on a new ‘ribbon stand’. This creates a bold look, which is enhanced by the high-quality polished chrome finish.

3-sided Ambilight for an even more immersive viewing experience
3-sided Ambilight complements the outstanding appearance of the 8900 series. Ambilight is now capable of following really fast moving scenes in action and sports games.

Certified Android UHD TV to enhance the Smart TV experience
All Philips 4K Ultra HD TVs powered by Android™ – including the Philips 8900 – are certified by Google. This means that they have access to all apps, services, and content in the Google Play Store that are suitable for TVs. This app and service offering is provided on top of the existing Philips Smart TV portfolio.

Smart interaction through pointing, typing, voice and gesturing 
Philips 8900’s remote control makes navigating the large screen easy. It lets users choose the way they want to communicate with their Philips TV. The pointer operates like a mouse allowing pointing, clicking, and scrolling through on screen menus. On the remote’s rear is a full keyboard for easy text entry. The remote control also enables users to control the TV via voice commands to facilitate search for content. Last but not least, the integrated camera allows gestures to be detected and they are then translated into pre-defined commands.

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hdmi optical cable

Have seen remarks here that “all optical cables sound alike” because “they all transmit 0′s and 1′s,” etc. That’s true, but it’s also true that coax transmits the same 0′s and 1′s. Coax cables sound different, and so do opticals. It’s not digits, folks, it’s the materials used, echoes, resonance, impedance matching, clock timing/jitter, etc., etc. These AR’s do have a cleaner, clearer, more detailed sound than their more expensive Monster Lightspeed counterparts (which are generally awful). Considering the price, this AR cable is quite good; a clean high end, nice midrange, very decent soundstage in width and depth. There are rave reviews here for these AR’s – I can’t justify a 4 or 5 rating here.

 On high end equipment, they sound clean but too lean, the very low end being detailed and tight but not as ‘there’ as the rest of the spectrum. A (very) mild hardness in the upper midrange, especially on female voices. The lead-in of instrumental attack is a little sloppy (piano, drums, guitar, etc.), often making some piano keys sound as if they need to be screwed down tighter or something. On lesser audio systems (Best Buy, Circuit City, etc.) the AR’s did acquit themselves quite well. Give them a 4 in cheapo systems, but with mid-fi or higher their faults become amplified. Still, at $35 they present a good, well-focused soundstage and sounded mighty nice on my older (cheapo) system, which typically had bloated bass and wiry highs that this cable handled well. For high-end gear, unfortunately, they won’t do. I have to add points to the AR’s overall rating, however, because of their very good DVD picture playback. In that respect, the AR’s were far superior in DVD playback to the over-priced junk being sold by Monster nowadays. On my audio system I have better, pricier cables, but these AR’s have found a permanent home on my Toshiba DVD video player.

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DTV: The transition from analog to digital

The era of digital TV broadcasting has begun. The question remains: Are you ready?

As of June 12, 2009, nearly all over-the-air analog TV transmission will cease in the United States. Some stations will continue with a so-called “analog nightlight” service until July 11–providing information about the DTV transition and notifying unprepared TV viewers of emergencies, such as hurricanes. And low-power stations will continue analog broadcasts for some time (see below). But by and large, analog stations will be completing the transition to digital broadcasting that started several years ago.

How does it affect you? For the vast majority of Americans, the answer will be “not at all.” Anyone receiving TV signals via cable, fiber networks, or satellite should see no change or interruption in service. Similarly, anyone who’s already watching digital TV broadcasts (which includes HDTV) via an antenna is already good to go. But millions of old analog TV sets using just an antenna will go blank, displaying the snowy screen that for decades has meant the lack of a TV signal. No matter which channel their owners tune to, or how long they wait, the snow will remain.

If you’re included in that latter group–or if you’re a neighbor or relative of someone who’s still an analog antenna-only TV viewer–there’s no reason to panic. There’s no need to buy a new TV. This guide will help you save those old TVs from a snowy death. But the clock is ticking: those who want to restore their TV service will need to apply for subsidized coupons by July 31, 2009. Read on for details.

What is changing, and why?

The U.S. government, after more than 10 years trying to work with TV broadcasters and consumer electronics companies, originally decreed that February 17, 2009 would be the date when almost all over-the-air analog TV broadcasts would cease. Then, in a last minute change, Congress delayed the transition to June 12, for a variety of reasons–the most important being that the government-subsidized coupon program ran out of money.

One reason for turning off analog broadcasts has to do with technological progress. The old method of broadcasting TV over-the-air, perfected in the 1940s using analog signals, is incredibly inefficient compared with the new method using digital television (DTV) signals. Just as a car works better than a horse and buggy does covering long distances, digital works better than analog when broadcasting TV signals (and conveying many other kinds of information).

Another big reason is money. In March 2008, the FCC held an auction to sell off the “spectrum,” or the part of the airwaves that used to carry analog TV broadcasts, to private companies, which netted the government a record $19.6 billion. Part of the spectrum remains public property and will be used for things such as emergency broadcasts.

How does the DTV transition affect me?

If you have cable, fiber, or satellite TV service, it does not affect you. Only older, analog TVs hooked up to an over-the-air antenna will go blank starting in February. The DTV transition has nothing to do with cable, satellite, Fios, or any other pay-TV service. However, cable has business interests, separate from the DTV transition, that may affect analog-only cable subscribers.

If you don’t have cable or satellite, you don’t need to buy a new TV. Despite what the salesman in the TV store may say, or what you may read elsewhere on the Web, you can continue watching free, over-the-air television on your current TV, no matter how old or non-flat it is. Here’s how.

What you do need to buy is a little “DTV converter box” that fits on top of your old TV, connects to your old antenna, and lets you watch the new DTV broadcasts. The box can also connect to a VCR or DVD recorder. It should only cost at most $20 total because the government has set up a coupon program for people whose TVs receive analog over-the-air broadcasts. Each coupon is worth $40 toward the purchase of approved boxes (full list of boxes) at any retailer selling them, and each household can have up to two coupons–a good thing since each TV needs its own box. The boxes sell for around $60 at most, but we expect prices to fall to as low as $40 later in the year. Here’s a comparison of a few DTV converter boxes reviewed by CNET.

To get your $40 converter box coupon(s), call 888-DTV-2009 . The coupon program is expected to be refunded as part of an economic stimulus program. After you provide your information, the government will send the coupon(s) to your address. You can then go to an approved electronics retailer (full list of retailers, PDF), such as Best Buy, Circuit City, Kmart, RadioShack, Sam’s Club, Sears, Target, and Wal-Mart, and use the coupon(s) toward the purchase of a converter box or two. Note that this program is scheduled to expire as of July 31, 2009, so time is of the essence.

Now that I have the DTV converter box, what do I do?

Hook it up to your TV using your current antenna. Each converter box is equipped with an antenna input that should fit your current antenna. And yes, even those rabbit ears from 1959 might work just fine. The boxes have outputs to connect to an older TV’s antenna input, as well as standard red, white, and yellow AV outputs, to connect to a newer TV’s matching inputs. They should also include the required cables. The box’s manual  will guide you through the setup process, which will involve hookup and an automatic tuning step, where the box searches your local airwaves for the new digital channels. If it can find all of them, you’re done.

With the box installed, you can again watch free, over-the-air TV. It works just like it did before, although you may have to use the box’s remote to change channels. The channels should be the same as before–ABC on DTV still has Desperate Housewives, just like analog ABC–and there may even be some new channels. If you get a strong signal, the picture will almost certainly be clearer than what you’re used to with your old analog connection. It won’t be HDTV, however. To watch high-def at home, you will need to buy a new TV, which will have a DTV tuner built-in.

Even with the new box, you might not get all the channels you’re used to. DTV does provide clearer picture and sound quality than your old analog TV…as long as you can receive it. Some locations, antennas, and antenna placements work better than others, so if you’re missing some channels, first try futzing with the antenna. If that doesn’t work, you might need a new antenna; the Web site antennaweb.org is a great place to start. Be sure to get an antenna with a return policy, though, because even a newer antenna might not grab all the stations you want. If you happen to live in a place where DTV signals can’t reach you, then pay TV like cable or satellite might be the only answer.

Rescan your available channels frequently. As analog stations shut down (between February and July 2009), broadcasters may reorient digital antennas and crank up the power on digital broadcasts. By initiating the digital tuner’s automatic channel scan, you may find new DTV channels that weren’t viewable in your area days or weeks earlier.

What is DTV?

DTV” can apply to either the broadcast system or the television itself. We’ve been talking about the broadcasts so far, which are basically millions of ones and zeros blasted through the airwaves by the same antenna towers that today blast analog signals. To turn those signals into images and sound requires an ATSC tuner, either built into the TV (all TVs sold in the U.S. since March 2007 are required to have an ATSC tuner) or into an external box, such as a satellite receiver, TiVo HD, DVD recorder, PC video card, or, more commonly, one of the converter boxes we mentioned before.”DTV” can also signify a type of television. If a TV has a built-in ATSC tuner, or if it can display HDTV images, you may see it called a DTV or “digital television,” although it’s much more common to call it an “HDTV.” All HDTVs are DTVs, but it’s possible to get a DTV that isn’t an HDTV–one that receives digital broadcasts, but can’t display them in true high-def. For more details on HDTVs, check out the HDTV basics section of our TV Buying Guide.

What about digital cable, satellite, FiOS, IPTV, and all that?
All of those TV sources depend on digital information, but none are the DTV we’ve been talking about. We’re talking only about television broadcast over-the-air, for free, that you can watch using an antenna and an ATSC tuner.

Although the switch-off of analog channels should not affect cable subscribers directly, we expect that some cable companies may use the transition as an excuse to get more of their analog customers to go digital. According to the FCC, “If a cable company makes the business decision to go all-digital (meaning it will stop offering any channels to its customers in analog), it must ensure that its analog customers can continue to watch their local broadcast stations. This may require customers with analog televisions to get a set-top box.” In other words, if you currently get cable by connecting your analog TV directly to the wall, with no cable box, you may be in for some changes yourself. It all depends on your local cable provider, so check with them for details.

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Why HDMI? All you need to know before going digital

High Definition Multimedia Interface, or HDMI, is hailed as the next generation of audiovisual cabling. Simply put, HDMI is an all-digital connector that can carry high definition video and several digital audio channels all on the one cable. HDMI was first officially unveiled in 2003, but it’s only now that we’re starting to see widespread support for the standard. Is it something you should be seeking out?

2. How is it different from my current analog cables?monsterhdmihd

Analog video cables, such as component, composite or S-Video, are currently the main methods used to transfer picture signals in an average home system. Component is the highest quality analog cable as it breaks down the picture signal into three different cables — one each for red, blue and green. When you’ve got analog cabling connecting digital sources (such as an LCD or plasma screen with a DVD), the digital video or sound signals have to be converted into analog to travel through the cable, before being re-converted back into digital at the receiving end. This could lead to some signal degradation and a resulting loss in output quality.

3. What are the advantages of going digital with HDMI?

HDMI can deliver high quality sound or vision without the risk of quality loss due to the conversion or compression of a video or audio signal. HDMI pictures should be smoother and sharper, with a distinct reduction in video noise. Sound should be crisp and taut, without any distortion. And of course, using the single cable HDMI can get rid of a lot of messy cables snaking around your home theatre kit.

Because of its digital nature, HDMI also works well with fixed-pixel displays such as LCD, plasma or DLP screens and projectors. A HDMI cable allows you to exactly match pixel-by pixel the native resolution of the screen with whatever source device you’ve got connected. HDMI systems will also automatically convert a picture into its most appropriate format, such as 16:9 or 4:3.

HDMI has some built-in smarts that allow you to control any device connected via HDMI through the one remote. Since the HDMI connection allows two-way communication between devices, it gives you basic universal remote-like functions which, for example, can tell the components in an HDMI-linked system to turn on when you want to watch a DVD, just with the press of a button.

4. How does DVI fit into the equation? Is it better than HDMI?

You may have heard of digital video interface (DVI), which is another all-digital connector for video. DVI has been around for longer, and can be found in many more televisions and other devices than HDMI. DVI was initially developed as a connector between PCs and monitors, but eventually found its way into the home entertainment world.DVIandHDMIhd

The HDMI standard is actually based on DVI, so picture quality should be identical. Where HDMI has it over DVI is its audio capabilities — DVI can only carry video signals. HDMI cables can also be made longer than DVI — HDMI can go up to 15m in length. And from an aesthetic viewpoint, HDMI connectors are less bulky than DVI ones. HDMI connects like a USB device for PCs, while DVI still has screw pins on its connector. However, this means that HDMI connections are more prone to damage from accidental knocks so more care needs to be taken with them.

5. I’ve got some gear with DVI connectors. Will they work with HDMI?

As HDMI is fully backwards compatible with DVI, so you won’t be making your DVI products obsolete if you buy something with an HDMI connector. For example, HDMI televisions will display video received from existing DVI-equipped products, while a HDMI DVD player will play on a DVI-equipped television. All you’ll need is a HDMI/DVI adaptor. Just be aware that doing this will lose you the added functionality of HDMI, such as automatic screen format conversion and universal remote control.

6. What products support HDMI?

HDMI has been on the market for a while now, and most new DVD players, set-top boxes and TVs feature at least one HDMI port.HDMIinputsonhd

On the display side of the equation, most new screens, projectors and DVD players support the standard. If you’re looking to buy a device like a TV or AV receiver look for the most HDMI ports yu can afford. Three is the minimum you should expect from today’s devices, while DVD players and the like only usually require one output. Also, be aware that an HDMI port currently only sends information in one direction — though there are moves to change this in the future. As a result, it’s not possible to use a HDMI output port on a PC, for example, to display a PS3 signal.

7. Where can I get HDMI cables?

If you own a component with HDMI but don’t have a cable for it, then there are several cable manufacturers who sell HDMI gear. www.ukhdmi.com, for example, sell HDMI cables and HDMI to DVI cables under their Cablesson range of interconnects. www.ukhdmi.com also has a comprehensive selection of HDMI products. HDMI cables and adapters have been developed in a joint partnership with HDMI’s founder, Silicon Image.

8. What do the different versions mean?

While the latest version of HDMI is up to 1.3c, but there are four main versions that most equipment will correspond to — 1.0, 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3. Notice that the versions signify changes to the types of audio they can transmit, as all versions should be able to transmit HD video up to 1080p.

1.0 This is the first version of HDMI and it was ratified in late 2002. It will decode most versions of audio contained in DVD and digital TV signals, including Dolby Digital and DTS.

1.1 This version added DVD-Audio support, which means users with compatible disks and players can listen to 5.1 channel audio streams without the need for six separate audio RCA cables.

1.2/1.2a The main improvement on 1.1 is the addition of Super Audio CD (SACD) support, which means users no longer need to rely on iLink or analog cables to listen to SACDs. The standard also adds support for an as-yet unused Type A PC connector.

1.3/1.3a/1.3b Version 1.3 adds support for Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD Master Audio which are used in Blu-ray players. Increasingly, AV receivers are including decoding for these standards on board, while devices the PlayStation 3 will output a decoded signals. The 1.3 standard also increases the available bandwidth by a factor of two to 10Gbps. Though 1.3b and 1.3c exist they don’t add any further functionality over 1.3a, and so are interchangeable.

9.What’s this I hear about Wireless HDMI?

Eventually, every technology goes wireless, and with Wi-Fi and Wireless USB now in play it makes sense that manufacturers have turned their eyes to making HDMI clutter-free too. Only thing is, it doesn’t work yet. Belkin showed off their FlyWire technology behind closed doors at CES 2008, and it hasn’t been heard of since. There is, as yet, no standard for Wireless HDMI, and so it’s not really worth holding out for. Also, Wireless HDMI is not to be confused with WirelessHD — this is a separate technology used by manufacturers such as Sony to send signals from a media box to slim, wall-mounted TVs.

On the display side of the equation, most new screens, projectors and DVD players support the standard. If you’re looking to buy a device like a TV or AV receiver look for the most HDMI ports yu can afford. Three is the minimum you should expect from today’s devices, while DVD players and the like only usually require one output. Also, be aware that an HDMI port currently only sends information in one direction — though there are moves to change this in the future. As a result, it’s not possible to use a HDMI output port on a PC, for example, to display a PS3 signal.

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