We recently wrote about Panasonic's new ZT60 plasma TVs (TC-P60ZT60 and TC-P65ZT60), which will be the company's flagship televisions for 2013. We knew a lot about the TVs—the 60- and 65-inch screen sizes, the new customizable home screen, the Swipe & Share 2.0 features that lets you send content back and forth between the TV and a mobile device—but we didn't know how much they'd cost.
Are you tired of paying for cable channels that you never watch? So is Senator John McCain: He's introduced the Television Consumer Freedom Act of 2013, a bill that would offer incentives to cable companies to offer what's called "a la carte" programming options, allowing consumers to buy cable channels individually. Today Consumers Union, the policy arm of Consumer Reports, has announced its endorsement of Senator McCain's bill.
Although we're just a few days away from posting new TV ratings—which include both smart TVs and more bare-bones models from LG, Panasonic, Samsung and Vizio, among others—our engineers are already hard at work testing the next group of new TVs. So if you check our TV Ratings later this week and don't see a model or series you're considering, look through the list below for models that are currently being tested, as they'll be added to the TV Ratings in a few weeks.
Would you pay $13,500 to be the first one on your block with a 55-inch OLED TV with a curved screen? Bases on an announcement this week from LG Electronics, which is now taking orders in Korea for the set, that's what you can expect to pay when its 55EA9800 curved OLED TV arrives here in the U.S. later this year. At CES, Samsung also showed an OLED TV with a curved screen, but the company hasn't yet announced pricing and availability.
Recent rumors suggest that Amazon will launch a streaming media player this fall to compete with the likes of Apple TV and Roku. An interesting question is whether it will offer access to Netflix, the company's fierce rival in the streaming video space.
Have you been letting extended family members and friends use your Netflix log-in? Netflix would rather you didn't. The company unveiled a new $12 Family Plan that lets you stream four movies to different devices at the same time. Under the standard $8-per-month subscription plan, you can watch only two video streams at a time.
Are you willing to give Google TV another go? If so, the latest option for adding the Google TV platform to your TV is the Asus Cube, which is now being offered for sale by NewEgg.com for $140.
There's been a lot of press this week about the cheapest Ultra HD TV announced to date: a 50-inch set (model SE50UY04 ) from a lesser-known brand called Seiki, which is pricing the TV just under $1,500. That's well below the prices we've seen from major brands, including LG, Samsung and Sony brands, for larger-sized sets. But it's also well below Sony's $5,000 55-inch 4K XBR-55X900A, and even the $2,500 Westinghouse says it will charge for its 50-inch set to be launched later this year.
Last year, Panasonic's VT50-series plasma TVs were the favorite TV sets among many of our testers and editors, thanks to excellent picture quality, deep, inky blacks, and very accurate colors. They also had the typical plasma attributes—excellent motion performance and unlimited viewing angles—we've come to love.
In a move sure to please shopping junkies—and those of us, like me, currently following eBay auctions—LG has added PayPal to the list of services offering on its smart TVs.
Like Paul Hewson and Declan MacManus—Bono and Elvis Costello, respectively—Boxee is hoping there's some magic in a name change: The company is rebranding its Boxee TV media player as the Boxee Cloud DVR. The price will remain at $99.
The other night, I nearly missed the nail-biting finale of "The Americans." But a trifecta of TV-watching features and services saved me: Here's how.
Up until now, if you liked Panasonic's take on Internet content, you had to buy one of its online-ready TVs. But now there's another, less expensive option: the company's first standalone streaming media players.
If you've been wondering how much cheaper smaller-sized Ultra HD sets will be than their gargantuan ancestors, we're starting to get an idea of prices. Sony just announced that its least expensive UHD TV to date—a 55-inch model—will cost $5,000, and we expect to see some even less expensive models later in the year from a few secondary brands.
The NCAA Division I basketball championship games are here—Michigan and Louisville battle tonight on CBS, with tip-off at 9:23 p.m. ET; the women's final between Louisville and Connecticut on ESPN begins at 8:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday. If you're a hoops head and want to get the best TV picture for the finals, remember that televisions don't always get shipped with optimal settings for home viewing. To get the best out of your set for the games or any other viewing, tweak the picture settings.
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