Apple could differentiate its rumored television product by giving consumers the ability to subscribe to specific channels, networks and TV episodes, argues Sterne Agee analyst Shaw Wu. Such a product could still be held back by licensing issues, he notes.
In North America, 3DTV is not very popular, but the technology is being more enthusiastically embraced in China and Western Europe, NPD DisplaySearch reports. "We were surprised to find that 3D appears to be a far more popular feature in China than North America, and the penetration rate was two times higher in the last quarter," said Paul Gray, the market research firm's director of TV electronics research.
Zvox has introduced several features designed to bring today's audio output up to the same quality as the latest video technology on the market. Some of the features appear in the company's upgraded Z-Base series of sound systems, which double as TV pedestals and offer enhanced dialogue intelligibility, dynamic range compression and a front-panel 3.5 mm auxiliary input.
A high-quality soundbar may not provide the surround-sound of a home-theater setup, but for those who lack the funds or physical space it just might offer a viable alternative. This review analyzes four top soundbars: the Coby DVD988 300W Home Theater Soundbar, the Zvox 430, the Polk Audio SurroundBar 360 and the iLive iT319B Soundbar with iPod dock.
Speaker designer Matthew Polk demonstrated a new speaker system designed for the slim profile of flat-screen TVs, the SurroundBar 360. The speaker system, measuring 44 1/2 inches wide and 4 1/8 inches high, can fit beneath a flat-screen TV mounted on the wall. The SurroundBar 360 will be available for sale this September at a suggested retail price of $1,199.