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LG is Making OLED and 4K Televisions More Affordable Great news from LG electronics. They’re actively involved in making LED and 4K TVs cheaper. Here’s the lowdown: While rival television manufacturers are giving up on OLED technology, LG is vowing to make it more affordable to the consumer. The South Korean company is also planning to price future 4K sets aggressively in an effort to drive adoption. OLED televisions are greater than those that employ other display technologies in almost every way. Not only are they significantly thinner and therefore more attractive, but they offer greater picture quality, with deeper blacks, whiter whites, and more vibrant colors. The only problems is, OLED TVs have so far been incredibly expensive. Sony’s first, the 11-inch XEL-1, cost a whopping $10,000 when it went on sale back in 2008, and although prices have come down since then, they’re still not considered affordable. As a result, OLED adoption has been extremely slow, and Sony has chosen to give up on it. But LG is taking a different route. In an effort to drive OLED adoption, it’s launching its cheapest OLED sets to date. The latest model, a 55-inch Full HD set that will initially be available in Australia, will cost $3,999 — significantly less than last year’s $5,999 model. LG is also working to make 4K TV sets more accessible — though for the foreseeable future, they’ll remain too expensive for the average consumer. The company’s 65-inch EC970T, which will go on sale this November, will have a $9,999 price tag. The 77-inch model will cost a whopping $22,999. Both are curved OLED sets with 3840×2160 resolutions. Of course, just like 1080p sets not too long ago, these 4K offerings will quickly become more affordable as time goes by — and it’s in the manufacturer’s best interest to get prices down as quickly as possible. The TV industry is tough due to the fact that people cling onto their sets for so long, so new technologies like 4K can lead to increased sales when the price is right. This story is from TecnoBuffalo.com How to get rid of old tube televisions Old tube televisions are becoming increasingly outdated and incompatible with new technology, but getting rid of old electronics could hurt the environment and taxpayers' wallets if not done properly. Most thrift stores no longer accept donations of tube TVs, since there is such a low demand for them. An environmentally friendly option is taking an old TV to be recycled at the local landfill. The Dubuque Metropolitan Area Solid Waste Agency (DMASWA) landfill gets about 150 televisions, laptops and computer monitors per month. "A lot of people do not know they can come out here to actually recycle the TVs," scale operator Robin Kinnicker said Tuesday afternoon at the landfill. She said old TVs are filled with materials that can be re-purposed, but are also hazardous to the environment. "You don't want to have those toxins end up in somebody's ditch or the driveway or the back of an alley, sitting there, degrading over time," Kinnicker said. "It can be a huge hazardous concern, so we'd prefer they bring them out here to the landfill, come visit us, and dispose of them properly. It makes them recycle, makes them feel good, and it's a small fee." The DMASWA landfill charges $5 for each TV or computer monitor with a screen that measures less than 27 inches diagonally. Electronics with screens larger than that cost a person $15 to recycle. As for other unwanted items, disposing of appliances -- such as microwaves, refrigerators and washers and dryers -- costs $5 apiece. Kinnicker said it's a relatively small fee to pay in order to recycle and keep hazardous materials from hurting the environment. "A vendor will come in and pick it up and take care of the disposal for us," she said, standing in front of old televisions. This story is from kwwl.com

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Television is Now a Social Media Venue Too Read more: http://www.searchenginepeople.com/blog/925-tv- social-media-channel.html#ixzz3GM76xCrg Have you noticed hashtags in the corner of your TV screen, and TV-related polls and reposts all over your social media newsfeeds? There's a connection. As the multitasking generation continued to spread its wings and invent new ways to interweave, television saw interest in its wares sliding toward the bottom. Especially with so-called "me TV" (firms such as Netflix and Hulu that allow viewers to bypass commercials and handpick their entertainment), traditional television has seen a considerable decline. The comeback was easy enough, however: If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. In this infographic, posted by BlueHost's Brittany Warnock, we can see how television has begun to implement social media tactics like live voting and polls in promotions — and even on pre-taped programming. Social media moguls haven't been unaware of this shift, however, and have reciprocated the B2B handshake by making space for viewer input online. Some have even hosted more discussions about TV shows themselves. This two-way street is a four-way win between broadcasting companies, social media platforms, the viewing public, and companies like yours. Read more on SearchEnginePeople.com HBO Streaming Service Will End Television as We Know It Cord-cutting Game of Thrones fans, rejoice: Time Warner (TWX) will offer its HBO premium cable channel as a streaming video service starting next year. And make no mistake, the HBO streaming decision won’t disrupt the decades-old model of the Pay TV industry … it will blow it up like a neutron bomb. Time Warner HBO Streaming Service Will End Television as We Know ItOperators such Comcast (CMCSA) and DirecTV (DTV), which have long argued that the bundles of popular channels (HBO, ESPN and Comedy Central) along with less popular stations (Shalom TV) offer consumers the best value for their money, are in a bind. Offering channels on an a-la-carte basis would cause networks to close, cost thousands of jobs and wouldn’t save consumer a dime — at least that’s the view of service providers. Now that theory, which I always thought was suspect, will be put to the test. The HBO streaming service will force the industry into a tough spot. To prevent millions of customers from cutting the cord, pay TV companies will have to shrink the size of the hugely profitable bundles, cut the price of their service or both. Their promotional budgets will skyrocket, and I predict cable and satellite advertisements will become equally if not more obnoxious that the marketing being done by the wireless companies. Apologies in advance for that last part. Read more on InvestorPlace.com
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