Samsung teases CES unveiling of HDTV with 'unprecedented new shape'

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  • Reply 101 of 217
    jragostajragosta Posts: 10,473member
    Please, do not attempt to adjust your oscilloscope. From the looks of it you really can't adjust much.

    I don't know if that one was a TV or an oscilloscope, but there definitely were round TVs in the 40s:

    http://www.stumptownblogger.com/2010/06/the-zenith-porthole-television-set.html
  • Reply 102 of 217
    jungmark wrote: »
    the lower portion is for ads 24/7 regardless if you are watching anything on the TV. It's genius, i tell you!

    The best part is the new Samsung AdVision. Cameras in the TV and refined facial recognition software allow the system to select appropriate ads for the viewer watching. So the kids see nothing but high priced, violent video game trailers and grandma and grandpa get denture cleaner and adult diapers.

    Brilliant. (Until someone objects to the teens getting condom and cigarette ads)
  • Reply 103 of 217
    Whatever they have planned, it will all suddenly make perfect sense when revealed to the world.

    And yet the stock price will go down cause its not what some Anal yst said it would be
  • Reply 104 of 217
    dasanman69 wrote: »
    . No such luxury with a television.

    Apple already has deals with the nets and studios. Even if they just refine those deals for file quality, avail dates and pricing they could make leaps. Getting missing seasons, older shows, direct subscriptions for content in things like HBOGo would be killer additions as well
  • Reply 105 of 217
    charlituna wrote: »
    Apple already has deals with the nets and studios. Even if they just refine those deals for file quality, avail dates and pricing they could make leaps. Getting missing seasons, older shows, direct subscriptions for content in things like HBOGo would be killer additions as well

    Sorry but I refuse to pay for TV episodes that I can watch under my current subscriptions with Hulu Plus and Netflix.
  • Reply 106 of 217
    solipsismx wrote: »
    I can see the differences in the image top to bottom, I just don't get it. They just seem so bland to me that I wondered if there was some backstory to the artwork that I'm not privy too.

    Going to take a guess that you won't Asian, particularly Japanese.

    The images are standard form in Manga. They have particular conventions that make sense to those that read it a lot. Don't feel bad, until I started reading them a couple of years ago I didn't get it either.
  • Reply 107 of 217
    I just saw Pat Benatar sing Ring Of Fire... That's how I'll remember 2012!
  • Reply 108 of 217
    I think I got it.

    The TV can swivel to portrait or landscape. And why landscape, you ask? How about for starters...digital books...e.g. children's books.

    Other uses might include using a massive monitor to send e-mail or compose a document.

    That would explain the new shape. It also appears there will be a new software platform, new GUI...and perhaps a transparent quality to the screen.

    Some of you might remember over a decade ago a company called Radius sold computer monitors that could pivot and they would auto sense their orientation and refresh the screen config. This technology has been around a long time.

    Maybe a gimmick. Maybe not when you consider that TVs can be useful for other things that just standard TV shows.

    Apple better move their ass.
  • Reply 109 of 217


    Originally Posted by CraigAppleW View Post

    Some of you might remember over a decade ago a company called Radius sold computer monitors that could pivot and they would auto sense their orientation and refresh the screen config.


     


    That you have to say "some" and "might" tells me that this isn't all that important. Otherwise it would just be standard everywhere and beyond consideration not to include it.






    Apple better move their ass.



     


    Is this one of those "sit down so you don't fall over laughing" things?

  • Reply 110 of 217
    asciiascii Posts: 5,936member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by SolipsismX View Post





    WHat benefit does a see-through TV offer?


    I just thought of a benefit. Depending on the aspect ratio of what's playing it could make the rest clear, so you never have black bars/letterbox, your TV just always fits what you're watching.

  • Reply 111 of 217


    Originally Posted by ascii View Post

    I just thought of a benefit. Depending on the aspect ratio of what's playing it could make the rest clear, so you never have black bars/letterbox, your TV just always fits what you're watching.


     


    Is that really an issue anymore? I mean, given modern per-pixel contrasts. Boy was there ever light leak with CRTs and early LCDs, but those days are basically gone. 


     


    You'd still have the bezel around the TV, and that's black. But let's assume it's next to nothing.


    Say you're watching a movie and the TV has this ability. So what? The room's dark. Everything outside the screen is black. But let's assume it's daytime.


    The black serves to remove color bleeding and visual distraction from around the content. So in daytime viewing, something that doesn't fit the aspect ratio of the panel will be washed out by the panel's surrounding transparency, won't it?

  • Reply 112 of 217
    Tablets are more web useful when in portrait mode.
    So obviously a 1080p is better for the web at 1080 width and 1920 height.

    Prior to smart TV's, APple TV's and Google TV;s thus just did not matter.
    Let;s hope they have not combined it with a price raising, user indifferent semi-useless higher resolution TV.
  • Reply 113 of 217
    blitz1blitz1 Posts: 438member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by lilgto64 View Post


    Hello this is Samsung customer technical support.


    Uh yeah, I just bought this new TV and the picture is sideways. 


    Did you install the TV correctly sir? 


    I think so - I've had TVs before and never had this issue. 


    Okay - you need to install the TV sideways. 


    Wait a sec - in order for the the picture to be correct I need to install the TV sideways. 


    That is correct. 


    Okay I'll try that.


     


     


    Hello this is Samsung customer technical support.


    Hi again, so I reinstalled my TV "sideways" and now I have a really narrow picture and half the screen is blank. 


    That is correct sir, that is letterbox mode, try pressing the picture mode button. 


    Okay, now the bar is gone but all the people look like they are 20 feet all and 10 inches wide. 


    That is correct sir, that is Avatar mode, try pressing the picture mode button again. 


    Okay, now the screen is full and nothing looks stretched but the picture is sideways.


    That is correct sire, you can now rotate the TV 90 degree and you'll be all set. 


    Wait, what? why didn't you just have me do that picture mode thing before. 


    Well sir, the new shape of our TV sets has nothing to do with the set but rather getting our customers all bent out of shape. thank you and have a nice day.



    Reminds me of SJ explaining how one should hold his phone.

    Naah, SJ wasn't commercial technical support


     


    BTW, my mew Air 13 inch works wonders

  • Reply 114 of 217
    asciiascii Posts: 5,936member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post


     


    Is that really an issue anymore? I mean, given modern per-pixel contrasts. Boy was there ever light leak with CRTs and early LCDs, but those days are basically gone. 


     


    You'd still have the bezel around the TV, and that's black. But let's assume it's next to nothing.


    Say you're watching a movie and the TV has this ability. So what? The room's dark. Everything outside the screen is black. But let's assume it's daytime.


    The black serves to remove color bleeding and visual distraction from around the content. So in daytime viewing, something that doesn't fit the aspect ratio of the panel will be washed out by the panel's surrounding transparency, won't it?



     


    I guess if you watch movies in the dark a disappearing TV would be no advantage. But if you just watch TV shows in the evening with the lights on, maybe those black bars are a distraction, matching neither the image nor the TV surrounds (unless your TV cabinet is black of course).


     


    As for the daytime, there is a kind of glass where you run a current through it and it goes from completely clear to completely opaque, sometimes used in car windows. Perhaps if they put a thin layer of this behind the image-bearing glass? They would need to find a way for the black glass to only activate in areas behind actual image though.
  • Reply 115 of 217


    Two guesses...1) vertical TV with reflective surface that turns into a mirror when not in use, or 2) touch screen TV with Android.  

  • Reply 116 of 217
    minicaptminicapt Posts: 219member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by CraigAppleW View Post



    ...

    Some of you might remember over a decade ago a company called Radius sold computer monitors that could pivot and they would auto sense their orientation and refresh the screen config. This technology has been around a long time.

    ...


    Apple better move their ass.


    The Radius Pivot monitor was designed explicitly for the Macintosh.


     


    Cheers

  • Reply 117 of 217


    Did anybody else notice that this ad was filmed in Sydney, Australia?


     


    So they had to come all the way to Australia to discover how to make a different shaped tv.

  • Reply 118 of 217


    I suspect that the "New Shape" is in fact the flexible screen tech they recently showed as a prototype. This would afford the consumer the possibility of altering the aspect ratio to suit what they are watching?  If this is the case then they would be one up on Apple. I sincerely hope not...

  • Reply 120 of 217
    jasonfjjasonfj Posts: 567member
    Its just on a podium.
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