Author Archives: Al Griffin

Samsung Unveils Terrace Outdoor 4K TV and Soundbar

Sure, we’ve been home for the past few months, and some of us are just starting to make our first tentative forays into the outside world. The problem is, we’ve become completely addicted to watching TV in the interim and are now going to need bigscreen sets in our backyards as well. All of which makes Samsung’s announcement of its first outdoor TV and soundbar especially timely.

Original Resource is Sound & Vision https://www.soundandvision.com/content/samsung-unveils-terrace-outdoor-4k-tv-and-soundbar

From PiP to Zoom: A Brief History of Screen-Splitting

Whether you’re using a TV, tablet or phone to shelter at home, your screen is becoming ever more crowded. Though TV news still relies on a traditional split screen when an anchor hands off a story to a correspondent, Lester Holt now regularly leads off NBC Nightly News by addressing a gaggle of bobbleheads (some masked) in which ten correspondents peer into cameras from locations as wide ranging as the other side of the world to the other side of Lester’s desk.

Original Resource is Sound & Vision https://www.soundandvision.com/content/pip-zoom-brief-history-screen-splitting

Lyngdorf Audio Launches MP-40 Surround Processor

Denmark’s Lyngdorf Audio has announced the MP-40, a new, entry-level addition to its surround sound processor lineup. Designed for use in smaller installations, the MP-40 is said to “offer all the sonic qualities and performance” of Lyngdorf Audio’s flagship MP-60 processor, but in a more compact and streamlined package.

Original Resource is Sound & Vision https://www.soundandvision.com/content/lyngdorf-audio-launches-mp-40-surround-processor

Blu-ray Player, Disc Sales Boosted During Stay-at-Home Spell

It’s not at all surprising that self-isolating citizens in the U.S. have been flocking to video streaming services in large numbers since the pandemic arrived. For example, a press release issued last week by the NPD Group, an organization that tracks consumer data, cited a “72 percent increase in the number of Netflix subscriber profiles that were used to stream video each week” following orders from states around the country telling residents to shelter at home. What is surprising is the increase we’re also seeing now in sales of Blu-ray Disc players, a product category in sharp decline after hitting its peak back in 2015.

Original Resource is Sound & Vision https://www.soundandvision.com/content/blu-ray-player-disc-sales-boosted-during-stay-home-spell

Sony Pictures Doubles Down on IMAX Enhanced

Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE), IMAX, and DTS announced this week that SPE will release “hundreds of new titles in the IMAX format over the next two years, including all upcoming SPE and IMAX theatrical releases.” The announcement follows the expansion of IMAX Enhanced content onto multiple streaming services worldwide, including FandangoNOW here in the U.S.

Original Resource is Sound & Vision https://www.soundandvision.com/content/sony-pictures-doubles-down-imax-enhanced

Dynaudio Updates Contour Loudspeaker Lineup

The last time Dynaudio updated its mid-range Contour speaker lineup was back in 2016. Since then, the company launched a retooled version of its high-end Confidence series that uses all-new drivers and revamped baffle design, along with updated cabinets and crossovers. Some tech from that effort has trickled down into Dynaudio’s just-announced Contour i series speakers, which consists of the Contour 20i bookshelf ($5,250/pair), Contour 30i ($8,250/pair) and Contour 60i towers ($10,750/pair), and Contour 25Ci center channel ($3,750 each).

Original Resource is Sound & Vision https://www.soundandvision.com/content/dynaudio-updates-contour-loudspeaker-lineup

Pearl Jam’s <i>Gigaton</I> Comes to Apple TV in Dolby Vision and Atmos

Gigaton, the late-March release from 90s grunge-rock kings Pearl Jam and the band’s first album since 2013’s Lightning Bolt, was to be preceded by a one-night-only showing of the Gigaton Theatrical Listening Experience at select Dolby Atmos theaters around the world. But then, you know, the theaters closed and Pearl Jam was forced to cancel the screenings.

Original Resource is Sound &amp; Vision https://www.soundandvision.com/content/pearl-jam-s-gigaton-comes-apple-tv-dolby-vision-and-atmos

Samsung TVs Add Fitness and Apple Music Apps

Among the first casualties of our new social isolation culture was gyms—for good reason since packing people together in a sweaty spin class or sauna is more or less a formula for viral spread. Fortunately, many new TVs feature fitness-related apps you can use to get a guided workout in the privacy of your own home. Recognizing the sudden massive need for people sheltering in place to burn off calories (and steam), Samsung has announced a wealth of new wellness app content available to stream for free on its smart TVs.

Original Resource is Sound &amp; Vision https://www.soundandvision.com/content/samsung-tvs-add-fitness-and-apple-music-apps

Fandango Acquires Video-On-Demand Service Vudu

Walmart-owned VOD service Vudu has announced that it is being purchased by Fandango, owner of competing digital video online storefront FandangoNow. News of the deal was sent out to registered users of the site on Monday, with details posted on the company’s blog.

Original Resource is Sound &amp; Vision https://www.soundandvision.com/content/fandango-acquires-video-demand-service-vudu