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Al Griffin Posted: Jul 07, 2016 8 comments
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Q I have plans to buy a new LG 65EF9500 OLED TV. Here’s my question: How long a break-in period would you recommend before having it professionally calibrated? I used my current Panasonic plasma for about 100 hours before having it calibrated.  Also, can any ISF-certified technician handle an OLED TV, or does it require special training? —John Violette

A It’s recommended that you treat an OLED TV the same as you would a plasma for the first 100 hours of use, being careful not to leave fixed images like electronic program guides or paused video game frames onscreen for an extended amount of time. This will be especially important when viewing high dynamic range (HDR) content with the 65EF9500. LG even warns about the potential for burn-in in the EF9500’s manual and recommends steps you can take to prevent it, though any image retention you experience in most situations should only be temporary.

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Barb Gonzalez Posted: Jul 06, 2016 5 comments
Tribeca Shortlist is not just another niche streaming service. It doesn’t try to have the most movies. It doesn’t try to figure out what you want to watch. It doesn’t use algorithms. Tribeca Shortlist is...
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Rob Sabin Posted: Jul 06, 2016 1 comments
With the warm spring beckoning us Northerners to the outdoors, thoughts of week-long beach vacations or camping trips bring on a serious dilemma: How in the world are we going to watch movies? OK, maybe, maybe not. But if you happen to be a millennial or a teenager with a smartphone, you know that its screen handily doubles these days for your old pappy’s big-screen TV. Except, it’s really not so big, is it? You can crowd in only so close when you’re trying to share your latest photos or a download of American Horror Story with a group of friends.
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SV Staff Posted: Jul 06, 2016 2 comments
As a follow-up to the recently introduced NR1607 slim-design AV receiver, Marantz is adding a new full-size 7.2-channel AVR to its 2016 lineup.
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SV Staff Posted: Jul 06, 2016 1 comments
Netflix is planning to unveil a new feature by the end of the year that will allow subscribers to download and view video content offline, according to a report in LightReading. Netflix isn’t talking, however.
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SV Staff Posted: Jul 06, 2016 0 comments
Monster has announced a collaborative deal with Aerosmith co-founder and guitarist Joe Perry that builds on a decades long “personal and music industry relationship” Monster founder Noel Lee has with the rock icon.
Rob Sabin Posted: Jul 05, 2016 5 comments
Last September, Bowers & Wilkins officially introduced the bulk of its new 800 Series Diamond speaker line, but held back the crown jewel flagship model. Now, in the summer of B&W's 50th anniversary year, and with the backdrop of its recent acquisition by a well-funded Silicon Valley start-up, the company has introduced the 800 D3 tower, the total embodiment of three-and-a-half years of intense R&D leading to what is said to be it's most advanced and best speaker ever.

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jul 05, 2016 1 comments
How can one distinguish between a guilty pleasure and a hidden treasure? Many movies fall into a gap somewhere between the two. They’re not so good to be called classics, but impressive or different enough to click with the right audience.

Emperor tells an important yet little known story. In the immediate aftermath of the Japanese surrender in World War II, General Douglas MacArthur arrived in Japan with his staff to lead the occupation. But before the rebuilding of the country and its government could begin, the issue of what to do with the Japanese military and political leadership had to be dealt with—most importantly Emperor Hirohito. Many in Washington, and in the U.S. public as well, wanted him tried and executed as a war criminal...

SV Staff Posted: Jul 05, 2016 3 comments
Panasonic will join Samsung and Philips to become the third company to offer an Ultra HD Blu-ray player in September when it ships the DMP-UB900.
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Michael Antonoff Posted: Jul 05, 2016 1 comments
It's hard to miss the variety and depth of live entertainment streaming into the home, some you pay for, some you don't. On the last night of June I paid $9.99 to "attend" She Loves Me, an as-slick-as-they come Broadway musical performed by the Roundabout Theatre Company at Studio 54. Minutes before the 8 p.m. curtain I typed my credit card info into and ended up having a rip-roaring time. Put in the form of a pull quote: "The best musical I ever saw in my underwear!"