HD Televizija – HDTV eZine http://hdtelevizija.com HD Televizija Tue, 17 Sep 2019 19:05:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.3.2 Fremantle and Pantone create Baywatch Red to celebrate 30 years of the iconic TV series http://hdtelevizija.com/en/2019/09/17/fremantle-and-pantone-create-baywatch-red-to-celebrate-30-years-of-the-iconic-tv-series/ http://hdtelevizija.com/en/2019/09/17/fremantle-and-pantone-create-baywatch-red-to-celebrate-30-years-of-the-iconic-tv-series/#respond Tue, 17 Sep 2019 19:00:16 +0000 http://hdtelevizija.com/?p=40078

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of one of TV’s most iconic series of all time, the global producers Fremantle have teamed up with global color authority Pantone Color Institute to create a new and official Pantone Color, Baywatch Red. A dynamic, dramatic and magnetizing red shade featured in the distinguished red uniforms worn by the cast of the globally renowned action drama series. Baywatch is one of the most iconic and era-defining TV series of the ’90s, with its sun-soaked beaches and Mitch Buchannon and the Baywatch lifeguards. The series became a pop culture phenomenon. First airing in 1989, and remastered into 16:9 HD by Fremantle in 2018, Baywatch follows a group of elite lifeguards on the pristine beaches of Malibu, Southern California, as they save lives and uplift the community around them. It was described by Entertainment Weekly as ‘the most popular show in the history of the planet’ and spawned a legion of international stars including David Hasselhoff, Pamela Anderson, Carmen Electra, Erika Eleniak, Gena Lee Nolan, Jason Momoa, Alexandra Paul, and Yasmine Bleeth. The series aired in over 200 different countries, was translated into 48 languages, reached an estimated audience of 1 billion viewers worldwide according to TV Guide, and was awarded a Guinness World Record for having the largest global TV audience in history. Bob McCourt, Chief Operating Officer, International, Fremantle said: “The color red is one of the most recognizable elements of Baywatch so we’re very excited about marking 30 years of this incredible series by officially creating Baywatch Red with Pantone. This is yet another peak moment in Baywatch’s history.” Laurie Pressman, Vice-President, Pantone Color Institute said:  “As a longtime Baywatch fan and lover of the emboldening red swimsuits and shorts, we were excited and honored to participate in the creation of this special PANTONE Color, Baywatch Red. Symbolizing the passion and courage displayed by these brave and heroic lifesavers, the powerfully energizing Baywatch Red instantly expresses a message of immediate action and fierce determination.” Info about remastered version: Original creators and executive producers of Baywatch, Michael Berk, Greg Bonann and Doug Schwartz, personally oversaw the remastering of their classic series which Fremantle has gone to sell into 110 territories globally.

Fremantle has sold the remastered version of Baywatch to multiple channels and SVODS around the world including Amazon Prime Video (US, Australia, Canada, UK & Eire), Hulu (US), Bell Media (Canada), Viacom (Italy), RTL (German-speaking Europe), NBC Universal (German-speaking Europe), Rewind Networks (Pan-regional Asia), Viacom 18 (Indian sub-continent), COSMOTE TV (Greece), Vodafone (Greece), TV2 (Norway), TV2 (Denmark), Sony (Russia), Telma TV (Macedonia), RSI (French-speaking Switzerland), AZTV (German-speaking Switzerland), FOX LIFE (Turkey) StarTimes (Africa), SBS (Belgium), RTL (Croatia), CyBC (Cyprus), AMB Baltics (Latvia and Lithuania), OriMedia (Iraq) and RTL (Netherlands). More about Baywatch series is available on Wikipedia.]]>
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LG SK8500 SK9000 series 4K UHD TV picture settings http://hdtelevizija.com/en/2018/10/07/lg-sk8500-sk9000-series-4k-uhd-tv-picture-settings/ http://hdtelevizija.com/en/2018/10/07/lg-sk8500-sk9000-series-4k-uhd-tv-picture-settings/#respond Sat, 06 Oct 2018 22:44:05 +0000 http://hdtelevizija.com/?p=39705

All TVs come poorly adjusted by default - that's a common thing ever since I started testing TVs in 2008. New TVs are no exception to this rule. In this video I explain which picture presets are the most accurate by default on LG SK8500 (EU) / SK9000 (US) 4K Ultra HD LED LCD series.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0-G9p3KS2g

Picture settings in PDF form (with additional tips and settings for gaming not shown in this video): https://payhip.com/b/0PQM

Full review: https://youtu.be/vJ10SvyBoPw

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Best TVs of summer 2018 by Rtings reviewers http://hdtelevizija.com/en/2018/07/21/best-tvs-of-summer-2018-by-rtings-reviewers/ http://hdtelevizija.com/en/2018/07/21/best-tvs-of-summer-2018-by-rtings-reviewers/#comments Sat, 21 Jul 2018 13:07:25 +0000 http://hdtelevizija.com/?p=39661 philips-55pos9002-design

Highly respected HDTV review website, Rtings.com, tested 27 TVs so far in 2018 and they published a list of the best among them: Best Budget TV category:
  1. TCL 6 series 2018 (R615/R617) 55" and 65" (Amazon.com)
  2. TCL 4 series S405 43" 49" 55" and 65" (Amazon.com)
Best mid-range TV category:
  1. Sony X900F 49", 55", 65", 75" and 85" (Amazon.com)
  2. Vizio P series 2018 55", 65" and 75" (Amazon.com)
  3. Samsung NU8000 49", 55", 75" and 82" (Amazon.com)
Best high-end TV category:
  1. LG C8 OLED TV 55", 65" and 77" (Amazon.com)
  2. LG B8 OLED TV 55" and 65" (Amazon.com)
  3. Samsung Q9FN 65" and 75" (Amazon.com)
  4. Samsung Q8FN 55", 65" and 75" (Amazon.com)
Notable mentions section:
  1. Sony Z9D (Amazon.com)
  2. Sony X940E (Amazon.com)
  3. LG SK9500 (Amazon.com)
  4. Sony AF8 (Amazon.com)
More info on Rtings.com website >>]]>
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LG 34UC99 UltraWide 1440p monitor review http://hdtelevizija.com/en/2018/04/07/lg-34uc99-ultrawide-1440p-monitor-review/ http://hdtelevizija.com/en/2018/04/07/lg-34uc99-ultrawide-1440p-monitor-review/#comments Sat, 07 Apr 2018 20:00:21 +0000 http://hdtelevizija.com/?p=39494 lg-34uc99-review

Check out my review of LG's UltraWide 21:9 monitor with curved IPS panel, height adjustable stand and a wide array of connection options including USB type-C.

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Review sample provided by: LG Croatia Buy on Amazon DE: https://amzn.to/2IwMUF0 Buy on Amazon UK: https://amzn.to/2IxDB7I Buy on Amazon US: https://amzn.to/2uX0S1l Buy in Croatia: https://goo.gl/9bM1aY]]>
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AOC AGON AG272FCX 144 Hz gaming monitor – video review http://hdtelevizija.com/en/2018/01/27/aoc-agon-ag272fcx-144-hz-gaming-monitor-video-review/ http://hdtelevizija.com/en/2018/01/27/aoc-agon-ag272fcx-144-hz-gaming-monitor-video-review/#respond Sat, 27 Jan 2018 16:24:53 +0000 http://hdtelevizija.com/?p=39414 aoc-agon-ag272fcx

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I had a chance to review 27-inch 144 Hz Full HD monitor from AGON series, currently available for around 320 GBP. Considering the price, AOC AGON AG272FCX is a great choice for gamers, especially those who want to experience smooth gaming but don’t have top-notch hardware. From that perspective and also from build quality and ergonomics, I can recommend this monitor. If you need a monitor for productivity, such as video and photo editing, writing code and so on, there are cheaper alternatives on the market. More in video review:

Thanks to AOC for supplying the review sample. More info about AOC monitors on official website.]]>
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TCL U55X9006 XESS X2 review http://hdtelevizija.com/en/2017/12/18/tcl-u55x9006-xess-x2-review/ http://hdtelevizija.com/en/2017/12/18/tcl-u55x9006-xess-x2-review/#comments Mon, 18 Dec 2017 21:18:42 +0000 http://hdtelevizija.com/?p=39291

I've tested TCL U55X9006 XESS X2 UHD TV with Quantum dot technology and Android TV platform. In this video, I cover design, remote controls, Smart TV, picture quality, audio quality, gaming and what the alternatives are for this price category. Review sample provided by Agramservis. Unboxing video: https://youtu.be/k830zb1LrBU Android TV 6.0 overview: https://youtu.be/RjKY5hsxqrU More details on TCL website: http://www.tcl.eu/en/products/qled-xess-x2-u55x9006]]>
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LG OLED55B7 vs Philips 55POS9002 Ultra HD OLED TV comparison review http://hdtelevizija.com/en/2017/10/11/lg-oled55b7-vs-philips-55pos9002-ultra-hd-oled-tv-comparison-review/ http://hdtelevizija.com/en/2017/10/11/lg-oled55b7-vs-philips-55pos9002-ultra-hd-oled-tv-comparison-review/#comments Wed, 11 Oct 2017 20:07:37 +0000 http://hdtelevizija.com/?p=39113 lg-55b7-philips-55pos9002

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Following the comparison review between LG's 2017 UHD LCD TVs, I had a chance to directly compare two OLED TVs that many consider  best buy choices for around 2000 euros. Both are based on LG Display's WRGB OLED panel technology that was widespread at this year's IFA show in Berlin not only from LG and Philips but from many other brands as well. I had more than generous period of one month to conduct numerous calibrations and picture processor tests to get to know strengths and weaknesses of both sets. Which is a better choice for the money - read on to find out.

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Specifications

Manufacturer LG Philips
Model OLED55B7V-Z 55POS9002
Display technology 10-bit WRGB OLED 10-bit WRGB OLED
Screen geometry flat screen flat screen
Screen size 55 inch / 140 cm (also available in 65"/165 cm) 55 inch / 140 cm
Energy class A (112 W, 155 kWh/year)  A (75 W, 104 kWh/year)
3D / HDR no / yes (HDR-10/Dolby Vision/HLG/Technicolor HDR) no / yes (HDR-10/HLG)
Screen refresh rate max. 120 Hz max. 120 Hz
Black frame insertion (BFI) no no
Resolution Ultra HD, 3840 x 2160 pixels (each pixel consisting of 4 subpixels) Ultra HD, 3840 x 2160 pixels (each pixel consisting of 4 subpixels)
HDMI connectors 4 (HDMI 2.0b + HDCP 2.2) 4 (2x HDMI 2.0b + HDCP 2.2)
Toslink (digital optical audio out) yes yes
USB interface yes (3 connectors total, 1x USB 3.0) yes (2 connectors total, 1x USB 3.0)
Ethernet yes yes
Wi-Fi / Bluetooth yes / yes yes / yes
PCMCIA/Common Interface slot yes yes
Memory card slot no no
Headphone output (3.5 mm) yes yes
Digital tuners DVB-T2/C/S2 DVB-T2/C/S2
HEVC/VP9 support yes/yes yes/yes
Operating system webOS 3.5 Android M (6.0)
CPU Quad-core Quad-core
VESA yes, 200 x 300 mm yes, 400 x 400 mm
Made in... Poland Poland
Retail price: Croatia - starting at 15.499,00 kn (check actual prices on nabava.net) Germany - Amazon.de UK - Amazon.co.uk Croatia - 14.999,00 kn (check actual prices on nabava.net) Germany - Amazon.de
LG 2017 TV lineup >> Detailed specifications:

Unboxing and setup

LG OLED55B7 Philips 55POS9002
 

Design and handling

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WRGB OLED technology nowadays allows TVs to be mounted on the wall like a poster or a wallpaper. Of course, in that case, the panel is separated from the electronics, speakers, and connectors which are placed in an external unit. Though they are based on the same OLED technology, both TVs are designed in a more classical manner where everything is joined together - the panel on the front and electronics, connectors and speakers at the back. In case of Philips, add to the list an array of LEDs that will bring colors to the wall behind the TV (3-sided Ambilight). What is slimmer? Blade or razor? Blade apparently if we judge it by the thickness of the bezel as LG's "Blade slim" B7 has 2-millimeter thick silver bezel while Philips "Razor slim" is one millimeter thicker. Both bezels are nicely rounded without sharp edges in the corners. [caption id="attachment_39136" align="aligncenter" width="620"]philips-55pos9002-design Photo by: Philips[/caption] So in terms of the bezel, both TVs are very similar, but there is one point that slightly separates them. For the first time this year, LG decided to remove its brand name from the well-known position at the center of the bottom bezel. Instead, it placed in on the crescent stand which now has "LG OLED" printed in dark letters instead of just "OLED" like it was done previously. Philips has stayed true to its current design trends present on their TVs and monitors by placing the logo on the extension below the center of the screen. As it goes with high-end TVs such as this one, the logo is backlit and can be adjusted to be turned on or off while the TV is powered on.

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A look from the side reveals that LG did not change much compared to last year - thickness is just below 5 mm in the top half and 48.6 mm in the lower half. Philips designed its TV a bit differently - only top 18 cm and less than 4 cm on the sides is below 5 mm and the rest is just a bit thicker than on LG's B7 - measuring at 49.6 mm. In reality, both TVs are very slim and will look great on their stands or hung on the wall. Stands are uniquely designed on both TVs. LG has yet another variant of its "crescent" shape with clean silver matte texture. Philips's stand looks as if the screen is held by the crest of a wave - it manages successfully to emphasize lightness that only TVs based on OLED technology have. It is also nice to see that both stands are centralized, meaning that it is not necessary to have a table as wide as the TV itself. As already mentioned, both TVs can be hung on the wall using standard VESA mounts - 200 x 300 mm for LG and 400 x 400 mm for Philips.

Coming to connectors, both have separated into two sections - on LG one set is looking to the side and one to the back while on Philips one is looking at the side and one to the bottom. I prefer Philips arrangement as this puts less strain on the cables and enables closer to the wall mounting.

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Both TVs have 4 HDMI ports but it is worth noting that LG has all of them in version 2.0b (UHD + HDR support) while Philips has only two. LG has one extra USB port but lacks component video and audio inputs that are available on Philips with supplied adapters. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are available on both. All the items above show just how similar both TVs are in terms of design and handling, so this section ends with a draw.

Winner: a draw

Remote control

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You will get multi-functional remote controls with both TVs. So-called Magic remote with LG and remote with full QWERTY keyboard with Philips. My personal favorite has been for a long time Magic remote due to its versatility, great ergonomics, and excellent pointer precision. With this year's Quick Access functionality,  Netflix and Amazon video dedicated buttons and overall great layout, I had more comfortable experience with this remote than with Philips'. Philips has buttons that are too close to each other and they are very similar, making it often difficult to find the right one, especially if you are not looking at the remote.

Winner: LG OLED55B7V

Menus and Smart TV

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Just like previously tested UJ75 and UJ65 series, so does OLED55B7 come with webOS in version 3.5. The same findings I reported in that comparison review are valid here as well - the look and feel of the platform did not change compared to 2016 webOS 3.0, it still is very easy to use and to customize it. Except for quicker boot time, I did not see much of a difference in overall speed of the latest installment as the delay is still present in the settings menu. Still, the platform is very stable and all apps that I've installed and tried worked great. Magic remote and LG TV Plus app were two more reasons why I did like using webOS 3.5 on B7 OLED TV. Compared to Philips TV remote app which was not working perfectly stable and would shut down when I was trying to send a photo or a video to the 55POS9002, LG TV Plus app was responsive and would display the content from on my iPhone SE. At the time of writing this review, only Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow) was available on Philips TVs, with version 7.0 starting to roll out. The home menu on 55POS9002 is the same as I've seen before - fixed layout with Recommendations in the first row, Philips Collection apps, Apps from Google Play Store, Games and finally Settings. Within the Settings section is quick access to all settings sub-menu, channel install, how to... guides, Wireless and networks, app manager, help and update software sub-menu. The platform was responsive and very stable - during the 1-month long testing period, I did not see one single message about an app crashing which is a good thing. Still, I do not like the fixed layout of the main menu and lack of any customization. Philips will update 2016 and 2017 Android TVs with Android 7.0 (Nougat), so it will be interesting to see how will this affect user experience. Now that stability issues seem to be out of the way, hope to see Android TV platform that can compare shoulder to shoulder with webOS and Tizen OS in terms of simplicity.

Winner: LG OLED55B7V

Media player support

Both TVs have a built-in media player that can be used to play media from USB or local network. Just as on TV models before, LG has a better media player that plays a wide range of video content perfectly smooth, even in case of UHD HDR content over a local network. Philips, on the other hand, struggles with such content, but this can be partially solved by installing players such as Kodi or VLC. What I've noticed is that Philips struggles to play content smoothly even through Kodi, with stutterings and frequent pauses. On both TVs, subtitles can be displayed if they are inside the MKV container or as a separate file (which needs to have the same name as the video file).

Winner: LG OLED55B7V

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LG OLED TV analysis after 5000 hours of use – still great picture? http://hdtelevizija.com/en/2017/09/04/lg-oled-tv-analysis-after-5000-hours-of-use-still-great-picture/ http://hdtelevizija.com/en/2017/09/04/lg-oled-tv-analysis-after-5000-hours-of-use-still-great-picture/#comments Mon, 04 Sep 2017 16:00:53 +0000 http://hdtelevizija.com/?p=38810 lg-55ea980v-05_04_16_calibration

lg-55ea980v-05_04_16_calibration

I enjoy testing TVs. Despite the difficulties of actually getting a sample, often it is a question of how long I can keep it to do a proper review. Since Croatia is not really a highly competitive market when it comes to a number of people who actually test TVs, I am fortunate enough to keep most of the products for a few weeks to perform all the tests that I want without rushing through them and building too much stress. On the other hand, if needed, I can test a single TV in a matter of a week, as it was the case with Panasonic's flagship 2017 OLED TV TX-65EZ1000E that I reviewed back in July. I guess only a fellow reviewers can imagine how unpleasant review of a high-end TV can be when it is done in the middle of the summer with so many tests and picture analysis on the list. SDR, HDR, SDR gaming, HDR gaming, picture processing, PC connectivity...the list goes on and on. However, this article is not about me bragging about how quickly I can test a TV in the harsh environment. No. This article revolves around the results I have obtained after doing a 2.5-year long test of LG's LG's very first OLED TV - 55EA980V. The purpose? To check what happens with the picture in normal home conditions where the TV is used for watching various content on a daily basis. Despite the rumors that OLED technology has disadvantages due to which the image may deteriorate over time, LG Electronics representative office in Croatia was more than confident in their OLED's quality and durability that it has given me a sample to do this "marathon" test. Picture quality on this Full HD OLED TV is still excellent even by today's standards, at least when we talk about "standard dynamic range" and Rec.709 content. Back at the time when this TV came to the market, Ultra HD (UHD) LCD TVs started to appear, but this was only the first phase of the UHD roll-out. No HDR and Wide Color Gamut (WCG) topics were discussed at that time, at least not among the consumers. In any case, read on to find out what has happened to the picture quality in the meantime and what conclusions in terms of reliability can be drawn from this test.  
Specifications
Manufacturer LG Electronics
Model 55EA980V-ZA
Screen technology WRGB OLED
Screen size 55 inch / 140 cm
Energy class A (100 W, 146 kWh/year)
3D Ready/3DTV 3DTV
Active/ polarized 3D polarized 3D
Screen refresh rate 120 Hz (Absolute Motion Clarity)
Local dimming on pixel level (standard for OLED technology)
Native resolution Full HD, 1920 x 1080 pixels (each pixel consisting of 4 sub-pixels)
HDMI Yes, 4x (HDMI 1.4)
Digital audio outputs Toslink
USB Yes, 4x - (USB 3.0 1x, rest USB 2.0)
Ethernet Yes
Wi-Fi Yes
PCMCIA/Common Interface Yes
Memory card No
DVB-T/DVB-C/DVB-S Yes/Yes/Yes
DVB-T2 / DVB-S2 Yes/Yes
MPEG-2/MPEG-4 AVC h.264 Yes/Yes
Made in... Poland
 

Event chronology

LG 55EA980V-ZA arrived for testing on 17th of December 2014. The first calibration was performed on 18th of January 2015. and review (in Croatian) was published on 9th of February 2015. First picture quality check was performed on 2nd of October 2015. During the entire period, TV was used in calibrated Expert 1 preset with the only variation of OLED LIGHT control, between values 50 and 70 (affects peak luminance of the screen). After TV has surpassed 2700 working hours, white balance was slightly corrected so that RGB components would be more precisely balanced. However, for the comparison readings, as shown below, I returned values to those as calibrated in January 2015.

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Software updates January 2015 calibration was done with TVs software 05.01.20. During the year, TV was updated to 05.03.10 and in January 2016 to the version 05.03.11. By the end of 2016, TV was updated again to the version 05.04.16, which is the latest one still at the time of publication of this article.

Working hours

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Using service remote control, I was checking from time to time how many hours TV had worked and how many compensation cycles were performed. The latest results presented in this report were obtained after 5037 working hours and 916 compensation cycles.

The results

On the following screenshots from SpectraCal CalMAN calibration software ISF workflow, you can see the results of the following measurements:
  1. January 2015 - initial measurement
  2. October 2015
  3. March 2016 and
  4. May 2017
The results are for Expert 1 picture preset with exactly the same calibrated settings: [caption id="attachment_33941" align="aligncenter" width="1000"]55EA980V-expert1-calibrated LG 55EA980V after calibration on 18th of January 2015 (Expert 1)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_35547" align="aligncenter" width="1000"]lg-55ea980v-10mnth-recheck LG 55EA980V recheck on 2nd of October 2015 (Expert 1)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_36832" align="aligncenter" width="1000"]LG 55EA980V provjera karakteristika slike 09. ožujka 2016. (Expert 1 predložak). LG 55EA980V recheck on 9th of March 2016 (Expert 1) - 2700 working hours[/caption] [caption id="attachment_38722" align="aligncenter" width="1000"]lg-55ea980v-05_04_16_Expert1-calibrated-2014-recheck-May2017 LG 55EA980V check on 27th of May 2017 (Expert 1) - 5000 working hours[/caption] [box type="shadow" ]What do figures and charts represent? The results were obtained using SpectraCal C6 colorimeter that was connected to the PC running SpectraCal CalMAN v5 calibration software. C6 was reading patterns that were generated using VideoForge Classic HDMI/Murideo FRESCO SIX-G pattern generators, both sending YPrPb (YC) 4:4:4 1080p60 type of signal. In the top left corner is RGB balance (greyscale), measured in 10% increments. This chart shows how well red, green and blue components are aligned for different signal levels, from dark to bright. On the bottom left-hand side is the Luminance (Gamma) chart, showing the relation of signal level with luminance on the screen. In the ideal case, the grey line which represents measured values needs to be positioned on the yellow line, position of which varies on the gamma function (2.2, 2.4, BT.1886, etc). On the right-hand side is the CIE 1931 xy horseshoe chart that shows display's gamut coverage for a particular color space (in this case for Rec.709). Below the chart is the Gamut Luminance information, showing how bright each of three primary and three secondary colors are. [/box]

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So what do results tell us? 2300 hours after the last measurement, 55EA980V OLED TV still displays perfect blacks (0.000 cd/m2) with the very same peak luminance of 150.9 cd/m2 ( the previous result was 151.2 cm/m2). This means that picture is of same dynamics as it was 2.5-years ago. Color gamut did not change and it still accurately covers Rec.709 specification. Gamma is well aligned to value 2.2. The area where the biggest difference was detected is in the white balance, but still, the variation is not day and night compared to the previous measurement. The green component has increased a bit, while blue and red components fell down. The higher the brightness of the picture, the more separated each of color channel is. This leads to DeltaE 2000 errors in greyscale which surpass threshold value of 3 on levels from 30% up to 100%, while the similar situation, 2300 hours before, was in the more narrow range from 70% to 100%.

Since our eyes are the most sensitive to the green color, the picture 55EA980V OLED TV displays now cannot be considered calibrated anymore, so a new calibration is needed to bring the balance once again. For this, I used LG's 2-point and 20-point white balance controls, available in both Expert presets within user menus.

Generally speaking, DeltaE 2000 errors smaller than the value of 3 cannot be seen by the untrained human eye, but according to the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) recommendation, good calibration is the one that does not have any increase in green across the greyscale. If you take a look at the Y values in the table below (highlighted yellow), they should be no higher than 0.329 because this is the location of the reference D65 point. In this case, all values are well above this value and this needs to be corrected.

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It is important to emphasize that the re-calibration was simple and required only a small adjustment with the available controls so that the RGB balance was excellent just as after the first calibration. It is worth noting that this adjustment did not bring any of the available controls to their limits, so such re-calibration process can be repeated again in the future. What this means is that if a particular control has a range from -30 up to +30, with the latest re-calibration I did not reach any of the limits (like -30 for example), so there is still room for further adjustment. All right, we now see that the calibrated Expert 1 has changed enough to repeat calibration, but what about the other presets? Some of them, like THX Cinema, cannot be adjusted so it will be interesting to check how does the picture look on them after all those working hours. Let us first check Standard picture preset. Standard: [caption id="attachment_36837" align="aligncenter" width="1000"]55EA980V-standard-jan2015 LG 55EA980V Standard preset (January 2015)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_36838" align="aligncenter" width="1000"]55EA980V-standard-mar2016 LG 55EA980V Standard preset (March 2016)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_38723" align="aligncenter" width="1000"]lg-55ea980v-05_04_16_Standard-recheck-May2017 LG 55EA980V Standard preset (May 2017)[/caption] Highly inaccurate Standard picture preset did not change much, with no sign of blue component falling off more than usual. Luminance has dropped just a bit, from 302.6 cd/m2 to 297.97 cd/m2.

Let us now take a look at the THX Cinema picture preset, the only one that is fully locked for user adjustments:

[caption id="attachment_36839" align="aligncenter" width="1000"]55EA980V-thx-cinema-jan2015 LG 55EA980V THX Cinema preset (January 2015)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_36840" align="aligncenter" width="1000"]55EA980V-thx-cinema-mar2016 LG 55EA980V THX Cinema preset (March 2016)[/caption] [caption id="attachment_38724" align="aligncenter" width="1000"]lg-55ea980v-05_04_16_THX_Cinema-recheck-May2017 LG 55EA980V THX Cinema preset (May 2017)[/caption] Compared to the Standard picture preset, THX Cinema clearly shows loss of the blue component, a slight increase of green and significant increase of red. Compared to the previous measurements where DeltaE 2000 errors were below the value of 3, we now see 80% - 100% range to be above it, with the biggest increase in the brightest area - 90% and 100%. This also proves that even factory calibrated preset such as this one cannot be used indefinitely by thinking that it will always be calibrated. Every 3000 - 5000 working hours re-calibration should be performed on OLED TVs.

THX Cinema preset still has an issue with elevated blacks in the lower part of the screen, just as I saw it when the TV first arrived in 2014. That is why when I measured blacks in this mode, the result was not 0.000 cd/m2 (ideal black), but slightly higher (0.007 cd/m2 at the center of the screen, value even higher along the lower edge). This can be achieved in other presets too if Brightness is at 52 or higher. Until now software updates did not correct this phenomenon with black level adjustment.

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Image retention and Dirty Screen Effect - DSE

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I've been using the TV to watch different types of content, but the way I was using the TV was nothing out of the ordinary. A lot of YouTube and Netflix, videos and music through built-in media player and a bit of live broadcast in standard definition. Sometimes I was playing games with the static interface and listening to music with static menus on the screen. All this did not lead to any permanent burn-in or increased amount of dirty screen effect (DSE) which is a great result. Short-term image retention can sometimes be seen, but only if the static content was displayed for longer periods of time (for example, a few hours).This happens rarely in reality and it quickly goes away when dynamic content appears. However, if you plan to use your OLED TV as a PC monitor or in any other way that involves a lot of static content, both temporary and permanent burn-in could occur. It is important not to subject your brand new OLED TV to static content in first 100 hours or so to make sure the panel uniformity stays excellent throughout its lifetime. This is why I advise everyone who is thinking about buying an OLED TV that was working in the store to check screen uniformity before making the purchase. Below is an image of a friend who bought 65" C6 OLED TV that was working in one of the stores in Zagreb. The amount of burn-in on it was excessive:

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Burn-in on OLED TVs is not a myth but a reality, but in the home environment, it is a very small chance it would ever appear. In addition to compensation cycles which work automatically when TV is in standby, there are additional measures implemented on new OLED TVs to reduce any trace of burn-in, as long as it is not excessive like on the image above. It is worth noting that new OLED TVs from LG and other manufacturers have less visible DSE effect and less vignetting in corners, the latter effect being visible on images with uniform color across the entire screen. The amount of vignetting on my unit is small enough not to be seen 99% of the time.

Color gamut

[caption id="attachment_38728" align="aligncenter" width="620"]lg-55ea980v-05_04_16_Expert1-calibrated-2014-recheck-May2017-gamut Rec.709 color space coverage 97% or higher coverage is considered a good result[/caption] Back in October 2015, I measured 99% Rec.709 coverage using CalMAN calibration software. Latest measurement in May 2017 confirmed this great result, so there is no loss of color saturation or any other anomaly. In other words, 98% of colors that are on Blu-ray discs or HD video, LG 55EA980V can display with ease.

Multimedia and applications

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LG did not change much when it comes to multimedia capabilities of the 55EA980V OLED TV. The Smart TV platform is still NetCast 4.5, which was replaced by webOS in 2014. I mostly use YouTube and Netflix, and built-in multimedia player for watching videos and listening to music. The YouTube app works well, but it is slower than on newer TVs and often it freezes at the very end of the video, regardless of its length. Despite those limitations, I still prefer to use it and not to "cast" videos from my smartphone (though I did that before). It would be nice if 55EA980V had a HEVC decoder for multimedia content since it's been used more and more and it would make files smaller, but that will not happen because it requires a new chip in the TV. The built-in multimedia player works great and for the time being, I have not encountered any difficulty playing with the Synology DS214se NAS server or USB memory.

Input lag

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Using Leo Bodnar's Lag Tester device, I measured the very same input lag result of 54.9 ms in Game mode. This is quite a high result for today's standards as modern TVs are hitting 20 ms not only for SDR but also for HDR and UHD content.

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But even with this result, I managed to play and finish Rise of the Tomb Raider on PS4 Pro console and spent many hours playing Ubisoft's Steep. For sure that FPS players, especially those playing online games such as Overwatch or Battlefield could notice a slight delay to their controls, but for the vast majority of players gaming with such input lag should be acceptable.

Remote controllg-la860v-remote

Philips has Ambilight and LG has Magic Remote - both a trademark that many take into consideration when choosing a new TV. The Magic Remote's main advantage is the ability to navigate quickly thanks to the built-in pointer function. Together with ergonomic design and a wheel/OK button, Magic remote control is excellent and very pleasant to use. As shown in the pictures below, after 5000 hours of use, only a loss of color has appeared, but all the keys, pointer and wheel are working properly. Yes, there is a built-in microphone that I never use, but it works fine.

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Conclusion

[caption id="attachment_33970" align="aligncenter" width="620"]55EA980V-black-sword-test Sword test  on FPD Benchmark Blu-ray disc[/caption] To answer the question from the title - even after 5000 hours, the first generation of LG's OLED TV delivers great picture quality and it still amazes me with beautiful images every time I watch a video on it. Thanks to the perfect contrast and punchy colors, content often looks like HDR, especially when the same picture is compared with LCD TVs - even the very latest ones. The screen is still of same luminance as two and a half years ago and there are no traces of burn-in or increase of dirty screen effect. Re-calibration needs to be done from time to time, but that is the case with other display technologies as well and is the only guarantee that TV is displaying as accurate picture as possible. The test continues and I will make another article of this type once the unit surpasses 10 000 working hours. I would like to thank to LG Electronics office in Croatia for providing me a sample of their OLED TV to do this long-term test.

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I had a chance to test two new LG TVs from 2017 LED LCD range - 43-inch UJ6517 and 49-inch 49UJ7507. Both TVs are based on LG Displays UHD IPS panel with LED backlight, have support for HDR and run latest webOS 3.5 platform. Few weeks long test has helped me to check how well do they perform in various aspects, but primarily in terms of picture quality. Read on to find out more.

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Specifications

Manufacturer LG LG
Model 43UJ6517 49UJ7507
Display technology WRGB LED LCD (direct LED) WRGB LED LCD (edge LED)
Screen geometry flat screen flat screen
Screen size 43 inch / 109 cm 49 inch / 124 cm
Energy class A (70 W, 97 kWh/year)  A (75 W, 104 kWh/year)
3D / HDR no / yes (HDR-10/HLG) no / yes (HDR-10/HLG/Dolby Vision)
Screen refresh rate max. 60 Hz max. 60 Hz
Black frame insertion (BFI) no no
Resolution Ultra HD, 3840 x 2160 pixels (each pixel consisting of 4 subpixels) Ultra HD, 3840 x 2160 pixels (each pixel consisting of 4 subpixels)
HDMI connectors 4 (HDMI 2.0b + HDCP 2.2) 4 (HDMI 2.0b + HDCP 2.2)
Toslink (digital optical audio out) yes yes
USB interface yes (2 connectors total) yes (2 connectors total)
Ethernet yes yes
Wi-Fi / Bluetooth yes / yes yes / yes
PCMCIA/Common Interface slot yes yes
Memory card slot no no
Headphone output (3.5 mm) no yes
Digital tuners DVB-T2/C/S2 DVB-T2/C/S2
HEVC/VP9 support yes/yes yes/yes
Operating system webOS 3.5 webOS 3.5
CPU Quad-core Quad-core
VESA yes, 200 x 200 mm yes, 300 x 300 mm
Made in... Poland Poland
Retail price: Croatia - starting at 4.199,00 kn (check actual prices on nabava.net) Germany - Amazon.de UK - Amazon.co.uk Croatia - 6.611,71 kn (check actual prices on nabava.net) Germany - Amazon.de UK - Amazon.co.uk
UJ65 series is available in sizes 43", 49", 55" and 60". UJ75 series is available in sizes 43", 49", 55", 60" and 65". LG 2017 TV lineup >> Detailed specifications:

Unboxing and setup

LG 43UJ6517 LG 49UJ7507

Design and handling

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Both TVs share a simple and elegant design with a combination of silver and black elements. While UJ75 uses so-called "crescent" stand and has silver bezel made of metal, UJ65 has a "2-pole" plastic stand with bezel and backside made of metal. The bezel on UJ65 has rounded edges and looks simpler, while UJ75 combines silver front bezel and black plastic outer frame to make the design just a bit more interesting. The bezel is 10 mm wide on UJ75 and 15 mm on UJ65. Build quality itself is good for the price category, except for the stand on the UJ65 which leaves a lot to be desired. It does not hold the screen as firmly as one would expect and screen wobbles easily if you push it just a little.  

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A look from the side reveals a thinner overall depth of the UJ75 - 60 mm compared to 85 mm on the UJ65. Both TVs can be wall-mounted - hole pitch 200x200 mm on UJ65 and 300x300 mm on UJ75.

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Both TVs have 4 HDMI inputs that support UHD/HDR, 2 USBs, Ethernet, Wi-Fi (802.11ac), RF and satellite inputs, Bluetooth, Toslink, CI and component A/V inputs. The only additional output on UJ75 is the 3.5 mm headphone jack through which you can connect headphones or, for example, PC speakers to improve sound quality. Both have down-firing stereo speakers (20 W).

Winner: LG 49UJ7507

Remote control

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49UJ7507 arrives with more advanced "Magic remote control" (AN-MR650A) compared to the standard one supplied with 43UJ6517. Both remotes share same layouts as was the case in previous years, however, a closer look reveals small, yet noteworthy changes. Both remotes now offer a dedicated "Netflix" and "Amazon video" buttons, which will load the corresponding app even if the TV is on standby.

Another new thing is a multifunctional numerical keyboard. Since fewer and fewer users actually use these buttons except for watching live TV, LG made them capable of "quick access" functionality. What that means is that you can assign a particular input or app to any of 9 buttons and be able to launch it without opening home menu or navigating different menus. Button 0 opens Quick Access menu where you can easily manipulate with the position of certain app or input for each button. Panasonic introduced similar "My App" button on its remotes this year as I saw on 65EZ1000E OLED TV, but only one button and on the poorly selected position on the remote (on its very bottom). LG's approach is much better and more versatile. Magic remote works like a charm with webOS. It has a very accurate pointer so you can without any effort select the option you want, change settings, etc. There is also a scroll wheel, a built-in microphone and Live Zoom option, making Magic remote still one of the finest on the market and a clear winner compared to the standard remote on UJ65 series.

Winner: LG 49UJ7507

Menus and Smart TV

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Both TVs come with LG's latest webOS in version 3.5. The look and feel of the platform did not change compared to 2016 webOS 3.0, it still is very easy to use and customize. The article on FlatPanelsHD mentions a few upgrades compared to the previous version, so here is the list below:
  1. More powerful hardware new webOS is 40%  faster - from my experience with these two TVs, I did not see a significant improvement in speed except for the shorter boot time. There is still a delay in opening certain menus and listing options in the settings menu. Still, for most users, the speed will be acceptable.
  2. Magic Sound Tuning - similar as you can optimize sound with A/V receivers that are bundled with microphone and calibration system (YPAO, Audyssey), you can now do the very basic sound calibration with a Magic remote. You simply load calibration and within 8 seconds TV will optimize the sound for your room and position where you sit.
  3. 360 videos - you can now view 360 degrees videos, rotate and zoom-in and out. It does not work for YouTube videos, only for those you play using built-in media player.
  4. Magic Link - a new feature that gives information about the actors in the scene and displays relevant information such as related YouTube videos and keywords for a Google search.
  5. Improved Magic Zoom - introduced in 2016, this feature now allows recording a sequence that you have zoomed in on. You need to have a USB drive plugged in for this option to work (Magic Zoom works only for Live TV and HDMI, not including VOD apps).
New features listed above are exclusive to webOS 3.5 and most probably will not become available to previous generations. Despite both UJ75 and UJ65 having exactly the same webOS 3.5 installed and same options available, more powerful hardware led to the smoother user experience with more animations on the former model.

Winner: LG 49UJ7507

Media player support

Both TVs share very good support for playback of various multimedia files over USB or network. I was able to play H.264 and H.265 files, MKV containers over USB and Synology NAS, smoothly and without stuttering or slowdowns. Subtitles are displayed if they are inside the MKV container or as a separate file (which needs to have the same name as the video file).

Winner: a tie (both perform the same)

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The first Panasonic's 2017 TV that I got for the review is also company's best TV this year. Behind the model name TX-65EZ1000E (TX-65EZ1002B in the UK) is a flat screen 65-inch OLED TV with the new Master HDR UHD OLED panel, THX 4K and UHD Premium certificates, company's newest Studio Colour HCX2 picture processor, all modern wired and wireless interfaces and "my Home Screen 2.0" Smart TV platform. EZ1000E rolls out together with a step-down EZ950E, making this the second generation of OLED TVs Panasonic is launching on the market (the first one was curved CZ950E/CZ952B in the UK). I had a chance to spend full ten days testing this TV, read on to find out how did it go.

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Specifications

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Manufacturer Panasonic
Model TX-65EZ1000E
Display technology WRGB OLED TV
Screen geometry flat screen
Screen size 65 inch / 165 cm
Energy class B (180 W, 250 kWh/year)
3D / HDR no / yes (HDR-10/HLG)
Screen refresh rate max. 120 Hz
Black frame insertion (BFI) available
Resolution Ultra HD, 3840 x 2160 pixels (each pixel consisting of 4 subpixels)
HDMI connectors 4 (HDMI 2.0b + HDCP 2.2)
Toslink (digital optical audio out) yes
USB interface yes (3 connectors total)
Ethernet yes
Wi-Fi / Bluetooth yes / yes
PCMCIA/Common Interface slot yes
Memory card slot yes (SD)
Headphone output (3.5 mm) yes
Digital tuners DVB-T2/C/S2 (dual, with HEVC support)
HEVC/VP9 support yes/yes
Operating system my home screen 2.0 (previously known as Firefox OS)
CPU Quad-core
VESA yes, 400 x 300 mm
Made in... Czech Republic
Retail price: CROATIA - 56.999,00 kn (check actual price on nabava.net) UK - £5999.00 (RGB Direct)
 
The EZ1002's OLED panel is dubbed "Master" as it is able to produce deep silky blacks and we are able to control them with more granularity than ever before. Working with Hollywood colourists at Deluxe we have tuned them to reach their full potential. The EZ1002 is used by filmmakers themselves, who appreciate the ability to add their own "3D Look Up Tables" to ensure that what they see in Hollywood is identical to the picture they can see in London. Source: Panasonic TX-65EZ1002B official UK website
Detailed specifications:

Unboxing

Design and handling

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Just like last year's finest TVs from Panasonic, so does the new EZ1000E follow the same "Art&Interior" design guideline, combining high-quality materials with an elegant design that will integrate seamlessly into modern living spaces. Even though the design is unique, it is not as extravagant as DX800E from 2016. Beneath the flat screen with thin silver bezel, there is a soundbar tuned by the legendary audio company Technics. Panasonic calls this soundbar "Dynamic Blade Speaker" since with its shape it resembles a blade. Underneath the silver fabric, there are two tweeters, four midrange speakers (also known as squawkers) and as many as 8 woofers that together with Quad Passive Radiator promise a solid low-frequency response. The total speaker output is 80 W. [caption id="attachment_38876" align="aligncenter" width="620"]panasonic-65ez1000e-dimensions Source: Panasonic[/caption] As shown in the unboxing video above, there are many steps in the installation process and handling of the soundbar shall be done carefully. This is necessary since the soundbar is very thin in the center where it is mounted to the large metal base. However, once assembled, the base supports it and you can lift up and move the TV without any worry of bending or damaging the soundbar.

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A look to the side of the TV reveals thickness similar to what I saw on LG's OLED TVs - very narrow upper part and a thicker lower half (42 mm max. depth). [caption id="attachment_38885" align="aligncenter" width="620"]panasonic-65ez1000e-thickness Thickness of the upper part compared to Ultra HD Blu-ray packaging[/caption] While the upper part has elegant, semi-glossy texture, the bottom is made of plastic of rougher texture and of lower-quality than one would expect for TV of this class. The very same approach I saw on TX-65DX900E I had a chance to review last year. [caption id="attachment_38882" align="aligncenter" width="620"]panasonic-65ez1000e-rear TV has 4 covers - 3 of them in the back[/caption] There are no less than 4 covers - 1 in front and 3 in the back to help keep the TV attractive from all angles. There is also a cable management system that hides power cord (permanently fixed to the TV) and a cable connecting the soundbar to the TV. The amount of details Panasonic's team have put to the routing of the latter cable is incredible - there are many fixation points so that cables go precisely where they are meant to go - check the installation video for more details. Speaking about connectors, the 65EZ1000E offers the following:
  • 4x HDMI
  • 1x antenna and 2x satellite inputs
  • 3x USB (1x USB 3.0, 2x USB 2.0)
  • Toslink
  • SD card slot
  • component audio and video (with supplied adapters)
  • Ethernet (LAN) - 10 BASE-T/ 100 BASE-TX
  • 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • 2x Common Interface (complies with CI Plus)

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TV has a good range of connection options that even include SD card slot, so you can view photos and videos directly from your camera which is a neat feature. At the end, it is worth noting that you can mount the TV on the wall together with the soundbar. In that case you will need to use special accessories for speaker wall-hanging, supplied with the TV.

Remote control

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65EZ1000E comes with 2 remote controls - the same 2 I saw previous year supplied with 65DX900E. The first one is a classic remote control that I saw several years ago on AX800E and AX900E models and Panasonic has supplied ever since with its best TVs. It is a remote with silver metal face and buttons and black plastic back side. Buttons are also well made, separated just right and they have a backlight so you can find your way even in the pitch black environment.  Remote has a dedicated Netflix button and quick access to many different options and menus. The only new thing is the addition of My App button on not so convenient spot - at the very bottom left of the "Stop button". The purpose of this button is to open any app you have selected in the settings - it can be YouTube or the web browser for example. The other remote is "Touch Pad Remote" that is smaller in size and offers fewer buttons. Its main features are a built-in microphone and a large touchpad. Similar as in years before, I do not like Panasonic's approach to the "smart remote" as the touch pad can be used only for moving in four directions - not to allow movement with a pointer like LG has on its Magic remote or as Samsung had a few years ago.

Menus and Smart TV

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Panasonic was never the top player when it comes to Smart TV platform and this year the story continues. The company was the first to embrace Firefox OS in 2015, but as of the end of 2016, Mozilla stopped all commercial developments of the platform, including its variant for the TVs. However, as the Firefox OS code is open source, Panasonic continues to use the platform by simply calling it as before - my Home Screen 2.0. When it first came out, Firefox OS on Panasonic TVs was a unique system with very simple home screen menu that user could adjust in his own way. Definitely a step in the right direction after failure company had with my home screen 1.0. The most prominent was the home screen that was simple and allowed to place all kinds of different shortcuts - not only of apps and inputs, but also network sources, TV programs or even a link to a website. This flexibility is still ahead of competitors such as Samsung with Tizen OS, LG with webOS or those using Android TV platform. [caption id="attachment_38887" align="aligncenter" width="620"]panasonic-65ez1000e-apps App market[/caption] My home screen 2.0 looks exactly the same as Firefox OS and offers the same features except for the Firefox browser. Now you can only browse the web with Panasonic's own browser that is not as sophisticated and tends to crash from time to time. As mentioned in the section about the remote control, the new feature is that you can assign an app you want to the button on the remote control, but due to the limited selection of apps, I doubt that many will use this feature, except for YouTube or DailyMotion apps.

Media player support

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The built-in media player supports modern video codecs and MKV container, so you can play via USB or network everything from SD MPEG-2 up to UHD HDR H.265 (HEVC) content. The playback was smooth over 100 Mbit network to the Synology DS214se NAS and I was able to play even a 100 FPS UHD video without any issues. This is a much better result that when I tried playing same files on Philips or TCL Android TVs - even with Kodi installed, the playback was not smooth and it was practically impossible to watch. [caption id="attachment_38889" align="aligncenter" width="620"]panasonic-65ez1000e-media-player2 Subtitle options[/caption] The not so good news is that DTS audio is still not supported, so you will have to use an external device to play files with this codec. On the other hand, subtitles are supported, either in MKV container or as a separate file. Sometimes external subtitles would not appear for no particular reason, but you can easily solve it by placing them in an MKV container. ]]>
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