"All You Can Eat" Mobile TV Announced at DemoFall 2010

BitBop puts network TV on your phone for $9.95 a month

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If you’ve got a RIM or Android phone, and are worried that you’re not going to be able to keep up with HBO’s latest must-see series, “Boardwalk Empire,” I guess this app’s for you. BitBop says it can deliver network television to mobile devices better than Apple, because it’s an “all you can eat” buffet--$9.99 a month—instead of Apple’s 99-cent-a-show a la carte menu. And you can load up on shows when you have a wi-fi connection, instead of worrying about spotty cell phone service. Personally, I’m not thinking I’d want to spend a whole lot of time squinting at TV shows on a phone, but BitBop has got to be eyeing the pad market, though it’s not talking about those devices yet.

See what BitBop is talking about in the video above. (By the way, BitBop isn’t your ordinary startup company; it’s a front for Fox TV, so we’ll likely be hearing from it in the future.)

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Digging Into the New QD-OLED TVs

Formerly rival technologies have come together in Samsung displays

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Sony's A95K televisions incorporate Samsung's new QD-OLED display technology.

Televisions and computer monitors with QD-OLED displays are now on store shelves. The image quality is—as expected—impressive, with amazing black levels, wide viewing angles, a broad color gamut, and high brightness. The products include:

All these products use display panels manufactured by Samsung but have their own unique display assembly, operating system, and electronics.

I took apart a 55-inch Samsung S95B to learn just how these new displays are put together (destroying it in the process). I found an extremely thin OLED backplane that generates blue light with an equally thin QD color-converting structure that completes the optical stack. I used a UV light source, a microscope, and a spectrometer to learn a lot about how these displays work.

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