LG Introduces ‘World’s First’ 8K OLED TV

LG Electronics is introducing the world’s first 8K (7680 x 4320) OLED TV, according to a company press release.

Previewed at IFA 2018, the 88-inch, 8K LG OLED TV features more than 33 million self-emitting pixels to produce the “unmatched contrast ratio and true blacks that define OLED TV’s iconic picture quality,” according to the release.

OLED TV shipments in the market are expected to double in 2018 and reach more than 9 million units by 2022, with the 8K TV market expected to grow to more than 5 million units by 2022, the release stated.

“LG’s first 8K OLED TV is the pinnacle of technological achievement and the next evolutionary step in display technology,” said Brian Kwon, president of LG Home Entertainment Company, in a statement. “4K OLED played a major role in reshaping the TV industry, and LG is confident that 8K OLED will do the same.”

Lionsgate Inks TV Deal With Common

Lionsgate has signed an overall television deal with Oscar and Emmy winner Common and his Freedom Road Productions to develop and produce new television series.

Lionsgate Television Group Chairman Kevin Beggs made the announcement.

The agreement expands Lionsgate’s relationship with Common, who starred in installments of the studio’s John Wick and Now You See Me film franchises. Common’s additional film credits include starring roles in Wanted and Selma, for which he earned an Academy Award for the original song “Glory.” He also received an Emmy for his music in Ava DuVernay’s Oscar nominated and Emmywinning documentary 13th. Common is currently starring in and executive producing the television series “The Chi” on Showtime, and his upcoming film projects include Warner Brothers’ Smallfoot, FOX’s The Hate U Give, Hunter Killer from Lionsgate’s Summit Entertainment label and indie films Three Seconds and All About Nina.

“We’re thrilled to have the talented multi-hyphenate Common join our television team along with his longtime manager and producing partner Derek Dudley, President of Production Shelby Stone, and creative executive Melisa Resch,” said Lionsgate EVP and head of worldwide scripted television Chris Selak, in a statement. “Common’s expertise from working across all different artistic platforms offers a rich and exciting creative vision to our group. We look forward to the bold, premium content Freedom Road Productions will bring to our deep and diverse television slate.”

“I’m proud to expand my relationship with the innovative content creator Lionsgate,” said Common in a statement. “The studio offers a collaborative, creative freedom that is unique in the entertainment industry, which makes them a perfect partner for Freedom Road Productions. I’m looking forward to teaming up with Kevin, Chris and the Lionsgate collective on exciting and fresh television programming.”

Parrot Study: Majority of Viewers Multitask While Watching TV

While 13% of Americans report that they do nothing else while watching TV, completely undistracted viewers are a minority, according to a study from Parrot Analytics.

The study surveyed 500 Americans, asking the question: “While watching TV shows, what other activities are you commonly doing as well?” The content of each answer to this open-ended question was assigned to the best-fitting category or categories.

Using tech devices was by far the largest category of activities done while watching TV, with 26.8% of responses involving a phone, tablet or computer, according to the study. The second most common activity was eating a meal at 13.8%. Other findings include:

  • 12.7% read while watching TV, with those that specified material mentioning newspapers, novels and magazines in that order;
  • 8.9% did household chores, such as cooking, cleaning or folding laundry, while watching TV;
  • 6.3% worked or studied while watching TV show;
  • 6% did arts, crafts and puzzles while watching TV, including sketching, painting and crosswords, with the most common such activity being sewing, knitting or crocheting;
  • 3.2% said that while they may start watching a show, they end up sleeping instead;
  • and 3.2% said they watch TV while doing a physical activity such as working out.

Finally, 6% answered with something that didn’t fit into one of the above categories. The “other” category included respondents who said they use their TV time to bond with their family and a handful who said they like to watch a second TV show while watching TV.

Of the 26.8% of respondents who answered that they use a tech device while watching television, about a quarter (26.6%) said that they were primarily using it to check social media or emails while watching television. The most common social media site mentioned was Facebook, followed by Snapchat and Twitter. The same percentage of respondents answered that they were browsing the Internet while watching TV. Uses mentioned included online shopping and looking up details about the show being watched. Among device users, 21% said they played a game while watching TV.

For more information, contact Parrot here.

Season Five of ‘Silicon Valley’ Due on DVD Sept. 4 From HBO

Silicon Valley: The Complete Fifth Season is coming to DVD with digital Sept. 4 from HBO Home Entertainment.

Earning seven 2018 Emmy nominations, season five of the tech-skewering comedy finds the Pied Piper guys emerging from the fourth season’s chaos, as they get closer than they’ve ever been to real fame and fortune. But with more money, inevitably, comes more problems. While Richard struggles to be a leader and play with the big dogs, the rest of the team adjusts to new faces, new digs and new anxieties.

The series stars Thomas Middleditch (Joshy), Zach Woods (The Office), Kumail Nanjiani (The Big Sick), Martin Starr (Freaks and Geeks), Josh Brener (Maron), Amanda Crew (Table 19), Matt Ross (Big Love), Jimmy O. Yang (upcoming Crazy Rich Asians) and Suzanne Cryer (The Fosters).

The DVD includes all eight, 30-minute episodes, with a season four recap.

Netflix Creates New Feature for Sony TVs

Netflix and Sony Electronics have announced Netflix Calibrated Mode, a new feature developed by Sony picture quality and device experts in collaboration with Netflix color scientists.

The feature is available exclusively on Sony’s Bravia MASTER Series A9F OLED and Z9F LED TVs. The TVs will be available across North America in this fall.

“Supported for any type of content on Netflix, including but not limited to 4K and HDR, this feature leverages Sony’s strength in image processing to provide a display mode that configures the TV the same way creators calibrate their monitors in post production,” wrote Scott Mirer, VP, device partner ecosystem at Netflix, in a blog. “With one simple menu setting, our members can view TV shows, films, and documentaries on Netflix as they were meant to be seen, with precise colors, accurate dynamic contrast, and true motion so there’s no ‘soap opera effect.’ Consider a show like ‘Stranger Things’ that is both real and fantastic, familiar but other-worldly. Murky details of the Upside Down and the eerie flashes of light in the night sky can now be more noticeable and visceral than ever. And while recently watching ‘Lost in Space,’ I was struck by the vivid landscapes: lush forests, shadowed snowfields, and other visual elements that pulled me more deeply into the Robinsons’ adventures.”

“In recent years, we have seen great advances in technology that have made an unprecedented impact on the way TV and film entertainment is consumed,” said Mike Fasulo, president and chief operating officer of Sony Electronics North America. “Both Sony and Netflix have been pioneering the industry in terms of content production and distribution, working directly with creators to bring their stories to entertainment lovers around the world. Sony and Netflix have put much effort into developing and supporting cutting-edge technologies, such as 4K picture resolution, high dynamic range (HDR) and Dolby Atmos sound that allow film professionals to authentically express their vision for fans to enjoy in their homes around the world.”

Mirer noted that Netflix audiences are keen on viewing high quality content.

“We see viewing hours for 4K and HDR content climbing dramatically, and today roughly one-third of Smart TVs that use Netflix support HDR,” he wrote.

‘The Shield’ Series Set Coming on Blu-ray Nov. 6 From Mill Creek Entertainment

The entire series set of “The Shield” will come out on Blu-ray Nov. 6 from Mill Creek Entertainment.

The collection includes all 88 fully restored episodes in high-definition from the series’ seven season run, which ended in 2008. Packaged in a digi-book with 18 Blu-ray discs, the set retails at $229.98.

“The Shield” stars Michael Chiklis as antihero Detective Vic Mackey, who runs his elite Strike Team under his own set of rules as he tries to maintain balance in the criminal ecosystem on the streets of Los Angeles.

The set is “the exclamation point to the legacy of ‘The Shield,’” said series creator Shawn Ryan in a statement. “A high-definition restoration was not possible until now,” he stated.

A new patented process allowed the entire series to undergo a 4K transfer and restoration from the 16mm film elements, “preserving the intentional grit and raw texture that’s unique to this series,” according to a Mill Creek release.

“We are thrilled to be able to present ‘The Shield’ in its entirety, available for the first time on Blu-ray having been masterfully restored in widescreen, high definition,” said Barrett Evans, VP of marketing and product development for Mill Creek Entertainment, in a statement. “The series had a monumental impact on television when it debuted, and its themes and subject matter are still poignant and relevant today.”

Bonus features include an all-new cast reunion, writers panel featurette, and a retrospective on the landmark series. For the release extras, Mill Creek Entertainment is orchestrating a reunion with the principal cast and crew, including Shawn Ryan, Michael Chiklis, Catherine Dent, Walton Goggins, Jay Karnes, Benito Martinez, CCH Pounder, Cathy Cahlin Ryan, Kenny Johnson, David Rees Snell, Paula Garcés and David Marciano. Also included on this special Blu-ray release will be a writers’ panel from the ATX Festival, featuring Ryan, Kurt Sutter and Glen Mazzara, plus interviews with the executives and critics who framed and followed the show as it changed the television landscape.

“’The Shield’ redefined cable television and paved the way for a new level of hard-hitting shows that followed,” says J.W. Starrett, director of product development for Mill Creek Entertainment, in a statement. “Getting the cast and crew back together 10 years after the final episode aired gives some really interesting insight and fascinating stories about their experience working on the show.”

Additional special features will be included from previous DVD releases, as well as new features currently in development. A complete listing will be announced in the coming weeks, according to Mill Creek.

“The Shield” originally aired on FX from 2002-2008.  It won two Golden Globe awards, including Best Television Series – Drama, a Primetime Emmy award and two AFI Awards for “TV Program of the Year.”

Fox to Bow Seasons of ‘The X-Files,’ ‘The Gifted,’ ‘9-1-1’ and ‘The Resident’ on Disc This Fall

Television series seasons from “The X-Files,” “The Gifted,” “9-1-1” and “The Resident” are coming out on Blu-ray and DVD this fall from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.

The next chapter of The X-Files: Season 11 is due Sept. 18 on Blu-ray and DVD. The 10-episode installment of the series features David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson returning as FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully investigating unsolved cases rife with government conspiracies, unexplainable mysteries and alien cover-ups. Mulder and Scully’s pursuit of the truth continues with a search for their long-lost son. Blu-ray special features include the featurettes “Solve for X: Constructing Season 11” and “Implanted Memories: 25 Years of The X-Files.” Special features on both the Blu-ray and DVD releases include a gag reel, “Conversation on the Fox Lot,” “The Scully Effect,” “Green Production,” commentary on “Kitten” and commentary on “My Struggle IV.”

Season one of the procedural drama “9-1-1” comes out on disc Sept. 25. It explores the high-pressure experiences of police officers, paramedics and firefighters and stars Angela Bassett, Peter Krause and Connie Britton.

The Gifted Season 1 hits disc Sept. 25. The series tells the story of a suburban couple whose ordinary lives are rocked by the sudden discovery that their children possess mutant powers. Forced to go on the run from a hostile government, the family seeks help from an underground network of mutants. Set within the “X-Men” universe, the series stars Stephen Moyer, Amy Acker, Natalie Alyn Lind and Percy Hynes White.

The Resident Season 1, due Oct. 2 on disc, stars Matt Czuchry (“The Good Wife”) in a medical drama that focuses on the final years of a young doctor’s training.

Season 5 of ‘The Goldbergs’ Coming Out on DVD Sept. 4 from Sony

The Goldbergs: The Complete Fifth Season will come out on DVD Sept. 4 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

The ABC series, about a family in the 1980s, stars Wendi McLendon-Covey (Bridesmaids), Sean Giambrone (TV’s “Clarence”), Troy Gentile (Good Luck Chuck), Hayley Orrantia (TV’s “The X Factor”), Sam Lerner (Truth or Dare), George Segal (TV’s “Just Shoot Me!”) and Jeff Garlin (TV’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm”).

The DVD includes all 22 episodes from the fifth season along with a gag reel and deleted scenes.

Dish Bows New Amazon Alexa Voice Features on Hopper

Dish June 12 introduced new Amazon Alexa voice capabilities that give customers the ability to set recordings, launch apps and navigate menus on Hopper family set-top boxes.

This update enhances the Hands-Free TV experience by building on Dish’s existing Alexa voice functions, including the ability to play, pause, fast-forward, rewind and search content.

“We are working to create the best Hands-Free TV options for our customers, and these new voice capabilities are an important step in that direction,” said Niraj Desai, Dish VP of product management, in a statement. “Dish customers already love the convenience that our Alexa compatibility brings to their home, so we’re continuously identifying popular voice commands to enhance that experience.”

In April 2017, DISH became the first pay-TV provider to offer direct compatibility with Amazon Alexa, according to the company. In October 2017, the company unveiled whole-home Hands-Free TV by extending Alexa support to all Joey clients, according to Dish.

Dish customers can ask Alexa to navigate, play, pause, fast-forward, rewind and search content based on channel, title, actor or genre. With the newest update, customers can also use Alexa to set recordings, launch apps such as Game Finder, Netflix, Pandora and YouTube, and access the Home, Guide, DVR, On Demand, Settings and Help menus.

All Dish customers with an internet-connected Hopper DVR (all generations), Hopper Duo, Joey (all models) or Wally can ask Alexa to control their TV content after pairing with an Amazon Echo, Echo Show, Echo Dot, Fire TV Cube or another Alexa-enabled device. Each Dish set-top box must be paired with its own Alexa device.

For more information, visit www.dish.com/AmazonAlexaIntegration.

FilmRise Signs Deal With ITV Studios for Streaming Rights to Gordon Ramsay Shows

Independent film and TV distribution company FilmRise has signed an exclusive deal with ITV Studios Global Entertainment for the ad-supported video rights to two TV programs headlined by television personality and chef Gordon Ramsay: the reality series “Hell’s Kitchen” (seasons 1-15) and “Kitchen Nightmares.”

The two shows June 1 became exclusively available for free across the FilmRise streaming network, including its Roku, Xbox, Apple, Amazon Fire TV and Android platforms.

“We’re thrilled to be able to bring such iconic reality series, such as ‘Hell’s Kitchen’ and ‘Kitchen Nightmares,’ to even more audiences,” said FilmRise CEO Danny Fisher. “With our partnership with U.K. powerhouse ITV Studios Global Entertainment, FilmRise is dedicated to providing exceptional programming across a range of platforms to best serve our viewers.”

Others series streaming through FilmRise’s network include the Emmy Award-winning sitcom “3rd Rock from the Sun” from Carsey-Werner and “Unsolved Mysteries” with Robert Stack.