HWM+HardwareZone.com Tech Awards 2014: Readers' Choice Results

Readers' Choice Awards - Consumer Electronics (Part 3)

Readers' Choice Awards - Consumer Electronics (Part 3)


Best LED TV Brand - Samsung

For the eighth consecutive year, Samsung is the world’s biggest TV vendor. Its dominance is so complete that we don’t really foresee anyone overtaking it in this category for at least the next three years. It nearest rival this time is Sony (who will soon spin off its TV business as a separate subsidiary), who despite being second, only has 15% of the votes compared to Samsung’s 55%. Rounding up the top three is LG, who has 13%.



Best 4K TV Brand - Samsung

With most people going for Samsung’s 1080p flat-panel TVs, 4K UHD TVs (typically with a 3,840 x 2,160-pixel resolution) offer an opportunity for other makers to get back into the game. Just this past CES, we saw new 4K TV offerings from LG, Panasonic, Sony, and Toshiba - just to name a few. But Samsung isn’t resting on its laurels either: the company’s S9 and F9000 4K TVs have been in local stores since August last year; and at CES, it even showed off an 85-inch bendable 4K LED-based LCD TV prototype. Fortunately for Samsung (which is another way of saying unfortunately for other brands), when one talks about 4K TVs, it’s still the brand that comes to mind. For this new Readers’ Choice category, Samsung is the winner, taking half the votes.



Best Pay TV Service (Singapore) - StarHub TV

With over 200 channels (with new ones still being added), the return of the Barclays Premier League, and an IPTV service targeted at businesses, just to name a few, it’s perhaps no surprise that StarHub TV is yet again your favorite pay TV service. A recent survey by the Media Development Authority (MDA) seems to back this up too: In 2013, viewers spent 4.6 hours on StarHub TV, compared to 1.9 hours in SingTel Mio TV. Just recently, StarHub has also rebranded Anytime TV, its pay-per-view cable TV plan for StarHub home broadband customers, to StarHub TV Lite.
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