Samsung, the market leader in terms of TV shipments, remains our readers’ favorite TV maker. In 2017, the Korean company introduced new quantum dot-enhanced QLED TVs that tout several significant improvements over their predecessors, including 100% color volume, up to 2,000 nits brightness, and an “Invisible Connection” design to solve long-time cable clutter problems faced by many people. This year, we can expect more QLED models from Samsung, with new features such as Bixby and SmartThings integrations, as well as this new 85-inch Q9S model, which sports 8K resolution and an AI that can convert any 1080p or 4K content into 8K quality. Samsung also offered a glimpse of its next generation of TV at CES with the unveiling of the 146-inch “The Wall”, the world’s first consumer modular microLED TV. In second place with 25% is LG, purveyor of some very fine OLED TVs in 2017. In 2018, LG is still banking heavily on OLED, and has introduced no less than eight models across four series at CES. AI, Google Assistant integration, faster processors, and strong HDR format support are some of the common features you can expect in LG’s OLED and Super UHD LCD TVs this year.
With 56% of the votes, StarHub TV is the runaway winner of our Best Pay TV Service award. Mostly known for its cable TV services, StarHub is now focusing more on its Fiber TV service, which as the name implies, is a TV service that rides on the fiber broadband network and requires a StarHub Fiber Broadband subscription. In short, almost all channels (over 200) that are available on StarHub Cable TV service are now also available on this Fiber TV service. (See full list of StarHub TV channels here.) The fiber TV set-top box also offers more functionalities than its cable TV counterpart. Additionally, StarHub offers something called StarHub Go, a series of subscription packages that let you stream shows, movies, live sports, and more on your mobile devices. Better yet, StarHub Mobile customers get to enjoy data-free StarHub Go streaming.
With a staggering 64% of the votes, Netflix is once again our readers’ favorite video streaming service. This is also Netflix’s second straight win since we created this award last year. Nowadays, Netflix is all about original content, and let’s just say in 2017 we’ve spent countless hours bingeing on shows such as The Crown, Ozark, Stranger Things, Black Mirror, and Star Trek Discovery (just to name a few). While the Singapore catalog is still comparatively smaller than the U.S., Netflix has promised to work hard to close the gap. HDR is another area of focus for Netflix recently, and even mobile phones like the LG G6 and V30, Razer Phone, Samsung Galaxy Note 8, and Sony Xperia XZ Premium and XZ1 can now stream Netflix in either Dolby Vision or HDR10 format. For serious A/V folks, Dolby Atmos is now supported on several Netflix shows, starting with Okja mid last year.
With 23% of the votes, this is the fifth year in a row Epson has won our Readers’ Choice award for Best Business Projector Brand. As we mentioned last year, Epson’s focus these days are more in the high-value, and high-brightness segment, which led the company to launch models such as the 25,000-lumen EB-L25000U in late 2016. Epson’s EB-1700 series of 3LCD projectors was also updated in 2017 with appealing models such as the EB-1781W, a 3,200-lumen, wireless ultra-portable WXGA projector weighing under 2kg. The high-end EB-1400 series of ultra-short-throw projectors was also updated last year. And just this past December, we saw the EB-1470Ui, which is the world’s first 3LCD laser ultra-short throw projector. Moving up to second place this year is Canon, with 17% of the votes.
With 30% of the votes, Sony is once again our readers’ favorite home theater projector maker. Early last year, the company introduced the VPL-VZ1000ES, which is an ultra-short-throw 4K HDR home theater projector. And during IFA in August, we saw new 4K projectors, including the SXRD-based VPL-VW760ES and VPL-VW360ES. Epson (20%) and Panasonic (14%) complete the top three for this category.