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Digital Video Format of the Future
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Does the world need curved TVs?

Does the world need curved TVs? | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


Back in 2013, we saw the first signs that curved screens might be the next "3D" as both Samsung and LG showed off curved OLED TV.


In 2014 we were once again presented with this trend as we joined CES 2014, now only in a much larger scale as Samsung launched curved LCD panels.

But what justifies these curved panels?


Have the TV manufacturers found a solution to a problem we didn't even know existed?


And if so, what is this mysterious problem that they are trying to fix?


Let's find out.


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Samsung USA’s Curved 4K Ultra HD TV Event

Samsung USA’s Curved 4K Ultra HD TV Event | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


Last week, Samsung Electronics America (SEA) invited journalists and industry members to New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum to show off its upcoming 2014 lineup of predominantly curved, ultra high-definition (UHD) LED LCD televisions.


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TCL Multimedia to debute its latest 4K Ultra-High Definition Large-Screen TV series

TCL Multimedia to debute its latest 4K Ultra-High Definition Large-Screen TV series | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it

TCL exhibits its industry-leading Ultra-High Definition large-screen product series, which includes the 110-inch 4X Ultra High Definition (UHD) 3D LCD TV, the latest 55-inch OLED TV, the 85-inch large screen TV, “Ultimate TV” etc.


In addition to the conventional functions found in most smart TVs, Ultimate TV is equipped with a unique Touched-Pen with a wide range of drawing tools that provides consumers with the ultimate drawing experience on a TV screen.


This product satisfies consumers’ demand for doodling on TV screens and is very popular among the younger generation.


TCL Curved UHD TV is another highlight of the Group’s exhibits in the CES. This product perfectly assimilates the 4K UHD resolution technology on curved screens.


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LG Claims World’s Largest OLED TV Title With 77-inch Ultra HD Set - Digits - WSJ

LG Claims World’s Largest OLED TV Title With 77-inch Ultra HD Set - Digits - WSJ | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


LG is making the first declaration of awesomeness with a triple threat:

The company says it will debut a 77-inch OLED television that will boast the Ultra HD resolution – 3,480 x 2,160 pixels – and a curved screen.

This makes it the world’s largest OLED set, says LG, an important bragging point because OLED (organic light-emitting diode) technology promises unparalleled contrast and response time, not to mention the thinnest screens.

Instead of requiring a separate light source to illuminate pixels, like LCD TVs, OLED pixels illuminate themselves when they receive electric current.

OLED has long been the “next great thing” in the TV business – and at the CES show – but TVs based on the technology have been slow to hit the market.

As for that curved shape, TV makers argue that it offers a more immersive picture.

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Samsung Makes Convincing Case for Curved UHD TV

Samsung Makes Convincing Case for Curved UHD TV | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


To our surprise, not only did the curved model seem more immersive, it also had noticeably wider viewing angles.


The reason could be due to the curvature radius of 4200mm chosen by Samsung, which does seem like the ideal sweet spot.


So if you’re wondering if bendy tellies are ideal for the living room, the answer is a resounding yes.


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TV vendors bump up orders for curved Ultra HD TV panels

TV vendors bump up orders for curved Ultra HD TV panels | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


Curved TVs gained popularity in late 2013 and are picking up momentum in the high-end segment, with vendors expected to release new units throughout 2014.

Additionally, previously it was difficult for upstream component makers to make curved LCD TV products but due to developments, most notably in LCD modules, TV vendors have more options.

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Samsung reveals a wild bendable TV prototype and its curved, 105-inch Ultra HD TV

Samsung reveals a wild bendable TV prototype and its curved, 105-inch Ultra HD TV | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


Samsung has made a habit of demoing some off-the-wall television designs at CES, and this year is no different.


The strangest new design is a wild 85-inch prototype that the company's simply calling the "Bendable TV."


The demo unit switched between a flat panel and a curved screen at the touch of a button, with a mechanical system pushing out the edges of the screen to achieve the transformation.


It's eerie to see a 85-inch television bend before your eyes, and while it makes for a very impressive tech demo, we aren't sure what Samsung plans to do with the TV.


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Samsung’s 4K TVs Are Getting All Bent Out of Shape

Samsung’s 4K TVs Are Getting All Bent Out of Shape | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


Curved UHD TVs are going to be a big trend this year.

We’ve already an extremely promising one come out of LG’s camp (and it’s OLED, too!).

Unlike 4k resolutions and OLED technology which are clear advantages, the jury is still out on the curve.

The benefits are less quantifiable, and are far less obvious.

Plus, you’re increasing the footprint and making it less mountable. All that is to say that the curve is a trend which may or may not end up being just a passing fad, which means ultimately, you may or may not want to pay a premium for it.

Andre Bontems's insight:


.. Let us keep in mind that a flexible screen that can shift from curved to flat with the push of a button on the remote is already on display at the CES.


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UHD: Trouble With the Curve

UHD: Trouble With the Curve | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


Curved screens present three major difficulties: first, the arc cuts down on off-angle viewing, reducing the number of potential viewers at Super Bowl parties and family film nights; second, curved sets can’t be wall mounted (at least not the ones I’ve seen so far); and, third, a curved TV completely defeats the purpose of a “flat” TV, which is to take up less space.


Curved UHDs answer the riddle of how a TV can be thin and fat at the same time.


If a wide curved screen were really more advantageous for the viewer, movie theaters would have installed them years ago.


They aren’t (except for IMAX), so they don’t.


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