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Broadcasters Not So Eager to Switch to UHDTV

Broadcasters Not So Eager to Switch to UHDTV | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


There's a lot of discussion about 4K--also known in the broadcast and consumer electronics worlds as UHDTV--production and whether it is practical for broadcasters to distribute 4K signals--it requires four times the bandwidth of current 1.5 Gbps infrastructures to get into the home.


Broadcasters covering live events have utilized the technology as part of an overall HD sports telecast in order to provide viewers with captivating high-resolution, slow-motion replays and critical analysis of disputed plays.

With little demand from consumers for UHDTV sets, however, it might take a while before we see activity in this space at the local OTA station level.


Indeed, with 4K content now available on YouTube, it's entirely possible that viewers will be watching UHDTV content via the Internet well before it can become a viable broadcast standard.


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Seven simple reasons why UHD/4K in the living room makes sense, where 3D didn’t

Seven simple reasons why UHD/4K in the living room makes sense, where 3D didn’t | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


It's easy after the fact to say "I told you so", but 3D never happened in the living room as we pointed out four years ago here.


Looking at the world though the same prism, here are my seven bullet points summarizing why UHD/4K will happen.


If you’re not sure what UHD/4K really is, see this quick guide ...


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Samsung, LG compete for bigger slice of China UHD market

Samsung, LG compete for bigger slice of China UHD market | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


South Korea's top two tech giants said Monday they will make full-fledged efforts to tap deeper into the Chinese market for Ultra HD (UHD) TVs with customized product lineups for consumers there.

Amid the rise of Chinese players, South Korean firms have been aggressively emphasizing their technological lead over their global rivals.

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VGTel, Inc. Prepares to Market Its Inventory of UHD Films to International Markets

VGTel, Inc. Prepares to Market Its Inventory of UHD Films to International Markets | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


Back in December, VGTel entered into agreements to finance the digital scanning of a series of 15/70mm films to an 8K digital format.


In collaboration with its production and distributor partners, the films have all been scanned, downscaled to 4Kresolution and are presently being offered for 4K or ultra high definition television ("UHD TV") broadcast and theatrical distribution.


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The Next Big Thing: 4K Ultra HD

The Next Big Thing: 4K Ultra HD | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


We are on the verge of another major jump in resolution, and the next big thing is 4K Ultra HD (3840x2160).


Once you go 4K, you won’t want to go back. 4K displays have four times the number of pixels as 1080p brethren and provide superior image clarity by packing more than 8 million pixels.


If you’re using a 4K display now, check out the clear difference in visual quality by adjusting the resolution on a few 4K YouTube videos.


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Cheap Ultra HD monitors are on the way, mid-2014 for cheap 4K

Cheap Ultra HD monitors are on the way, mid-2014 for cheap 4K | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


It looks like cheap 4K monitors will be hitting consumers by mid-2014, so hold off on your monitor purchase just a little longer!


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4K TV: Don't believe the Hype!

4K TV: Don't believe the Hype! | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


Early adopters will be terribly disappointed with what ultra HD TVs can currently deliver.


Ultra high definition televisions promise to make today's high definition televisions obsolete, delivering a much crisper, clearer image.


With every major TV manufacturer pushing ultra high definition, or UHD, as the "next big thing", it would be easy to buy into the hype.


But closer examination reveals these new screens won't be worthwhile for several years to come, if at all.


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Apple prepares support for monitors in OS X 10.9.3 4K/UHD

Apple prepares support for monitors in OS X 10.9.3 4K/UHD | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


Few hours that Apple has offered developers the first beta of what will be OS X 10.9.3 Mavericks ago. This update is a key equipment for this manufacturer difference 4K/UHD screens support (which is not the same).

So far users desktops and Apple laptops that connected to a UHD display just saw how all the visual content “expanded” in size. Now the behavior is identical to that experienced by owners of equipment with Retina displays.

Thus, users of OS X 10.9.3 to make use of monitors UHD will enjoy even greater definition: while the MacBook Pro with Retina display offering up to 2,880 × 1,800 pixels (for 15-inch model) now bear resolutions of 3,840 × 2,160 pixels.

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LG rolls up sleeves to gain early lead in 4K TV market

LG rolls up sleeves to gain early lead in 4K TV market | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


LG Electronics has lined up 68 new TV models in 25 series for its 2014 TV line-up, including 16 4K ultra high-definition TV models in 7 series that range from 49 inches to 55 inches to 65 inches to 79 inches to 84 inches to 98 inches to 105 inches.  

The full line-up of 4K UHD TVs  represents LG’s preemptive marketing strategy to gain early lead in the fast-growing 4K UHD TV market, as TV makers in China are aggressively rolling out a wide range of low-cost, budget-priced 4K TV product offerings to undercut rivals in Japan and Korea on prices.


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U.S. Broadcasters Diss 4K - While Japan Sees 8K Future

U.S. Broadcasters Diss 4K - While Japan Sees 8K Future | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


The march towards Ultra HD seems to be taking two paths - 4K and 8K, but with some U.S. Broadcasters expressing doubts about 4K, is Japan's 8K Super Hi-Vision initiative even viable?


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Is this Mix Between the Mac Pro and the iMac Awesome or Just Crazy

Is this Mix Between the Mac Pro and the iMac Awesome or Just Crazy | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it
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IMHO: Just awesome.

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Samsung grabs half of North American UHD market in January 2014

Samsung grabs half of North American UHD market in January 2014 | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


South Korea's Samsung Electronics Co. took more than half of the North American market for Ultra HD TVs last month, data showed Monday.


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Sony showcases phone with ultra-HD video recording

Sony showcases phone with ultra-HD video recording | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


Sony is borrowing innovations from its audio and camcorder businesses and incorporating its new Xperia Z2 smartphone with noise-canceling technology and ultra-high-definition video recording.


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UHD TV sharper image with large screen and much more...

UHD TV sharper image with large screen and much more... | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


Early adopters will be very disappointed with what the ultra high definition televisions can currently offer.


Based on the way our eyes perceive the real world, it's been calculated that UHD is only noticeable at normal viewing distances when the screen is larger than 70 inches in size.


Buy a 50-inch UHD screen and most viewers will not be able to pick the difference between it and a regular HD screen at normal viewing distances, even when watching UHD content.


Despite this, the UHD display will likely cost four times as much.


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Skymedia readies 4K UltraHD TVs with NanoTech media player

Skymedia readies 4K UltraHD TVs with NanoTech media player | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


4K UltraHD specialist NanoTech Entertainment has partnered up with Korea's Skymedia of Korea, to integrate the Nuvola NP-1 4K streaming media player into Skymedia television sets.


Skymedia Website:

http://eng.skymediakorea.com/main/main.php


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intoPIX Demonstrates First TICO Lightweight Compression Running on FPGA Hardware - NAB 2014

intoPIX Demonstrates First TICO  Lightweight Compression Running on FPGA Hardware - NAB 2014 | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


Without any usage of external memory and with an incredibly low footprint, TICO FPGA IP-cores provide a lightweight visually lossless compression up to 4:1, with a fixed latency of few pixel lines for HD, 4K or 8K.


This new advanced image and video compression algorithm is designed to efficiently and invisibly tackle important cost and bandwidth challenges faced by our industry.


NAB 2014 intoPIX Booth:  C5243

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More than half of Europeans likely to buy UltraHD set in next two years

More than half of Europeans likely to buy UltraHD set in next two years | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


Despite fears that it could be the new 3DTV, UltraHD will be launched in Europe to a market that is well disposed to what it can offer, research from Strategy Analytics has revealed.


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CopperHead 4K Camera Transceiver

CopperHead 4K Camera Transceiver | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


Miranda Technologies’ new Telecast CopperHead 3404K camera-mountable fibre transceiver is designed to simplify the installation of Ultra HD infrastructure.


The transceiver requires just two strands of fibre optic cable to carry all bi-directional signals, including four 3Gbps HD-SDI paths, from camera locations to truck or control room or around a remote production site.
 
The dual-strand bi-directional system enables 4K cameras to be easily multi-purposed for ENG, digital cinematography and studio applications without the constraints imposed by copper connections.


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NHK to demo 8K Wireless First

NHK to demo 8K Wireless First | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


Japanese public broadcaster NHK is planning to show an 8K video transmission over a single 6MHz UHF TV channel at NAB.

The demonstration will be the first time anywhere outside Japan that wireless transmission of 8K Super Hi-Vision has been shown.


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Ultra High Definition Expedition

Ultra High Definition Expedition | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


As perhaps the first scientific organisations to deliver free Ultra HD content on a regular basis, the vision of the ESO Ultra HD Expedition transcends astronomical, geographic and scientific frontiers and delivers crisp, breathtaking Ultra HD footage — bringing the Universe closer than ever before.


Astronomy is a visual science, and with four times the resolution of HD, Ultra HD adds a new dimension to our stunning footage of the cosmos.



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Samsung confirms details for UHD Video Pack for 4K TVs

Samsung confirms details for UHD Video Pack for 4K TVs | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it



We've been crying out for 4K content in the UK and the latest nugget of good news on this front comes from Samsung.


The Korean giant has just released more details on its forthcoming UHD Video Pack, which will hit the shops around the same time as Samsung's 2014 Ultra HD TVs.

 

The pack will take the form of a 1TB, USB 3.0 hard drive which will come pre-loaded with five movies and three documentaries, all in 4K resolution.


The pack itself will be an optional extra.


Samsung hasn't confirmed the price, but rumours suggest something around the €300 mark.


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ST, SoftAtHome accelerate adoption of UHD technologies

ST, SoftAtHome accelerate adoption of UHD technologies | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


STMicroelectronics, a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, and SoftAtHome, a provider of home operating platforms enabling convergent services for the digital home, today announced their extended collaboration to enable operators to deliver Ultra High Definition (UHD) viewing experiences on the latest-generation set-top boxes with ST chips
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Android 4K UHD Media Player

Android 4K UHD Media Player | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


RONBEN Technology have already announced that release Android 4K media player based on Amlogic Quad Core Chipset, the next step is Allwinner A80 ultraocta core and Rockchip 3288 quad-core solutions.


The RONBEN Android 4K Media box has SPDIF ,RS232, Optical, HDMI,RJ45, full interface.


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US Market is Waiting for Samsung Curved UHD TVs with Open Hands

US Market is Waiting for Samsung Curved UHD TVs with Open Hands | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


Samsung Electronics opened the North America Dealer Conference to penetrate into the TV market in the US with its latest 2014 products including its Curved UHD TV.


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NHK to begin ‘Super Hi-Vision’ high-definition TV broadcasting in 2016

NHK to begin ‘Super Hi-Vision’ high-definition TV broadcasting in 2016 | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


NHK, Japan’s national television broadcaster, has revealed plans to begin transmissions in 2016 using the new Super Hi-Vision format, which features a resolution 16 times higher than the current HDTV standards.

Having been in development in part by NHK for the last few years, the 7,680 pixels by 4,320 pixels resolution was given its first trial broadcast during last summer’s London Olympics.

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