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H.265 vs VP9: 4K Video Codecs Explained

H.265 vs VP9: 4K Video Codecs Explained | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


We compare the codecs battling to bring you 4K video.


H.265 and VP9 support 8K content as well and with physical media on the wane, this makes them quite frankly the future of television and video, which is why they're so important.


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Global UHD TV Shipments Saw Q4 Spike: DisplaySearch

Global UHD TV Shipments Saw Q4 Spike: DisplaySearch | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


The latest report on global Ultra HD TV shipments from NPD’s DisplaySearch offered both good and bad news for retailers looking for some relief to the underperforming television market.


The good news is that, thanks to a dramatic end-of-year surge, global 4K LCD TV shipments reached 1.6 million units in 2013, with nearly 1 million units alone shipped in the fourth quarter.


The bad news is that the rapidly accelerating demand for the technology is driving 4K LCD panel and TV prices down at a fast pace, meaning the window for profit taking is narrowing.


Andre Bontems's insight:


... No bad news for the consumer!


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First Year of the 4K TV Era

First Year of the 4K TV Era | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


Four things are happening that making 2014 the first year that 4K will be broadly available:

1) New Technologies
2) Affordable 4K sets
3) Increasing amount of 4K content
4) Content distribution.

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Thank goodness this is not multiple choice, as they really need "5) All of the Above & Plus Some...."

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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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8K Train Can't Be Stopped

8K Train Can't Be Stopped | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


While U.S. broadcasters are wrestling with how and when to utilize 4K (aka Ultra High Definition or UHDTV) in their production workflows, or if at all, the Japanese broadcast industry is determined to move to a higher resolution level, namely 8K.


That's 16 times the resolution of 1080-line HD, or 7680 × 4320 (33.1 megapixels, 12-bit processing). Uncompressed, an 8K 60fps image produces a data rate of about 24 Gbps.

Japan's national broadcaster, NHK, plans to deploy equipment that complies with the bandwidth-hungry format at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.


In January of this year, NHK's science and research laboratories said it successfully transmitted 8K television signals via a single standard UHF terrestrial broadcast channel over a distance of 27 km.


The field test, conducted on Jan. 20 was performed as a follow-up to a May 2012 demonstration in which the UHD signal was sent slightly more than four km.


For all those professionals trying to decide whether now is the time to buy a 4K camera, talk and testing of 8K systems is not doing anyone any favors.


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Convert HD video into 4K Ultra HD video with Seiki U-Vision cable

Convert HD video into 4K Ultra HD video with Seiki U-Vision cable | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


The all new Seiki U-Vision HDMI cable can easily convert any HD video into a 4K ultra HD video on the go!


The Godsend for those who recently bought 4K TVs home and already done streaming most of 4K content on YouTube is now available in the US markets for just $50.


Andre Bontems's insight:

Quite Amazing! I cannot wait to try it!

Please post review!


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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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