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3D, 4K, HD? An Expert's Take on the Battle of the TV Acronyms

3D, 4K, HD? An Expert's Take on the Battle of the TV Acronyms | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


Anyone who attended CES this year could not help but be dazzled by the latest offerings of 3D TVs from LG and Samsung. But consumers are still confused about the latest TV technology.


In this article, Barry Sandrew, founder of Legend3D talks about the future of 3D TV.


Andre Bontems's insight:


"4K creates a better 3D experience, and 3D makes 4K a far superior experience."


... Well defined by Mr. Barry Sandrew!


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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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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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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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Future is fuzzy for 4K, UltraHigh Definition TVs

Future is fuzzy for 4K, UltraHigh Definition TVs | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


Around this time last year, TV manufacturers trumpeted the arrival of 4K ultra-high-definition televisions.

The pricey and often humongous TVs pack in four times as many pixels as top-of-the-line HD sets.

But new technology often faces a chicken-and-egg problem.

Even if you bought a 4K UHD TV, what would you watch on it?

Very few movies support the new resolution. Some Blu-ray players promise to convert regular high-definition video to something approximating ultra high definition, but such techniques are stopgap solutions while TV makers wait for Hollywood to catch up.

Instead, online companies such as Netflix and YouTube have taken the lead.

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Smartphones with 4K screens incoming, 23 million to ship in 2015

Smartphones with 4K screens incoming, 23 million to ship in 2015 | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


The ultra-high-definition resolutions is incoming not only to televisions and PC monitors, but also to mobile devices.


Next year the first smartphones with displays featuring 3840*2160 resolution will hit them market.


Obviously, such handsets will be rather rare, but even in this case their shipments will reach tens of millions of units.


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10 Reasons Television Innovation Is At A Dead-End

10 Reasons Television Innovation Is At A Dead-End | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


TV manufacturers have been innovating for years but has the pinnacle been reached?


Is there anywhere else to go?


Sales are declining and once that happens, getting them going again is difficult.


Here are 10 reasons why the TV industry may be about to hit some shaky ground:


1.  Where Do We Go From Here
2.  Nobody Wants A TV Anymore
3.  Where Is The Choice
4.  3D Was A Breach Of Trust
5.  Too Many Cheap Alternatives
6.  Everyone Has One
7.  But There’s Nothing On
8.  Why Would I Want Something That Big
9.  We Don’t See The Difference
10. Smart Or Not


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A fun comparison between the late Blackmagic Production Camera 4K and the rumored Panasonic GH4 4K Camera

A fun comparison between the late Blackmagic Production Camera 4K and the rumored Panasonic GH4 4K Camera | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


While we're waiting for both cameras, here's a fun comparison between the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K and the Panasonic GH4 4K Camera.


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DisplayLink Connects 4K UHD Displays Using USB 3.0

DisplayLink Connects 4K UHD Displays Using USB 3.0 | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


DisplayLink, a provider of USB graphics technology, this week unveiled the DL-5500 USB 3.0 chipset with support for 4K resolutions.


The DL-5500 is the first member of the DL-5000 family, enabling users to expand their desktop/notebook workspace to take advantage of the new ultra-high-definition monitors.


“4K over USB3 is here and it could not be easier to deploy,” said John Cummins, senior vice president sales and marketing of DisplayLink.


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Asus R9 290X Direct CU II OC Review (1600p, Ultra HD 4K)

Asus R9 290X Direct CU II OC Review (1600p, Ultra HD 4K) | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


The first waves of AMD partner 290 cards are being released this month, and today we follow up on our Gigabyte and Sapphire reviews taking a look at the latest card from ASUS, the R9 290X Direct CU II OC.

This card ships with a proprietary cooler and the fastest ‘out of the box’ speeds yet.

Is it worth the £499.99 inc vat asking price?

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CES 2014: Samsung's HS Kim predicts ultra-HD TVs will replace HD soon

CES 2014: Samsung's HS Kim predicts ultra-HD TVs will replace HD soon | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


Samsung is betting big on ultra-high-definition televisions.

So big, in fact, that HS Kim, executive vice president of Samsung's visual display business, is predicting that ultra-HD sets will soon dominate the consumer market, eclipsing HD TVs -- despite high prices and a lack of ultra-HD content.

"I think it's pretty obvious that consumers are going to choose UHD TVs," Kim said during an interview with The Times at International CES in Las Vegas this week.

"The only question is how affordable the UHD TVs are going to be; and as technology advances, the prices will drop.

So I think it's very highly likely that consumers will choose UHD TVs, and I think this will happen faster than anticipated."

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Ultra HD at CES: 'The Chicken and Egg Have Left the Barn'

Ultra HD at CES: 'The Chicken and Egg Have Left the Barn' | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


This week at the International CES, there’s been plenty of comments that the “Ultra HD train has left the station,” while others warn there’s still a “chicken and egg” dilemma and success is dependent on the right combination of factors including set penetration, a delivery infrastructure and available content.

But speaking on one of several panels produced by the International 3D and Advanced Imaging Society, Stephan Heimbecher, head of innovation and standards at Sky Deutschland, got a big laugh when he summed up, “The chicken and egg have left the barn.”

Andre Bontems's insight:


Very interesting article and ... here again referring to the upcoming 8K!

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Kogan launches 55-inch Ultra High Definition TV for under $1000

Kogan launches 55-inch Ultra High Definition TV for under $1000 | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it



The Kogan 55-inch LED smart TV will have the 4K UHD resolution of 3840 x 2160 and will be powered by the Android 4.2 operating system.


But the most attractive feature of the TV is the price - $999 when it goes on sale in late January. (Australia)


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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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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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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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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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What is 4K UHD? Next-generation resolution explained

What is 4K UHD? Next-generation resolution explained | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


From the World Cup to Netflix, in 2014 you're going to start hearing a lot more about 4K resolution or 'Ultra HD.'


But what is it?


And more importantly, do you want it?


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More Panasonic GH4 Images and Specs Leak Out Ahead of Release

More Panasonic GH4 Images and Specs Leak Out Ahead of Release | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it

Here's the best look we've seen so far the the 4K Panasonic Lumix GH4.

Key features and specs include:


  • 16.05MP Sensor
  • Quad core processor and venus Engine
  • ISO up to 25,600. 12fps, 7.5 fps with continuous focusing
  • 4K video at 4096×2160 pixels and max frame rate of 96fps.


Additional Info:

http://nofilmschool.com/2014/02/4k-panasonic-gh4-uhd-30fps-24fps-price-cost/


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4k Video Is the Future, but Video Producers Aren't Ditching SD Content Yet

4k Video Is the Future, but Video Producers Aren't Ditching SD Content Yet | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


Delivering better-quality video, online and off, isn't the only way to keep customers buying. Now that we're used to killer picture quality, hot new markets could open fast in a mediocre viewing experience.


On a per-view basis, opting for HD is only a few dollars more than SD.


But, all told, enough people watch a lot of video content -- and enough people are looking for an effective way to do it on a budget -- that we shouldn't be surprised to see the lo-fi market take off and expand.


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Ita Udo-Ema's curator insight, January 14, 2014 3:45 PM

Story trumps resolution

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Sharp Unveils New 8K Television Systems

Sharp Unveils New 8K Television Systems | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


Every year at CES, companies are eager to push the limits to technology and have never been shy about unveiling new television products.


For those who don’t need 4K or want something bigger, well Sharp has something in store for you guys with their pair of 8K television sets.


Yup, you heard that right, according to Sharp, “4K today, 8K tomorrow.”


One of these 8K devices will be a glasses-free 3D television and was created together with Philips and Dolby to help deliver a very high-resolution glasses-free 3D viewing experience.


Given that 4K has yet to be the standard, we can only imagine the sharpness one might experience with 8K.


As we said earlier, not all these products are for sale and with Sharp’s 8K offerings, they are meant to be a “glimpse into the future”.


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Philips Brilliance 288P Ultra HD 4K 28-inch monitor review

Philips Brilliance 288P Ultra HD 4K 28-inch monitor review | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


Philips has put together a great looking monitor that's easy on the eyes and impresses display aficionados such as ourselves.


We'll have to reserve our final judgment on the Brilliance 288P until we can do something other than watch a looping demo, but it looks promising as a 4K panel that blows most TN panels out of the water.


If Philips can deliver something that can truly play Battlefield 4 and other 4K capable games at 60fps, the Dutch technology company might have a 4K winner on its hands.


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Qualcomm Will Bring Lytro-Style Focus Selection To Mobile Photos With New Snapdragon Chips

Qualcomm Will Bring Lytro-Style Focus Selection To Mobile Photos With New Snapdragon Chips | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


The most impressive new feature is the ability to select focus after a picture is captured.


You can either put everything into sharp focus for incredible depth of field, or choose one point and throw the rest into attractive, soft focus for pleasing bokeh.


You may recognize this tech; it’s similar to how the Lytro light field camera works.


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Ultra HD and HEVC Look Forward to a Big 2014

Ultra HD and HEVC Look Forward to a Big 2014 | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


4K television, also known as Ultra HD, was one of the hits at the CES show.


This is an important issue because healthy adoption of Ultra HD will means equally widespread deployment of High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), which is the successor to MPEG-4 and more or less a requisite network upgrade.


Due to its higher compression capabilities, HEVC will increase broadband capacity across the board.


Andre Bontems's insight:


..  Not anything about UHD but for the fun of it don't miss the 'Weirdness at CES' comments at the end of the article!

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/technology/techknow/consumer-electronics-show-10-weirdest-products/story-fni0c6zc-1226798133919


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Ultra HD TV: Not Ready for Primetime

Ultra HD TV: Not Ready for Primetime | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


As industry momentum builds, some skeptics warn that in the haste to ignite TV sales and protect the business as we know it, UHD is being served to the masses without being fully baked.


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