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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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Gefen Builds Extendable 4K Ultra HD Infrastructure using Fiber Optic or CAT‐5 HDBaseT® Connectivity

Gefen Builds Extendable 4K Ultra HD Infrastructure using Fiber Optic or CAT‐5 HDBaseT® Connectivity | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


Extending 4k Ultra HD content based on HDMI specifications requires significant bandwidth using proper cabling capable of delivering Ultra HD resolutions without any signal degradation or delays.


To meet these requirements, Gefen introduces two intelligent new solutions that optimize and manage bandwidth utilization to provide a plug and play implementation of 4k Ultra HD.


The new Gefen Extender for HDMI 4k Ultra HD over Fiber delivers resolutions up to 4k (3840×2160@30Hz) together with RS‐232 and bi‐directional IR using one SC‐terminated fiber optic cable.


This long‐range solution is effective up to 2000 meters (6600 ft.) in distance.


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A 55-inch, Android-Enabled 4K UHD TV for £550? What’s the Catch?

A 55-inch, Android-Enabled 4K UHD TV for £550? What’s the Catch? | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


The catch is you’ll be handing your money over to the new kids on the block, Kogan, rather than the stalwart likes of Samsung or Sony. 


But that shouldn’t be too much of a concern, with the Australian manufacturer making a name for itself in the UK for offering high-end tech at low-end prices.


So what’s £550 bag you, in detail?


Andre Bontems's insight:


This is the cheapest we have seen for a 55" UHD!


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You'll Never Want to Stop Watching 4K TV

You'll Never Want to Stop Watching 4K TV | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it



Do you think your current HDTV is good enough? Then you haven’t experienced the magic that is 4K Ultra HD.


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Netflix begins testing 4K streaming content, ahead of 2014 rollout

Netflix begins testing 4K streaming content, ahead of 2014 rollout | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it



Netflix has begun the testing of 4K HD videos through streaming on its service.


While the 4K videos aren't the content you'd exactly sit around all day and watch, the company's testing is a step in the right direction to a wide-scale, working 4K delivery option.


Netflix has added seven 4K videos to its catalog over the last week.


One is titled "El Fuente: 24 MP, which promises "an example of 4K at 24 frames per second." It's not exactly the most interesting footage in the world, and simply shows kids playing in a fountain and people riding bicycles - all around just trying to highlight the powers of 4K.


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Dell Unveils 32" Ultrasharp with 3840x2160 Native Resolution

Dell Unveils 32" Ultrasharp with 3840x2160 Native Resolution | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


Dell recently pulled the wraps off their latest Ultrasharp 32″ display.

This gargantuan display is expected to be Dell’s flagship professional series monitor featuring an Ultra HD resolution of 3840×2160 (140ppi) based off of Sharp’s IGZO (Indium Gallium Zinc Oxide) display technology.

As expected of a Dell Ultrasharp display, the monitor will feature a wide color gamut of 1.07 billion colors, a whopping 64 times more colors than a standard TN panel based monitor.

No official word on pricing at this time although I’d expect the display to be priced somewhere in line with ASUS’s 31.5″ Ultra HD display, which currently runs for around $3,500.

Dell expects the monitor to be available in Q4 of this year.


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Mark Treen's curator insight, July 28, 2013 10:38 AM

This is what you want to watch for as pixel counts go up. Does the gamut also go up. The TV's I saw were not ready for 4K simply for this reason.

Andre Bontems's comment, July 29, 2013 10:44 AM
I do agree! Thanks for your comment!
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Onkyo TX-NR828 : 7.2, THX Select 2 Plus et upscaling UltraHD

Onkyo TX-NR828 : 7.2, THX Select 2 Plus et upscaling UltraHD | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


Onkyo annonce donc le modèle TX-NR828 qui reprend les principales spécifications du TX‑NR727. Adoptant pour ce produit la certification THX Select 2, Onkyo et THX fêtent ainsi leur 20ème année de collaboration.


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Enhanced UHD TV Panels Already Being Discussed

Enhanced UHD TV Panels Already Being Discussed | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


The 4K ultra-high definition image standard (3840 x 2160 pixels 4K resolution) has only been around for a few months, but already display makers are considering enhancement.

Never mind that the specification is already the farthest ahead of the curve.

Anyway, a report says that in 2014, and maybe even this year, Ultra HD TV panels will start to use wide color gamut (WCG) technology, bringing color saturation to NTSC 100%.


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8 Reasons why you should be excited about Ultra HD

8 Reasons why you should be excited about Ultra HD | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


1. It looks amazing
2. You can sit closer to the screen
3. It makes passive 3D more tolerable
4. 4K OLED is coming
5. There are already hundreds of movies out there
6. TV shows are now shot in 4K by default
7. 4K TV broadcasts aren't far away
8. Glasses-free 3D is coming

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AUO to produce wide color gamut Ultra HD TV panels in 2Q13

AUO to produce wide color gamut Ultra HD TV panels in 2Q13 | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


AU Optronics (AUO) has plans to produce volume shipments of Ultra HD TV panels equipped with Wide Color Gamut (WCG) technology for color saturation as high as NTSC 100% in the third quarter of 2013, according to industry sources.


AU Optronics Website:

http://auo.com/?sn=101&lang=en-US


About Wide Color Gamut Technology:

http://www.mendeley.com/catalog/technology-wide-color-gamut-backlight-light-emitting-diode-liquid-crystal-display-television/


http://www.nec-lcd.com/en/technology/sft_wide_color.html



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What is 4K TV? 10 reasons why you should care

What is 4K TV? 10 reasons why you should care | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it

 

10 Reasons why 4K is more than just a fad:

 

 

Reason #  1:  4K is not just a fad

Reason #  2:  4K film and TV is already common and it's growing

Reason #  3:  4K can recreate the look of 35mm film digitally

Reason #  4:  4K is far closer to 'the cinema at home' than 2K

Reason #  5:  4K delivers detail 2K and Full HD cannot reach

Reason #  6:  4K is the perfect resolution for full immersion

Reason #  7:  Native 4K delivery to the home is closer than you think

Reason #  8:  4K can solve controversies and get closer to nature

Reason #  9:  4K does wonders for 3D and is essential for ‘glasses-free’

Reason #10:  4K isn’t as pricey as you think and will get cheaper

 

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Demand for UHD TVs Much Higher Than Expected

Demand for UHD TVs Much Higher Than Expected | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


Even UHD TVs just started to sell and fact they are still quite expensive it looks that their popularity is already much higher than expected and even for the first and very expensive models there is really high demand.


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Review: Corel VideoStudio X6 eases creative video production

Review: Corel VideoStudio X6 eases creative video production | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it

Corel's VideoStudio X6 is the easiest-to-learn, easiest-to-use video editor out there. It supports most major technologies, and the creative tools are first-rate.

 

Version X6 of Corel VideoStudio brings the super-intuitive and easy-to-use video editor/producer within into a virtual dead heat with the feature sets offered by its competitors.

 

New tricks in its bag include animation overlays, controlling DSLRs for stop motion animation, free-form motion editing, layer swapping, motion tracking, support for 2K and 4K video, and variable speed.

 

 Corel Website:

 http://www.corel.com/corel/product/index.jsp?pid=prod4900077


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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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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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Should you buy a 4K Ultra HDTV?

Should you buy a 4K Ultra HDTV? | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


Buy or Fly?

If you’re an early adopter with a need for a new set, chances are you’re going to pull the trigger on a UHDTV anyway, no matter what the arguments for or against.

And chances are you’ll be happy with your purchase, since The UHDTVs coming from each maker are easily as good as their high-end 1080p models.

Also, TV replacement cycles are now much shorter than they were in the recent past, with many consumers now replacing their sets every 6-8 years on average.

Just go into the deal knowing that the technical minutiae surrounding Ultra HD isn’t fully locked down, and that sets a few years down the road could offer better performance and more features than those available now. (But isn’t that always the case?)

At minimum, make sure the UHDTV you buy has an upgrade path to HDMI 2.0—though that in itself may not be the end of story when it comes to a no-compromise next-generation video standard.

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Tokyo 2020 will be the world’s first 8K Ultra HD Olympic Games

Tokyo 2020 will be the world’s first 8K Ultra HD Olympic Games | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it



NHK is one of the world’s few broadcasters to have an NHK roadmap, and has decided to ignore the halfway-house of 4K being pushed by TV manufacturers, which will be used at next year’s FIFA World cup in Brazil.


Plans are already drawn up to develop 8K coverage across Japan via satellite, before starting terrestrial broadcasts on Japan’s equivalent of Freeview.


Other public broadcasters may follow NHK’s lead, allowing 8K technology to develop before taking the expensive step of upgrading from HD.


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ATEME Reports on 4EVER Consortium’s Progress in HEVC, Ultra HD

ATEME Reports on 4EVER Consortium’s Progress in HEVC, Ultra HD | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


On the one-year anniversary of the creation of the 4EVER Consortium, ATEME, a global leader in advanced video compression solutions for the broadcast industry, announced the accomplishments and future plans of the project.

The 4EVER consortium was formed one year ago with the primary goal of paving the way for delivering an enhanced television experience to viewers regardless of the viewing context, such as in the home, on the go, as well as in public areas and cinemas.


ATEME Website:

http://www.ateme.com/

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FutureSPORT Reflections, Part 1: Can Ultra HD Withstand the Spotlight?

FutureSPORT Reflections, Part 1: Can Ultra HD Withstand the Spotlight? | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


Ultra HD, it appears, will be different from 3D and, in fact, could be different from the HD transition, which itself was fraught with doubts and dismissive attitudes.

Why will it be different? Future Sport laid it out.

1. There is already a market for 4K equipment

2. Using 4K within HD productions gives the format visibility today

3. Those who see it today quickly see the benefits…

4. …and it is easier to demonstrate than 3D or even HD

5. Prices will continue to drop


These five factors seem to set Ultra HD up nicely to find success in the marketplace. But there are still plenty of hurdles to overcome. Next week, the second installment of this report will delve into what those are and how the industry will address them.


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4K Ultra-High Definition TVs Set to Become New Standard

4K Ultra-High Definition TVs Set to Become New Standard | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


TV brands are prepping for a high rate of growth for UHD TVs during the next four years.


The rise will begin this year as UHD TV panel shipments increase to close to 943,000 units, up from under 33,000 units in 2012.


The next two years will see shipments rise to 7.1 million units in 2015, on their way to reaching 20.8 million units by 2017, with 50-inch and larger sets capturing 34 percent of the LCD TV panel market.


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The Myth of 4K Ultra HD TV Superiority: Why A Cheap TV with More Pixels is Still Just a Cheap TV

The Myth of 4K Ultra HD TV Superiority: Why A Cheap TV with More Pixels is Still Just a Cheap TV | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


Until 4K Ultra HD content becomes more widely available, and unless you need a giant screen where the extra pixels are necessary, our recommendation is to stick with regular old 1080p HDTV.  


There are a lot more choices, including both LED/LCD and plasma TVs, a better selection of features, and pricing that won't break the bank.


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LG to procure Ultra HD TV panels from AUO

LG to procure Ultra HD TV panels from AUO | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


LG Electronics will reportedly procure 55-inch Ultra HD TV panels from AU Optronics (AUO), with shipments expected to begin as early as May 2013, according to industry sources.


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Rallying Against UltraHD/4K Is Stupid

Rallying Against UltraHD/4K Is Stupid | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


As the Borg used to say, “resistance is futile.” There really is no other way to sum up our current and eventual transition to UltraHD/4K than that.


Fighting the changeover to UltraHD/4K is akin to trying to reverse the direction of a cyclone by blowing at it through a drinking straw. It isn’t going to happen.


How do I know, I’m one of those who used to rally against UltraHD/4K.


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Can UHD's Introduction Match the Hype?

Can UHD's Introduction Match the Hype? | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it

 

A few years ago, 3-D TV came onto the market with tremendous hype and promise to transform how people watch TV. It didn't happen. How avoiding the mistakes of 3-D may spell greater fortunes for brands making Ultra High Definition TVs?


Faced with a lack of content, high pricing and inconvenient technology, 3-D never emerged from a niche status?a situation that continues today. Many now predict the same fate for ultra-high-definition (UHD) television.

 

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