Archive | 4K

Will Hybrid Log-Gamma Present An HDR Log Jam?

As the nascent market for 4K Ultra TVs with high dynamic range (HDR) continues to accelerate, a number of competing standards have emerged, promising to deliver peak luminance, color grading picture improvement benefits, and backward compatibility with standard dynamic range (SDR) TV sets. Looking to avoid confusion in the market, television set manufacturers have shied […]

8K TV is Around the Corner—No Kidding

Edward VIII was 39 years old when he was coronated King of Britain in early 1936. The eldest son of the late monarch, George V, the relatively young Edward was expected to serve a long tenure as monarch. But shockingly, less than a year after his crowning, Edward abdicated to marry an American divorcé, Mrs. […]

An Olympic Surprise

The Olympics is a chance for the world’s best athletes to test their mettle against their well-trained (and occasionally well-medicated) peers. But the games are more than a display of physical prowess; they’re a chance for the broadcast industry to flex its technological muscles as well. The 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil will be no […]

HEVC Products Forecast Overview

With efficiency improvements over the ubiquitous AVC/H.264 standard and higher-quality play back, HEVC/H.265 use has expanded into nearly every consumer product and video content category. Although higher-end applications, such as the viewing of UHD TV, are the most advertised uses for the HEVC standard, its use in non-UHD applications is prolific. DTC’s latest study narrates […]

The Dumb Pipe Era Advances

Cable and telecommunications multi-system operators (MSOs) have had one overriding objective since the dawn of the digital era: to avoid becoming a “dumb pipe” — i.e. infrastructure, a mere purveyor of another’s bits. Today, that fate appears increasingly inevitable, with a twist. MSOs have fought the dumbing down of their networks largely through the promise […]

Could Drones-With-Cameras Soar Past Action Cam Sales?

At an atypical press event last week, dominant drone market leader DJI announced its new advanced Phantom 4, a $1,400 model with a 4K camera mounted underneath. What was atypical was the broad-based press event itself, something the company has not been known for. Also atypical is its sales partnership with Apple, where the Phantom […]

TV Alliance Strains Under Competition Vs. Cooperation Conundrum

Despite staging an elaborate CES 2016 press event to show solidarity for its next generation 4K Ultra TV standard and logo program, the UHD Alliance’s (UHDA) effort is not as unified as the group’s leadership would like us to believe. The group’s announced standards and definitions for premium 4K Ultra HDTV displays has been rejected […]

Will 8K Strangle 4K in the Crib?

Another Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has come and gone and, as expected, this year’s show was awash in 4K. There were 4K TVs, of course, but also 4K recording DSLRs, 4K recording drones, 4K recording smartphones and 4K monitors. Not surprisingly, we see a rosy future for 4K TV, forecasting unit shipments of more than […]

Will UHDs Evolve Into Two-Piece Systems?

Considering all their app, Web browsing and streaming smartness along with complex 4K, HDR, WCG and HEVC processing needs, UHD TVs are getting nearly as computerly complex as your home PC. But while home PCs are trending toward single all-in-one, towerless, integrated monitor configurations, TVs may be slowly—very slowly—moving in the opposite direction, to a […]

Digital Frames: A Rebirth for a Display Once On Its Deathbed?

Before Apple released the iPad, digital photo frames were one of the hottest holiday gift items in the consumer electronics market. As digital camera sales soared, consumers in the pre-iPad era struggled to find ways to bring those images into the living room, where traditional prints often held pride of place on walls and mantle […]