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Would Sharing with Others Create More Video Bandwidth?

We may no longer be sure what is being referred to when we say “TV,” but whatever it is, we watch a lot of it. Depending upon the poll and the region, data indicate that adults spend, on average, anywhere from 3 to 9 hours a day watching “It” on screens of all types. Along […]

What Will Be The Legacy of Legacy Formats?

Recent reports of the demise of the compact disc feature elegies tinged with funereal nostalgia for what was once a bold, new and literally shiny technology.  Those might as well have been elegies for all physical media including the CD’s video packaged-media analogues: DVD and Blu-ray. Neither of which is quite ready for a final […]

Industries Differ On Categorizing HDR Performance For 4K UHD TVs

Different sets of definitions used to promote high dynamic range (HDR) supporting displays have the IT and CE industries approaching customer education from varying perspectives. It’s not unusual for computer and consumer electronics marketers to take contrasting approaches to solving the same problem. For example, the two industries have long championed different digital connector standards—DisplayPort […]

Get Ready: 8K TV is Next Up

At the recent CES 2018 in Las Vegas, the managers of the new Sharp Corp. rolled out their vision for an 8K consumer video future featuring 8K Super Hi-Vision (SHV) TV. Sharp, now under the direction of giant Taiwan electronics manufacturer Hon Hai Precision/Foxconn Electronics, has set its sights on leading the development of this […]

HDMI 2.1 Spec Arrives in Time for Christmas, Most Products a Year Away

The HDMI Forum started the clock on the next generation of television and video performance when it formally released completed specifications for version 2.1 of the High Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI) on Nov. 29. With compliance testing still in the works, however, many supporting products are probably still a year away from full integration. The […]

UHD Blu-ray’s Narrow Opportunity Window

My wife loved Wonder Woman. No, to paraphrase Woody Allen, love is too weak a word for how she feels about the initial adventures of the Amazon princess—she luuurved it, she loaved it, she luffed it (two Fs, yes). She l’ed Wonder Woman so much, we’ve seen it three times in the theater. (I am […]

The Coming 1K/2K to 4K Upconversion Disconnect

A couple of months back I received a distressed email from a reader. It seems he bought a new 4K TV and eagerly hooked up his DVD player, believing his new UHD would make his old DVDs look lovely. You can guess the inevitable: disastrous results. Imagine blowing up a postage stamp-sized photo to billboard […]

Wireless Video: Demand vs. Capacity

The forecast for internet video use from Cisco’s annual Visual Network Index continues to astonish. It estimates that, by 2021, 82% of all internet traffic will be video—up from an estimated 73% in 2016. That’s all internet traffic, both wired and wireless. Predictions for wireless video traffic are no less impressive: 78% in 2021 over […]

CES at 50: Lessons Still Not Learned

Gazing at faded black-and-white photos from the first CES, which occurred 50 years ago this week in New York, it’s tough not to laugh at the antiquated gear that was considered cutting-edge at the time—fat tube black-and-white TVs when 23 inches was considered “big screen,” giant wood console cabinet TV/record player/radio combos, “portable” TVs that […]

Hungry Mobile Video: Will Next-Generation TV Feed the Beast?

Bandwidth-hungry video is viewed as an insatiable beast by those who are delivering it over crowded networks. Better compression and mobile network advances have relieved some congestion but the flames of UHD and virtual reality are licking at the heels of cellular networks. TV broadcasters think they can help relieve some of that congestion with […]