Archive | Ultra HD

How Will TV Makers Compete With VR?

At some point, VR will be a really big thing. Isn’t it big now, you ask? Not really. Sure, everyone in technology is talking about VR. But in terms of objective numbers such as hardware sales, content downloads and household penetration rates, VR isn’t anything more than anticipatory buzz at the moment. But, VR will […]

Is UHD Blu-ray The Last Gasp of Packaged Media?

It’s not exactly a secret: UHD TV sales are on the rise. Duh. According to DTC, sales of UHD sets are due to rise 142% this year, and are projected to reach 43.6 million units and 60% of the total market by 2020. What’s puzzling is why UHD TVs are selling well, considering the dearth […]

Another HEVC Rival Rears Its Head

If video codecs were presidential nominees, then it wouldn’t be too much of a stretch to characterize HEVC as the “establishment” candidate of the codec coterie. The presumptive successor to the hugely successful and widely implemented H.264, HEVC’s position as the next generation codec seemed assured when it was first solidified. But just as establishment […]

Welcome to TV’s 5th Wave

Chinese TV maker TCL, which has proclaimed itself the world’s third largest TV manufacturer (not necessarily third-largest brand, however), recently announced pre-order Amazon availability of its latest U.S.-bound, Roku-imbued not HDR/WCG entry-level UHD entries, which range in price from $600-$1,100. It’s springtime, so these new model introductions aren’t unusual in the TV world. But TCL’s […]

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 […]

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 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 […]

Shhh! Panasonic is About to Debut UHD Blu-ray – But Don’t Tell Anyone

Did you know that Panasonic was on the verge of releasing the world’s first UHD Blu-ray deck? No? Neither did I, or anyone else who doesn’t speak Japanese or work for Panasonic. But apparently, this Friday (November 13), Panasonic will start selling its DIGA DMR-UBZ1 UHD Blu-ray slash hard disk drive recorder for a price […]

Why the UHD Transition is NOT the HDTV Transition

If you’re feeling some weird sense of déjà vu with the chicken-egg conundrum surrounding the production of 4K content/broadcasting and UHD TV sales, it’s because you have vague recollections of the introduction of HDTV back in the late 1990s. While there are definite similarities between these multi-million pixel TV transitions, there are several tipping-point differences […]

4K/UHD Content: Not Ready for Prime Time

While 4K/UHD TV households begin to grow past the most eager “early adopter” households due to price decreases, there are still only a small handful of commercial deployments for 4K/UHD program delivery. There other factors besides the amount of available content that currently define the number of 4K/UHD-capable households. Other factors include bandwidth constraints for […]