TCL To Expand 4K Ultra HD Lineup, Adds 4K Roku TVs

January 18th, 2016 · 2160p, 4K Curved Screeen, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Amazon, Connected TVs, Curved Screen, Full Array LED Backlit with Local Dimming, Full HD 1080p, HDMI, HDR, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, Sound Systems, Streaming Services, UHD (4K) Media Players, UHDTV

TCLRokuRoku’s Sr. VP Chris Smith (left) and TCL VP Chris Larson Unveil the first 4K UHD Roku TVs at CES.

TCL used its press conference at CES to unveil plans to expand its presence in the 4K Ultra HD LED LCD TV market in 2016, when company executives said they will introduce seven UHD sets, highlighted by a flagship X1 model that will include quantum-dot technology.

The flagship 65-inch X1, due to ship in the second half, will produce a wide color gamut, as well as offer support for high dynamic range (HDR) including both the HDR 10 and Dolby Vision systems, and will feature a curved screen, Chris Larson, TCL sales and marketing VP announced in Las Vegas.

“Last year we offered only two series in the United States in television,” said Larson. “We’ll be offering two additional series in 2016 as well as 4K UHD offerings to three of these four series.”

TCL also used the press conference to announce that it was delivering this year the industry’s first line of 4K Ultra HD Roku TVs, which were first shown last year in prototype form.

One of the world’s largest television manufacturers, TCL has tried to break into the North American market using lines of high-value televisions that sell to leading discount store chains, including Walmart and other national retailers. It has showed 4K Ultra HDTV for the past several years, but has scaled down or dropped those plans in past years, as mass market awareness catches up to the new technology. This year, the company is vowing to push forward with 4K UHD TV marketing, and will use the flagship set to prove its manufacturing prowess.

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Ultra HD Blu-ray Players, Discs Poised To Hit U.S. Retail Shelves

January 13th, 2016 · Amazon, Blu-ray Discs, Blu-ray Players, Blu-ray Titles, HDMI, HDR, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, Surround Sound, UHDTV, Uncategorized

SamsungUHDBlurayCES 2016 marked the official launch of the Ultra HD Blu-ray format, with three companies showing players slated for deliveries later this year and top-level Hollywood studios announcing plans for supporting the new hardware with Ultra HD Blu-ray titles totaling at least 100 discs by year’s end.

Hardware companies that showed Ultra HD Blu-ray players included: Samsung, Panasonic and Funai’s Philips brand. As well, Sony and LG acknowledged plans to add Ultra HD Blu-ray players of their own later in the year but didn’t show any actual products in their booths.

As outlined in the Blu-ray Disc Association’s Ultra HD Blu-ray specifications, all players will support up to 4K Ultra HD (3840×2160) resolution; will be equipped to play and output baseline SMPTE ST.2084/2086 HDR formats with HDR 10 listed as mandatory and other formats compatible with ST.2084 EOTF such as Dolby Vision, listed as “voluntary” for inclusion by the player makers and disc replicators.  EOTF is the process of translating digital code into visible light. The format calls for a color gamut container supporting up to the BT.2020 color gamut, which TVs will remap to the maximum levels each model is designed to support.

Although new 4K Ultra HD TV purchasers will have a range of content sources they can use to view 4K Ultra HD movies and TV shows, the disc-based Ultra HD Blu-ray platform is expected to offer the gold standard for picture and sound quality capability. This is due largely to the fact that Ultra HD Blu-ray supports a bit rate of up to 100 Mbps, where most typical 4K streaming services or cable/satellite pay-TV providers support up to 6 to 7 Mbps.

Ultra HD Blu-ray will also support higher frame rates of up to 60 fps compared to the 24/30 fps available through most streaming and pay-TV services.

Read more about the first Ultra HD Blu-ray players and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray titles after the jump:

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Multiple 4K HDR Options Begin To Emerge

January 12th, 2016 · 2160p, 4K Curved Screeen, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Blu-ray Discs, Blu-ray Players, Blu-ray Titles, Connected TVs, Curved Screen, Full Array LED Backlit with Local Dimming, HDR, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, OLED, OLED, UHD 4K OLED, UHDTV

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Royal Philips’ Frederic Guillanneuf and Technicolor’s Manuele Wahl announce the Technicolor/Philips hybrid HDR System at CES 2016.

Along with the Ultra HD Alliance’s CES announcement of specifications defining what the ranges for high dynamic range should be for 4K Ultra HDTVs, progress was being made by developers of alternative and “voluntary” HDR standards to support at least some of those next generation sets.

Shortly after the UHDA released their specifications, Technicolor and Royal Philips revealed an agreement to merge their ongoing HDR delivery roadmaps, including content creation tools, encoding and decoding software and implementation support.

Also at the show, several TV manufacturers, including LG Electronics, announced that some of their 2016 4K Ultra HD sets will join Vizio in providing support for Dolby Vision HDR content. Going one better, most of those newcomers said they will be supporting Dolby Vision in addition to the baseline HDR 10 format called for by the UHDA and Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc standards.

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Nikon Rolls Out 4K UHD In 3 Camera Offerings

January 11th, 2016 · 2160p, Digital Camera/Camcorder, News, UHDTV

NikonD500Nikon used CES 2016 to embrace 4K Ultra HD video recording in a big way, unveiling a pair of 4K-supporting DSLR cameras and its first 360-degree action cam, that also captures 4K UHD video and stills.

The company’s new DSLRs include: the professional D5 and an advanced-amateur-focused D500 (which was an HD Guru crystal award winner for CES 2016). More on these below.

The most radicle camera addition, however, was the KeyMission 360, targeted at action sports fans. The camera is waterproof to 100 feet, and resists dust, drops of up to 6.6 feet and extreme temperatures. Other key additions include built-in vibration reduction to smooth out bouncy images that are common in shooting while running or off-road biking.

The camera also includes WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity to link with mobile devices.

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HD Guru CES 2016 Top Picks Awards

January 9th, 2016 · 2160p, 4K Curved Screeen, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Blu-ray Players, Cable TV, Connected TVs, Curved Screen, Digital Camera/Camcorder, Digital Media Receivers, DVR, Full Array LED Backlit with Local Dimming, HDMI, HDR, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, OLED, OLED, Sound Bars, Sound Systems, Surround Sound, Surround Sound Systems, UHD (4K) Media Players, UHD 4K OLED, UHDTV

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Time for our awards!

CES 2016 brought us at long last some standards we can point to for guidance in determining what high dynamic range (HDR) and a wide color gamut (WCG) should be for new generation high performance TVs.

We also saw some of the first players for the next, and possibly the last new class of optical discs: Ultra HD Blu-ray. This physical media will be delivering 4K Ultra HD resolution along with HDR and WCG enhancements at bit rates of up to 100 Mbps, well beyond the range of content delivered by cable and satellite TV services or over-the-top (OTT) streaming video providers. That should mean you’ll be seeing even better images and surround sound, including Dolby Atmos surround delivered by this year’s winning sound bar (See more below).

This year, HD Guru has added a little more dazzle to make our picks a little more fun, by having the popular Las Vegas model Julita Palomera present the coveted HD Guru crystal award to some of our favorite industry executives on the floor of CES.

On to our Top Picks.

Hit the jump to see all the winners:

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TI Officially Unveils 4K Home Theater DLP Chip

January 6th, 2016 · 2160p, 4K Front Projection, DLP, Front Projection, Microdisplay Rear Projection, News, UHDTV, Video Processors

TI_DMDTexas Instruments (TI) is using CES 2016 to reveal its 0.67-inch 4K UHD DLP chip for home theater, business and education projection displays.

The new chip is said to be based on DLP Cinema technology and combines the fast switching speed of TI’s digital micro mirror device (DMD) with advanced image processing. It also provides manufacturers of home cinema front projectors with a 4K DMD microdisplay solution to compete against native or pixel-shifting 4K liquid crystal on silicon (LCoS) chip designs.

This latest 4K UHD DLP chipset, which TI said will be available to projector manufacturers this spring, is being produced as a single-chip projector architecture enabling high resolution and high brightness solutions at a price point that allows manufacturers to expand 4K UHD projection displays to a broad audience.

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Philips Expands 4K UHD TV Lineup, Adds UHD Blu-ray Player

January 6th, 2016 · 2160p, 4K Flat Panel, 4K LED LCD, Blu-ray Players, Connected TVs, HDMI, HDR, LCD Flat Panel, LED LCD Flat Panels, News, UHDTV

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P&F USA’s Philips TV brand used CES 2016 to unveil an expanded line of 4K UHD TVs, all of which will support high dynamic range (HDR), including one series of models that will support both the baseline and Dolby Vision HDR standards. The company also announced plans to deliver its first Ultra HD Blu-ray player this spring.

P&F executives said Philips in North America will offer seven HDR-supporting 4K Ultra HD Smart TVs across three model series in 2016. Each model will provide improvements in brightness, contrast and color performance. Pricing and availability was still to be determined and will be announced later, according to a company representative, but Philips has been a popular brand in the U.S. for manufacturer Funai Electronics, offering high performance quality at value price points through leading electronics and mass merchant retail accounts.

For more on the Philips 2016 4K Ultra HDTV lineup hit the jump:

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