Posts tagged: HDTV

The Reality of 4K

Ed Lee
 Apr 22, 2014

Once again, the major theme of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show was 4K — from capture to workflow to transmit and display. With each passing year, 4K gets a little closer to becoming reality.

I was asked many times at the show “Is 4K for real?” and “Will it become mainstream?”

Google Chromecast: Turning the Connected TV Market Upside-down?

Alan Bullock
 Aug 7, 2013

If it’s possible to disrupt a still-emerging market, Google Chromecast has the potential to do just that for Connected TV. Read more »

4K is now Ultra HD

Ed Lee
 Oct 19, 2012

Naming a new product category is always a challenge. The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) appears to have its act together when it comes to high-definition televisions, unlike the digital camera industry, which has failed to standardize on a name for Compact Interchangeable Lens Cameras (Read The Difficulties of Choosing a Name blog from earlier this year)  which has hindered the development of the segment, in our opinion.

As of October 18th, the “4K” term will now be known as “Ultra-High Definition.” According to the new rules from CEA the minimum requirement for a television or projector to earn the “Ultra HD” designation is having a resolution of at least 8 million active pixels (3,840 x 2,160 minimum). Displays must also have an aspect ratio of at least 16 x 9 and a digital input capable of carrying native 4K video. Don’t get too excited about Ultra HD televisions just yet. Initial 84-inch offerings from LG Electronics and Sony will cost about $20,000 and $25,000, respectively. Read more »

Will universal active-shutter 3D glasses kick start 3D TV sales?

Ed Lee
 Aug 9, 2011

On August 8, Panasonic, Sony, Samsung, and Xpand 3D announced they will team up to develop a new technology standard for active-shutter glasses. They have termed the partnership the Full HD 3D Glasses Initiative. The universal active 3D glasses will allow consumers to mix-and-match their glasses with various brands and types of 3D displays such as televisions, personal computers, projectors, and 3D theaters. Universal glasses are expected to be available in 2012 and are targeted to be backward compatible with 2011 3D active TVs. Read more »

Apple’s iOS 5 and iCloud Connect People and Their Photos

Alan Bullock
 Jun 8, 2011

On Monday, June 6, Apple unveiled iOS 5, the latest version of its operating system for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices, and iCloud, a new set of free cloud services for managing content across up to ten synchronized devices. (My colleague, Shelly Ortelt, blogged about the news here.)

Many of the 200+ new iOS features promise to improve the traditional and connected photo experience for Apple users. Here are some first impressions along with a few observations and questions along the way: Read more »

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