Chip supports 4K recording, local playback, output to TV
Qualcomm has introduced its next-generation flagship Snapdragon processor, which brings support for Ultra HD features. The Snapdragon 805 is said to be capable of recording 4K video from the device's integrated camera, with support for 4K stream decoding and playback on a high-resolution mobile display or via a connected 4K television.
New cards move between 104MB and 312MB per second speeds
The SD Association that controls the guidelines for SD storage cards today announced a new high-performance option and symbol specifically designed to support a wide array of 4K or 2K (the latter also known as 1080p or "Full HD") television and video products. A new Ultra High Speed (UHS) Speed Class 3 (U3) symbol will indicate products capable of recording 4K or 2K video and will operate exclusively on SDXC UHS-I and UHS-II memory cards and devices and SDHC UHS-I and UHS-II memory cards and devices.
Ultra HD content appears on Netflix
Netflix recently expanded its content offerings to include Ultra HD video, GigaOm reported Friday. The new offerings are solely content that Netflix uses for internal testing, but their emergence online confirms that the company is looking to add 4K content to its offerings. The popular video streaming service reportedly hopes to roll out Ultra HD video streaming for customers with compatible devices some time in the next year.
4K-capable TVs supplied with upscaling Blu-ray player, sound bar
Toshiba has started selling its range of Ultra HD televisions in the United States. The L9300U range, consisting of a trio of televisions capable of displaying 4K-resolution video, and will be supplying its BDX6400 4K Upscaling Symbio Blu-ray player and SBX5065 300-Watt Sound Strip as free extras to purchasers for a limited time after launch.
New television model from the upstart manufacturer available mid-December
Seiki Digital announced today the availability and pricing for its 65-inch class 4K Ultra High-Definition television that it promised alongside its 39-inch and 50-inch models. The new 4K Ultra HD model (SE65UY04) will be
available in the United States in early December at a price that significantly undercuts competitor's models.
First box of its kind launches, aimed at home theater, commercial implementations
Video connectivity solutions provider DVDO today announced the availability of the Matrix6, the first matrix switcher that brings 4K Ultra HD matrix switching to residential and commercial A/V systems. Developed for easy integration into whole home theater control systems, the Matrix6 switcher displays two 4K sources simultaneously on two TVs or projectors, removing the need for additional investment in source equipment.
Blu-ray disc producer outs format before official announcement
Blu-ray discs for 4K content are already being made, with one disc producer claiming to be testing the production of the 100GB-capacity media. Singulus has revealed it has created its new replication line for triple-layer Blu-ray discs, ahead of an expected announcement of the technology from the Blu-ray Disc Association.
New reader highest resolution Sony e-reader yet, charges rapidly
Amidst a plethora of other releases, Sony has revealed its new e-reader, the PRS-T3. The new reader is Sony's highest-resolution e-book device ever, boasting that a three-minute quick charge gives the grayscale E Ink reader enough charge to get through a 600-page novel, and that a full charge gives users two months of regular reading.
New 98-inch version of S9 UHD TV launched, UHD OLED TV teased
Samsung has revealed more high-resolution televisions at its second press conference at IFA in Germany. Aside from showing off its previously-announced curved OLED HDTV and its F9000 line, it launched a new model of 4K television in its S9 range, dwarfing its current 85-inch model, and teased that it is working on an OLED UHD TV.
Ultra HD tablet shipping in November, optional pen input
Panasonic will be shipping a large Ultra HD-resolution Windows 8 tablet to Europe in the coming months, according to an IFA announcement. The Toughpad 4K tablet, initially shown at CES earlier this year, has a 20-inch IPS display with a resolution of 3840x2560, aimed at artists and architects rather than the usual Toughpad and Toughbook target audience.
New units prioritize slim design over acoustical quality
To coincide with the debut of the Video Unlimited 4K service, Sony today expanded its 4K Ultra HD TV line-up with the addition of the X850A series, available in 55- and 65-inch screens. With four times the resolution of Full HD and incorporating Sony's Triluminos Display, the new X850A incorporates a slim bezel without the integrated magnetic fluid speaker system found in the X900A series now on the market. This new design offers customers the flexibility of connecting to an existing or separate home theater system.
New service requires Sony 4k television, FMP-X1 media player
Alongside its other releases, Sonytoday launched the Video Unlimited 4K service, the world's first 4K Ultra HD video download service, with access to a small but expanding library of native 4K Ultra HD feature films and TV shows. Beginning with a selection of more than 70 full-length, native 4K Ultra HD feature films and TV shows, Video Unlimited 4K will offer customers the option to rent and purchase content for download on Sony's 4K Ultra HD Media Player for playback on Ultra HD televisions.
Capable of displaying 4K resolution video at 60fps, double current HDMI capability
Panasonic has launched its first Ultra HD television at IFA, the first to be compatible with the recently-announced HDMI 2.0 standards. The Smart Viera L65WT600 television, measuring 65 inches, is able to receive 4K-resolution video at 60 frames per second, double that of the 30fps that current HDMI standards are capable of producing.
Initial broadcasts pave the way to commercialization in 2014
Broadcasters in South Korea are attempting to provide owners of Ultra HD televisions with suitable content for the high-resolution televisions. Five members of the Korean Cable Television and Telecommunications Association have started broadcasting a small group of channels with the 4K content, six months ahead of its original plan, and a year earlier than similar proposals in Japan.
LG adds new 55-inch and 65-inch Ultra HD models to US lineup
LG has added 55-inch (55LA9700) and 65-inch (65LA9700) 4K Ultra HD TVs to its US lineup. The new TVs, which feature four times the resolution of Full HD sets, are now on sale and are advertised at $7,000 and $9,000 respectively. It already has an 84-inch (84LM9600) model on sale for $20,000, with new models coming in at a much more attractive price point for early adopters.
Movies in 4K-resolution to cost $8 for 24-hour rental, $30 to own
Sony has put its 4K Ultra HD Media Player on sale in the United States. The previously-announced media server will provide 4K-resolution movies and other content to owners of Sony Ultra HD televisions, along with some details about its incoming online media service for rentals of more high-resolution video releases.
High-resolution 4K monitor includes 10-point multitouch, stylus control
Sharp is introducing a new LCD touchscreen monitor with the ability to show 4K-resolution images, following on from its earlier non-touch version. The PN-K322B Ultra HD monitor has an IGZO display panel measuring 32 inches, and is mounted on an adjustable hinge, allowing its 10-point multitouch to be used, as well as its dedicated touch pen with a tip width of just 2mm (0.08 inches).
Ultra-HD display uses IGZO panel, has 140ppi pixel density
Asus has opened up pre-orders for its first UHD-resolution consumer-level monitor, one the company announced in May alongside a possible 39-inch version. The PQ321Q IGZO LED-backlit display measures 31.5-inch diagonally, is capable of displaying 4K images at a resolution of 3840x2160 at 60Hz with 10-bit RGB color.
58-inch 4K-capable TV to go on sale in the US for $5,000
Toshiba has revealed that it will be releasing three 4K televisions in the United States, shortly after similar Ultra HD televisions go on sale in Japan. Starting in August, the L9300U series of UHDTVs will go on sale with a choice of three screen sizes, all of which will use the company's CEVO 4K Quad+Dual Core processor and CQ Engine for image processing and upscaling HD content to 4K resolution.
Passed THX 4K certification tested upscaling of HD content
Sharp will launch its first THX-certified 4K-resolution television in the United States in August. The 70-inch Aquos Ultra HD LED TV, the larger of two models announced for sale in Japan last month, will also be the first television of its type to have the visual certification, thanks to it passing through four hundred performance tests.
Smaller screen follows earlier 50-inch UHDTV launch in April
Television producer Seiki is planning to release a new UHD TV measuring 39 inches before the end of this month for $699. The Ultra-HD television, relatively cheap compared to some other UHDTV offerings, comes after the company released a 50-inch version in April that was also capable of displaying video at the 3840x2160 resolution typically associated with 4K images.
Player for UHD televisions offers 4K video, Red file playback
Cinema camera manufacturer Red has started shipping its 4K media player. Users of the Red User forum have started to receive their pre-orders of the Redray Player, which Red bills as a comprehensive media source for owners of Ultra HD televisions that is capable of playing back native 4K video, upscaled HD video, and the company's own 4K .Red file format.
Doubles throughput of original TB while retaining cable compatibility
Intel, who originally developed Thunderbolt networking technology with the help of Apple (which made it a standard feature on most current Mac products) has revealed that the name of the improved version of Thunderbolt -- originally known by its codename, Falcon Ridge -- is to be simply "Thunderbolt 2." The improved version, which offers roughly a doubling of existing (and still under-utilized) Thunderbolt speeds, will enter the market early next year and offers both sufficient bandwidth for raw 4K video transfer as well as backward compatibility with existing cables and connectors.
IGZO-based monitor has UHD resolution, 10-bit RGB
Asus has announced it will be producing two 4K-resolution monitors, and revealed details of one of them ahead of Computex 2013. The PQ321 True 4K UHD monitor measures 31.5 inches diagonally and has a native resolution of 3840x2160, and the company will be showing off an even bigger 39-inch version at the event.
Free 2014 Evolution Kit voucher, cycling fitness app included
Samsung has revealed the prices and more release details for its 55-inch and 65-inch UHD TVs in South Korea. The manufacturer will be opening up its two 4K-capable HDTVs for pre-order between June 1st and June 30th through department stores, with shipments to customers expected to start shortly after the pre-order period ends.
HDTVs with 4K resolution, Smart TV features out in Korea next month
Samsung is preparing to launch 55-inch and 65-inch models of its UHD TV sets next month. Starting off in Korea, the new models will go on sale in June, with a view to releasing it in other markets shortly afterwards, with the two differently-sized 4K-capable TVs following the 85-inch S9 the company released in the country at the beginning of this year.
Amazon's Lovefilm gains more Warner Bros programming
Lovefilm has signed an agreement with Warner Bros International TV Distribution, adding more content to its on-demand roster. The Amazon-owned British subscription streaming service will now offer a number of extra TV series, including seasons one to seven of The West Wing, all nine seasons of One Tree Hill, all seasons of Nip Tuck, and episodes of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.
Micro Four Thirds camera uses Super-16 1080HD sensor
A Micro Four Thirds camera from Blackmagic has leaked online, ahead of its official reveal at the NAB show in Las Vegas. The Pocket Cinema Camera, a more consumer-oriented version of the Cinema Camera MFT, will retain the same lens mounting capability as its predecessor while also adding a number of user-friendly features.
4K Media Player preloaded with movies, shorts
Sony will be opening up two new Ultra HD televisions for pre-order in the United States on April 21st, alongside an announcement for the company's 4K Media Player and video distribution service. The 55-inch and 65-inch sets, both capable of displaying 4K-resolution content, will be priced considerably less than the $25,000 flagship counterpart, measuring at 84 inches diagonally, but will still retain most of its feature set.
Supply seen as major obstacle
Apple's long-anticipated TV set will use a 4K Ultra HD (3840x2160) panel, according to supply chain sources reached by DigiTimes. The sometimes-accurate trade paper says that Apple and its main manufacturing partner, Foxconn, have been in talks for some time about the TV's production schedule. Apple, though, has reportedly been worrying about where to get panels from, since Ultra HD suppliers are predicted to be working at nearly full capacity in 2013 just to meet demand from China-based TV vendors.
Satellite demonstration channel broadcasts 4K resolution content
The first channel dedicated to broadcasting Ultra HD content has launched in Europe. Operated by Eutelsat Communications, the channel started broadcasting demonstration footage on January 8th, with the aim of helping television manufacturers, satellite services, pay-TV operators and production companies in broadcasting their own content in the format.
Ultra HD TV to be sold in limited quantities initially
Samsung's 85-inch ultra high-definition television has been priced ahead of its March release in South Korea. The S9 is available to pre-order in the country at a cost of 40 million won ($38,000), and though this is not necessarily the same as it will cost in the United States, the South Korean price far exceeds similar UHDTVs from other manufacturers.
Company mum on details
Ultra HD televisions stole the show this year at CES, however none of the companies brought along a consumer-level 4K camera. Sony is a partial exception, showing off an extremely early prototype of a 4K Handycam that is claimed to be geared for the mainstream market.
New 4K-capable TVs have 240Hz refresh rate, Theater 3D
Vizio has shown off its lineup of HDTVs for 2013, including a number of large UHD televisions. The new premium-level XVT series, the company's first Ultra High Definition TVs, were shown alongside an enhanced line of M-Series Razor LED Smart TVs, complete with Video On Demand apps and social features.
Sony pushes 4K
Ultra HD televisions have been a resounding theme this year at CES, and Sony was among the electronics giants pushing to promote the higher resolution in its premium models. The company last year introduced the gigantic 84-inch XBR84X900 with an Ultra HD panel, however the Bravia lineup has been expanded to include 65- and 55-inch options that edge slightly closer to the mass market.
Kaz Hirai pushed benefits of 4K for consumers, industry at keynote
At its Consumer Electronics Show keynote speech, Sony has unveiled a range of "4K" (3840x2160) TVs, currently in the prototype stage. The display comes in a range of sizes, from the previously-announced 84-inch set, to a 65-inch, and 55-inch model, the latter two both new to CES. Supporting the televisions, Sony intends on launching a 4K video distribution system in the US the summer of 2013. The "UltraHD" system offers approximately twice the resolution (horizontal and vertical) of existing HDTVs, and four times as many pixels.
Measures 85 inches, upscales HD content to UHD resolution
Samsung has revealed it's 4K-capable television at the company's CES press event, one which the electronics giant teased as having an "unprecedented new TV shape and timeless design." The S9 Ultra-HD resolution screen measures 85-inches diagonally, and is fitted inside a freestanding and minimalist metal frame.
To reveal 32-inch UHD monitor, 84-inch UHD touchscreen
ViewSonic has said it will be showing off a number of displays at CES next week, including two UHD screens. An 84-inch 4K display that could be used as an interactive digital sign will be accompanied by a more practical 32-inch 4K-resolution desktop display aimed at cinematographers and graphic designers.
Displays with 4K resolutions to also be in 50, 55, and 65-inch sizes
Budget HDTV manufacturer Westinghouse plans to showcase a new line of Ultra High Definition (UHD) televisions at CES in January, as in previous years. The new 4K-capable TVs include a 110-inch model as well as more conventionally-sized 50, 55, and 65-inch models, with all UHDTVs being geared up for an early-2013 release.
Ultra HD high on the agenda for LG, along with thin bezels
LG Display has announced plans to introduce a range of Ultra HD 4K TVs at CES 2013. It has previously revealed its $20,000 flagship 84-inch model, that is now expanding to include new 55- and 65-inch models at a presumably more wallet-friendly price. Also set to take a bow is a new Ultra HD 30-inch computer monitor that will be the highest resolution monitor ever to hit the market.
Existing eyeIO user Netflix likely to offer 4K media in future
Video processing company eyeIO has unveilled its second generation of video encoding technology. The new version includes a new option called StudioRes, which is capable of encoding 10-bit 4:2:2 H.264 video at a 4K resolution, as well as claims that it will encode video 45-percent faster than its previous incarnation.
ICC Purios has 60-inch display, multi-channel recording
Sharp is joining the 4K race with its own Ultra High-Definition television. The "Integrated Cognitive Creation" (ICC) Purios joins the ranks of LG and Sony in putting a 4K screen on the market, and although the 60-inch display doesn't match its 84-inch competitors, Sharp does boast it to be the first 4K TV to be released with a THX-certification.
Version 1.7 adds 4K Cinema canvas, blend modes, more
Painting program for the iPad Procreate was updated Tuesday to version 1.7, considered a major upgrade that offers a new 4K Cinema canvas (up to 4096x4096 for the recent iPads, 4096x2616 for the iPad Mini and iPad 2), a new fullscreen interface, new blend modes, a redesigned layers interface, an improved Silica engine, more undos, improved brush settings, a new transform system and much more. The program offers an OpenGL-driven, 64-bit, multicore proprietary engine, shareable and importable custom brushes, and continuous auto-save.
Media player plays 4K .RED content, upscales H.264 files
High-end cinema camera manufacturer Red has opened up pre-orders for its previously teased media player. The Redray 4K Cinema Player is being offered as a comprehensive media source for cinema purists and owners of the high-resolution 4K HDTVs, and filmmakers using the company's 5K-capable line of cameras.
Display technology leads to 35mm-thick screen
Sharp has announced it will be releasing its first 4K LCD display that takes advantage of its IGZO (indium gallium zinc oxide) technology. The PN-K321 is a 32-inch screen meant for design-related business use that can display images at a resolution of 3840x2160, while having a fairly slimline design measuring just 35mm (1.4 inches) thick.
Full length feature Hollywood productions to be offered
Sony has revealed it will offer buyers of its 4K TV sets content specially created for the high resolution screens. While not detailing the exact nature of the plan, Ray Hartjen of Sony claims that customers of the 84-inch XBR-84X900 television will receive access to the "world's first 4K Ultra HD delivery solution" at no charge.
Presenting winning products at CES 2013
Samsung has won 27 CES Innovation Awards for a number of products, bringing the total number of awards won to 117 over the last four years. While such products as the Galaxy S III, Note 10.1 and the TecTiles NFC sticker system received recognition, a number of HDTVs set to be shown at CES 2013 also received the award.
LG’s 84-inch 84LM9600 TV has gone on sale in the US for $19,999. The new television features the newly defined Ultra High Defintion resolution, which was previously known as 4K. At four times the resolution of 1080p TVs, the new LG TV features a 3840x2160 amounting to a panel that contains 8 million pixels – six million more than previously.
Industry expected to use UHD, Sony opts to differ
The Consumer Electronics Association has changed the name of 4K to Ultra High-Definition, or the shorter Ultra HD. The rebrand was put to a vote earlier this week, and the CEA's Board of Industry Leaders unanimously voted for the change, as well as minimum performance characteristics for the format.
GoPro unveils the Hero3, a tiny, 4K-capable sports camera
GoPro has taken the wraps of its Wi-Fi-enabled Hero3sports camera. As the promotional video embedded highlights, depending on model, the new wearable device supports video resolutions up to 4K, or 4 times the resolution of 1080p. The Hero3 is also 30 percent smaller and 25 percent lighter than the model it replaces.