Posts tagged UHD
DisplayWeek 2015 Wrap-up

Whew, DisplayWeek 2015 just wrapped-up in San Jose and it was another great show. Loaded, as always, with tons of display news. 

If you’re not familiar with DisplayWeek, it’s a unique event that’s sort like of an annual reunion for those in the business of making displays. It’s also been an unmatched source of display innovation news over the decades. TV technologies like LCD, Plasma, OLED, Quantum Dot and HD were all seen here first. Incredibly niche and geeky to the max but by far the best place to look for what’s coming next in the display-driven world of consumer electronics.

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Content creators respond as demand for UHD TV takes off: UPDATED

On this blog I've often written about the chicken and egg problem that exists between content creators, broadcasters and display makers. When it comes to next generation UHD video features like 4K resolution, wide color gamut and High Dynamic Range (HDR) these three groups have had a hard time agreeing. In the past, we’ve seen each side taking a wait-and-see approach with creators and broadcasters waiting to see more capable displays in the market while display makers looked for more content to become available before making compatible screens. That dynamic now appears to be changing rapidly, fueled by growth in China, changes in the way we consume content and the emergence new display technologies.

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CES 2015 Display wrap-up

For each of the past six years, I’ve spent the second week in January immersed in all things consumer electronics at the legendary CES trade show in Las Vegas. Each year there’s a theme or buzzword that seems to grip the show, resonating from the convention center through all the meeting rooms at hotels up and down the strip. In the time I’ve been going, it’s been everything from 3D to pre-iPad tablets to wearables. This year, for the first time in a long while, it was all about TV and the message from the major brands was focused on bringing UHD to life with better pixels. Talk of improved color gamuts, high dynamic range and technologies like Quantum Dots ruled the show.

These were my top three display takeaways from CES 2015:

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Better pixels coming to LCD, OLEDs still not easy to make

It’s mid-October, IFA’s in the rearview mirror, most of the holiday season products have been announced, and CES looms ahead in January. For those who follow display technology, this is a sort of hot-stove season– a great time to speculate about how everything we saw over the summer will play out in 2015. 

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UHD actually means better pixels, not just more pixels

Resolution is only a small part of the UHD story.

That was my takeaway from Europe's massive late summer consumer electronics and broadcast trade shows IFA and IBC.

"UHD" is already a bit of a murky term but it has always been about resolution. Originally, it only meant 8K but marketers have evolved it to encompass just about any resolution beyond 1080P including true 4K and 3840x2160. That's about to change again and the definition is expanding this time to include not just more but better pixels. 

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