Ultra HDTV Magazine http://www.ultrahdtv.net The Best in 4K and 8K Ultra High Definition Tue, 08 Apr 2014 19:35:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.1 Netflix Begins Streaming House of Cards in 4K Ultra HD http://www.ultrahdtv.net/netflix-begins-streaming-house-of-cards-in-4k-ultra-hd/ http://www.ultrahdtv.net/netflix-begins-streaming-house-of-cards-in-4k-ultra-hd/#comments Tue, 08 Apr 2014 19:35:11 +0000 http://www.ultrahdtv.net/?p=5063 Netflix has begun streaming House of Cards Season 2 in 4K Ultra HD. The Ultra High Definition stream is available only to those with an Ultra HDTV featuring a built-in Netflix app and native HEVC (H.265) decoding capabilities.

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Ultra HD Content Now in Your Living Room

Netflix has begun streaming House of Cards Season 2 in 4K Ultra HD. The Ultra High Definition stream is available to those with an Ultra HDTV featuring the built-in Netflix app and native HEVC (H.265) decoding capabilities (What is Ultra HD?).

Related: Samsung Ultra HDTV’s Ship This Month

HDTV Test, a UK based review site, reported that the TV Show featuring Kevin Spacey appeared to be streaming at 15.6 Mbps. “To our eyes, the [2160 HD] layer did not look visibly more detailed than the [1080 HD] one in this fairly dark scene,” HDTV Test explained. “Where the 4K version did shine was with bright, colourful scenes. On-screen images were rendered with greater sharpness and smoother gradients, receiving a very slight boost in intra-scene gamma and contrast in the process too.” Further stating that “there’s no denying that House of Cards S2 in 4K Ultra HD was by far and away the best-looking title we’ve seen among Netflix’s catalogue of movies and television series, making the company’s previous highest-quality [Super HD] streams seem blurry in comparison.”

Netflix dominated International CES in January, as the only apparent content provider showing promise of a 4K Ultra HD streaming service. At that time, the company explained that their 4K Ultra HD ready app would launch with Ultra HDTV’s from various manufacturers including Samsung, Vizio, LG and Sony. They also noted that the first Ultra HD content would become available this Spring, which is now apparent.

Earlier on, Netflix had stated that both House of Cards and Breaking Bad would be available to customers in 4K Ultra HD. The company has not said exactly how much of their library will be available in 4K Ultra HD, but Reed Hastings, Netflix CEO, promised “there will be a lot of content.”


As new Ultra HDTV’s start to hit the mainstream this year, other companies are working to integrate 4K Ultra HD apps in the new sets. Comcast is working on a Video-on-Demand service which uses its DOCSIS 3.0 network and approximately 18 to 22 Mbps of bandwidth. Also arriving later this year is NanoTech’s UltraFlix subscription service, which will launch with over 150 hours of Ultra HD content. The company is also shipping a media player later this quarter, the promising Nuvola NP-1, which will link your Ultra HDTV to their UltraFlix service.

Related: Best of CES 2014 Award Winners

For distributors seeking Ultra HD content, we recommend our very own Ultra HD Productions service, which offers a catalog of Ultra HD content available for licensing. Additionally, our service gives you the ability to create custom Ultra HD content tailored to your specifications.

As Ultra HD picks up speed this year, we strongly recommend that you subscribe to our mailing list (in the right sidebar), and stay tuned for some huge and exciting website updates in the near future!

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Samsung to Ship 10-Bit 4K Ultra HD Monitor This April for $700 http://www.ultrahdtv.net/samsung-4k-ultra-hd-monitor-april/ http://www.ultrahdtv.net/samsung-4k-ultra-hd-monitor-april/#comments Tue, 01 Apr 2014 05:36:48 +0000 http://www.ultrahdtv.net/?p=5042 This is no April Fools joke, you did in-fact read the title correctly. Samsung will be shipping their 28-inch 10-bit 4K Ultra HD monitor this month for $700 (UD590). Previously, you had to spend well over $1,000 to own a 10-bit 4K monitor.

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Samsung Ultra HD Monitor Displays 1 Billion Colors

This is no April Fools joke, you did in fact read the title correctly. Samsung will be shipping their 28-inch 10-bit 4K Ultra HD monitor this month for $700 (UD590). Previously, you had to spend well over $1,000 to own a 10-bit 4K monitor. So what exactly is 10-bit you ask? Well, for us lay people, that’s 1 billion colors of glorious eye-candy. The UD590 is ideally suited to the budget-minded enthusiast who wants to be at the forefront of 4K gaming, or more likely, wishes to edit and produce 4K Ultra HD video. Samsung also recommends the monitor for sports and action film fans. While the panel has been available in South Korea for a couple months, Samsung is finally preparing to launch this beauty in the United States this month.

Pre-order: Samsung 28-Inch 4K Ultra HD Monitor (UD590)

The Samsung UD590 features a 28-inch 3840×2160 TN panel at 157 PPI, 60Hz refresh rate, 1ms response time, two HDMI ports, one DisplayPort, and no DVI connectors. The 4K monitor also features a “picture-by-picture” function to allow the display of two desktops simultaneously, with no loss in resolution. Also featured is the classic “picture-in-picture” function, allowing viewers to watch a smaller 1080p window inside the larger window.

The UD590 Ultra HD monitor features a minimalist design with a simple T-stand to reduce the space it uses on your desk, leaving room for your speakers or other useless clutter.

Also in Samsung’s announcement, the Ultra HD monitor will feature 1.07 billion colors, 370 Nits of brightness, and a 10,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio — though no specific mention of picture quality was mentioned. Unfortunately, as with most TN (twisted nematic) screens, viewing angle and color fidelity is inferior to the more costly IPS (In-plane switching) screens. That being said, hopefully Samsung blows us away with the UD590′s touted 170-degree viewing angle; we’ll just have to wait and see.

Samsung is also offering a couple new Full HD (1080p) monitors this month as well, the SD390 and the SD590. Both will be available in 23.6- and 27-inch screen sizes. The SD390 will start at $250, and the SD590 at $310.

Pre-order: Samsung 28-Inch 4K Ultra HD Monitor (UD590)

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Samsung Ultra HDTV’s Arrive This Month http://www.ultrahdtv.net/samsung-ultra-hdtvs-arrive-month/ http://www.ultrahdtv.net/samsung-ultra-hdtvs-arrive-month/#comments Sun, 23 Mar 2014 19:37:48 +0000 http://www.ultrahdtv.net/?p=4984 Samsung has officially announced availability for their 2014 Ultra HDTV lineup at a press conference held in the Guggenheim Museum in New York City (What is Ultra HD?). The company will offer something for everyone, including both curved and flat versions of their Ultra HDTV's and Full HDTV's in a variety of screen sizes. The TV's will start shipping in the United States and Europe at the end of this month through various retailers. Read more to see the lineup.

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Samsung Announces 2014 Ultra HDTV Pricing and Availability

Samsung has officially announced availability and pricing for their 2014 Ultra HDTV lineup at a press conference held at the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. The company will offer something for everyone, including both curved and flat versions of their Ultra HDTV’s and Full HDTV’s in a variety of screen sizes. The TV’s will start shipping in the United States and Europe at the end of this month through various retailers, with Amazon currently taking pre-orders for an April 6th ship date.

Related: What is Ultra HD?

The company is a strong believer in the curved form factor, stating that it is more immersive, and reduces visual shifts in contrast and color at the outer edges of the screen. Further supporting their faith in Ultra HD, they have partnered with several Ultra HD content providers like 20th Century Fox, to bring 4K to your living room. Netflix will begin streaming Ultra HD in April, followed by Amazon, M-Go, Comcast and DirecTV later in the year (for the US). Furthermore, Samsung will offer a $299 UHD Video Pack hard drive, containing a number of pre-loaded 4K Ultra HD movies like Night at the Museum, The Counselor, X-Men Origins: WolverineG.I. Joe: Retaliation and World War Z. Even we at Ultra HDTV Magazine offer a variety of glorious Ultra HD content which is available for licensing.

See Also: Ultra HD Productions

The various new product series can become confusing, so we’ll break it down to make things easier:

Samsung Ultra HDTV’s

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Samsung will offer four new Ultra HDTV Series in 2014, three of which will begin shipping at the end of this month. To refresh your memory, an Ultra HD television features a 3840×2160 resolution, which contains four times the number of pixels of mainstream Full HDTV’s.

The Ultra HDTV’s offered by Samsung will include support for HEVC, HDMI 2.0, MHL 3.0 and HDCP 2.2 — along with “Evolution Kit” support, which effectively future-proofs your TV by allowing a new hardware module to be installed once new technologies become available, protecting your investment from quickly becoming obsolete.

Samsung HU8550 Flat Ultra HDTV Series

samsunghu8550-1lThe Samsung HU8550 Series features a flat screen, and will be available in 50-, 55-, 60-, 65-, and 75-inch models priced at $2,499.99, $2,999.99, $3,499.99, $3,999.99, and $5,999.99, respectively. The 55- and 65-inch models will be available at the end of March, with other sizes becoming available in May. Amazon is currently taking pre-orders for the HU8550 Series 55- and 65-inch models for an April 6th ship date.

Pre-Order: Samsung HU8550 Flat Ultra HDTV Series

Samsung HU8700 Curved Ultra HDTV Series

samsunghu8700-2lThe newly announced Samsung HU8700 Series is essentially the curved screen version of the HU8550 Series. The features are identical to the HU8550 Series, with the exception of the curved screen. You can also think of it as a limited version of the HU9000 Series. The HU8700 Series will be available in 55- and 65-inch models in late Spring, with prices to be announced at a later date.

Samsung HU9000 Curved Ultra HDTV Series

samsunghu9000-1lThe Samsung HU9000 Series features a curved screen, and will come in 55-, 65-, and 78-inch models priced at $3,999.99, $4,999.99, and $7,999.99, respectively. The 55- and 65-inch models will be available at the end of March, and the 78-inch model is expected later this year. Notable enhancements over the HU8700 Series include a better processor (Quad-core plus), built-in camera, and superior clear motion rate. Amazon is currently taking pre-orders for the HU9000 Series 55- and 65-inch models for an April 6th ship date.

Pre-Order: Samsung HU9000 Curved Ultra HDTV Series

Samsung 105” Curved Ultra HDTV

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Samsung Full HDTV’s

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In addition to their Ultra HDTV lineup, Samsung will also be shipping two new Full HDTV Series this year, with many of the same features already mentioned.

Samsung H8000 Curved Full HDTV Series

samsungh8000-1lThe Samsung H8000 Series features a curved screen with Full HD resolution (1920×1080), and will be available this Spring in 55-, and 65-inch models for $2,499.99 and $3,399.99, respectively. A 48-inch model will be available in May for $1,999.99.

Pre-Order: Samsung H8000 Curved Full HDTV Series

Samsung H7150 Flat Full HDTV Series

samsungh7150-1lFor the budget minded, Samsung introduces the H7150 Series flat screen Full HDTV, which will be available this Spring in 55-, 60-, 65-, and 75-inch models priced at $1,899.99, $2,199.99, $2,699.99 and $3,999.99, respectively. The series will cater to those who don’t wish to adopt Ultra HD just yet.

Pre-Order: Samsung H7150 Flat Full HDTV Series

We applaud Samsung’s Ultra HDTV offerings, and welcome their Ultra High Definition innovations to the market. We look forward to seeing these TV’s reach the mainstream for viewers to see the magnificent clarity of Ultra HD for themselves.

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“Seeing is Believing” According to Ultra HDTV Study from Consumer Electronics Association http://www.ultrahdtv.net/seeing-believing-according-ultra-hdtv-study-consumer-electronics-association/ http://www.ultrahdtv.net/seeing-believing-according-ultra-hdtv-study-consumer-electronics-association/#comments Wed, 05 Feb 2014 20:53:31 +0000 http://www.ultrahdtv.net/?p=4967 As we've said before, don't take our word for it, go and stand in front of an Ultra HDTV before you make any decisions. The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) validates this recommendation with research from two studies: Consumer Perspective on Ultra HDTV (quantitative) and Consumer Perceptions of Ultra HDTV Technology at Retail (qualitative).

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See Ultra HD for Yourself

As we’ve said before, don’t take our word for it, go and stand in front of an Ultra HDTV before you make any decisions. The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) validates this recommendation with research from two studies: Consumer Perspective on Ultra HDTV (quantitative) and Consumer Perceptions of Ultra HDTV Technology at Retail (qualitative).

4K Ultra HD (2160p) is a new television format with four times the resolution of today’s mainstream Full HD (1080p), boasting more than eight million pixels. Ultra High Definition also provides other technical enhancements such as improved color depth and contrast, which allows viewers to see shadows and sunlit areas in greater detail.

Related: What is Ultra HDTV?

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“Seeing the technology in a retail store also influences consumers’ perception of the technology, according to CEA’s quantitative study. Among those who have seen or heard about Ultra HD in a retail store, 73 percent view the technology as positive, compared to 45 percent who did not see or hear about the technology in a store.”

The statement goes on to explain, “CEA’s qualitative study supports the notion that seeing Ultra HD technology in-person is critical for consumers to understand its benefits. In the study, consumers visited retail stores to experience Ultra HDTVs in-person and then shared their experience. Many say they went into the stores skeptical that Ultra HDTVs would be better than their current HDTVs. However, seeing the technology in-person had a significantly positive impact on their opinions of Ultra HDTV, an impact that could not have been achieved through reading a description of the technology alone.”

Several technology cynics call Ultra HD “stupid [and] a waste of time and money” without having seen an Ultra HD display in-person; simply expressing an unsubstantiated and biased opinion to their innocent followers. We welcome differing opinions on Ultra HD technology, but as with anything else, we ask that you experience the technology yourself in-person.

“Ultra HDTV consumer adoption will be a case of ‘seeing is believing,’” says Rhonda Daniel, senior manager, market research, CEA. “The technology offers an incredibly immersive viewing experience with superior picture quality. Experiencing the technology in person is a critical component to drive consumer interest in adopting Ultra HD as their next television.”

Ultra-HDTv_resizedApart from replacing old or broken TV’s, specific data from the studies show that two in five will seek to improve the picture quality (43 percent), a similar number will seek to increase the screen size (42 percent) of their current display, and three in five (62 percent) of online consumers say they would be more willing to purchase an Ultra HDTV if the picture quality was so clear that it felt like they were experiencing what they were watching in person or if the picture quality was better than a movie screen.

With regards to pricing and Ultra HD content, data from the CEA research shows that 43 percent (two in five) online U.S. adults cite concerns with the availability of Ultra HD television programming, 24 percent cite availability of Ultra HD movies for purchase, 21 percent cite availability of movies for rent, and 22 percent cite the availability of Ultra HD video content through streaming service providers.

“Ultra HDTV holds a tremendous amount of promise for the video ecosystem,” says Daniel. “As prices gradually align with consumer expectations, consumer awareness grows and the availability of content continues the positive momentum it has seen so far, then Ultra HD will be the next step forward in the logical progression of television displays.”

The U.S. Consumer Electronics Sales and Forecast (January 2014) shows that Ultra HDTV unit shipments will increase eightfold in 2014 to reach 485 thousand units and surpass $1 billion in revenue for the first time this year. Ultra HD was a major component in both the 2013 CES and 2014 CES – and just in case you missed it, be sure to check out our Best of CES 2014 awards.

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Best of CES 2014 Award Winners Announced! http://www.ultrahdtv.net/best-ultra-hd-2014/ http://www.ultrahdtv.net/best-ultra-hd-2014/#comments Mon, 13 Jan 2014 06:04:01 +0000 http://www.ultrahdtv.net/?p=4817 2014 International CES is officially over, and we viewed a tremendous number of Ultra HD products and services at the show -- significantly more than CES 2013. The development of Ultra High Definition over the past year has been extensive, and browsing the next generation technology on the show floors was truly astonishing. We were blown away by the quality and efforts of nearly every Ultra HD company, but we were determined to find a winner for each Ultra HD category. After carefully reviewing the nominations for each of the Best of CES 2014 Awards categories, we are pleased to present the winners...*drumroll*

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The Best of CES 2014 Award Winners

2014 International CES is officially over, and we viewed a tremendous number of Ultra HD products and services at the show — significantly more than CES 2013. The development of Ultra High Definition over the past year has been extensive, and browsing the next generation technology on the show floors was truly astonishing.

We were blown away by the quality and efforts of nearly every Ultra HD company, but we were determined to find a winner for each Ultra HD category. After carefully reviewing the nominations for each of the Best of CES 2014 Awards categories, we are pleased to present the winners (after the sponsor below)… *drumroll*

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Best Ultra HD Television

Sharp AQUOS 4K Ultra HD LED TV

best-uhd-television-2014There were dozens of Ultra HDTV’s at CES 2014, but the new Sharp Aquos 4K Ultra HDTV is taking home our 2014 Best Ultra HD Television Award — and with good reason. This 4K Ultra HDTV gives you super high-end picture quality at a reasonable price. While there were other fantastic Ultra HDTV’s at CES, we found that the Aquos 4K exceeded our expectations in picture quality, screen size, aesthetic design, sound quality, functionality, viewing angle, and price. It comes bundled with apps for Netflix, Vudu, YouTube, Pandora, Facebook, and more. A lot of love went into the making of this Ultra HDTV, which is obvious as soon as you step up to it, no shortcuts here.

The Sharp Aquos 4K line is also the first Ultra HDTV to have THX 4K Certification, meaning that it has passed 400 lab tests put together by Hollywood professionals. We found ourselves coming back to the Sharp booth to hypnotize ourselves in front of this gorgeous and affordable Ultra High Definition Television. The 2014 models will be available starting in February 2014 with a 60-inch model for $4,999.99 and a 70-inch model for $5,999.99. It may not be as cheap as the competition, but we felt that you’ll get the most bang for your buck with Sharp. Both models come with four HDMI 2.0 ports, two USB ports, and the updated SmartCentral 3 platform, which makes content recommendations to the viewer along with other new features.

Purchase: Sharp LC70UD1U 70-Inch Aquos 4K Ultra HD TV (2013 Model)

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Best Ultra HD Media Player

NanoTech Nuvola NP-1

best-uhd-media-player-2014The NanoTech Nuvola NP-1 wins our 2014 Best Ultra HD Media Player Award. The Nuvola is an affordable Ultra High Definition Media Player which fits comfortably in your hand, but don’t let the size fool you, it’s packed with all sorts of 4K Ultra HD features.

The Nuvola can play 4K content locally from USB, SATA, LAN, and MicroSD sources — but what really makes this device a winner is its ability to stream 4K from a channel without the need to download content before playback. Specifically, the Nuvola can stream 4K content from pre-installed apps including Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Instant Video, YouTube 4K, and ‘UltraFlix’ — a new 4K Ultra HD channel from NanoTech. The bundled UltraFlix channel app comes with access to 10 streaming Ultra HD movies, free of charge.

The Nuvola is a brilliant device for linking Ultra HD Content to any Ultra HDTV with an HDMI port. The Nuvola NP-1 costs $299, making it a great companion for budget minded consumers, and will be available in Q1 of 2014.

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Best Ultra HD Monitor

ASUS 28-inch Ultra HD Monitor

best-uhd-monitor-2014The ASUS 28-inch Ultra HD Monitor wins our 2014 Best Ultra HD Monitor Award. This stunning and affordable Ultra High Definition Monitor really brings a joyous tear to the eye. Who knew that such clarity would ever be so affordable? Perfect for entry level and professional use, this budget friendly monitor will break barriers at just $799.

The monitor features 3,840 x 2,160 resolution in a 28-inch body, along with a speedy 1ms response time, rotating mount, MHL-capable HDMI, and DisplayPort. Expect to see this in stores by Q2 of 2014.

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Best Ultra HD Tablet

Panasonic Toughpad 4K Tablet

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The Panasonic Toughpad 4K Tablet (UT-MA6) wins our 2014 Best Ultra HD Tablet Award. This highly durable 20-inch Ultra High Definition Tablet comes with a gorgeous 3840 x 2560 display, Intel i7-3687U vPro processor, Nvidia Quadro K1000M GPU, Windows 8.1 Pro, 256GB SSD, 16GB RAM, 2GB VRAM, 5MP rear camera, 720p front camera, 2.5 hour battery life, and a 30-inch drop rating — all at only 5.6 pounds and 0.49 inch thickness.

The tablet is ideally suited for healthcare, video production, architecture & design, photography, and high-end retail. The Ultra HD Tablet will be available in Spring 2014 for a list price of $6,999.

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Best Ultra HD Projector

Sony 4K Ultra Short Throw Projector

best-uhd-projector-2014Sony is at it again — this time, they’ve created a laser-diode 4K ‘Short Throw’ Projector, which means that it can be placed close to a wall and project a 4K image with a resolution of 4096 x 2160 pixels (slightly more pixel width than ‘Ultra HD’) ranging between 66-inches and 147-inches, very impressive. Even though it’s a prototype and technically not ‘Ultra HD’, Sony gets to take home the 2014 Best Ultra HD Projector Award. The 4K Projector has the ability to display video from IP, satellite or cable providers as well as 4K content sources including Video Unlimited 4K, Netflix and 4K content shot on Sony’s expanding range of 4K Handycam camcorders. The 4K Projector will be available in Summer 2014 for a price between $30,000 and $40,000.

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Best Ultra HD Audio (Built-in)

LG 105-inch Curved Ultra HD TV

best-uhd-built-in-audio-2014The LG 105-inch 21:9 Curved Ultra HDTV wins our 2014 Best Ultra HD Built-in Audio Award. This Ultra High Definition Television is absolutely stunning in many regards, and while it may seem a tad impractical for the mainstream at a whopping $70,000, the built-in audio from this Ultra HDTV is utterly fantastic.

Stepping up to this curved beauty locks your eyes to its gorgeous details, and then you begin to listen to the almost magical sound coming from its built-in front-facing 7.2 multi-channel harman/kardon sound system, whereupon you are whisked away to a fully immersive cinematic experience. For those who can afford the ’5K’ 5120×2160 resolution LG 105UB9, we only ask that you invite us over every once and a while to be in its glorious presence. LG has not yet announced availability.

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Best Ultra HD Audio (External)

Sharp Universal Player

best-uhd-external-audio-2014The Sharp Universal Player wins our 2014 Best Ultra HD External Audio Award. We were fortunate enough to receive a private demonstration of this high-end audio system in a sound-proof room at the Sharp booth. The company spared no expense in developing this near perfect external audio product, the WiSA-compliant Universal Player (SD-WH1000U). We were told that the audio team at Sharp literally hand picked and tested every internal component of this player until their senior audio guru “The Ears” gave it his final blessing. No shortcuts here, just a company with a huge passion for audio.

The Universal Player is capable of wirelessly transmitting uncompressed sound at 24-bit/96kHz and video at Full HD (1080p) — connecting up to 8 wireless speakers for 7.1 channel surround sound. Alternatively, you may connect the player to your existing speakers and amplifier using the optional Wireless Bridge. The player can handle SACD and CDs, Blu-ray discs and DVDs and offers 3 4K-ready HDMI inputs, two USB ports and an internet connection to bring a wealth of online and portable device options to the high-end audiophile. The Universal Player will retail for $3,999 and the Wireless Bridge for $599.99, both of which will be available in Spring 2014.

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Best Ultra HD Camera

Sony 4K Handycam

best-uhd-camera-2014The Sony Handycam FDR-AX100 is awesome, to say the least, which is why it won our 2014 Best Ultra HD Camera Award. The FDR-AX100 is really the first consumer grade 4K Ultra HD camcorder, which makes it perfect for recording classic family moments at Disneyland or the Grand Canyon.

The FDR-AX100 uses 1-inch BSI sensor technology, creating a 20 megapixel image. With a 12x 29mm lens, the image is reasonably wide. It uses the XAVC-S codec for 60MB/sec 4K Ultra HD recording at 30p and 24p, or 1080 at 60p. The Handycam also comes with a neutral density filter, control wheel, 3.5-inch LCD, broad audio controls, NFC, and WiFi. Sony expects to ship the FDR-AX100 in March 2014 for $1,999.99.

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Best Ultra HD Gaming

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While flawless 4K gaming might need a few more generations to catch up, we have to hand Panasonic the 2014 Best Ultra HD Gaming Award for their impressive demonstration.

Panasonic allowed attendees to sit down and drive their Formula-1 car on an 85-inch 4K display at 60fps. The demo was smooth and mesmerizing, really connecting you with the game. We applaud Panasonic for their efforts in Ultra HD Gaming, and we expect great gaming capabilities from them in the future.

Toshiba 5K TV

Best Ultra HD Innovation

Toshiba

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Toshiba changed things up at CES 2014, which is why they’ve won our 2014 Best Ultra HD Innovation Award. The company impressed attendees with their 5K Extra Wide Ultra HD Television and their Premier Series lineup. While we are amused with the selection of head-scratching curved and flexible Ultra HDTV’s, we’d much rather take extra pixels and put them to good use — as Toshiba demonstrated.

We immediately noticed the extra brightness in the Premier Series, which kept us stuck to the demo screen. The brilliant colors and contrast were absolutely glorious, and most definitely separated Toshiba from the rest of the Ultra HD crowd. While they may not have been the bell of the Ultra High Definition ball at CES 2013, we are confident that Toshiba will have a bright future in 2014. Oh, and we loved the Toshiba mirror as well, an excellent complement to Wearable Devices.

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Best Ultra HD Content

Netflix

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A few Ultra HD Content Providers are starting to integrate with various Ultra HD Televisions this year, but we believe that Netflix stands out of the crowd – Netflix wins our 2014 Best Ultra HD Content Award.

Showcasing season 2 of the Emmy award winning ‘House of Cards’ 4K Ultra HD trailer was a perfect way to attract attendees at the Samsung booth – there’s nothing quite like watching Kevin Spacey take over Washington like a boss in Ultra High Definition. Netflix 4K streaming will also work on other Ultra HD devices from companies like Sharp, LG, Vizio, and NanoTech to bring integrated Ultra HD Content to your living room in the very near future.

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Best Ultra HD Codec

Rovi Corporation

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Rovi made a profound impact on the world of Ultra High Definition this year, which is why we’re handing them the 2014 Best Ultra HD Codec Award for both enterprise and professional/consumer use. Rovi invited us to a personal demonstration away from the CES show floors, where we were given a comprehensive tour of Rovi’s Ultra High Definition lineup.

Our 2014 Best Ultra HD Codec Award for Enterprise goes to Rovi’s MainConcept HEVC SDK 2.0, which streamlines integration of HEVC (next-generation compression) into video applications and services in multiple environments, powering several of the streaming Ultra HD products and services that we saw on the show floors. MainConcept HEVC SDK 2.0 delivers compression rates 37-50% better than AVC (the previous generation of compression), making Ultra HD streaming a more realistic goal, given today’s bandwidth limitations.

The 2014 Best Ultra HD Codec Award for Professional and Consumer use goes to the newly released DivX 10 software, which is the first software to feature HEVC video creation, playback and streaming up to 4K Ultra High Definition. The software can decode 4K in real-time on an Intel i7 processor, and encode HEVC HM11 video up to 4K with AAC, MP3 or AC3 audio. Furthermore, DivX offers an HEVC certification program and is well positioned to propel HEVC adoption on next generation devices, like Ultra HD Televisions. Oh, and if you don’t already know, the software is already installed on 1 billion devices around the world.

All-in-all, Rovi offers a complete ‘ecosystem’ of products and services to make sure Ultra High Definition content seamlessly gets from the camera to the viewer. We were impressed with the full suite of 4K tools demonstrated at the presentation, which are must for anyone serious about developing anything in the soon-to-be vast world of Ultra HD.

VIZIO, INC. REFERENCE SERIES

** Ultra HDTV’s Best of the Best Award **

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uhd-best-of-best-2014Vizio unveiled their Reference Series lineup at CES 2014. Wow, just wow. The 120-inch ‘Reference Series’ Ultra HD Smart TV is more than 6 feet high, and almost 9 feet wide, weighing just over 100 pounds — basically it is its own piece of furniture. The Reference Series Ultra HD TV features ‘High Dynamic Range’ technology with 384 Active LED Zones and an 800-nit ‘Ultra-Bright’ backlight, which they claim provides better brightness and contrast than any other Ultra HDTV. They got that right! Absolutely amazing!

We had to give Vizio our 2014 Best of the Best Award. The picture quality on the Reference Series is impressive, and the brightness makes you wonder why you even waste your time with other TVs. Vizio has not yet announced pricing or availability for the Reference Series, but given the history of this company, this high-end Ultra High Definition Television might be more affordable than you’d think.

Vizio also announced pricing for their consumer-grade ‘P-Series’ 4K Ultra HDTV’s, with the 50-inch model starting at $999.99, and the top-end 70-inch model at $2,599.99. Netflix and other apps will be built-in to the Vizio lineup, promising 4K Content to owners as the year moves onward. Anyone looking for an amazing Ultra HDTV for a reasonable price should seriously put Vizio on their shortlist. Simply put, the Vizio lineup is 2014′s best of the best in Ultra High Definition!

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ASUS Unveils 28-inch 4K Ultra HD Monitor for $799 at CES 2014 http://www.ultrahdtv.net/asus-unveils-28-inch-4k-ultra-hd-monitor-799-ces-2014/ http://www.ultrahdtv.net/asus-unveils-28-inch-4k-ultra-hd-monitor-799-ces-2014/#comments Fri, 10 Jan 2014 07:14:02 +0000 http://www.ultrahdtv.net/?p=4756 ASUS unveiled a 28-inch 4K Ultra HD monitor (PB287Q) this week at CES 2014, which is targeted toward budget-minded professionals at $799. Typically, 4K Ultra High Definition monitors are priced well above $2,000, including the 31.5-inch model from ASUS.

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ASUS Shows Affordable Ultra HD Monitor

ASUS unveiled a 28-inch 4K Ultra HD monitor (PB287Q) this week at CES 2014, which is targeted toward budget-minded professionals at $799. Typically, 4K Ultra High Definition monitors are priced well above $2,000, including the 31.5-inch model from ASUS.

The monitor features 3,840 x 2,160 resolution in a 28-inch body, along with a speedy 1ms response time, rotating mount, MHL-capable HDMI, and DisplayPort. The company will ship the Ultra HD monitor in Q2 2014, providing professionals with an entry-level 4K product.

“ASUS is delighted to unveil innovations that will surprise the industry and excite end users — our treasured customers,” remarked Jackie Hsu, ASUS Corporate Vice President and General Manager of Worldwide Sales, “Our goal always is to design and build products that make lives better, and we’re pleased to be able once more to showcase our work on the world stage.”

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Panasonic Unveils 4K Ultra HDTV Technology at CES 2014 http://www.ultrahdtv.net/panasonic-unveils-4k-ultra-hdtv-technology-ces-2014/ http://www.ultrahdtv.net/panasonic-unveils-4k-ultra-hdtv-technology-ces-2014/#comments Fri, 10 Jan 2014 06:28:30 +0000 http://www.ultrahdtv.net/?p=4733 Panasonic unveiled their 'VIERA Life+ Screen' Series at CES 2014 this week. The company plans to release 58-, and 65-inch Ultra HDTV models, with an 85-inch model to be announced later in 2014.

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Panasonic 4K Curved OLED TV’s and More

Panasonic unveiled their ‘VIERA Life+ Screen’ Series at CES 2014 this week. The company plans to release 58-, and 65-inch Ultra HDTV models, with an 85-inch model to be announced later in 2014. The Ultra High Definition Televisions include facial recognition which displays relevant user information to the specific user. Voice recognition is also available in the 4K TV lineup, along with social sharing and dozens of other features.

The quality of these Ultra HD TV’s were impressive to say the least — a quality which they claim resembles their older plasma technology. They also presented comprehensive business solutions while browsing their floor space, including 4K signage, 4K security and surveillance, 4K ‘Ultra-Wide’ for multi-display setups, 4K projectors, 4K broadcasting and production solutions, and their 20-inch 4K Tablet.

We can’t wait to see these products arrive in customer homes and businesses, Panasonic has a solid Ultra HD lineup ready for 2014.

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EXCLUSIVE: Olympic Gold Medalist and Wrestling Superstar Kurt Angle to Star in 4K Ultra HD TV Series, “Emergency:LA” http://www.ultrahdtv.net/olympic-superstar-kurt-angle-star-4k-tv-series-emergencyla/ http://www.ultrahdtv.net/olympic-superstar-kurt-angle-star-4k-tv-series-emergencyla/#comments Wed, 08 Jan 2014 16:55:07 +0000 http://www.ultrahdtv.net/?p=4605 The name Kurt Angle is synonymous with professional wrestling and more recently, MMA -- but the Olympic gold medalist has also been building up a very healthy resume of acting roles, which has led to his selection for the leading role in the new Hollywood TV Drama “Emergency:LA” (IMDB). Kurt has been cast as Sgt. Gabe Mandell of LAPD Downtown, and the series follows the day-to-day adventures of his department, "Station 77" of LA City Fire Department, and "Trauma One" Emergency Medical Center.

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Sgt. Gabe Mandell LAPD – Kurt Angle

The name Kurt Angle is synonymous with professional wrestling and more recently, MMA — but the Olympic gold medalist has also been building up a very healthy resume of acting roles, which has led to his selection for the leading role in the new Hollywood TV Drama “Emergency:LA” (IMDB). Kurt has been cast as Sgt. Gabe Mandell of LAPD Downtown, and the series follows the day-to-day adventures of his department, “Station 77″ of LA City Fire Department, and “Trauma One” Emergency Medical Center.

While Kurt is busy “Protecting the City of Angels” (the tagline for the series), he is joined on the front lines by Robert Peters of Oceans Eleven fame (Capt. Ron Bartlett), Richard Hench (Doctor Pierce Thatcher), Katarina Leigh Waters (Officer Dana Lewis), Ray Trickitt (Doctor Ray Newman),  Alana Webster (Senior Nurse Diana Bennett), A J Ruiz (Paramedic Tony DeCarlo) and Greta Garland (Paramedic Stacey Brook) and many more talented cast. They portray the heroes that serve and protect, putting everything on the line to make the public safe.

Series Creator and Writer Len Davies

Series Creator and Writer Len Davies

The show is the creation of Len Davies, our Hollywood Executive producer here at Ultra HD Productionsand is in pre-production with the pilot episode, the first of a 13 part series. Discussions are under way with several broadcasters for final distribution of the series. I spoke to Davies about his plans to make the most of the 4K Ultra HD technology. Davies explained, “I film everything in 4K, especially due to the progression of online channels, which are starting to broadcast in 4K Ultra HD this year. This project would suffer if it wasn’t filmed to the best possible format.”

When asked about the type of 4K equipment he will be using he said, “I will be using two RED cameras for the majority of the shots, but I have to make certain decisions about the action camera in the vehicle chases. We’ve been waiting for the Black Magic so long that it’s almost been superseded by several other companies who have a 4K capable camera on the market. I won’t be using the Go Pros at this time no matter how tempting it is as they only run at 12 frames a second, and when you boost the footage up it’s not much better than HD. Hopefully that will change by the time we roll camera on the pilot in March — the 4K market does tend to change daily so that’s a distinct possibility.”

Related: Ultra HD at International CES 2014

Aerial photography will play a large part in the series providing stunning 4K shots of Los Angeles and the surrounding areas. The only issue Davies has hit at the moment is that the gyrostabilized mounts on the helicopters he’s chosen are not equipped for RED at this time, although he is hoping that will change. They will however take the Alexa Camera so 4K shots are still an option much to Len’s relief.

“Ever since I created the concept for the show it’s gained a life of its own. We’ve pinned down several locations on studio backlots in Hollywood where we’ll stage the main disasters for the pilot, and I must admit that the prospect of filming fires, car crashes and explosions does bring out the kid in me.”

“Emergency:LA” has Grammy Nominated composer Ugis Praulins handling the score, with some incidental tracks being provided by Meldra and Pauly Greenwood and other guest musicians.

Protecting the City of Angels is a very big job, and with Kurt Angle leading the charge in 4K glory, you can guarantee that this will be a series to, by contradiction, set the world on fire.

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Netflix Confirms ‘House of Cards’ Season 2 in 4K Ultra HD at CES 2014 http://www.ultrahdtv.net/netflix-confirms-house-cards-season-2-4k-ultra-hd-ces-2014/ http://www.ultrahdtv.net/netflix-confirms-house-cards-season-2-4k-ultra-hd-ces-2014/#comments Wed, 08 Jan 2014 07:12:03 +0000 http://www.ultrahdtv.net/?p=4728 Netflix CEO Reed Hastings showed up at the LG CES 2014 press conference, and officially confirmed that the Emmy award winning drama, ‘House of Cards’, will be streamed in 4K Ultra HD later this year.

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Netflix to Stream House of Cards in 4K

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings showed up at the LG CES 2014 press conference, and officially confirmed that the Emmy award winning drama, ‘House of Cards’, will be streamed in 4K Ultra HD later this year.

To stream the show in Ultra HD, viewers will need to use the Netflix app embedded in various new Ultra HD Televisions. The company has also released a 4K version of the House of Cards Season 2 trailer, which we’ve posted below.

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Toshiba’s Bright Future Unveiled with Ultra HDTV Lineup at CES 2014 http://www.ultrahdtv.net/toshibas-bright-future-unveiled-ultra-hdtv-lineup-ces-2014/ http://www.ultrahdtv.net/toshibas-bright-future-unveiled-ultra-hdtv-lineup-ces-2014/#comments Wed, 08 Jan 2014 06:18:32 +0000 http://www.ultrahdtv.net/?p=4722 Toshiba announced their 2014 4K Ultra HD lineup at CES 2014, which includes the L8400U, L9400U, and L9450U Series Ultra HDTV’s.

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Three New 4K Ultra HDTV Series from Toshiba

Toshiba announced their 2014 4K Ultra HD lineup at CES 2014, which includes the L8400U, L9400U, and L9450U Series Ultra HDTV’s.

“We have expanded our 2014 4K Ultra HD TV lineup for what will be a quickly expanding 4K Ultra HD market,” said Scott Ramirez, vice president of Product Marketing and Development. “Once people see Ultra HD they want Ultra HD and we have created a model for every customer. Because the driver for Ultra HD is incredible picture quality, Toshiba has invested in our own Radiance 4K full array LED panels and our third generation CQ 4K Engine to ensure a ‘Wow’ experience every time you watch TV. In addition, for 2014 Toshiba has incorporated HDMI 2.0 for 4K at 60 fps, HDCP 2.2 to help ensure access to premium content over HDMI, and H.265 HEVC to allow streaming of 4K Ultra HD content directly to the TV. Simply put, we have created an Ultra HD experience that will exceed expectations.”

Premier L9400 Series

Toshiba’s top end 4K Ultra HD offering, the L9400 Series, will be available in 65- and 58-inch sizes. This series features ‘Radiance 4K’ technology, which incorporates ‘SuperBright’ LEDs along with a wide color gamut and local dimming for a superior picture.

In addition, the series features a 240Hz refresh rate, clean aesthetic design, smart TV with cloud based functions for streaming and sharing, voice control, DTS enabled speakers with enhanced bass, background noise separation for vocal clarity, DIRECTV Ready technology, and custom installation integration.

L9450U Series

The L9450U Series features most of the same qualities as the L9400 Series, but replaces the Radiance 4K screen with a larger 84-inch local dimming screen. The Series also features a 240Hz refresh rate, cloud functionality, and voice control.

L8400U Series

The L8400U Series will be available in 58-, and 50-inch screen sizes, and features similar functionality mentioned earlier, but includes a 120Hz refresh rate and ditches the Radiance screen with more cost effective technology.

Toshiba plans to ship the Ultra HD TV lineup this summer, but pricing is yet to be revealed. We will add pictures as they become available on the showroom floor.

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