Available 4K TV Technology at CES 2016
Throughout its nearly 50-year history the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) has debuted new technologies ranging from the VCR to CD and DVD players to every kind of TV imaginable. This week’s CES 2016 will present innovations including drones, smart watches, augmented reality (AR) glasses, a robotic bartender, and plenty of 4K TVs.
If you have a chance to go, you’ll see regular 4K TVs. 4K TVs with HDR. 4K TVs with OLED. Why so many 4K TVs? Simple, there’s more 4K content available now. ‘[The amount of 4K programming has] gone up tenfold,’ explained Matt McRae, the chief technology officer at Vizio, in a recent article on usatoday.com. ‘But it’s still tenfold over a small number. You’ll see another tenfold this year, and you’ll see a tremendous amount of 4K content coming from the studios.’
With the following 4k TV Technology at CES 2016 you might end up watching a lot of this new 4k Content:
- 4K with HDR
Like 4K, HDR (high dynamic range) has suffered from a ‘chicken-or-egg’ situation. There hasn’t been a lot of HDR content since there haven’t been a lot of TVs with HDR. And there haven’t been a lot of TVs with HDR because there hasn’t been a lot of HDR content.That’s about to change since HDR contributes so much to quality. ‘While regular 4K resolution increases only the pixel count – the physical number of the little dots that make up an image – HDR significantly expands the range of contrast and color that those pixels can show,’ according to CNET. ‘Bright parts of the image can get much brighter, so the image seems to have more depth. Colors get expanded to show more bright blues, greens, reds and everything in between.’
- 4K with OLED
There should also be quite a few 4K TVs with OLED screens. Organic light-emitting diode (OLED) don’t require backlighting and use an electric current through film of organic compound to create outstanding color accuracy. Often compared to plasma TVs, the OLED TVs delivers deeper and richer dark colors and more contrast. ‘OLED is a stunning piece of visual technology,’ explains techradar. ‘Paired with a quality 4K Ultra HD source and high dynamic range support, the experience can be almost transformative.’ Look for OLED 4K TV technology at CES 2016 from manufactures such as Samsung, LG, Panasonic, Sony and perhaps some other up and coming TV brands.
- ATSC 3.0
CES is also expected to provide live demonstrations of 4K-quality TV broadcasts through over-the-air broadcasts. The evolving digital broadcast standard, ATSC 3.0, uses an IP data platform that enable multiple video streams of different bandwidths at the same time. As a result, ATSC 3.0 can deliver 4K resolution at 60 frames per second (fps) and has been tested at TV network broadcasters across the United States.‘The video in the demo transmission will be encoded using a scalable high efficiency video coding (SHVC) codec,’ according to 4K.com, ‘somewhat similar to the online streaming technology of HEVC, which is used by streaming content providers like Netflix.’
- 4K Blu-ray Technologies
At last year’s CES, companies said that 4K Blu-ray players would be available later in 2015. Due to issues with standards and licensing, however, that never happened. There’s a chance that Panasonic, Samsung and Sony will debut their devices at CES or in early 2016. Prices are expected to be less than $500.’Pricing will be important if Blu-ray players and discs are to compete with 4K streaming options, which will also expand in 2016,’ explains consumerreports.org. ‘But 4K Blu-ray will have a key advantage over streaming media in one important regards: superior picture and sound quality.’
- Rollable TV
Leveraging the flexibility of the OLED screens, LG is expected to display a 55” TV that you can actually roll up and place in a tube for easy transportation. ‘While the company certainly won’t start selling this genuinely futuristic TV in 2016 and is reportedly still working on effective battery technology for the device,’ according to 4K.com, ‘we should at least be able to see a working model appear in Las Vegas.’
New 4K TV Technology at CES 2016 on Display