Forget the bedroom, the one place where size truly matters is at CES 2013. After LG and Sony grabbed headlines with their new 84″ 4K TVs, wouldn’t you know it, Samsung has just upped the ante by an inch. At a massive 85 inches, Sammy’s UN85S9 now owns the title of world’s largest very large Ultra High-Definition TV. UPDATE: Westinghouse Captures Size Title. This diva of a display also sets itself apart from the pack with its unique floor-standing artist’s easel frame which keeps the huge screen suspended in air while also holding a 120-watt 2.2 speaker system. The UN85S9 becomes available in March. No word on a price yet.
Service Electric Cablevision customers in Northeastern Pennsylvania can now get the 3D television network 3net, as the company officially launched the full-time channel last Thursday, Dec. 13. 3net broadcasts 3D content in various genres including history, documentary, adventure, travel, family, concerts, movies, and scripted series, with titles such as Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure, From the Basement, and Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs. 3net will also premiere Sony’s animated 3D film Open Season.
Ultra HD may not be as far away as you think, as Sony has revealed their first consumer 4k solution which pairs the 84″ XBR 4K LED TV with Sony’s new 4K Ultra HD Video Player. The titles are not on disc, however, but rather stored on the priceless 4k player/server which will be “loaned” as a bonus to anyone who purchases the XBR TV. (If you’re interested, the XBR 4k TV lists for $24,999 and is viewable in select Sony stores nationwide.) The 4k TV already scales Blu-ray Discs (and Sony revealed an upscaling BD player earlier this year), but the feature films Sony has announced such as The Amazing Spiderman and Battle Los Angeles are true 4k, no upscaling. Sony’s 4K Ultra HD Home Experience also includes an Xperia Tablet S that can be used as a remote via downloadable app. Sony introduced the 84″ XBR 4k TV last summer at the IFA trade show in Berlin.
The Consumer Electronics Association made it official on Thursday— the next generation of high-definition television will be known as Ultra High-Definition (Ultra HD). This category will encompass televisions in the ginormous range that offer more than eight million pixels of resolution, which is four times the resolution of the high-definition televisions currently in the marketplace.
Tired of the same old 3D movies and TV shows? 3net is about to change that as the company announced they would start creating 3D content through a new production venture called 3net Studios. 3net partners — Sony, Discovery and IMAX — say the new studio will create content in native 3D 4K, 2D 4K, 3D 2K and both 3D/2D HD formats, making their productions compatible with most current and future broadcast platforms. 3net is expected to reveal their upcoming slate of projects in the coming weeks.
Philip J. Goswitz, SVP, Space & Communications / Technology Development for DirectTV, Inc. indicated that the satellite pay-TV company will be increasing its efforts to offer Ultra-HDTV transmissions by 2016, and begin switching off any remaining vestiges of the old Standard-Def spectrum in favor of full HD channels.
The Blu Ray vanishes! If you were waiting, spellbound, for the Alfred Hitchcock Masterpiece Collection on Blu-ray, it appears you’ll be waiting until October 30th. Due to production problems already noticed with the British release of the Blu-ray version, Universal is pulling back from the original September 25th. street date.
Westinghouse will ship an affordable 4k HDTV in the first quarter of 2013, that according to a CNET article. The 55-inch 3840 x 2160 HDTV measures four-times the resolution of current 1080p HDTVs on the market, and will be the company’s first consumer 4k model. Westinghouse wasn’t able to provide an MSRP for the model but did say it would be “affordable.” Given the fact that television mainly broadcasts in only 720p or 1080i, with occasional 1080p content through certain providers, the 4k resolution may be overkill at this point. But, it’s great to see WH pushing the envelope.
A Toshiba representative tells CNET that a model similar to the 55-inch sets already on the foreign markets will be available in the U.S. in the first quarter of this year. There are no other details available on the size or specs of the set, but the company’s glasses-free 3D technology – said to be improved over last year’s – is getting some floor time at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
LG announced they’ll be showing off an 84-inch Ultra HD at CES 2012 in Las Vegas. The 3840×2160 resolution display not only boasts 8 million pixels it supports 3D. The 4k HDTV also features 3D Depth Control (allowing users to customize the 3D effect), and 3D Sound Zooming. LG also recently announced the presentation of a new 55-inch OLED display – the largest of its kind. For more info on the 4k display open the press release below.
JVC is not letting Sony get all the props for revealing a 4k home theater projector this week. From the UK, the company has provided details on three 4k (also referred to as quad HD) home theater projectors with 3D support.
Sony has announced a new 4k home theater projector that will list for under $25k. The projector which boasts 4-times the resolution of HD will be available to professional installers this December. Under Sony’s ES (Elevated Standard) series, the VPL-VW1000ES features 2,000 ANSI-lumens, 1,000,000:1 dynamic contrast, 4k upscaling, and the capability of displaying up to 200 inches diagonally without losing quality.