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4K resolution hardware will officially be called ultra HD

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has announced the official name for the next generation 4K high-definition display technology: "Ultra High-Definition" or "Ultra HD." According to the CEA, the name is intended to infer the new format's superiority over conventional HDTV.

The CEA Board of Industry Leaders voted unanimously this week to recommend the previously mentioned names for the new next-generation HD resolution. Along with agreeing on a name, the CEA also outlined minimal performance characteristics to help consumers and retailers understand the benefit of the new technology set to begin rolling out this fall.

“Ultra HD is the next natural step forward in display technologies, offering consumers an incredibly immersive viewing experience with outstanding new levels of picture quality,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. “This new terminology and the recommended attributes will help consumers navigate the marketplace to find the TV that best meets their needs.”

The core characteristics that the CEA agreed on include a minimum display resolution of at least 8 million active pixels with at least 3840 pixels horizontal and at least 2160 vertical pixels.

To meet the minimum needs the display will have to have an aspect ratio of at least 16 x 9. Devices meeting the specifications will also be required to have at least one digital input capable of carrying and presenting native 4K format video at 3840 x 2160 resolution without relying on upconverting.


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Source Content?
By dashrendar on 10/19/2012 11:38:43 AM , Rating: 2
Most of you are talking about video games and PCs. What about actual TV broadcasting and movies? What drove HD to become mainstream when it came out? The availability of TV sets or the content that was viewed on it?

Will content providers have issues with the increased resolution in terms of bandwidth? They already compress the hell out of these video streams.

RE: Source Content?
By Pneumothorax on 10/19/2012 12:00:25 PM , Rating: 2
Very valid question. They're either going to have to either: 1. compress video even more than the already HORRID rates (Yes, I'm talking to you TWC) - even at 1080i the artifacts on broadcast HDTV over cable is nasty. 2. Lay down new fiber/copper lines 3. severely reduce number of available channels.

Now that more USA cable companies like to put bandwidth/download restrictions, a 4K stream would have you hit 50gb monthly limit in no time at all.

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