Samsung Offers 4K Video Pack and 4K Netflix Stream

Samsung 4K Video PackSamsung recently announced that its Netflix 4K streaming will arrive to the United Kingdom in a couple of months. The company will offer 4K starter pack, which is usable for its 4K TV sets. There have been talks that the lack of real 4K content has put consumers off from making a hefty upgrade. It is hoped that the company’s relationship with Netflix and its new 4K initiative will help consumers to change their mind. The starter pack is built around a 1TB hard drive that contains fifty high-resolution 4K movies. Users could store further movies on the drive by downloading.

TV makers are saying that the 2014 will surely be the year when UHD TV really emerges. Samsung predicts that sales of 4K TV may surpass the one million mark. The figure may rise to 3.3 million units by 2017.

A senior Samsung employee in Europe said that the company wants to make sure that consumers have steady access to reliable 4K content. Samsung will offer a 360-degree Ultra HD solution. This includes the 4K video pack and constant 4K stream from Netflix, starting from March. Among movies included with these films are Star Trek and Life of Pi.

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The Form Factor of 4k TV Will be a Huge Drawback

4K TVHDTV sets are hugely successful, but a closer look tells us that people are not really interested with the improved resolution. HDTV sets looks nice on a stand or on the well. In the era of analog TVs, HDTVs have become an admirably piece of furniture. So, how about 4k TVs? With their huge dimension, many people will surely think there’s little point in purchasing a 4k TV set.

People will start to see pixelation on a 42” 1080p display, when they stand about five feet away. Nobody watch a TV set that close, so they won’t see difference between 1080p and ultra HD resolutions from 15 feet away.

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Apple May Release a 4K TV Model

Apple 4K TV
Loyal fans are anticipating a new TV model from Apple, which may include a 4k panel. It is claimed that Apple and Foxconn have been working on a new Ultra HD TV model.

Unfortunately, Foxconn has allocated much of its resources producing display panels for various iOS devices. Consequently, Apple could be counting on LG Display for making enough 4k panels for its new TV model. Demands for new Apple products are typically high and the company needs full production before launching its new Apple TV model. It should be ready for release next year and we may see more 4k content available in 2014.

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LG will Upscale Smartphones Games to 4k TVs

LG Upscale Smartphones Games to 4k TVsMobile devices are popular for being portable productivity and entertainment devices. Many mobile gamers are happy enough playing on small screens and some smartphones can have displays as tiny as 3-inch in size. LG wants to introduce a rather unusual concept of upscaling smartphone games to a massive 84” 4k TV. Obviously, there’s a catch.

It’s not possible to get any kind of mobile games and turn them into impressive 4k content. Current upscaling technology can use only 1080p content and it’s worth assuming that we need 1080p smartphone games to begin with. The LG Optimus can handle 1080p content and it may eventually support the technology.

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World’s First 4k Channel is Released in Europe

4k Channel ReleaseA French-based satellite provider has just started the broadcast of the world’s first 4k channel. The Ultra HD or 4k offers four times the resolution of typical HD broadcasts and while 4k TV models are making headlines, there’s still very little real 4k content to speak of. A common solution is by upconverting or upscaling 1080p videos. Eutelsat claimed that broadcasting its 4k content doesn’t require significant modifications to their existing system.

The company is planning to rollout full-length 4k content soon by using a new kind of compression standard. Previously, Sony has announced plans to convert some movie titles through its subsidiary, the Sony Pictures. It should be noted that users won’t see much difference when viewing 4k technology on smaller screen and TV sets larger than 50” are needed.

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