Seiki Releases Two Low-Cost 4K TV Models

Seiki 4K TVSeiki has introduced a new 39” UHD TV with LED backlighting and analog/digital TV tuner. At 4k resolution, the TV works with 30Hz refresh and 120Hz refresh at 1080p resolution.  The TV set is already available in Amazon for only $699. Seiki is a little-known brand in the TV industry and the reason for the affordable pricing is that they operate their own plant.

The straightforward business model cut middle-man costs and affects pricing in a very positive way.  The company has also impressed us with 50” Ultra HD 4k TV at CE Ultra, which costs only $1500. Nevertheless, not all 4K TVs are created equal and it will be soon known how good Seiki’s solutions are.

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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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Samsung S9 4k TV is Available for Pre-order

Samsung S9 Ultra 4KTVThe Samsung S9 4k TV is already available for pre-order and users in the US can get it on the company’s official website for $40,000. The 85” TV is equipped with automatic dimming feature and content conversion to near-ultra HD quality. It should be noted there’s limited amount of 4k content available and the TV simply convert 1080p content to near-4k resolution.

The Samsung S9 4k TV offers 4 times bigger resolution than standard 1080p full HD models currently available in the market. The TV was originally unveiled at CES and its price tag in South Korea is slightly lower at $35,700.

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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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4k Technology Will Enter The Gaming Industry

4k Technology in Gaming IndustryGamers can be more demanding than movie enthusiasts. Pixelation may start to occur when playing typical game titles on high definition TVs larger than 60 inches. In theory, 4k TVs can ameliorate this problems by cramming significantly more pixels into the display. Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 output games at 720p and while they will looks bigger on the 4k TVs, users need to deal with interpolative pitfalls and this should be expected when using much lower resolution content on high resolution TVs.

A transition from 720p to 4k, requires about eightfold increase and there’s no upscaling technology that can sufficiently compensate for this kind of disparity. Fortunately, the upcoming Playstation 4k will change that when released in February 20.

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Vizio Unveils Its 4k TV models

Vizio 4k Ultra HDTVVizio is joining the 4k market by introducing its own TV models, with three different sizes, 55”, 65” and 70”. They will feature 240Hz refresh rate, 3D capability and LED technology. Unfortunately, it’s not known how much these models will cost when they launch. But it’s sensible to expect that Vizio is attempting to push the price down to better compete with bigger names in the industry.

The company said that it will bring the expensive 4k technology to mainstream users and this seems like a good indicator of lower pricing. There’s no word when these TV sets will be available for sale.

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Content Broadcasting for 4k TVs Will Be Challenging

Content Broadcasting 4k TVsIt’s good to see 4k products start to enter the market, but there’s still too few content for people to use. Moving 4k movies online, isn’t only challenging technically, but also bureaucratically. Gigabyte-level connectivity dedicated for 4k TVs requires contracts and permits from local governments. High-speed data transmission is needed, unless content providers are prepared to sell 128 GB high-performance flash drive for a single movie, which isn’t cheap solution.

In fact, only some owners of 1080p TV sets regularly use compatible contents, because they are available only on a few pay-per-view on-demand channels. Therefore, to fully take advantage of 1080p technology, people need to use a Blu-ray disc.

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