Panasonic Will Launch 4k TV Sets Manufactured Using PLED Materials

Panasonic 4k TVAs shown at CES, Panasonic will offer 4k TV sets manufactured with the all-printing technology. Prototype shown in the event uses PLED material, which is produced by Sumitomo Chemical. Panasonic has worked with Sumitomo to develop 4k TV with PLED materials.

Sumitomo has allocated a few billions of yen in investment to build the infrastructure needed to manufacture about 5 million 40” OLED panels. Both companies expect that TV sets with PLED materials will take off in a couple of years. This matches earlier report that Panasonic is seeking to release their first 4k TVs in 2015.

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Toshiba Officially Announces a New 4k TV Lineup

Toshiba 4K TVEarly last year, Toshiba introduced its first 4k TV set in the United Kingdom. The company primarily pushed a glassless 3D technology, but it was the 4k resolution that excited tech experts. Now, the Japanese company impresses us once again by its decision to launch a new range of 4k TV sets, the Series 9. All of these TV models sport an impressive native 4k resolution.

Users can choose between three different sizes, 58”, 65” and 84”. These Series 9 TV models include full-fledged 3D technology and in the case of the 58” model, it offers the active 3D capability. The built-in CEVO processing engine ensures crisp and sharp representation in the screen, no matter what display size is used.

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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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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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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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