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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4K TV Sets Are Still Not an Efficient Purchase

4K TV Sets

While offering four times the pixel density compared to standard 1080p displays, the 4k TV sets are still ridiculously expensive for many people. Quite recently, Samsung introduced the 85” S9 4k TV set, which is sold for a whopping $39,999.

On average, 4k TV sets are available for between $20,000 and $25,000. While 4k panels look impressive, the technology is still far from real commercial use. As a comparison, a 65” Plasma TV now costs less than $3,500, a relatively small price to pay as users also get deep black levels and great image details.

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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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HBO’s Bob Zitter Believes that 4K TVs Will Fail

4K TVHBO’s important figure, Bob Zitter, recently revealed his true opinion about the fledgling 4k technology. He is skeptical that consumers will purchase 4k TV sets in sufficient numbers. Not only these TVs are prohibitively expensive for many buyers, measuring at above 55”, few people will have enough space in their living room to fit one.

Major content broadcasters, including HBO, are currently reluctant to deliver 4k programming unless many people already have 4k TV sets. He also argues that 3D TV sets are dead, especially those requiring special glasses. Eventually, consumers will find 3D glass an impediment, which negatively affects their experience.

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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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Sony Will Soon Release a Cheap 55” 4k TV

Sony Cheap 4K TVFew people are willing to spend more than $10,000 for a 4k TV, but it is reported that Sony will be delivering a 4k TV with much more acceptable price tag. The model will be available for purchase for only $5,000.  Previously, Sony introduced a more expensive 84” 4k TV set priced at $25,000.

The smaller 55” 4k set will set us back $5000, while a slightly bigger model with 65” screen costs $7,000. Many have argued that 4k TV will have limited effect to user experience. People are unlikely to distinguish difference in pixel density, unless they watch 4k TVs at short distance. Nevertheless, people with some disposable dollars will still find Sony’s 55” 4k TV reasonable.

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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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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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