CES 2016 will offer some spectacular new 4K Ultra HD goods
Stephan Jukic – January 04, 2016
The annual Consumer Electronics Show that’s opening in Las Vegas this week will almost certainly be dominated by 4K UHD displays as far as TV technology goes and this is something we can definitely look forward to with all the new television models that are expected to make their presence. However, what will also start becoming trend in 2016 4K ultra HD televisions, and which we’re definitely expecting to see at CES 2016, is an increased focus on Wider Color Gamut in some of the TVs that make their appearance.
On top of this, we can look forward to more color expansion, HDR and smart TV technologies from manufacturers like Samsung, LG, Sony and Panasonic arriving on the scene. Some of these technologies, for 10-bit color and wider color coverage in general, are aimed particularly at covering more of the new Rec. 2020 standard that’s emerging in digital cinema and video, which also happens to be the main standard for the ideal of 10-bit color.
Then of course, there’s also the interesting new live 4K “over the air” broadcast test transmissions which will be presented at this year’s show in Las Vegas, thanks to the newly developed technology of ATSC 3.0, which will be presented to viewers on the event floor by Sinclair Broadcasting.
In addition to all these above developments, as interesting as they definitely are, we can also look forward to the presentation of some new 8K TVs from at least a couple of manufacturers, even if the 8K content market is so empty that you’re more likely to spot a unicorn in the street than find an 8K movie from any consumer content source, at least for now. Nonetheless, we have it confirmed that LG will be plopping down a monster 98 inch 8K television in their section of the CES show floor and we can doubtlessly assume that its price (if it even comes with one yet) will be high enough to make a billionaire cringe.
As for more mundane aspects of LG TV technology, we can also look forward to the arrival of the company’s new webOS 3.0 smart TV platform for their 2016 TVs, and if the exceptional quality of webOS 2.0 was anything to go by, 3.0 will be a fantastic piece of technology too.
Furthermore, the company is also releasing several new 4K “Super UHD” TV models in several size ranges and with some truly killer specs expected for all of these new televisions. Going by the model denominations UH9500, UH8500 and UH7700, some of these models will feature a highly innovative new technology which not only lets them display HDR-encoded video content but also convert non-HDR 4K (SDR) content across the board into HDR video through an internal reprocessing mechanism.
We’ve also heard that Samsung will be putting out a whole line of new 4K UHD smart TVs at CES 2016 and in the weeks that follow, with new connectivity and smart control features which surpass what we’ve seen so far in the 2015 Tizen platform from the company.
As for the content and connectivity side of things, there’s also plenty to look forward to, with expectations of 4K ultra HD Blu-ray discs finally emerging with some wide support from major Hollywood studios and several new OTT and even satellite 4K content transmission sources also on the horizon. As our recent news post on the content predictions of Vizio CTO Matt McRae mentioned, 4K UHD content in 2016 will grow pretty much exponentially.
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