CES 2016 will offer some spectacular new 4K Ultra HD goods

by on January 4, 2016

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.

One of LG's new Super UHD 4K TVs for CES 2016 and beyond

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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  • roxics
    January 4, 2016 at 11:46 pm

    I really don’t see 8K taking off for traditional film/tv. There is so little content that could fill that space. 4K is different. With 4K you’re finally able to see a 35mm negative in its full glory, so there is a back catalog of films for decades that can be scanned and preserved at that resolution. But beyond 4K, 35mm film doesn’t see much benefit. It’s often scanned at 6K or so, but mostly to produce a better 4K image. Then you have content from the 3-6k digital cameras over the last several years. But with 8K you really only have 70mm/IMAX content to fill that space and there isn’t a ton of it. Even then I’ve never been super impressed with 70mm/IMAX. It looks better, but not by much. If filmmakers consistently insist on shooting everything in 24fps the motion blur is going to take away a lot of that extra resolution anyway. Most people would be perfectly thrilled with 4K, heck most people are perfectly fine with DVD and HD. There are a lot of films being mastered or shot at 2K resolution that will probably never even benefit from 4K, let alone 8K.

    It’s a matter of diminishing returns and the vast majority of people aren’t going to benefit from 8K. People are still paying premium ticket prices at first run movie theaters to see 2K projections and are happy with it. 8K in the home on a flat screen is kinda pointless. I can see it being used for virtual reality glasses. I just don’t think it’s a screen-in-the-home kind of resolution.

    That said, at some point if manufacturers start forcing us all to buy 8K sets because it’s all they offer and they’re as cheap as HD sets are today, it’s not going to matter. I still don’t think there will be any real benefit and many people will still play 480p/720p/1080p content on it and not care.

    Plus let’s consider that mastering a movie in 8K is crazy unless it’s all live action drama. Any CGI work is going to take a lot of time because of the detail needed. Even at 4K it’s a huge task.

    It just feels like a numbers game to me. They want to push 8K next but I’m still bitter they excluded 3D and 48fps as options on the new UHD Blu-ray spec. Get those in there first before moving to 8K. We have three Hobbit movies that would benefit from it and three more Avatar movies that will be shot that way and who knows how many more movies yet to come, but they don’t include the specs to handle that in the new disc format. I’m still baffled by that.


    • btm5684
      January 8, 2016 at 3:04 am

      3d is a gimmik and is tacky….48 fps made the Hobbit movie look wierd to most people as it did myself. 24 fps for whatever reason seems to be the speed most people enjoy. I dont know why you would think doing cgi at 4k or 8k will be some imposibly hard task..Rendering over the years has become increasingly easier with better programs..api’s…and with the new 14nm gpus coming from nvidia and AMD packing 32gb of 1Tb/s HBM2 memory on the professional side rendering is easier than ever. Just a few GPUS of that caliber in a home computer can render movie quality cgi.


  • JB
    January 5, 2016 at 3:40 am

    Finally. Hoping for more VIDITY devices and services (HTPC) + Blu-Ray with UHD and HDR!


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