Awesome new 4K ultra HD content devices revealed at CEDIA 2015
Stephan Jukic – October 27, 2015
For serious consumers and 4K ultra HD TV and hardware manufacturers/distributors looking for some new and very interesting choices for ultra-detailed 4K ultra HD content hardware, the recent CEDIA Expo in Dallas, Texas definitely had some cool albeit expensive tidbits to offer.
Currently, at least as far as what was seen at CEDIA goes, two new content providers are on the landscape with their top-shelf hardware and both have high quality 4K choices on the menu for content distributors or anyone who has the money for serious, pro-level 4K UHD entertainment.
First off the bat we have a new service called Prima. As far as Prima’s offerings for digital entertainment go, price is definitely an issue. The company offers a $35,000 Movie Player that delivers fully encrypted first-run Full HD 1080p movies by continuously downloading new releases and storing them inside the player’s drive, allowing instant playback by consumers without buffering like that found in streamed movies. The player offers storage of dozens of Full HD 1080p movies along with their 7.1-channel PCM soundtracks and each movie costs a hefty $500 to download.
Now, what makes this 1080p Prima Movie Player unique despite its mere Full HD resolution is the fact that it offers its movie selections in brilliant 10-bit color instead of the 8-bit colors currently being delivered by technologies like Blu-ray. Furthermore, Prima is also developing a prototype 4K player that offers movies at full “True” cinema-grade 4K resolution of 4096 x 2160 pixels at 60 frames per second and color in the full DCI-P3 gamut. The 4K version of the company’s player also supports 8-, 10- and even 12-bit color with 4:2:2 chroma subsampling per pixel.
Next up is the Kaleidescape service, which we’ve already covered at 4K.com. This Canadian company has launched a new Encore line of video players and one of them is called the 4K Strato.
The Strato comes in two versions. Again, these are also rather pricey with one costing $4,495 and offering a very hefty 6 TB of hard disk storage space that’s large enough for as many as 100 4K ultra HD movies and 150 Blu-ray Full HD films of feature length. It can also store a whopping 900 DVD-resolution SD movies.
The Strato from Kaleidescape can serve up to two movies at the same time to two different rooms and the Terra 12TB servers that back it will stream up to seven 4K UHD titles at the same time and are also capable of streaming as many as 15 Full HD movies with full 10-bit color.
We should also note that the Strato from Kaleidescape also offers HDMI 2.0a for HDR compatibility, HDCP 2.2 content copy protection, 10-bit Open HDR video, DCI-P3 color and also the inclusion of Rec. 2020 color gamut coverage. Finally, it can play 4K videos at up to 60 frames per second.
This Kaleidescape Strato player is launching with 80 different movies for purchase from the Sony Pictures Home Entertainment library at $30 each and also offers 20 additional titles from The Orchard, Moving Arts and K2 Communications.
Finally, Kaleidescape’s Strato player also pass along the metadata for Dolby Atmos and DTS:X object-based surround sound to AV receivers and processors in an entertainment system.
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