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The UHD Alliance is setting the rich specs for the future of 4K UHD at CES 2016

by on December 9, 2015

Stephan Jukic – December 9, 2015

The now well-known UHD Alliance, about which we’ve heard relatively little in the last few months, has indeed been rather busy. The inter-industry group which represents 4K UHD TV manufacturers, 4K entertainment content providers and other businesses in the business of providing ultra HD-related products and services, is now working on developing consensus on 4K video display standards and they want to have this done in time for a grand unveiling at CES 2016.

As of Tuesday the 8th of November, UHD Alliance representatives have said that the organization has completed specifications for 4K UHD displays and that it will indeed formally announce these specs at CES 2016.

Given the sheer range of companies represented by the Alliance and their absolute dominance in the 4K display and content industries, the new specs standards of the Alliance should absolutely carry enough weight to be practically adopted by the products and services which revolve around 4K TV and display.

The UHD Alliance has also stated that it will furthermore be unveiling a new consumer-facing certification logo which will be visible on 4K UHD-related products so that shoppers can quickly and easily know which TVs, monitors and other consumer 4K goods adhere to the specs of the Alliance. Since these specs are going to be designed for a maximum level of consumer friendly quality and inter-product compatibility, the logo should also become important for consumers who want hassle-free 4K TVs or other electronics.

Many of the UHD Alliance’s recommended specs standards have in any case already been published across dispersed sources and the Ultra HD Blu-ray specs announced this last summer included many core UHDA 4K specs recommendations. However, some key points have remained vague. These include, for example, the minimum/maximum brightness which will define the range of contrast that can be called High Dynamic Range.

According to reporting by the website HD Guru, industry insiders have claimed that the specs process for HDR in particular has dragged on for most of this past year and that this is mainly due to disagreements between LCD/LED TV makers and LG with its OLED 4K TVs over what levels of brightness should be used to define HDR.


HDR is one of the most visibly enriching and crucial specs of next-gen 4K display

HDR is one of the most visibly enriching and crucial specs of next-gen 4K display

The maximum brightness of OLED is generally lower than that of LCD TV technology while OLED produces a far more perfect than LCD level of black and as a result, the HDR debate around this simple difference in luminance and brightness ranges has been contentious since both technologies arrive at what they call HDR but each from a different range of brightness or darkness.

In any case, the majority of other crucial 4K UHD display and video specs haven’t dealt with the same levels of controversy and are for the most part ready for their unveiling at the highly important Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2016. The UHD Alliance is looking forward to the standardization they hope their unveiling will produce in how 4K UHD technologies are made.

According to a statement issued by the group on Tuesday the 8th of November, “The UHDA’S specifications cover a combination of key features and consumer-tested benchmarks that will usher in a new era of in-home entertainment. The specification outlines performance metrics related to resolution, high dynamic range, and wide color gamut as well as recommendations for immersive audio, among others. Advances in resolution, brightness, contrast, color and audio will enable certified displays and content to replicated the richness of life’s sights and sounds and allow in home viewers to more fully and accurately experience the content creator’s vision”

As for all the rest of us consumers and tech watchers, we can only wait and see how well these specs work out in practice across the full and growing range of 4K UHD TVs, content sources, accessory devices and cameras that are coming out every month. Standardization through distilled high quality specs recommendations will definitely be a welcome addition to the UHD landscape.

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  • freakyaenalist
    December 10, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    all popular professionals in the video specs reviews arema (reviews read and followed) will agree with oled and plasma have better blacks and oleds are also known to have a lesser fatigue effect when watching videos over x amount of time, however a third contender called quantum dots technology is in the making to take on technology challenge of HDR. Since quantum dots have produced insignificant products so far and seems not ready yet iand so therefore too early to denounce it. Creating UHD standards within the next two years would be premature and a folly.


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