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Old 08-29-12, 06:27 PM
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Sony introduces ultra-HD '4K' TV

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Sony to sell ultra-HD '4K' TV set in US stores
By PETER SVENSSON | Associated Press

NEW YORK High-definition TVs roughly quadrupled the resolution of the sets that came before them. Now, the industry is poised to do it again.

By December, U.S. stores will sell a TV set with four times the resolution of today's best HDTVs, Sony Corp. said Wednesday. The set will measure 84 inches on the diagonal, making the screen area four times as large as the common 42-inch set.

Executives said Sony will reveal the price of the set next week.

There is, for now, very little video content available that can take advantage of the higher resolution. With some work and know-how, a computer connected to the set can display video in the ultra-HD "4K" resolution. The set will also do its best to "upscale" TV, DVD and Blu-ray movies, so they look better.

Phil Molyneux, chief operating officer of Sony Electronics, said the situation was no different from the launch of the cassette tape, the CD or the DVD.

"We always get this question when we launch beautiful new technology: Where's the content?" Molyneux told journalists at an event in New York. "Did we bring the content to market? Yes, we did."

The exact resolution of the set is 3,840 by 2,160 pixels. It's known as "4K" because it has nearly 4,000 pixels on the horizontal edge. That compares with 1,920 by 1,080 pixels in "1080p" sets. More pixels allow TV makers to make bigger screens without compromising sharpness.

Sony makes digital projectors operating at 4K resolution for movie theaters.

The TV industry has been looking for a technology that will get consumers to upgrade their HDTV sets. Sales are slumping after an initial wave of upgrades from standard-definition sets, and 3-D sets attract only a small number of consumers.

Apple Inc. has slowly been quadrupling the resolution of its devices, starting with the iPhone 4 two years ago. This year, it released iPads and MacBooks with ultra-high-resolution screens.
The rumor I read online is that this 84-inch HDTV will be priced at about $20,000.
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Re: Sony introduces ultra-HD '4K' TV

Only $80k? I can only get 3 then. And not in 21x9?
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Re: Sony introduces ultra-HD '4K' TV

...and so it begins, and so it begins. Time to sell my blu-rays.
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...that's more than I make in a year. And yet...I still want it. Also...well...guess my BDs are worthless now..bring on the 4K format wars.
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Re: Sony introduces ultra-HD '4K' TV

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Only $80k?
No, $20,000.
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Well shit, one for everyone in this thread! (I HATE using my damn phone when doing comments on here. DVDTalk needs an app.)
Old 08-29-12, 11:01 PM
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And have they finally ironed out the kinks on the 5-layer BD's we'll need to buy movies in that resolution?
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Wasn't it supposed to be something like a 100 gig blu ray disc? I would think it would be needed now to hold a movie at full 4k resolution. Would love to see some movies like Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in its native 4k.
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Hilarious, esp. considering your average Joe still can't see any difference between DVD and Blu-ray!
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Yep....I still have several DVD's that upconverted hold their own. So does this mean BR's now will have to be "upconverted" to take avantage of the 4K screen?
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I can see it now star wars the complete saga coming soon to Blu-ray 4k
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The problem with a 4K television is that very few films have 4K masters.

A lot of studios don't have the time or money to invest in giving their back catalog the 4K treatment. Fuck, most studios don't have the time or money to give their current films the 4K treatment.
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So will this new set accept 48 Hz signals? Afterall, if (the limited release of) The Hobbit and Avatar 2 are a success, that's where things would be headed.
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I'll bet Taxi Driver would look fucking killer on this set.
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The tv might eventually get some traction as a newer and better tv always needs to exist. However, the discs will never get any real traction because Blu-Ray is the last true physical format that will get any kind of significant sales. Let's think about it realistically, people still buy more dvds than anything else and while I think blu-ray has some staying power, this 4k bullshit only further dilutes the pool. The average consumer will totally ignore the 4k disc and I have trouble believing even the diehards will latch onto this enough for it to be profitable.

I have roughly about 1000 discs between blu and dvd. I think I finally have more blu than dvd and have no problem outside of the television stuff I have on dvd converting most of the stuff I own to blu. But in no way shape or form will I go to 4k or any other physical format. You can pry my blus out of my cold dead hands. On the flipside, I do welcome the television and think that in time it might be worthwhile.
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Re: Sony introduces ultra-HD '4K' TV

"We always get this question when we launch beautiful new technology: Where's the content?" Molyneux told journalists at an event in New York. "Did we bring the content to market? Yes, we did."
No, you didn't, unless you have something else to announce. Yes, you have 4K in cinemas, but what does that have to do with this TV? We don't have a 4K consumer format yet.
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Re: Sony introduces ultra-HD '4K' TV

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The problem with a 4K television is that very few films have 4K masters.

A lot of studios don't have the time or money to invest in giving their back catalog the 4K treatment. Fuck, most studios don't have the time or money to give their current films the 4K treatment.
I'm sure they'd start with films from the past few years, which do have 4K masters since that's how they're presented in digital theaters. Ten if the technology takes off (which I seriously doubt) they would go back and remaster, just like they did for DVD and Blu-ray.
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I'm sure they'd start with films from the past few years, which do have 4K masters since that's how they're presented in digital theaters. Ten if the technology takes off (which I seriously doubt) they would go back and remaster, just like they did for DVD and Blu-ray.
There have only been two films to be given a 4K release this year: Men in Black 3 and Premium Rush.

Trust me, 4K isn't coming anytime soon to 99% of the films that have been made.
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^ The studios are probably as weary as we are.
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I'll bet Taxi Driver would look fucking killer on this set.
That was the first film I thought of as well...goddamn is that BD fucking sexy for sure. The colors of NYC in the night....woooo....beautiful in it's ugliness.

Originally Posted by Matthew Chmiel View Post
There have only been two films to be given a 4K release this year: Men in Black 3 and Premium Rush.

Trust me, 4K isn't coming anytime soon to 99% of the films that have been made.
So...we're at what? 5 years w/ BD? To even make 4K TV even a general product like HDTV is now...this'll be what? 15 years till it's affordable? 10 at the earliest?
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As admirable as this is, it is doomed to failure, if only for the reason that existing bandwidth will not support a 4k resolution with any reasonable quality. It would require about 200 mbits / sec to sustain that resolution with good quality. No media and very, very few broadband connections support those speeds. The only hope is using fast memory sticks and / or SSDs to store content, which makes this set an even more expensive and fringe proposition. Then, there will be those who would try to use Blu-ray-level bitrate encodes to cram a 4k release.

The expense of converting even 1% of 'recent' movies to 4k is one that the studios will simply not deem it economical to take.
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I wonder if a firmware upgrade to existing blu ray players would allow us to play 4k media. I'm guessing it will be years before it becomes affordable, so I'll keep buying blu rays for now.
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As admirable as this is, it is doomed to failure, if only for the reason that existing bandwidth will not support a 4k resolution with any reasonable quality. It would require about 200 mbits / sec to sustain that resolution with good quality. No media and very, very few broadband connections support those speeds. The only hope is using fast memory sticks and / or SSDs to store content, which makes this set an even more expensive and fringe proposition. Then, there will be those who would try to use Blu-ray-level bitrate encodes to cram a 4k release.

The expense of converting even 1% of 'recent' movies to 4k is one that the studios will simply not deem it economical to take.
Yeah, the problem with BD is bandwidth. You can add more layers, but you're still limited by how fast the data can be read. I don't know how feasible it would be to spin the discs faster.

It might take some sort of flash storage. I still think solid state is too expensive for a mainstream format, but since this would likely be another laserdisc-level niche, high media costs might not be a big problem.
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Sweet...how many total releases will Army of Darkness be up to, 174?
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Sweet...how many total releases will Army of Darkness be up to, 174?
I dunno...ask xage.

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