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4K (Ultra HD)

Living with 4K - SMPTE and Better Pixels - Plus a Conversation with Joe Kane

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Dec 17, 3:30am

There is too much 4K inertia at trade shows and the effort is concentrated on the concept of displays with four times the pixel count, and less on better methods of improving image quality.

Other than the professional trade meetings I regularly attend, too little is said about the concept of better quality for 4K pixels, or better quality for even current HD pixels. The industry has jumped into 4K without considering the possibility of improving the pixels of HD during 16 years of HDTV implementation since 1998. Is it too late for that now that we have 4K?

At CEDIA, and at the yearly Society of Motion Pictures and Television Engineers (SMPTE) Technical Conference in Hollywood this past October, we discussed again how 4K pixels can be improved, the "better pixels" concept.

Ideas such as using more bits than the current 8-bit color depth, and pursue High Dynamic Range, less color compression than the current 4:2:0 chroma sub-sampling that discards 75% of the color data of the 4:4:4 un ...

Front Projection

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #665: Projector Buying Guide 2014

By The HT Guys • Dec 12, 10:20am

We aren’t done spending your money yet. And we’re still loving every minute of it. This one hits really close to home; ever since we’ve made the move to front projection home theaters, we just sit around drooling over what our next projector might be. If you haven’t jumped into the front projector yet, maybe 2015 will be your year. And you can start it with a wonderful Merry Christmas to yourself. We each pick two projectors and one ultimate projector for those who may have more disposable income to play with.<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=htguys.wordpress.com&#038;blog=8935650&#038;post=819&#038;subd=htguys&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />

General Interest

HDTV Expert - Best Buy’s Bharp TV: Turkey Most Foul

By Ken Werner • Dec 6, 11:15pm

The fourth Thursday in November was Thanksgiving in the United States, as it has been since Abraham Lincoln made it so in 1863.  This quintessentially American celebration was created as a national holiday not by Act of Congress but by Presidential Proclamation, which is worth pondering given our current debate concerning the proper limits of [&#8230;]

General Interest

HDTV and Home Theater Podcast - Podcast #664: Receiver Buying Guide 2014

By The HT Guys • Dec 5, 10:04am

It is that time of year where we get to spend your money again! This week we concentrate on receivers. Our goal with these guides is not necessarily about getting the latest product. Its about getting a good product at a great price so you may see some of last year’s gear on the list. All these receivers are readily available online or at a big box store. Just like the HDTV Buying Guide, we’re going to skip the budget categories jump right to our top picks. We each pick three receivers and one ‘money is no object’ / ‘dare to dream’ receiver for you to consider.<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=htguys.wordpress.com&#038;blog=8935650&#038;post=817&#038;subd=htguys&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />

4K (Ultra HD)

Living with 4K - Nanotech NP-1 4K Media Player

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Dec 2, 3:45am

This article follows the “Living with 4K” series of articles that I have been publishing during the past couple of years. Currently a 4K display is more expensive than an HDTV and many use the excuse of “there is no 4K content available” to postpone buying a UHDTV.

In 2006 the first Blu-ray player Sony released to market was priced at about $900. If I tell you how to get a 4K player and content now, how much would you say a 4K player is worth? How many 4K players are there? Most people do not know the answer to those questions.

At the moment there are two companies making 4K players for consumers...

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