Official specs are still rolling out in many areas of Ultra HD technology, but Ultra HD has already arrived.
There’s been buzz around 4K for a while now, especially with consumer electronics companies pushing sales of 4K TVs and streaming services trying to keep up with promises of delivering 4K content. But other key technologies like High Dynamic Range, Wide Color Gamut and High Frame Rate are finally getting more of their fair share of attention when it comes to enhancing image quality.
Here’s some of the latest news in Ultra HD technology:
Samsung revealed the first Ultra HD Blu-ray player at IFA in Berlin last week. The Blu-ray Disc Association announced the specifications for the optical technology back in May, and these high-quality Blu-ray specs should pave the way for streaming. Ultra HD Blu-ray comment is on its way: the BDA began licensing the format last month and we believe Ultra HD BD discs will be available very soon.
High Dynamic Range (HDR) is rapidly gaining traction as an essential component of Ultra HD. The improvement of HDR image quality over standard dynamic range is tremendous. And while improvements in higher resolution are not always apparent on smaller sized screens, the color and brightness that HDR adds drastically improves the viewing experience on any size display. The CEA’s announcement defining HDR proves its significance as a feature of coming Ultra HD TVs.
The UHDA has announced that it will soon complete its specifications to help ensure a smooth and consistent introduction of the technology. Even though it’s the CEA and Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers that are ultimately responsible for defining formal technical specifications, the Alliance strongly influences those standards by unifying the approach for the technology through agreement of various technology and media leaders on the key requirements.