As always, CES was exciting and overwhelming. One piece of tech news released during the show did not earn nearly enough attention. IMAX films, the standard for immersive, realistic, beautiful video, will be released for home viewing on Ultra HD Blu-ray. Shout Factory’s “Journey to Space,” “Humpback Whales,” “Flight of the Butterflies,” “Rocky Mountain Express,” “Wonders of the Arctic,” and “The Last Reef” will be among the first UHD BD titles available.
What does this mean? If IMAX uses UHD BD as their delivery mechanism, that has an instant appeal. It may not be mainstream, but it gives a loud and clear message to consumers. If you want the home theater equivalent of an IMAX experience–in other words, the best home theater experience possible–you need to be using UHD Blu-ray. UHD Blu-ray players are on their way from Samsung and Panasonic, and Warner Bros. promises to release at least 35 more movie titles for UHD BD in 2016. In other words: the content and the technology are both here.
By the way, you know how each CES has some random technology that suddenly shows up everywhere? This year’s pop up tech: definitely massage chairs.