Ultra HD 4K Blu-rays have the best picture quality possible for your 4K TV. Look out for discs that have high dynamic range (HDR) and wide color gamut (WCG) which will produced a much more noticeable improvement.
Other technical improvement over regular Blu-ray includes:
- 10 bit colour – so more steps of graduation
- Higher frame rates
- H.265 – latest codec
- Greater capacity disc – 4K Blu-rays will have 66GB or 100GB capacity
- Audio – new audio formats such as Dolby Atmos and DTS:X
Source: What is 4K Blu-ray? – CNET
HDMI 2.1 specification has been announced by the HDMI Forum. It will support Dynamic HDR and 8K resolution at 60 frames per second. But to support these features, new 48G HDMI cables are needed which allows bandwidth up to 48Gbps. Refer to the article below from Digit Trends.
Source: Latest version of HDMI comes packing support for 8K resolution and Dynamic HDR
It’s the end of an era for VHS. The last manufacturer of VCR will stop productions of the player by end of July, 2016.
THE LAST VCR MANUFACTURER IS ENDING PRODUCTION
Quantum Dots from Invisage might be the next camera sensor technology in your phone camera. See the following article from CNET:
How a startup’s tiny dots could lead to better smartphone photos
Panasonic has just announced the CZ950, a curved 4K UHD OLED TV built around the company’s Studio Master Drive processor. Thus LG is not longer the solo player in the market. Hopefully, more competitions will drive down the cost of OLED TV. See related article from Digital Trends:
Watch out, LG: Panasonic elbows in on OLED with the 4K CZ950
The Blu-ray Disc Association formally completed the Ultra HD Blu-ray specification with a new logo. The Ultra HD Blu-ray will support 4K contents and also support higher color depth. See the following article from Anandtech
Blu-ray Disc Association Completes Ultra HD Blu-ray Specification
Besides Dolby Atmos, there is a new surround sound standard from Dolby’s competitor DTS. It’s called DTS:X, and like Dolby Amos, it’s a sound object based surround system.
See the following overview of DTS:X from Digital Trends:
Lookout Dolby Atmos, DTS just entered the next era of surround sound with DTS:X
Are expensive HDMI cable with buying? Digital Trends has asked the expert, the short answer is no. In terms of picture quality, there’s no different.
Are expensive HDMI cable worth buying?
The UHD Alliance is made up of content creators and distributors, post-production companies, and consumer electronics companies, including Samsung, Sharp, Sony, LG, Panasonic, Disney, Twentieth Century Fox, Warner Bros., Dolby Vision, Technicolor, DirecTV, and Netflix. This group will define standards for Ultra High Definition (UHD), from the cameras that capture the scenes, to the screens we watch them on. With all this big names, it looks like things are going to happen, unlike 3D TV. These are the changes in standard we can look out for:
- Wide color gamut
- High dynamic range
- Medium to deliver UHD, e.g. streaming or by UHD Blu-ray
Like a geeky Illuminati, the UHD Alliance is deciding the future of TV today
LCD TV is getting better colour thanks to new technology called Quantum Dots. What is it and how does it works, check out the following article from Digit Trends:
WHAT THE HELL ARE QUANTUM DOTS, AND WHY DO YOU WANT THEM IN YOUR NEXT TV?