Ultra HD -- Don't know if this will happen. We may have reached the pinnacle of consumer video with HD and BluRay. That's not to say that improvements can't be made. For example, There will probably never be a mass market audio format better than the ancient CD, even though niche formats exist.

- mark 4-11-2013 5:38 pm

I saw a couple things at NAB that highlight that the biggest difficiency in current formats (home AND theater) is dynamic range and gamut, not resolution.
- mark 4-11-2013 5:42 pm

Seiki 4K UltraHD 50 inch TV for $1500. Who the hell is Seiki and how can it be so cheap? Although, to be fair, we bought a 50 inch Samsung (regular HD, no 3D, no internet connectivity) on a Cyber Monday sale for $799, so maybe it's possible?

- jim 4-15-2013 6:29 pm

There's no standard interface yet (will be an evolution of HDMI). There's a content problem, which Sony has a solution for (with their TVs). To make sense for a 50" UHD TV, you need to sit on a stool in front of the TV, or set it up like a computer display at arm's length.

It's a shame people are calling this "4k", which is a cinematography standard with 4096 horizontal pixels (and variable vertical, depending on aspect ratio). Ultra HD appears to be settling out as 3840 x 2160.

TVs have been stuck at HD resolution for many, many years while the underlying technology has advanced. Sony and the other big names gotta hate the new price.

Samsung used the transition to HD to become a major player in premium televisions. Seiki may be betting on that.

- mark 4-16-2013 5:15 am

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