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HDTV Magazine Articles Archive (January, 2013)

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4K (Ultra HD)

Living with 4K - No disc? The end of Collecting Movies?

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Jan 30 2013, 3:47pm

As mentioned in the previous article of this “Living with 4K” series two companies (Red and Sony) have announced their solution for playing 4K content on the new Ultra-HDTV displays introduced in 2012 and showed at CES 2013 in much larger selection by many manufacturers, including Samsung, Sony, LG, Sharp, Hisense, Westinghouse, Vizio, and Radio Shack (just testing if you are paying attention).

One common denominator of these two companies is that their 4K players are not disc based, such as a new Blu-ray disc with larger capacity and more efficient compression for 4K could be, the units rather download, store, and playback 4K content using an Internet connection and an internal hard disc drive, like one would do using a computer.

Red’s 4K player is called, guess what?, Redray, with an MSRP of...

4K (Ultra HD)

Living with 4K - The REDRAY 4K Digital Cinema Player

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Jan 28 2013, 4:53am

Yes I said "Redray", not "Blu-ray" 4K player. This is an update of my "Living with 4K - Part 2 - 4K Content, when?" article.

According to RED DIGITAL CINEMA, this 4K player is expected to be available by early 2013. I requested a unit for review back in December so this is just an introductory article, which I will continue with a full review when RED sends me a review unit.

I also plan to review the 4K media server Sony lends to new owners of new Sony 4K panels to display some 4K movies until the consumer market can supply it (see further below). The server is configured as a Dell computer CPU with recorded 4K movies, it comes in a big box with a bunch of accessories, including a tablet, 16-feet HDMI high-speed cable, etc. I will compare both media players using my 4K Sony projector.

The Redray player is not...

OLED HDTVs

OLED TV Demystified

By Rodolfo La Maestra • Jan 22 2013, 3:51pm

As you may already know, small OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode) panels have been introduced to consumers in several forms for several years, and at CES 2012 LG and Samsung showed their 55-inches 1080p OLED HDTV prototype panels, both displaying stunning images and with prices said to be around $10,000 USD when available toward the second part of 2012, however, the OLED panels have not yet appeared at local stores, although they are expected soon in 2013. At least LG announced at CES 2013 panel availability for the first quarter in the US, at a higher price: $12,000.

As I covered in this article, LG’s WOLED HDTV uses a white OLED design and implements passive 3D technology displaying half resolution images per eye both eyes viewing simultaneously using low cost 3D glasses, while Samsung’s Super OLED HDTV uses a more classic RGB design and implements active-shutter 3D technology that renders full resolution images per eye displayed in alternate fashion.

If you are interested to ...