This holiday season most will be trying to replace their DVD players with Blu-ray and their nice plasma flatscreens with HDTVs.
However, the industry already is worrying about the market for UHD - Ultra-High Definition.
Apparently, UHD will debut in the next five to 10 years, but is expected to take a long time before it reaches a "critical mass," deemed to be taking up residence in 5 percent of households globally, according to market research firm In-Stat.
To quote: UHD will come in two resolution levels: 7680 x 4320 pixels (8K) and 3840 x 2160 pixels (4K) and provide four to 16 times the resolution of Blu-ray or 1080p high-def. And "22.2 multichannel three-dimensional sound."
In-Stat's study concluded that high resolution digital cinema would drive consumers to UHDTVs so they could experience the same quality on their home television sets and that broadcasters would start providing content in the lower-resolution UHD by 2017 and the high-resolution technology by 2022. The market in Europe is expected to hit 5 percent penetration by 2021 and then zip up to more than 28 percent by 2025.
Ultra HDTV Requirements:
- Ultra HDTV requires 300Mb/second transmissions using a compressed image at 24 FPS, while 60 FPS will require a new compression system to meet with realistic household fiber-optic connections.
- In addition, Ultra HDTV displays will require new electrode materials to power the 4x high-speed pixel requirements.
- Processing power is also a major requirement with Ultra HDTV. Current technology is unable to effectively process the Ultra HDTV signal. At 60 FPS, this signal requires processing power at 2400 GOPS.
Globally, the "mass market" for UHD is expected in 2023 or 2024, when about 10 percent of consumers will have the sets at home.
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