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Forget HDTV – UHDTV will be the next big thing

Posted in General, Technology with tags , , , , , , , , , on Thursday, 5 November 2009 by Deems

With Blu-Ray slowly taking it’s place in the digital video market as the preferred digital versatile disc medium due to it’s superior storage capacity and audio and visual quality over run of the mill DVDs the current “in” technology are HD television sets.

With more and more public and private broadcasters in various countries around the world switching off their analogue signals and purely broadcasting digital signals they’re fast becoming the norm. Never mind the on-going battle between technology experts about which HDTV display is better, Plasma or LCD (oh and let’s not forget OLED displays too).

If that wasn’t enough to confuse most people – there’s something “new” on the horizon. Ultra High Definition Televisions or UHDTV (also known as Super Hi-Vision). I say “new” since it’s not really new but just not very well known, yet. Japan Broadcast Corporation (NHK) already demonstrated this technology back in 2005 at the World Exposition in Aichi, Japan.

I’ve been into technology and it’s awesomeness as far back as I can remember but being a parent, having a mortgage and working as a software developer (who doesn’t work for the government) sometimes, okay most times, cost comes into the equation and usually overrides the wow factor. I have some decent audio visual equipment but neither Blu-Ray players nor a HDTV (yet) or satellite television (yet).

Okay so give it up – more info on the UHDTV already!

Well, Ultra, it definitely is. To put it into perspective. Current HDTV is broadcast in a 1920×1080 resolution whereas UHDTV will be broadcast in a resolution of 7680×4320. What? Okay, they say a picture is worth a thousand words, so here goes. The turquoise rectangle is the current HDTV resolution and the big blue outer rectangle is the UHDTV resolution. Click on the image for a higher resolution version.


Get the picture? That’s seriously huge! But it’ll be a few years before this becomes commercially available and viable. Possibly in the next 7 to 12 years. Along with an amazing high resolution image you’ll also get superb 22.2 multichannel surround sound. You read that correctly, 22 satellite speakers and 2 sub-woofers. Huh? Where do all those speakers go? Well in a configuration as follows:

  • 9 speakers above ear level
  • 10 speakers at ear level
  • 5 speakers below ear level

I guess we’ll need a bigger lounge then.

You can find out more in the various links in the post above or here. Thanks to Jon for the heads-up of this article on Hot Hardware.

Below is a short video about Super Hi-Vision/UHDTV from IBC Channel News.


VOTD: Japanese Show

Posted in Funny, General with tags , , , , , , , , on Wednesday, 13 May 2009 by Deems

By now, I’m sure you’ve seen the Matrix Ping Pong video clip from the Japanese TV show, Kasou_Taishou.

Well from the same show comes another delightful clip. Enjoy! [via DCP]

And here’s another short clip called Shadow Basketball.

New Philips Carousel Cinema 21:9 TV Series

Posted in General, Technology with tags , , , , , , , on Monday, 20 April 2009 by Deems

LG brought us the new TV Series called Scarlet, which we all thought was a new show that would be aired on TV, which slowly revealed itself as a new series of TVs brought to you by LG.

Now Philips, with the help of Stink Digital, bring you a cinematic short film of a frozen-in-time police shoot-out with armed clowns. They used this promote how well the 21:9 aspect ratio lends itself to cinematic films in their new range of TVs.

There’s a microsite too if you’d like to see what the movie looks like on a 21:9 Philips television with Ambilight technology enabled. Or you can just view the briliant short-film in the embedded video below (coincidentally it’s 2 minutes and 19 seconds long). Enjoy, I know I did – and now I want one too! [via Onelargeprawn]

VOTD: Extreme Sheep LED Art

Posted in Funny, General with tags , , , , , , , , , , on Thursday, 19 March 2009 by Deems

Advert for Samsung LED TVs [via onelargeprawn]

VOTD: Wii console/TV FAIL!

Posted in Funny, General with tags , , , , , , , on Tuesday, 20 January 2009 by Deems

And this is why the designers at Nintendo put that little wrist-strap thingy on – for a friggin’ reason, dude!

Awesome news: IT Crowd Season 3 starting soon!

Posted in Funny, General with tags , , , , , , on Wednesday, 19 November 2008 by Deems

I just read on Boing Boing that the IT Crowd (UK, not US version) is starting it’s third season this Friday – I saw both previous seasons and absolutely LOVED them, if you’re in IT and you’ve not seen this, you’re missing out! I can’t wait to see episodes of the new season! [via Boing Boing]


Toshiba TV Timesculpture Commercial

Posted in General, Technology with tags , , , , on Thursday, 13 November 2008 by Deems

I was just passed the links to these two videos. A commercial shot for Toshiba’s TV – it’s not something really done before and the end result is quite something. Consider the fact that it took 200 cameras, over 2.5 million frames edited with almost 20TB of data. The first video clip is the actual commercial and the second is the making of. – thanks to Sean for the links.

Toshiba Timesculpture TV Commercial

Making of Timesculpture TV commercial