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Sharp Unveils New 120 Inch 8K Display: Up to 120Hz, HDMI 2.1 and 2048 Dimming Zones.

Date: 11 Sep 2020 –
Written by: Anton Shilov –

Sharp’s next-generation 8K LCD has HDMI 2.1 & 120Hz refresh rate.

Image credit: Sharp
Image credit: Sharp

Sharp has announced its next-generation ultra-large display featuring an 8K resolution, advanced backlighting with 2048 local dimming zones, and an HDMI 2.1 input. Given its dimensions, the Sharp 8M-B120C is designed primarily for commercial applications, but users with large homes and deep pockets can certainly use it for gaming and home entertainment. 

The Sharp 8M-B120C is based on a 120-inch UV2A II LCD (presumably IPS/IGZO) panel featuring a 7680×4320 resolution, 600 nits typical brightness (i.e. peak brightness in HDR mode is considerably higher), a 3500:1 contrast ratio, a 6 ms GtG response time, an up to 120 Hz refresh rate (albeit only for 4K content), and 176 degree / 176 degree horizontal / vertical viewing angles. The display uses a direct LED backlight featuring 2048 LEDs for enhanced contrasts. Given the display’s vast dimensions and power consumption, the unit is rated for up to 16 hours of continuous operation. 

Sharp says that the 8M-B120C monitor can reproduce 1.07 billion colors and is designed to cover a significant portion of the ITU-R BT.2020 color gamut. Meanwhile, to make the colors look more vivid, the 8M-B120C has a little better representation of red than defined by the BT.2020, according to the company. The display supports HDR technologies, such as HLG. 

Being the first company to release its 8K display over five years ago, Sharp has been gradually improving its panels featuring a 7680×4320 resolution as well as displays and televisions. When compared to predecessors, the Sharp 8M-B120C supports a higher typical brightness (600 nits vs. 400 nits), a faster response time (6 ms vs. 8 ms), and an HDMI 2.1 input that will make the unit compatible with upcoming consoles, players, and other equipment.

Image credit: Sharp
Image credit: Sharp

While the Sharp 8M-B120C is not a television, it does support the company’s super resolution technology used on the company’s Aquos 8K TVs that upconverts content to the panel’s native resolution as well as enhancing its quality. Furthermore, the display can also playback music and video files. 

As far as connectivity is concerned, the Sharp 8M-B120C is equipped with an HDMI 2.1 input which supports 4Kp120 and 8Kp60 formats over a single cable, four HDMI ports, a D-Sub (VGA) connector for a PC, and a 3.5-mm stereo audio input. The device also has a 100 Mbps Ethernet as well as two USB 3.0 ports. 

Premium video quality offered by the Sharp 8M-B-120C is accompanied by a Dolby Audio-badged audio subsystem featuring four 10-W speakers as well as two 15-W speakers. The LCD also has analogue and optical audio outputs. 

Featuring a 120-inch diagonal size, the Sharp 8M-B120C is enormously large and measures 107 x 32 x 78 inches (2717 × 805 × 1979 mm). It is also heavy: it weighs 454 Pounds about 206 KG with it stand. 

Sharp plans to start taking orders on its 8M-B120C display in late September and at least initially will make them to order. Recommended pricing of the product has not been announced, but we are certainly dealing with a premium LCD that will be priced accordingly.

Date: 11 Sep 2020 –
Written by: Anton Shilov –
Source: http://m.sharpusa.com

Konka Delays US Launch of OLED as it Launches Android LCD TVs.

Date: 19 Aug 2020 –
Written by: Rasmus Larsen –


Konka is launching new Android LCD TVs starting from $140, or $240 with 4K resolution. The OLED TVs announced at CES will be delayed to 2021.

KONKA REENTERS THE US:
China’s Konka is reentering the US TV market with three LCD TV ranges; H3, U5 and Q7 Pro. Ranging from 32 to 75 inches, all of the new LCD TVs feature direct LED without local dimming zones and either HD or 4K resolution.

All of the new LCD TVs also run Google’s Android TV platform, which offers access to streaming services such as Disney+, Netflix, and HBO.

“We’re very excited to announce that our high-performance Konka Android TVs are shipping now!” said Scott Ramirez, SVP of sales, Konka NA. “When consumers experience these Konka TVs, they’ll immediately see the difference, and everyone will know there’s a new player in town that’s offering a higher level of quality and value.”

Konka is a Top 5 TV Brand in its Home Country of China...
Konka is a Top 5 TV Brand in its Home Country of China.

Konka is a top-5 TV brand in its home country of China. It has previously tried to enter the US market without luck. At CES 2020, it announced that it will reenter the market, now with Google’s Android and a broad line-up of low to high-end TVs.

However, the 55- and 65-inch OLED TVs that Konka unveiled at CES 2020 as high-end TVs will not make it to the US this year as planned, the company confirmed to HDGuru, saying that the company decided to postpone our OLED TV launch until 2021 and instead focus on launching QLED TV as our advanced panel technology for 2020.

The new LCD-based Android TVs from Konka will start shipping in the US this month.

KONKA 2020 TV MODELS HIGHLIGHTED FEATURES:

H3 SERIES ANDROID TV MORE TV FOR YOUR MONEY:
Unlike many other TVs in their price class, the KONKA H3 Series TVs incorporate the stunning KONKA ZeroBezel  design and includes free the Voice Control Remote in the box. Combined with the powerfully smart Android TV system, KONKA H3 Series provides more for your money.  KONKA H3 Series TVs will be available in 32″ class 720p HD and 40″ class 1080p Full HD models, starting at $139.99.

KONKA U5 SERIES 4K ANDROID TV A NOTICEABLY BETTER TV:
The KONKA U5 Series is designed to be a noticeably better TV. In addition to the KONKA ZeroBezel design, KONKA XC3 Ultra HD Engine, AccuMotion enhanced motion rate and 4K HDR, the U5 Series also includes superior LED panel technology with ColorWave wide color gamut and HiBright Pro LED Backlight for 25% more brightness.  The result is incredible picture quality that everyone can appreciate. 

The U5 Series also has an enhanced Jack Pack with 4 HDMI Digital Inputs, 3 USB Inputs and much more.  KONKA U5 Series will be available in 43″, 50″, 55″, 65″ and 75″ class 4K Ultra HD models, starting at $239.99.

Q7 PRO SERIES QLED ANDROID TV A QUANTUM LEAP IN COLOR:
In addition to all of the incredible features found in the U5 Series, the Q7 Pro Series steps up to advanced QLED – Quantum Dot Technology and ColorWave Pro wide color gamut for 25% more color to create picture quality that is amazingly rich and shockingly lifelike illustrated in image. Because premium picture quality deserves a premium cosmetic design, the Q7 Pro Series also incorporates the KONKA ZeroBezel Pro metal design for the ultimate in TV styling. KONKA Q7 Pro Series will be available in 50″, 55″, 65″ and 75″ class models, starting at $369.99.

Date: 19 Aug 2020 –
Written by: Rasmus Larsen –
Source: https://www.flatpanelshd.com

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LG Releases FreeSync Premium Update for its CX, GX OLED TVs

Date: 13 Jul 2020
Written by: Rasmus Larsen


LG has released the promised firmware update to add support for FreeSync Premium (with HDR) on its 2020 CX and GX OLED TVs. The same update enables ATSC 3.0.

FREESYNC PREMIUM WITH HDR:

LG has released firmware version 03.10.20 in the US and Europe. The new firmware includes support for AMD FreeSync Premium, which LG had promised to add to select 2020 OLED TVs as reported first by FlatpanelsHD at CES 2020.

While PC monitors require the FreeSync Premium Pro tier to support HDR together with FreeSync, TVs only need to support the FreeSync Premium tier for HDR. AMD and owners confirm that HDR is working correctly together with FreeSync on LG’s CX and GX OLED TVs.

LG 2020 TVs already offered support for HDMI VRR and Nvidia’s G-Sync Compatible. With AMD FreeSync the TVs now support three VRR flavors – the widest support found in any TV. Samsung has been offering FreeSync in its TVs for a few years now but only recently added HDMI VRR. Sony just launched its first TV with HDMI VRR although it will require a future firmware update.

VRR provides smoother gameplay with a compatible PC or game console such as Xbox One S/X. VRR also reduces input lag and tearing.

AMD FreeSync Premium in LG 2020 TVs

The supported frequency range for AMD FreeSync Premium in LG 2020 TVs is 40-120Hz. Below that range, LFC (Low Framerate Compensation) kicks in. LG’s 2020 TVs support up to 4K at 120fps with maximum 4:2:0 and 8-bit over HDMI 2.0. Exact VRR support over HDMI 2.1 remains unclear as there are no HDMI 2.1 players/consoles available. LG has only said that 40-120Hz will be supported for 4K over HDMI 2.1.

LG’s 4K BX OLED and 8K ZX OLED TVs ranges will also gain support for FreeSync. Firmware updates for these sets are still pending.

A couple of caveats here. Users are reporting that if you enable FreeSync detection on a specific HDMI port, this HDMI port will no longer accept Dolby Vision signals; even if FreeSync is not engaged. It has also been reported that LG’s FreeSync implementation suffers from the same black level fluctuations as its HDMI VRR implementation.

Firmware version 3.10.20 also includes Apple AirPlay improvements, Sport Alert improvements, and support for ATSC 3.0 WX/GX only, meaning the new nextgen TV standard in the US. The firmware is available now in the US and Europe.

Date: 13 Jul 2020
Written by: Rasmus Larsen
Source: https://www.flatpanelshd.com

Nvidia Shield TV gets Prime Video update to fix ongoing 4K issues

Written by: Ben Schoon
Date: Apr. 22 2020

nvidia shield tv pro

The best Android TV set-top box for a while now has been Nvidia’s Shield TV. The box is typically great at displaying 4K HDR content, but lately, some users have been trouble with that. Specifically, Amazon Prime Video hasn’t been playing 4K on the Shield TV, but a fix is now rolling out.

Confirmed by Nvidia staff on the company’s forums, Amazon is rolling out an update to fix 4K issues. For a few weeks, users have been experiencing issues with 4K playback, especially on the 2019 Shield TV Pro. Content that would normally be 4K HDR — such as Amazon’s Originals — would instead be played in 1080p SDR.

While the exact cause of this isn’t clear, it does seem that Amazon has figured out a solution through an app update. It’s important to note that this is not a system update.

Rolling out over the past couple of days, an update to Prime Video is designed to fix the 4K issues Shield TV owners have been experiencing. Based on some users who have already updated the app on their TVs, it seems to do the trick. This update will be available to all users within the next 3 days.

Source: https://9to5google.com

4K UHD is Here to Stay.

Emanuel Pereira 

Written by: Emanuel Pereira

For those of you who have bought, or received as as gift, a 4K UHD TV congrats! You are not invested in a faddish piece of home entertainment consumer electronics in which the premium feature of your new display, like 3DTV, is practically useless for the lack of content.

The big difference with this evolutionary step in displays now, as compared to the 2000’s OTA (over the air) broadcast transition to HDTV, is that this time it’s OTT (over the top) content streaming providers who didn’t exist back then, such as Netflix and Amazon that have raised the bar, and consumers are buying. The rate of adoption for UHD TV is impressive and appears to be steeper than HDTV.4k UHD Screen

Netflix has been busy creating content in quality higher than many Hollywood television studios have been able to keep pace with, and have set the standard for themselves. However that is beginning to change. Crown Media, the owners of the Hallmark channel, as of now requires producers to deliver content in 4K. It’s only a matter of time now for other broadcasters to follow suit.

On the professional side, HDCam SR tape as a mastering format is diminishing. It’s been a few years now since broadcasters have begun taking digital delivery of program content, usually in the form of a ProRes 422 HQ QuickTime file transmitted digitally on the Aspera platform. The issue with ProRes Quicktime is that by nature it is an insecure format. Anyone who possesses the file can open it. This has created a need for a content container file format such as the encrypted DCP (digital cinema package) format used to distribute theatrical content. Many, including Netflix are banking on IMF (interoperable mastering format) as being the universal container for 4K UHD HDR masters. Tape will still be in existence, though in the LTO format for physical archiving purposes.

Meanwhile the Blu-ray distribution window sees new life as a 4K UHD medium providing Hollywood movies to the home through Sony’s Playstation 4 Pro. It seemed only a few years ago that Blu-ray’s days were numbered, with the emergence of on demand streaming content libraries of big title movies. But given that titles aren’t consistently or even permanently available on all platforms, and the recent obsolesce of the .mp3 music encoding format, there appears to still be value in having entertainment in a physical medium that the purchaser can hold onto and play any number of times without worry of having that right they licensed being taken away arbitrarily.

Source: https://www.constantchangemedia.com

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