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      Samsung 'Ultra HD' TVs to launch in UK this month

      Samsung 'Ultra HD' TVs to launch in UK this month - Telegraph
      Samsung's new Ultra-HD televisions will retail from £4,000

      Electronics maker Samsung has revealed that its 55 and 65-inch “Ultra HD” televisions will be available to buy in the UK in July.

      Retailing at £4,000 and £6,000 respectively, the so-called Samsung F9000 TVs offer four times the resolution of current full HD TVs for brighter, clearer images and a more immersive viewing experience.

      The TVs come with Samsung’s built-in recommendation engine, which lets viewers search content and get recommendations based on their previous viewings, and voice interaction technology so that viewers can control their TV using everyday language.

      They run on quad-core processors and are also equipped with 70W speaker output, which when combined with high-definition audio technology from DTS provides a surround sound experience.

      Ultra HD – also known as 4K because it has nearly 4,000 horizontal pixels – has been touted “the next big thing” in consumer electronics. With a resolution of 3840 x 2160, Ultra HD TVs are exactly four times sharper than the full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080.


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      Re: Samsung 'Ultra HD' TVs to launch in UK this month

      Is there actually any way of watching this 4K? What I mean is where's the source? It isn't being broadcast over here and it isn't available on blu-ray or equivalent. So what's the point of being an early adopter, paying a fortune for the TV and not being able to take advantage of the technology anyway? Or am I missing something?

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      Re: Samsung 'Ultra HD' TVs to launch in UK this month

      Currently there are two legal sources that I know of:




      I am sure that once the TVs start landing in the stored that more providers will start to make some content available.

      Judging by the current uptake of HD, it could take years before a full or near full 4K service is available. Sure someone such as Sky may launch a 4K channel in say 2015, but it is unlikely that there will be as many UHDTV channels as we do now for HD for much longer.

      With the ever improving broadband speeds, I can see plenty of arguments to suggest that this path will be used ever more in the future.

      As for Blu-ray, these are not currently suitable for UHDTV. The last report I read stated that they hadn't agreed on a suitable encryption system so it would be difficult to produce kit capable of recording UHDTV content for retailing.

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      Re: Samsung 'Ultra HD' TVs to launch in UK this month

      Will Sky go into 4K..... they don't even transmit 1080p, only 1080i, unless encoding improves, the cost to transmit would be way too much.

      HD sub is £10.25, 4K sub will probably be 4K
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      Re: Samsung 'Ultra HD' TVs to launch in UK this month

      cant see many of these been sold considering where all going on budgets.

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      Re: Samsung 'Ultra HD' TVs to launch in UK this month

      With the present financial climate I can't see many takers of 4K TV to be fair.

      Sure the picture quality is far better, but with only around 60 channels in HD and only one 3D channel, I suspect that the majority of Sky's customer base will be happy with what they have for the present time.

      Of course 4K is what is currently being shown in the cinemas, so those who do adopt it will probably be looking for a true Home Cinema setup which includes good quality sound with plenty of sound channels to match.

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      Re: Samsung 'Ultra HD' TVs to launch in UK this month

      I talked to a sales guy in John Lewis whilst looking at a 4k set. JL have had to install a Server to feed the 4k TV as no other source will cope (even an HDD on USB2 can't transmit data rapidly enough). As is reported elsewhere the commitment to 4k can't occur until a standard is agreed so buying at the moment only makes sense if you can buy again in a year or two when a standard is set. Finally 4k resolution sounds nice and is great for static images but refresh rate is extremely important otherwise you will see very bad smearing and the use of lower shutter speeds during production (so you can produce various formats from the same original) will enhance/enable lower resolutions prints but defeat the objective of 4k. Lots yet to be decided! And a massive investment by the broadcasters. Scubbie points out cinemas goers already see 4k images so the availability of content may make Movie Channels the obvious first choice for 4k. But when?

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      Re: Samsung 'Ultra HD' TVs to launch in UK this month

      I would imagine that many pubs would love to have the major sports shown in HD as well.

      Considering the initial costs involved, a pub with a 4K TV showing a major Premiership match would be a great pull for punters. Any other local pubs without 4K TV would be a lot quieter. So you points about the refresh rates are even more important if sport is to be shown in the best light.

      I recall comments about UHDTV last year in places where it was used to show the Olympic games. People commented that it was like being there and some of them had.

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      Re: Samsung 'Ultra HD' TVs to launch in UK this month

      Though you might be interested, the Sony Playstation4 & Xbox One both have 4K output capability.
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      Re: Samsung 'Ultra HD' TVs to launch in UK this month

      And you can buy a sony 4k media player now too:
      Sony 4K Media Server | 4K Ultra HD Media Player | FMP-X1Review | Sony Store

      With a 4k version of their video unlimited service on the way...

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      No plans to launch in europe yet though:
      Sony Not Bringing Ultra HD Media Player & 4K Movie Downloads To UK

     

     
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