As Australia flicked the switch on its first 4k channel via Foxtel, the rest of the world is now bracing for 8k. But is there any content that people want to watch available?
In a preview of coming attractions, a number of companies, including Samsung, unveiled 8K TVs at CES 2018, which brought an 85-inch, 8K version of its QLED TV to the event.
The race for a more immersive visual experience seems to be never ending but it appears the real driver behind the exploding IPTV market forecast to touch $80 billion in 2020 is personalised on-demand viewing.
Content and delivery innovation is leading the expansion of hours per day consumption as viewers choose interactive television, binge-watching, independent cinema, innovative television formats, more localised and vernacular content. These trends are all delivered over the IP which in most territories will struggle to stream 4K let alone 8k.
Despite this Samsung unveiled its new range of 8K TVs at IFA in Berlin last week.
The Q900R QLED 8K TV, will be available starting at the end of September and in four available sizes, which are all huge; 65 inches, 75 inches, 82 inches, and 85 inches.
The differentiator is how many pixels and brightness it can produce, which is 16 times as many pixels compared to a normal HD TV with a capability of 4,000 nit peak brightness, compared to the 1,700 peak brightness in its latest Q9-series 4K QLED TVs.
The problem is that there is not much 8K content available, and Samsung knows this. Their 8K TV range uses Artificial Intelligence technology to improve or upscale the picture quality of whatever you’re watching, whether you’re using an IPTV set-top box or a game console, or even mirroring content from your phone.
“At Samsung, we’ve worked tirelessly over the years to move the industry forward when it comes to premium picture quality, and the introduction of our QLED 8K with 8K AI Upscaling is an integral component as we look to the future of displays,” said Jongsuk Chu, Senior Vice President of Visual Display Business at Samsung Electronics.
Samsung’s proprietary 8K AI Upscaling technology based on AI also comes equipped with picture and sound quality to a level compatible with 8K regardless of the original source quality or format. Great news for closed IPTV networks such as corporate and institutional installations aiming to stay future ready.
The AI scaling means that whether a user is watching content through a streaming service, set-top box, HDMI, USB or even mobile mirroring, the Quantum Processor 8K recognizes and upscales the content to appear in 8K quality.
Pricing has yet to be released but it is expected to be at the high-end spectrum with QLED 4K ultra-HD TVs starting at US$3,300 for 65 inches. The 75-inch model of that TV costs about US$5,300.
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