Warner Bros Announce Ultra HD Blu-rays Starting Releases

Standards change, we went from video tapes and floppy disks to Blu-rays and USB’s, all the while the video’s we watch became clearer and contained more features. The next standard to come out will be titled Ultra-HD Blu-ray, and is set to include 4K resolution, a term that many are saying is the next must-have piece of technology. Following on from the likes of Fox and Sony, Warner Bros have announced some of their first releases.

With the announcement that by the end of 2016 over 35 titles will be available on the new format, with even more titles available by “digital retailers”. The first available titles released by Warner Bros will be Mad Max: Fury Road, San Andreas, The Lego Movie and Pan.

In their statement, they continue to list some of the technological advantages that will come with the new format. These include Dolby Atmosa new system which is set to surpass surround sound by offering the ability to ‘move’ sound around the room, placing its location anywhere in the room before watching as people turn their head to hear the jet fly overhead or the crash of a pan hitting the floor behind the middle row of seats in the cinema.

With the players for this new format expected to be announced at CES this week, are you looking to upgrade? Do you own a 4k screen already and if so would you recommend it to anyone?

Ultra HD Blu-Ray Release Date Revealed

More and more people are upgrading to a 4K capable TV or monitor these days, and with services like Netflix and Amazon Prime offering content, albeit a limited library, ready to stream 4K movies and TV shows, it’s easy to see why. The prices of 4K TVs and monitors have been falling steadily and it now makes perfect sense to go for 4K vs a standard HD set if you’re upgrading.

Of course, streaming isn’t a viable option for everyone, mostly due to bandwidth limitations. I personally don’t have fast enough internet for streaming in 4K, so disc based media is certainly the way to go. I’m also a bit of a movie and home cinema buff, so streamed content, with its limited bitrates, compression and more, are simply a deal breaker for me; although perhaps not so for everyone else.

Ultra HD Blu-Ray has been a long time coming, with the format only having been finalized this year and Samsung revealing the first consumer model player at IFA this month. All the major studios are behind the new format and have helped shape the standards for it, but when can we expect discs to hit the market?

The new format will offer up a greatly improved resolution, wide colour space, HDR, HFR and much more, helping future proof the discs for quite some time and providing formats that we now often see used in the cinema, right in your own living room. The first discs are now expected to launch in January, with many of the major studios and networks pushing the Ultra HD discs on the same day they release the HD Blu-Ray.

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Sharp Prepares To Launch Worlds First 8k Screen In October

Tech companies are on a constant cycle of innovation with the aim of enticing consumers to spend more and more of their hard-earned cash, Televisions are a perfect example of this and have seen SD being usurped by HD, this was before 3D pushed its way to the front for it to be then beaten by 4K. Now, 4K is not all you need as Sharp are preparing to launch the first ever 8K display which looks set for its market debut in October 2015.

Companies have attempted to develop “super hi-vision” resolution test models, but these have only been as a prototype and have not been commercially available. Sharp hope to break through this barrier with an 8K format which provides 16 times as many pixels as 1080p high-definition, It also creates an image so detailed that it can appear three-dimensional.

I bet you would like to own one, but there might be a slight problem with that. Firstly, Sharp have unveiled the 8K model which is a colossal 85 inches in size. That’s OK, I did not need that front room wall there anyway, and secondly, the price currently stands at $133,000 dollars (£86,000) which is a lot. The market and price point would dictate that only industries which include broadcasters and also other companies involved in testing the format would be able to afford such an expensive piece of kit.

One market analyst has suggested that “8K TVs which are targeted at consumers would be released around 2016, and we don’t expect they will cross one million units until after 2019,” said Abhi Mallick, from IHS Technology.  An image is below to convey the spec of these new screens as opposed to current pixel resolutions, as you can see, Full HD is dwarfed by the sheer detail of 8K.

It’s an exciting evolution in tech, albeit a slightly redundant one considering the lack of 8K featured content which is currently available to consumers. A further angle on this would be the demand aspect for such high-resolution screens, are consumers ready to adopt this format or is it one step to far for the commercial viability of 8K, 3D has been considered a damp squib for home adoption and content would need to be readily available in order for this format to succeed within the next few years or so, this would include an increase in broadband speeds for super hi res streaming content.

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360-Degree Video Support Coming to YouTube ‘Soon’

YouTube supports a whole host of video formats, from Standard Definition, to 720p, 1080p, 3D and now of course 4k. But Google’s ever popular video streaming website doesn’t want to stop there – 360-degree video is coming soon.

YouTube says that they are “working to support 360-degree videos in the coming weeks.” 360 videos have started appearing all over the Internet, thanks to products like the full HD Giroptic 360cam being made available to consumers. YouTube however has seemingly lagged behind in offering support for this new technology, but that will be a thing of the past very soon.

That camera in particular is of note, as they say their camera will be one of the first to be supported by YouTube, no doubt helping the popularity of the product grow. The manufacturer hopes that its camera will be utilised in many of the ways the popular GoPro cameras have, producing a ton of viral videos.

Source: The Next Web

iPhone 6 and 6 Plus Can Play 4K Video Files

TUAW reports that the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are both capable of playing 4K video files, although not at full 4K resolution.

The devices are able to run and play the high resolution video smoothly without interruption, the only limitation being the fact that the displays have resolutions of 1334 x 750 and 1920 x 1080 pixels, bellow the 3840 x 2160 resolution of 4K. TUAW says that the discovery was made by the developers of WALTR, an app that uploads and converts pretty much any video of any format for native playback on iOS devices.

Source: TUAW