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Utilizing ATSC 3.0 sent thanks to a Sinclair broadcasting station near the Consumer Electronics Show 2016 in Las Vegas, witnesses will be able to see the first rendition of a live 4K television broadcast. Described by PC World as being the next-generation broadcasting standard in the US, ATSC 3.0 signifies the future of live TV.
Encoded by a scalable medium called high-efficiency video encoding (SVHC), this technology is based on H.265 compression, further allowing these new 4K TV signals to include HDR. This HDR addition means that vibrant colors on consumer televisions will be displayed, resulting in deeper blacks and bright whites. These features are a first for broadcasting, marking the first time that technologies such as HDR and 4K will be beamed to anyone within reach.
Sinclair tested this technology in December 2015 to an audience of South Korean TV executives, with this Las Vegas testing set to be the first public launching platform. Other cities in the US will have the chance of viewing these demonstrations at a later date.
LG is getting serious about its OLED TV advertisement, securing Hollywood director Ridley Scott - you know, the guy who directed Blade Runner and most recently, The Martin - to direct a new ad during next year's Super Bowl. We definitely understand why, as we fell in love with - and I'm still deeply in love with LG's 65-inch 4K curved OLED TV.
Scott will be in charge of directing LG's OLED spot, which will debut on February 7 during the Super Bowl 50 broadcast. The commercial will "showcase LG's widely acclaimed OLED TV technology and introduce a soon-to-be-announced addition to its OLED TV line" according to LG, and will be produced by Scott's RSA Films company, and helped by Scott's son, Jake.
Scott is also no stranger to Super Bowl notoriety, as he directed the infamous 1984 commercial for Apple and its Macintosh at the time, which is recognized as the best Super Bowl ad of all time.
Both LG and AOC have debuted some tantalizing FreeSync monitors at this year's CES.
First up is the AOC C3583FQ (pictured above), a 21:9 ultrawide display with a curved AMVA panel and maximum refresh rate of 160Hz with overclocking and 144Hz without. Resolution isn't confirmed, but you can assume 3440x1440 or 2560x1080. For I/O, you have 2 x HDMI 1.4 ports, 2 x DisplayPort 1.2a+ ports, and a 3.5mm audio jack; for audio, you get integrated rear facing 5W speakers.
AOC is set to show off its new C3583FQ monitor at CES 2016, according to eTeknix. The site reports that the 35-inch monitor will rock a 160Hz refresh rate and 3440x1440 resolution, so after getting excited about this and falling to the ground in excitement, I did some Googling and discovered it will rock a lower resolution, and refresh rate.
The upcoming AOC C3583FQ will feature the lower 2560x1080 resolution, and a 144Hz refresh rate backed up by AMD's FreeSync technology. On PCMonitors.info, there are more details on the screen stating that the panel AOC are using is a 35-inch AU Optronics AMVA3 (Advanced Multi-Domain Vertical Alignment 'type 3') panel with a 144Hz refresh rate, 2000R (relatively strong) curve, and 2560x1080 resolution.
The new monitor from AOC will rock 2 x HDMI 1.4 ports, 2 x DisplayPort 1.2a+ ports (with Adaptive-Sync support), a 3.5mm audio jack (input/output). There'll also be two rear-facing 5W speakers included on the AOC C3583FQ. We should see it unveiled at CES 2016 in a couple of weeks time, so keep your eyes peeled to TweakTown.
I'm a huge fan of UltraWide monitors, where I sit in front of an LG UltraWide 21:9 monitor every day of the week. Well, the Consumer Electronics Show kicks off in Las Vegas next month, with LG flexing its display muscles ahead of the show.
LG has announced three new 21:9 UltraWide monitors, all rocking the 3440x1440 resolution and boasting Thunderbolt 2 connectivity. The new LG UC98 and UC88 models will feature curved panels, while the UC88 will be a flat, 21:9 UltraWide display. LG also took the time to unveil two new 4K displays, with the UD88 and UD68 series, both sporting USB Type-C connectivity. Also, LG will be rolling out Gram at CES, its 15.6-inch laptop that runs Windows 10 on a Skylake-based Intel processor. LG's Gram weighs just over 2 pounds, and compared to Apple's MacBook Air which weighs just under 2 pounds, LG has something to really show off.
Apple has opened a secret laboratory in Longtan, Taiwan, according to anonymous sources as well as building management and economics ministry records.
You may have immediately imagined an underground facility with the express goal of world domination, but the reality is said to be much more innocent (though still exciting): developing new display technologies for Apple devices. Specifically: liquid-crystal displays that are "thinner, lighter, brighter, and more energy-efficient" than before.
Announced in a recently issued press release, LG has installed Bluetooth connectivity to its PH550, PW1000 and PW1500 Minibeam series projectors. In addition to Wi-Fi connections also being available, this new technology means that you can project at meetings or in confined spaces without worrying about multitudes of cables getting in the way.
LG calls its invention 'triple wire-free connectivity', explaining it in the press release to mean "that users can send content to the projector from a smartphone or tablet using the Wi-Fi mirroring-enabled Screen Share, connect to speakers wirelessly via Bluetooth and unplug from the wall for 2.5 hours of viewing pleasure using the rechargeable internal battery."
In addition to offering wireless connection and an internal battery, these projects are seriously tiny - some models being less than the size of an A4 sheet of paper. Winning a CES 2016 Innovation Award, the PF1000U model is capable of projecting a 100-inch image when placed only 15 inches from a surface - showing some serious power packed under the hood.
FreeSync over HDMI was showcased as a concept at this past June's Computex in Taipei, but now it's very real and very official.
As you may know, HDMI doesn't support AMD's smooth gameplay tech by default -- a DisplayPort-equipped monitor is required. However, it can support it via the introduction of "specific, proprietary extensions that introduce the necessary variable frame-rate technology", and this is exactly what AMD is doing. They're not offering further details on the extensions at this stage, but the important thing is you don't have to shell out for a more expensive DisplayPort monitor to experience the tech.
While most of Hollywood films their movies in digital, Quentin Tarantino has a huge soft spot for shooting his movies in 70mm. It wasn't too long a go now that Tarantino said that he hates Netflix, and still uses VHS.
Tarantino's latest movie 'The Hateful Eight' was shot entirely on 70mm, and has been shown off at glamorous "roadshows". Tarantino was adament that he shot The Hateful Eight on 70mm, with the featurette from Fandango embedded above seeing Tarantino explaining why he loves shooting his movies in 70mm versus digital.
LG is leading the OLED TV game, with the South Korean giant investing a further $8.7 billion into OLED production and building another manufacturing facility to handle the extra OLED panels, something that won't be finished until 2018.
The latest report from Reuters is that LG is spending around $8.7 billion on the new facility that will be built in Paju, South Korea. Earlier this year LG had a significant delay in OLED production as it experienced a gas leak, halting all production. LG will be using the new OLED production plant to manufacturer more OLED panels for automotive and TV-sized panels, but again, this won't roll through til 2018.
We've already fallen in love with LG's 4K curved OLED TV, with it being the best TV we've ever laid our eyes on.