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Next Step in TV: Ultra High-Definition
Oct 22, 2012
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The next generation of "4K" high-definition display technology for the home will be called "Ultra High-Definition" or "Ultra HD." These large-screen TVs have more than eight million pixels of resolution, or four times the resolution of current high-definition TVs, according to the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA).

CEA's Board of Industry Leaders unanimously voted to endorse the consensus opinion of CEA's "4K" Working Group, recommending the term "Ultra High-Definition" and related performance attributes. The name and related minimum performance characteristics are designed to help consumers and retailers understand the attributes of this next generation of TV and display technology beginning to roll out this fall.

The Working Group, now known as the CEA Ultra HD Working Group, was formed earlier in 2012 to bring stakeholders together to discuss how best to define and educate consumers about this new technology.

"Ultra HD is the next natural step forward in display technologies, offering consumers an incredibly immersive viewing experience with outstanding new levels of picture quality," said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. "This new terminology and the recommended attributes will help consumers navigate the marketplace to find the TV that best meets their needs."

The group also defined the core characteristics of Ultra High-Definition TVs, monitors and projectors for the home. Minimum performance attributes include display resolution of at least eight million active pixels, with at least 3,840 horizontally and at least 2,160 vertically. Displays will have an aspect ratio with width to height of at least 16 X 9. To use the Ultra HD label, display products will require at least one digital input capable of carrying and presenting native 4K format video from this input at full 3,840 X 2,160 resolution without relying solely on up-converting.

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