New version brings 64-bit, faster encoding of many video formats
Telestream has announced the availability of the newest version of its Episode video encoding software, Episode 7.0. The new software adds 64-bit technology support for faster encoding and better memory allocation, more encoding presets, as well as full 4K video support.
Production techniques lower repairability, as well as need to be repaired
The latest version of the 21.5-inch iMac, now sporting a new 4K-capable Retina display, has been torn down by repair tool sellers iFixit and given an expected low score for repairability (1 out of 10) due to Apple's production techniques on the line. The examination revealed little in the way of new information, confirming that the new custom Retina-quality panel was made by LG and that the design of the Wi-Fi antenna had been secured and changed slightly.
Full 4K video resolution playback only possible on Retina iMacs, Mac Pros
Following the introduction of the new 4K 21.5-inch Retina iMac and the refresh of the 27-inch 5K Retina iMacs, Apple has updated iMovie for Mac to version 10.1, bringing support for both 1080p 60fps slow-motion video as well as 4K video editing at 3840x2160 on "compatible Mac computers." These include Macs from 2011 or later with at least 4GB of RAM, although full-resolution 4K video playback requires one of the Retina iMac models, or a Mac Pro that is connected to a 4K display.
New NAS brings iTunes server, Kodi, uPnP media, more
Asustor has announced the launch of the diamond plate-finished 31 series NAS devices for multimedia prosumers -- the new 31 series consists of the two-bay AS3102T and the four-bay AS3104T. Both new models feature 4K multimedia playback and AES-NI encryption, in addition to server support for a large amount of media playback applications.
New 4K iMacs allegedly going on sale from October 13
Apple may be preparing to launch new iMacs with 4K-resolution displays in the near future, according to a report. It is claimed new 21.5-inch iMacs equipped with the high-resolution screens will be revealed next week, with Apple allegedly looking to ship the initial batches to stores by October 13, with increased availability of the computer apparently expected in November, in preparation for the holiday shopping period.
Certification ensures advanced HDMI speeds reached
HDMI Licensing today announced the Premium HDMI Cable Certification Program. This new certification program encompasses additional and enhanced HDMI cable testing, as well as a comprehensive anti-counterfeiting label program, aimed at ensuring consumer satisfaction with 4K and UltraHD content delivery.
New Roku 4 can stream 4K content from Netflix, Amazon, YouTube
The latest generation of the Roku streaming set-top box is finally offering support for 4K-resolution content. The Roku 4 is now able to push the high-resolution content to Ultra HD televisions at up to 60 frames per second, with the device able to stream 4K TV shows and movies from Netflix, M-Go, Amazon Instant Video, Vudu, and YouTube with HEVC and VP9 support, as well as upscaling 1080p content to 4K resolution.
Movie editor also gains 60fps 1080p, 3D Touch, redesigned views, more
In accordance with new features found on the latest iPhones and iPads, Apple has updated the iOS version of iMovie to support 4K video, as well as 3D Touch and other new gestures that are part of that technology. The new version supports iOS 9, and includes other features that aren't exclusive to the newly-announced iPhone 6s line and iPad Pro. Among these is support for working with 1080p video at 60 frames per second, a redesigned Audio browser, and compatibility with Slide Over and Split View in iOS 9.
New Fire TV offering from Amazon paves the way for a 4k future
Today, alongside an assortment of Fire Tablet announcements, Amazon unveiled the new Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. The Fire TV boasts a faster processor, High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) support, and supports 4K streaming. The Fire TV Stick is unchanged, but now has voice search. Additionally, coming to the older Fire TV is the new Fire OS 5, with Alexa voice search support.
Multiple USB port, Thunderbolt 2, capacities up to 12TB highlights of offering
WD today introduced the My Book Pro Thunderbolt 2 storage device. The array, pre-formatted for OS X, is available in four capacities, is aimed at 4K content producers, and pairs two 7200RPM hard drives on a Thunderbolt 2 interface to deliver 435MB/s transfer rates. A hot-swappable hardware RAID controller gives users RAID 0 or 1 options for the drives, and front-mounted USB ports can be used to charge devices, or to connect and transfer files.
Unreleased model referred to with professional 4K resolution
[Correction: fixed error in revealed native resolution] The recently-released sixth developer beta (just today matched with a fourth public preview) has revealed listings for an as-yet-unreleased product listing, which could be an iMac -- and, according to the configuration files inside the beta, the forthcoming unit sports a "professional level" 4K resolution of 4096x2304 -- slightly higher than "consumer 4K" resolutions of 3840x2160 found on most 4K HDTVs. The files refer only to resolution, and give no hints on display size or class of product.
BT releasing 4K-capable set-top box, launching Ultra HD sports channel
BT has revealed it will be bringing 4K content to some of its UK customers, alongside the unveiling of extra sporting coverage on BT Sport. Pocket-Lint reports the set-top box will be an upgraded YouView+ device with 1TB of storage, capable of holding 600 hours of SD recording and 250 hours of HD video. The set-top box will be available only to BT Infinity customers when it is released. As for content, the dedicated channel BT Sport Ultra HD is being created, with it showing games from the UEFA Champions League, Barclays Premier League, FA Cup, and Aviva Premiership Rugby.
New satellite quadruples 4K bandwidth over entirety of North America
DirecTV has expanded its satellite fleet in both the US and Latin America with the dual launch of new spacecraft that will significantly increase HD capacity. One of the satellite launches, DIRECTV-15, will pave the way to future 4K UltraHD programming on the service, and backup DirecTV's existing satellite fleet.
New monitor has five inputs, pass-through USB 3.0
As part of a much larger array of reveals at the Taiwan Computex, Asus showed the ProArt PA329Q 4K monitor. The new Asus offering is a 32-inch 4K/UHD (ultra-high-definition) monitor with a wide variety of input options aimed at professionals, and which delivers a 100 percent Adobe RGB color gamut.
New spec includes 4k, object-based sound compatibility
The Blu-ray Disc Association yesterday announced completion of the Ultra HD Blu-ray specification. In addition to delivering content in up to 3840x2160 resolution, the Ultra HD Blu-ray format enables delivery of a significantly expanded color range and allows for the delivery of high dynamic range and high frame rate content.
Xfinity Xi4 set-top box will play 4K on-demand content
Comcast will be giving owners of Ultra HD televisions something to watch in the future, with the company revealing its upcoming Xi4 set-top box will be able to handle 4K-resolution content. The new cable box announcement is accompanied by other smaller items, including the ability to stream content from a smartphone or tablet to the device for viewing on the television.
High 4K resolution smartphone screen going into production next year
Sharp has unveiled another high-resolution display for smartphones heading into production in the future. Following on from the earlier 4.1-inch, 2,560x1,600 screen, offering a pixel density of 736 pixels per inch (ppi), the new panel measures 5.5 inches but boasts the ability to display a 4K image, with its 2,160x3,840 resolution giving it an impressive pixel density of 806 ppi.
Updated model for 2015 includes 4K Ultra HD, developer edition
The updated model of Dell's Precision M3800 mobile workstation was unveiled at the Sundance Film Festival today. The 15-inch M3800 is designed with ISV-certifications for video editors, graphic designers, and other high-demand users in mind, and is available now from Dell's online store. The new M3800 includes much-requested options, such as a 4K Ultra HD touch display and a new Ubuntu-based developer edition.
Windows 10 device intended to simplify conferencing, communications
Microsoft's Surface ecosystem didn't get left behind in today's Windows 10 event. Unveiled at the media event was the Microsoft Surface Hub, which is either a 55- or 84-inch 4K display, utilizing a custom Windows 10 version, featuring touch and stylus input with voice and gesture controls.
Consumer and commercial-grade technologies demonstrated at CES 2015
Yesterday at CES, ViewSonic released its newest line-up of products. On hand for demonstrations at the Encore Hotel in Las Vegas are new 4K displays, "price-competitive" digital projectors, Virtual Desktop Interface (VDI) solutions, and commercial-grade digital signage displays. Included in the announcements was a new 3,200-lumen projector; 27- and 28-inch 4K monitors; a curved 34-inch LED and 27-inch gaming monitor, and some large-format signage displays.
Netflix, Haier, Insignia on board as partners; releases across the year
Entertainment streaming platform provider Roku made a number of announcements today at CES regarding Roku televisions and expanded HD content streaming. Roku will be partnering with television manufacturers Haier and Insignia to produce new HDTV models of Roku televisions, while NetFlix works on delivering 4K compatible content through Roku's platforms, and a previous Roku TV maker will focus on debuting a Roku 4K Ultra HD TV for the new year.
Sony pushing heavily into 4k video with new line of visual products
Sony's launch keynote to the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show has concluded, with the manufacturer announcing a big push into 4K for the year. A total of 11 new 4K Bravia LCD TVs will be brought to market across three series in the year. Additionally, the company is refreshing its Action Cam line, with its newest 4K Handycam -- which is 30 percent smaller and 20 percent lighter than the model that is being replaced.
Super Slim TV measures only half an inch thick
While the main focus of Sharp's morning keynote was the new Beyond 4K Ultra HD TV, some time was also spent showing off an upcoming Super Slim 4K set. While most details are still unknown, the TV will become available towards the end of 2015 in a 70-inch model. The Super Slim model will very closely mirror the features found in the also-announced UE30 and UH30 TVs, but in a form factor that measures only half an inch thick (excluding the set mount). Beyond Sharp's own SmartCentral 4.0 platform, the Super Slim TV will also include Google's Android TV.
Company shows new 4k televisions, sound base, display
Display manufacturer Sceptre will be celebrating its 30th anniversary at the Bellagio in Las Vegas this week, during CES. New and highlighted this year are an 84-inch 4K UHD television, a 49-inch 4K UHD touchscreen computer monitor, and a wireless soundbase for use to bolster sound from the flat panel televisions.
Flagship CX850 pairs Firefox OS with voice commands
Panasonic has revealed its 2015 lineup of 4K TVs, including several models powered by Mozilla's Firefox OS. The company's Ultra HD lineup has expanded to nine different models in the CX850, CX800, CX650 and CX600 families, adding an upgraded flagship series and new midrange options. Aside from the software features, Panasonic's latest 4K display panels are claimed to bring improved picture quality with brighter presentation and a wider color gamut.
Pixel splitting technology brings near 8k resolution
During its morning press conference at CES, Sharp unveiled its new Beyond 4K Ultra HD TV. The new TV uses a combination of the company's pixel splitting and Quattron technologies to pack 66 million subpixels into a single 80-inch panel. By splitting pixels in half vertically, and allowing each subpixel to create its own color value, Sharp claims the display can reach a resolution that begins to approach 8K (7680 x 4320). The company, however, did not give an exact resolution that the panel can display.
Art Slim OLED panels measure 55, 65, 77 inches, use webOS for smart TV
LG is continuing to commit to OLED-based televisions, by launching a number of sets alongside LCD versions it teased late last month. A total of seven 4K-resolution OLED TVs will be revealed at CES, with the collection including the company's webOS 2.0-based smart TV system, as well as a few new content partnership announcements.
New monitor collection includes four curved screens, 5K-resolution display
HP launched quite a few high-resolution monitors at CES, along with a few other notable displays. The HP Zvr is a virtual reality display that forms part of the company's Blended Reality ecosystem, while two 4K screens are joined by a 5K-resolution model, with the collection rounded out by four curved high-resolution computer monitors.
Myriad of announcements by Acer pre-CES brings EU-only computer
Adding to its litany of releases for CES, Acer has today announced the launch of the Revo One RL85. The Revo One was designed to be the home entertainment hub, powered by Intel Core i3 or i5 processors and supporting dual displays at Ultra HD (3840x2160) 4K2K video output resolution.
Dev channel for Chrome OS includes always-on voice search option
Google is bringing the always-on "Ok Google" voice command to Chromebooks. Spotted in the Dev Channel version of the operating system by Francois Beaufort, the function lets users perform a search verbally at any time, in a similar manner to some Android smartphones. It is unknown if or when the feature will reach non-developer users.
Ultra HD streams of Amazon originals, Sony Pictures movies offered to Prime subscribers
Amazon has started to make some of its Prime Instant Video content available to view in 4K, later than originally thought and months after major competitor Netflix started offering its Ultra HD streams. The change will allow Prime subscribers to stream a selection of movies and TV shows, including some of Amazon's original productions, as well as offering up 4K movie purchases to all customers.
Vimeo starts accepting 4K-resolution video from Pro subscribers
Vimeo is allowing Vimeo Pro users to upload 4K-resolution videos to the service. GigaOM reports that subscribers of the $200-per-year service can transfer the high-resolution video files to its video-on-demand platform, putting the videos up for sale and download by customers. While downloads are available, Vimeo is not allowing 4K streams to operate yet, with CTO Andrew Pile admitting the lack of device support for the format.
Move makes DirecTV the first video provider with 4k
This weekend, satellite television provider DirecTV will become the first multi-channel video provider to offer 4K Ultra HD programming direct to customers. At launch, the company will begin offering 19 movies and documentaries from both Paramount Pictures and Havoc, with more titles to be announced soon. Customers will need an Internet-connected Genie HD DVR model HR34 and above, and a Samsung UHD TV that is DirecTV 4K ready. Pricing for 4K movies will range from $4 to $16, and will be on a per-movie basis.
Notebook line gets a 15.6-inch UHD model, free game download offered on select models
Acer announced today that it is expanding offerings in its line of gaming and professional graphics notebooks. The Aspire V Nitro series gets another high-end Black Edition, this time with a 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) 15.6-inch screen. Where the previous models offered topped out at Full HD (1080p) options with resolutions up to 1920x1080, the new UHD model bumps the screen up to 3840x2160.
Large LG monitor opts for higher-resolution Digital Cinema 4K standard
LG has introduced another high-resolution monitor to its computer display range, one which is able to display a higher-than-Ultra HD image. The Digital Cinema 4K monitor offers a resolution of 4096x2160, higher than the 3840x2160 resolution of a standard 4K television or display, all packed into a screen measuring 31 inches diagonally.
On paper, its not as strong as the 2012 model, but why worry?
After its release, we came out pretty strongly against Apple's new $499 Mac mini. We thought it to be underpowered, and despite some minor improvements, generally a step backwards. Time has passed, tempers have cooled a bit, and we've given it a second thought. While we're not saying that its a must-buy, there are some good use cases for it, and in some instances it trumps the 2012 model.
Support comes from Chrome 37, $12 a month plan required for new 4K video subscribers
Linux users of the Ubuntu variety can now watch Netflix without hacks or workarounds. The ability to stream Netflix comes with the latest build of the Chrome browser for the operating system, for up-to-date Ubuntu users. Netflix also confirmed that subscription fees for users wanting to stream 4K Ultra HD video are increasing.
UltraWide screen monitors, cheap 4K TVs and more
Newegg.com this week has the LG 21.9-inch UltraWide screen backlight LCD monitor on sale for $250. That's already $100 off the list price of $350, and when coupon code 'AUTMNTIME88' is used at checkout, the price drops even further to $210. All together, that is around $40 less than the next lowest price. This monitor features a resolution of 2560x1080, 5ms response time, a contrast ratio of 1000:1, and provides a variety of input options including DVI, HDMI and DisplayPort. A one-year warranty on parts and labor is included from LG.
Range starts from $1,000 for 50-inch 4K-capable television
Vizio has made available to pre-order a range of Ultra HD televisions it first revealed at CES in January, priced low in comparison to other manufacturer's high-resolution sets. The P-Series consists of five televisions measuring 50, 55, 60, 65, and 70 inches in size, with all capable of showing a 4K-resolution image and upscaling 1080p video.
BeoVision Avant 85 has large 85-inch Ultra HD display, hidden soundbar
Bang & Olufsen has unveiled an Ultra HD television, following its earlier BeoVision Avant 55. The Avant 85 boasts a high-resolution 4K-capable display measuring 85 inches diagonally, with the television using a number of unique motorized stands which allow it to change the viewing angle, as well as making the set more discrete.
Samsung Ultra HD televisions among first to receive 4K Amazon content
Amazon Instant Video will soon start to stream TV shows and films in 4K-resolution, with Samsung Ultra HD televisions set to be among the first to receive the content. The electronics giant revealed that the retailer will start streaming the high-resolution video to customers with 4K-compatible televisions from October, with all global versions of Amazon Instant Video and Prime Instant Video set to receive it at the same time.
Curved Ultra HD OLED televisions from LG have 77-inch, 65-inch screens
Shortly after launching a curved OLED HDTV in the United States, LG has revealed it will be bringing to market similar televisions with a higher Ultra HD resolution. The previously-rumored 4K-capable displays, in 77-inch and 65-inch versions, will have the same OLED technology and curved surface as the earlier release, but this time it will be able to show 4K-resolution video.
Sony Bravia S90 can display 4K content on its concave screen
Sony has unveiled new curved Ultra HD televisions in its Bravia collection , following after similar high-resolution launches by Samsung and LG. The Bravia S90 range is made up of two televisions, measuring 75 inches and 65 inches, with both having a concave display panel, the ability to play back 4K-resolution and 3D content, and a 4.2-channel speaker system.
High-resolution Acer Ultra HD display available in United States
Acer has put a Ultra HD monitor on sale in the United States, aimed at the professional market. Measuring 28 inches, the B286HK has a native 3,840x2,160 resolution in a 16:9 aspect ratio, is said to offer sharp pictures and high color accuracy courtesy of its included six-axis color adjustment system, and has a maximum contrast ratio of 100 million to one, with a response time of 2ms.
Large 105-inch LG television goes on sale one week after similar Samsung screen
LG has opened pre-orders for the 105-inch curved Ultra HD television it demonstrated at CES, one week after Samsung did the same for its own large-screened television. The 105UC9 LG display has a relatively similar specifications list to the Samsung screen, with an almost identical price tag as well, though LG is opting to initially offer it just within South Korea, before attempting to put it on sale elsewhere.
Curved 4K television includes installation by Samsung engineers
Samsung has put the 105-inch Ultra HD television it demonstrated at CES this year up for pre-order in the United States. The UN105S9, a super-sized curved television capable of displaying a 4K-resolution image, is being priced by the electronics giant at $120,000, far higher than any other television in the company's entire S9 television range, including last year's $40,000 set.
Game streaming service sees first expansion into television market, still in beta
Television owners feeling left out of the PlayStation Now beta program no longer need to be, as long as they own one of a select number of Sony televisions. The electronics manufacturer announced that on June 30, the PlayStation 3 game streaming service will come to the company's 4K Ultra HD televisions, as well as a small number of 1080p Bravia units.
4K-resolution display on 12-inch Samsung tablet unlikely to go on sale in near future
Samsung is exploring the use of 4K-resolution displays in mobile devices, according to a report. A tablet using the high-resolution screen was spotted and photographed during an LTE broadcasting demonstration at the French Open tennis tournament, and while it is unlikely for the device to head to market anytime soon, it suggests the manufacturer is at least testing the waters for a possible future release.
Broadcaster to perform closed Ultra HD content trials this summer
The BBC will be trialling broadcasts of Ultra HD content during the World Cup in Brazil this summer. The broadcaster revealed its research and development labs will be performing the tests on 4K video shot during the tournament by Sony, in order to "better understand the latest UHD distribution technologies and standards in a live outside broadcast."
Zenbook NX500 can show 4K image on 15.6-inch screen
Asus introduced two new devices capable of displaying a 4K-resolution image at Computex today. The Zenbook NX500 continues the notebook line, and is a 15.6-inch Ultrabook running Windows 8.1 with a 3840x2160-resolution display, while the ProArt Monitor PA328Q has the same resolution in a 32-inch 16:9 screen, in a monitor aimed at professionals using desktop computers.