Sony offers Ultra HD player and Xperia Tablet S to buyers of Ultra HD TV

Do you have an extra $25k? If you do then you are in luck. Recently, Sony announced the release of their first consumer Ultra HD television. The Ultra HD standard has 4 times the resolution of current top level HDTV. To sweeten the deal, Sony is now offering a Ultra HD video player and an Xperia Tablet S for a remote control. Sony is hushing critics who point to the lack of Ultra HD video content. The 4k Ultra HD TV model number Sony XBR-84X900 upscales all video inputs to near 4k Ultra HD quality. The 4k Ultra HD Player is a hard-disc server that will come preloaded with 10 movies: The Amazing Spiderman, Total Recall (2012) and Salt, to name a few. In addition, the server will have music videos and performances.
Sony was not the first to bring an Ultra HD TV to market, but they are the first to provide a complete viewing experience. Looking for a competitive edge in the over saturated HDTV market, Sony is besting LG, its only competitor in Ultra HD televisions by providing content to take advantage of every pixel on its new Ultra HD television.

3net To Develop First Native Ultra High Definition TV Show

The first native 4K show will be coming from 3net Studios, a joint venture between Sony, Imax, and Discovery. Their initial productions include Space, a three part series covering everything from the big bang to space in the future. This show will be shown in  all formats; 4K, 2K, 3D, and 2D, or what 3net calls “TotalD.” This show will be giving you “deeply stereoscopic 3D and Ultra HD shots to immerse the viewer within space itself…” 3net is also planning on releasing Marksman, a 3D stop-motion graphic novel series, as well as a few other shows. So if you plan on getting a second mortgage to pick up a 4K TV, you can expect to see some native 4K content sometime in 2013. Read more about it here.

Blu-ray Disc Are Here To Stay (for awhile)

Blu-rays are here for the foreseeable future and here is why: No digital option offers nearly as much content in terms of extras.  Recently, we did a review of the best ways to watch Prometheus at home and  the stand out factor was the vast amount of content and additional features that came with the 4-disc set.  The Prometheus 4-disc set comes with over 7 hours of additional footage (7 hours is not an exaggeration). iTunes consistently offers the most extra content of all digital download options, but no one competes with what is offered on Blu-ray.

I am not sure why this is the case. At first, I thought that the content on Blu-ray disc is just too much information to download; the content would take too much time to download via our current Internet speeds in the States. According to Akamai, more recent State of the Internet report, the U.S. average Internet connect speed is 5.8 Mbps. At that speed it would take about six and a half minutes to download the average two hour movie. Not bad, right? Now, if your were to download all of the content available in the Prometheus box set it would take an estimated thirty-five minutes. That is about the time it would take for a trip to the store and back minus the gas.

Even if you could, would you want to download that much content? Twenty of the average 2 disc sets would fill a terabyte hard drive. How about that, purchasing a new external hard drive yearly to download new movies. Looking further down the line, the Blu-ray spec is positioned to take advantage of the next movement of home theater technology, Ultra HD. Ultra HD is four times the resolution of current HDTV’s. The Blu-ray spec currently includes 25 and 50 GB disc with plans for 100 GB disc.

I enjoy the experience of opening a disc set. For that matter, I like real books.  Maybe I am old school, but I like tangible items so much I am willing to pay extra for them.

As long as Blu-ray disc-sets offer a superior amount of content and flexibility they will always be around. Nothing is fixed in stone, as every year Internet speeds and hard drive sizes increase. The content of digital downloads will eventually resemble what is on blu-ray, but not in the foreseeable future.

CEA Announces Ultra HD

The next generation of high definition is upon us, and it will be officially called “Ultra HD.” The Consumer Electronics Association has decided to come up with the new term to help consumers differentiate between the old and the new. The current standard for HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 will be bumped up to 3840 x 2160, which means your next set will be packed with over eight million pixels.  That should make your viewing experience better if you hope to someday outfit your home with an even larger screen. Sony and LG are among some of the manufacturers who have announced 4K sets with this new resolution. So let us look forward to enjoying this new standard which will really allow us to see all the imperfections on our favorite movie stars’ faces.