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LG introduced a few interesting devices at the Cable Show —

  • Android Mini-Box/Dongle: A media player with Jelly Bean 4.2.2 and 802.11ac for wireless HD streaming
  • UHDTV Set-Top: 4K reception and playback, HEVC/H.265 compression, support for DOCSIS 3.0, and MoCA 2.0
  • Miracast Dongle: Allows Miracast smartphones to “mirror” the screen directly onto the HDTV using Wi-Fi
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The new Mali-V500 is a multicore video solution, scaling from a single core capable of 1080p60 H.264 encode and decode to 4Kp120 using 8 cores. A lossless compression algorithm reduces memory bandwidth traffic by up to 50%. But where is the HEVC/H.265 support?

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Japan’s Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications aims to be the world’s first country to broadcast in 4K-resolution in July 2014, followed by a trial run of 8K-resolution broadcasts by the public broadcaster NHK in 2016. NHK’s broadcast satellite service aims to have 8K in time for the 2020 Olympic Games.

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Japan’s public broadcaster is targeting to start test transmissions of its advanced Ultra-HDTV format by 2016.

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HISPASAT, the Spanish satellite communications operator, has made the world’s first demonstration of the JEDI television channel in 3D compatible with the MVC (Multiview Video Coding) format. With this format it’s possible to transmit the same content in HD (high definition) and 3D Full HD on the same signal.

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