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ATSC 3.0 on target for completed standard by year-end 2015 with UHDTV (4K) support.

The DVB approved the new DVB-S2X extension to the DVB-S2 specification used in digital video satellite transmission. DVB-S2X offers efficiency gains up to 20-30%.

January 27, 2014

Costco 4K TV push this fall

Costco will make big 4K TV push for fall with ‘more extensive selection’ of models, executive says.

Dolby Vision is more than just bringing up the overall brightness of the display — the picture also has a wider dynamic range of color and contrast. TV manufacturers Sharp and TCL are demoing their own UHDTVs with Dolby Vision; Amazon (Amazon Instant Video), Microsoft (Xbox Video), Netflix, and Vudu also plan to deliver movies and TV shows in Dolby Vision.

The Snapdragon 802 processor is designed to power the latest smart TV experiences at Ultra HD resolution, including seamless decoding of Ultra HD video content, rich user interfaces, and console-quality gaming. It features a quad core Krait 1.8 GHz CPU, Adreno 330 GPU, and Qualcomm Technologies’ Hollywood Quality Video (HQV) processing engine. The dedicated, low-power, Hexagon DSP provides efficient processing for Dolby Digital and DTS surround sound and also enables OEMs to add custom features, such as audio control, gestures, and facial recognition.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t mention support for HEVC/H.265 decoding (and if it does, whether it is Main-10 profile or not) or Dolby Vision.

Polaroid’s celebrating CES with the introduction of two 4K TVs. The more notable of the two is a 50-inch 4K set with three HDMI inputs, priced at $1,000. A $600 50-inch version includes a built-in Roku Streaming Stick.

Thomson Video Networks and MStar Semiconductor will demonstrate delivery of 4K over-the-top (OTT) content to connected UHDTVs using the High-Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) standard. The demonstration highlights the interoperability of Thomson Video Networks’ award-winning ViBE VS7000 multi-screen encoding/transcoding platform with MStar’s 4K system-on-a-chip (SoC), which provides native HEVC decoding in next-generation connected television sets, and supports emerging standards such as Hbbtv 2.0 and MPEG-DASH.