Latest Developments in TV Technology
The way we experience entertainment is constantly evolving and advancing forward in the form of technology and television providers. The range of TV we can enjoy is constantly multiplying as more and more TV shows, movies, and channels spring up on the market. At the same time we are also experiencing smarter sound systems, wireless technology, and televisions that bring anything to life on the screen. This is all part of making the things that we watch not only more vivid, realistic, easy, portable, and cost-efficient, but more immersing and enveloping. To get the best entertainment technology is constantly providing new enriching solutions so that we get a more fulfilling and extravagant experience more efficiently and sometimes even cheaper than before.
Each one of the technological areas can be deeply explored, as there are many areas that are facing major improvements and updates. TV technology, however, is one of the bigger and most fundamental entertainment elements. Obviously the visual aspect of TV is absolutely essential to the experience, and by improving those visual components—such as with clarity, colors, brightness, and screen size—you are impacting the entertainment quality in major ways. Of course, televisions offer more than just a screen, many also have smart-capabilities and other fun or useful characteristics. Every year there are new breakthroughs in television technology that a decade ago were almost unheard of. As we move forward the advances that we create revolutionize television technology again and again, giving it greater and greater relevance and quality.
4K televisions were one of the latest new things on the TV market, but they have recently been coming down to mainstream prices. This, of course, means new developments and advances must be made to keep new TVs relevant and up to date. There were many more 4K TVs at the CES 2015 show than there were 1080p TVs. 4K TVs, however, did not steal the entire show. In fact this year there were no 4K content announcements even though there had been the year before. For 4K lovers this is kind of a letdown, but overall tech-enthusiasts still had a lot to keep them occupied this year.
If you didn’t already know, 4K televisions are named as such because they display 4,000 pixels. The actual amount tends to be around 4096 x 2160 pixels for DCI (Digital Cinema Initiatives) 4K televisions. 1080P also obviously stands for 1080 pixels.
You may already know that Samsung and LG are and have been competitive revivals in making TVs. This year Samsung has brought out SUHD, which is a line of LED LCDs. These new televisions are meant to compete against OLED TVs. OLED televisions have provided some of the best images ever seen. UHD essentially means Ultra High Definition, and it is in some sense another way of saying 4K.
The S evidently does not stand for any specific word, but serves as an indicator for the high quality of Samsung’s flagship products. The biggest thing that makes the new LED LCD TVs so impressive are the features they provides. Apart from that it is not too particularly interesting, it is just a Samsung LCD TV with 4K/UHD resolution, and it is current, so it is a high-end 2015 television.
Most SUHD TVs have curved screens. The new features it provides could have an impact on the old picture quality that older LCD TVs are known to have. One of these features is its Nano Crystal Color which makes it possible to view a wider range of colors, better brightness, and a more vivid image. HDR enables enhanced contrast on the screen and has been called the most vital picture quality characteristic. Peak illuminator ultimate/peak illuminator pro provides—you guessed it—better illumination.
HDR isn’t exclusive to SUHD TVs. In fact it is one of the latest new advancements that is affecting multiple different TVs from many companies, including Sony, LG, Philips, and TCL. Even Netflix and Dolby may be able to provide HDR content soon. Many people are even more excited about HDR than they were about 4K—which is certainly saying something.
Nano crystal technology—also called quantum dot technology are not used only in SUHD, but have reached many other televisions. This type of technology utilizes small crystals which not only provide color but light also. This means that you will have greater brightness and more vivid colors. It has been said that although other television companies, like Sony and LG, may utilize this technology, Samsung has taken it farthest with its SUHD TVs.
LG has introduced new OLED televisions, all of which offer 4K resolution. OLED stands for organic light-emitting diode. LG is selling some very big TVs, the biggest of which is a 77-inch flexible television. One reason that OLED TVs have always been so great is their near perfect black levels and wide viewing angles. Even if you are sitting beside the TV and not in front of it, it will be easier to see than it is with other televisions. Like the SUHD, OLEDs also offer nano crystals/quantum dots to make a better image possible.
Curved TVs are one of the major distinguishing factors between the SUHD and OLED televisions. Samsung and LG are evidently the only manufacturers that offer such curved televisions in the United States, but Samsung has provided more curved TVs than LG. The curve is said to have no impact on the visual experience the TV offers and seems to only apply to aesthetic appearances. While LG and Samsung put some focus on curved television sets other companies, like Sharp, Sony—and LG too— are bringing out some thinner TVs. Sony has the thinnest LCD on the globe right now, it is only 0.2 inches or 5mm deep. Other manufacturers will soon be coming out with their thinner versions too.
The other big thing about the new TVs this year are new versions of homebrew smart operating systems. LG’s version is called Web OS 2.0 and it is said to be more efficient and faster than the original—it may also offer more customization. Samsung’s new system is called Tizen and it, evidently, has faster response time, a new interface, and a it will supposedly be open-source.