The 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is now on at full swing in Las Vegas. This is the show where manufacturers announce their latest products, gadgets and gizmos to wide eyed industry players and the media.
On the TV scene, Sony emphasized on their UHD/4K push. Sony has been heavily involved in every aspect of 4K content capture, distribution, production, and display. Sony’s Video Unlimited service now offers over 140 UHD titles for download to its video server, and it is working with YouTube on a new 4K codec dubbed VP9 to allow more efficient streaming. They also announced a partnership with Netflix to deliver 4K content. New TVs were also introduced starting with the flagship Sony XBR-X950B series in 65″ and 85″ screen sizes; XBR-X900B series in 55″, 65″, and 79″ sizes; and XBR-X850B series in 49″, 55″, 65″, and 70″ sizes. All three series incorporate the Triluminous quantum-dot illumination technology, HDMI 2.0 with 2160p/60 capabilities, and HEVC decoding.
Not to be outdone, Samsung has the 105-inch, 21:9, curved, LED-edgelit UHDTV up their sleeves. A lineup of 10 UHDTVs with curved and flat surfaces were introduced. The HU9000 and 8550 series are curved, while the HU8000 series is flat. The curved TVs will appeal to those who want larger screen sizes. All of Samsung’s UHDTVs are LED-edgelit, except the 85″ and new 110″ S9 models, which use full-array LED backlighting with local dimming—and they’re flat.
Panasonic’s presentation at the CES is less impressive than Samsung and Sony’s. Not much in terms of new technology was offered other than the claim that its engineers have achieved plasma image quality using LCD technology. New TVs include the TC-AX800U series which feature Ultra HD resolution and edge-lit local dimming available in 58″ and 65″ sizes; and the TC-55AS680U which is the 1080p flagship. 240Hz refresh is the main feature, which is not exactly industry leading. Like the rest of the Panasonic’s 2014 models it will feature an improved smart TV experience dubbed Life+ Screens.
LG took its share of the spotlight by introducing the huge 105-inch curved ultra-widescreen UHDTV. The LG 105UB9 sports a stunning curved screen with an aspect ratio of 21:9, and a “5K” resolution of 5,120×2,2160 pixels, one of the highest resolutions seen at the 2014 International CES so far. LG also unveiled a 98″ model, an 84″ model, a 79″ model, and a 65″ model as part of their UB9800 series of UHD TVs. The models included in the UB9800 series have a 4K resolution of 3840×2160 pixels. All of their new UHD TVs supports HEVC and h.264 video.