Latest TVs: Ultra-high definition, ultra-thin, ultra-big screen (video)

Latest TVs: Ultra-high definition, ultra-thin, ultra-big screen (video)

TVs with huge screens, ultra high definition (UHD) & ultra-thin screens (4.9 mm) as low as $750 (24,000 baht) with Android apps at Consumer Electronics Show (CEV) in Las Vegas this year.

The Sony Bravia X900C 4K TV, which is only 0.2 inches (4.9mm) thick, is displayed at the Sony press conference at the 2015 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on January 5, 2015

TECHNOLOGY

TV makers out to ignite market with super high-def

6/01/2015
AFP News agency

LAS VEGAS - After several years of sluggish sales, television manufacturers are pegging hopes of growth on new technologies that deliver a more immersive and interactive experience and stunningly realistic image displays.

As new TVs were unveiled at this week's Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, it was clear that so-called 4K "ultra high definition" televisions are gaining traction with consumers amid lower prices.

[The resolution of the YouTube video above is 2160p: "an alternative name for 4K UHD, a resolution supported by UHDTV products and which offers four times the definition of 1080p. The number 2160 stands for a display resolution which has 2160 pixels along the shortest side, while the letter p stands for progressive scan or non-interlaced. In a progressive image, the lines of resolution of the image go from the top of the screen to the bottom. The only planned higher definition format for television is 8K UHD" (Source: Wikipedia on 2160p)]

...The global market for big-screen televisions is rebounding as consumers replace their flat-screen devices that hit the market a decade ago...

The "ultra HD" market included fewer than one million units sold in 2013, growing to 9.3 million in 2014 with sales projected at 23.3 million in 2015...

South Korean consumer electronics titan LG on Monday expanded a 4K OLED television line of products...

Seven new LG 4K models .... included flexible, curved and flat screens ranging in size from 55 inches diagonally to 77 inches. LG promised to have a prototype of a television with nearly 8K resolution on display on Tuesday.

...Japanese consumer electronics giant Sony is adding a dozen new 4K Ultra HD Bravia LCD television models, including a skinny X9000C touted as so thin it appears as though it is "floating" against a wall. Sony boasted it is a mere 4.9 mm (0.19 inches) at its thinnest point.

Japanese electronics giant Sharp on Monday unveiled what it called its "beyond 4K" television set for release later this year... with resolution 167 percent higher than existing 4K models.

Sharp will also offer Google-powered Android TV on some of its models to give viewers apps from that system, and would offer a variety of new televisions in the 4K format with prices as low as $750 (24,000 baht).

An array of TV makers have been building Google's Android, so popular in mobile phones, into TV screens to add Internet brains to image beauty.

Samsung is ramping up its SUHD television product line with smarts powered by its Tizen operating software, claiming a superior solution to problems with reliability, lifespan and color richness.

Chinese maker TCL meanwhile unveiled its top-of-the-line "quantum dot" television -- which uses a film of tiny light-emitting crystals to improve picture quality at a lower cost than that of existing models.

That means viewers are recognized when they sit down in front of the television and get instant recommendations. And the TV can also be a hub for online gaming, even without game consoles...

"TV is going to know who you are, what you like. TV is getting smarter," the company said ....

The market for 4K had been held back in recent years by high prices, but also a lack of content available in the format. But in recent weeks Netflix and Amazon have announced they would deliver more 4K programs. And TCL said it would offer 4K content in partnership with the streaming video group Roku.

... a group of Hollywood movie studios, consumer electronics brands and others is launching the UHD (Ultra High Definition) Alliance to set new standards.... The alliance includes DirecTV, Dolby, LG Electronics, Netflix, Panasonic Corporation, Samsung, Sharp, K, Technicolor, Walt Disney Studios, Twentieth Century Fox and Warner Bros. Entertainment.

But some were not convinced that consumers will be flocking to ultra high-definition televisions.

"It was hype in 2014 and it will mostly be hype in 2015. In a world where people are content to watch movies on mobile phones, trying to push TVs into higher and higher levels of quality is solving a problem viewers don't have," said one analyst...

Some people say that the screens of ultra-high resolution TVs are too big to fit comfortably into most rooms (Source: Wikipedia)


http://www.bangkokpost.com/tech/world-updates/454706/tv-makers-out-to-ignite-market-with-super-high-def

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Vocabulary

  • alliance: a group of people, organisations, or countries who have united to work together to achieve something - สหพันธ์
  • application (app): a program designed to do a particular job; a piece of software - โปรแกรมใช้งาน, โปรแกรมคอมพิวเตอร์
  • array: a group or collection of things or people, often one that is large or impressive - การจัดเรียง, ขบวน
  • boast: to proudly tell other people what you can do or have done - คุยโว, โว, โม้, โอ้อวด
  • brand: a type of product made by a particular company - ตรา, ยี่ห้อ
  • clear (adjective): easy to see and understand - ชัดเจน
  • console: a flat surface which contains all the controls and switches for a machine, a piece of electronic equipment, etc. - แผงควบคุม, แผงควบคุมเกม
  • consumer: someone who buys and uses goods and services - ผู้บริโภค
  • content: willing to do something; happy and satisfied with what you have or are doing - พึงพอใจ
  • convinced: certain; sure - แน่ใจ, มั่นใจ
  • curved: not straight, forming a curve - ซึ่งโค้ง
  • decade: a period of ten years - ทศวรรษ, ระยะเวลา 10 ปี
  • device (noun): a machine or piece of equipment that does a particular job - อุปกรณ์ เครื่องมือ เครื่องจักร
  • diagonal: straight and sloping, not horizontal or vertical, for example joining two opposite corners of a square or other flat shape with four sides - ทแยงมุม
  • display: computer screen; the words, pictures, etc. shown on a computer screen - จอภาพของเครื่องคอมพิวเตอร์
  • display: to put something in a particular place so that people can see it easily - โชว์, แสดง
  • dozen: a group of twelve of the same thing - หนึ่งโหล
  • emit: to send something out into the air - ปล่อยออกมา, แพร่กระจาย
  • existing (adj): present now; in use now; used now - ที่มีอยู่
  • expand: to make or become larger - ขยาย เพิ่ม
  • experience (verb): to have something happen to you or to live through some event - ประสบ
  • film (noun): a thin covering - เยื่อบาง, เยื่อบางๆ, เนื้อเยื่อบางๆ, เยื่อหุ้ม
  • flexible: able to bend easily without breaking - ที่ดัดงอได้โดยไม่แตกหัก
  • float: to cause to move slowly in the air or on water - ลอย
  • flock: to go somewhere in large numbers; to gather together in large numbers - แห่กันไป
  • gaining traction: becoming successfully -
  • global: world - เกี่ยวกับโลก
  • growth (noun): economic growth, an increase in economic activity - การเติบโต
  • high definition (adj.): when an image or audio includes a lot of details (resolution, information) making it easier to see, hear and understand - ความชัดสูง
  • hub: the central and most important part of a particular place or activity - จุดศูนย์กลาง, จุดรวม
  • hype: to advertise or talk about something a lot and exaggerate in order to get a lot of public attention - ทำให้ตื่นเต้น, โฆษณาชวนเชื่อ
  • image: the picture that you see on a computer or television screen, or in a cinema - ภาพ, ภาพบนจอ
  • interactive: working together or talking or communicating together with other people or with a computer - ซึ่งมีการสื่อสารระหว่างกัน, ซึ่งมีการทำงานร่วมกัน
  • launch: an event held to announce or start selling a new product or service to the public - การเริ่มปฏิบัติการ, การออกตัวของสินค้า, การเริ่มวางขาย
  • lifespan (noun): the length of life of a thing or person; how long a thing can be used - อายุขัย
  • line of products (noun): product line, a set of related products that a company sells - สายผลิตภัณฑ์
  • manufacturer: a person or company that manufactures a product - ผู้ผลิต
  • meanwhile: at the same time - ในเวลาเดียวกัน
  • model (noun): a version of a product sold during a certain period of time, a generation of technology or the product - รุ่น
  • online: controlled by or connected to a computer or to the Internet - ออนไลน์, การเชื่อมต่อผ่านระบบเครือข่ายทางคอมพิวเตอร์
  • partnership (noun): when a company owns and runs a business and shares profits, etc or with another company - หุ้นส่วน, ความร่วมมือ, ห้างหุ้นส่วน, ห้างหุ้นส่วนจำกัด
  • pegging hopes: relying on something to get something other thing -
  • popular (adj): a situation in which someone or something is liked by many people - เป็นที่นิยม, เป็นที่ชื่นชอบ
  • product line: line of products; a set of related products that a company sells - สายผลิตภัณฑ์
  • production line: line of products, a set of related products that a company sells - สายผลิตภัณฑ์
  • projected: calculated based on information already known - คาดคะเน, ประเมิน
  • promise (verb): to say that you will do something for sure; to commit that you'll do something for certain - สัญญา
  • prototype (noun): a copy or version of a product made before it is produced in large quantities to show it to people - ต้นแบบ, ชิ้นงานที่สร้างขึ้นเป็นแบบฉบับเพื่อสร้างชิ้นงานอื่นให้มีลักษณะเดียวกัน มีรูปทรง ขนาดสัดส่วน โครงสร้างที่แสดงรายละเอียด สามารถใช้งานได้ตามที่ออกแบบไว้ทุกประการ วัสดุที่นำมาสร้างต้นแบบอาจเป็นวัสดุที่ใช้จริง หรือวัสดุทดแทนก็ได้
  • quality: the standard of something when it is compared to other things like it; how good or bad something is - คุณภาพ
  • ramp up: to make something increase in amount or strength; to make larger; to scale up; to escalate - ยกระดับ; เสริม
  • realistic: based on facts and situations as they really are - ซึ่งปฏิบัติได้จริง, เป็นจริง, เป็นไปได้
  • rebound (verb): to rise again after falling, recover - กระโดดขึ้นอีกครั้งหนึ่ง,สะท้อนกลับ,เด้งกลับ
  • recommendation: a suggestion or piece of advice about how to solve a problem, deal with a situation - คำแนะนำ หรือข้อเสนอแนะ
  • release: the act of making something available to the public - การนำออกแสดง, การออกวางจำหน่าย
  • reliability: the condition of being accurate and able to trusted; in statistics, the degree to which the measure is consistent, that is, repeated measurements would give the same result.— - ความน่าเชื่อถือ
  • resolution: the power of a computer screen, printer, etc. to give a clear image, depending on the size of the dots that make up the image - ความละเอียดของภาพ, ความคมชัด
  • screen (noun): a display on a phone, computer, etc. that shows information -
  • skinny: very thin; (of clothes) designed to fit closely to the body - ผอมมาก, หนังหุ้มกระดูก, รัดแน่น
  • sluggish: not performing or reacting as well as usual - (เศรษฐกิจ) ที่ซบเซา
  • solution: a way of solving a problem or dealing with a difficult situation - วิธีแก้ปัญหา
  • stream: to play video or sound on a computer by receiving it as a continuous stream, from the Internet for example, rather than needing to wait until the whole of the material has been downloaded -
  • studio: a special place for shooting movies or recording songs -
  • stunning: very impressive or beautiful - สวยตระการตา น่าตะลึง
  • superior: better in quality than somebody/something else; greater than somebody/something else - เหนือกว่า, เยี่ยมกว่า, ดีกว่า
  • titan (noun): a person or organisation that is very important or successful - คนที่มีพลังมหาศาล
  • top-of-the-line: the highest quality and usually most expensive product in a set of similar products -
  • tout: to try to persuade people that somebody/something is important or valuable by praising them/it - พูดคุยอวด
  • ultra-: extremely - ที่สุด
  • unit (noun): a single item of the type of product that a company sells - หน่วย
  • unveil: to show or introduce a new plan, product, etc. to the public for the first time - เปิดเผย, ประกาศให้รู้ทั่วไป
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