CEA Votes for Ultra High-Definition
Group approves plan for naming and defining the next generation 4K HD displays
By George Winslow -- Broadcasting & Cable, 10/18/2012 7:43:59 PM
The decision was made during the board's meeting at CEA's annual CEO Summit and Board Retreat held in Sonoma, Calif., through Friday, Oct. 19.
The move comes as the consumer electronics industry prepares for the first push of Ultra HD TVs, which are expected to start hitting the market this fall and will be a major theme at the January CES 2013 convention.
The decision to refer to these new technologies as Ultra HD is designed to highlight its superior revolution compared to conventional HDTV.
Earlier this year, the CEA Ultra HD Working Group was formed to discuss how best to define and educate consumers about this new technology. The organization also undertook extensive consumer research on the best way to explain to consumers the new technology and its value.
During that research, the group found that "Ultra HD" consistently rated highest in terms of helping consumers understand the technology and its superior viewing experience, the CEA reported.
"Ultra HD is the next natural step forward in display technologies, offering consumers an incredibly immersive viewing experience with outstanding new levels of picture quality," said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA in a statement. "This new terminology and the recommended attributes will help consumers navigate the marketplace to find the TV that best meets their needs."
The group also defined the core characteristics of Ultra High-Definition TVs, monitors and projectors for the home. To be labeled Ultra HD, products need at least eight million active pixels, with at least 3,840 horizontally and at least 2,160 vertically.
Displays will also have an aspect ratio of 16 x 9 and must have at least one digital input capable of carrying and presenting native 4K format video at 3,840 x 2,160 resolution.
"Under CEA's leadership, the Ultra HD Working Group spent the majority of the summer meeting and discussing how to bring this technology to market," added CEA Ultra HD Working Group Chairman Gary Yacoubian, president and CEO of Specialty Technology/SVS in a statement. "We discussed and debated two important steps, the name and recommended attributes, in a forum that allowed a variety of key stakeholders, manufacturers, retailers, broadcasters and Hollywood professionals to lend their voices. As we educate and raise awareness among consumers, I look forward to working with our robust committee to pave the way for a successful rollout of Ultra HD."
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