In an important step towards an industry-wide marketing
strategy for the next generation of high-definition TV, the Consumer
Electronics Association's Board of Industry Leaders has voted to call "4K"
high-definition display technologies "Ultra High-Definition" or "Ultra HD."
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.
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
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."