The market for 4K technology will explode to more than $100 billion by 2020

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Aug 072015


According to the calculated figures projected by a new report from the Chicago-based research firm Markets and Markets, the overall market for 4K technology will have ballooned to a very heft $102.1 billion in valuation by the year 2020.

The report, which goes by the amazingly long title of: “4K Technology Market by Product (TVs, Monitors, Digital Signage, Set-Top Boxes, Smartphones, Tablets, Laptops, Projectors, Cameras, and Blu-Ray Players) and Geography (North America, Europe, APAC, and RoW) – Global Analysis and Forecast to 2020″ predicts an immense level of growth in 4K technology of all types over the next 6 years. As the researchers who compiled the study note, the total 4K tech market was worth only 18.2 billion in 2014 and the expected growth to 102.1 billion by 2020 implies an annual growth rate of more than 21% per year between 2015 and 2020. The link to the report itself (PDF) is available here.

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Ultra HD Blu-ray discs offer an alternative to 4K streaming

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May 142015


Don’t give up on physical media just yet. That’s the message from the Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA), which this week announced that it’s completed work on the new Ultra HD Blu-ray format. The format offers support for 4K resolutions of up to 3840 x 2160 pixels and “significantly expands” the color range for movies and TV shows. It also allows for the delivery of high dynamic range (HDR) and high frame rate content (likely up to a maximum of 60fps). Licensing for the new format is scheduled to begin this summer, while consumers can expect backward-compatible Ultra HD Blu-ray players to hit the market towards the end of the year.


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Blu-Ray Disc Association reaches agreement on 4K Blu-ray standards

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Feb 172015

The Blu-Ray Disc Association has put together a more or less conclusive agreement on a batch of standards for the next generation of their once very popular Blu-ray discs. The new 4K Blu-ray versions of these discs have been in the making since at least the middle of last year and are expected to be released towards the middle or end of 2015.

According to the latest news on the new, concreted standards from the BDA, the association will support three different High Dynamic Range technologies in its new 4K Blu-ray discs. These include specs from both Dolby Vision, the HDR system that is being offered by Philips and a joint HDR standard that comes from Technicolor and is part of the MPEG/SMPTE proposals of the company.

Also important is the fact that the new Blu-ray 4K disc specifications fit in with the “Recommendation 2020” protocol that has been put forth by the EBU and includes proposals not only for the much wider color gamuts that will come with HDR but also delivers the highly important technology of “better pixels” that is being promised for ultra HD. “Better pixels” are supposed to dramatically improve the visual quality of the 4K resolution screens that emerge with them even though UHD screens already offer some of the best picture quality in existence today.

According to “Large Display Monitor”, the trade magazine that originally reported on the new UHD Blu-ray standards, the combined specs for better pixels, HDR variations and other improvements to 4K visuals will indeed be embraced by the Blu-ray Disc Association by the middle of the year.

The 4K Blu-ray discs themselves, and the media players that support them should both then start appearing later in 2015; though Panasonic has already unveiled a 4K Blu-ray media player at the International CES 2015 in January of this year.