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Gadgets get smarter, friendlier at CES show

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The most prominent next big thing at the upcoming CES will be flat-panel television sets that not only display at 3840 x 2160 resolution (what Americans call Ultra HD), but also add support for the HDMI 2.0/HDCP 2.2 connection standard for all HDMI digital video ports, wider color gamut support (so we see a wider range of colors), and High Dynamic Range (HDR) imaging support, all as standard equipment. You need all three to take advantage of the new Ultra HD Blu-ray disc and the new 4K broadcast standards such as ATSC 3.0 (used in North America) and the extensions to the ISDB-T standard (used in Japan and South America) and DVB-T2 standard (used in Europe, much of Africa and Autralia/New Zealand). In short, the age of 4K HDTV finally arrives, and unlike 3-D television, it will succeed because everyone can enjoy the format without needing to wear special glasses.

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Televisions will play starring roles at the show as usual, with giants such as Samsung, Sony, LG and Vizio among contenders in a market rapidly shifting to ultra-high definition.

I hope for Sony's sake it can be competitive in this area. It would be great to see, for them and Japan.

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HDtv's are utterly useless in Japan unless you rent blueray or use the playstation. The quality of the broadcasted programs and dramas is absolutely horrible.

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HDtv's are utterly useless in Japan unless you rent blueray or use the playstation. The quality of the broadcasted programs and dramas is absolutely horrible.

Do you meant 4K? All tv is digital broadcast here in 2K, and regular TV looks great on my 80" tv. There is no 4K regular broadcast yet though (as far as I know).

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@strangerland you have an 80 inch tv and dont notice quality loss? Im baffled. I have a 42 inch but am shocked about the grainyness of most if not all tv programs. Surely im not the only one?

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I have a 32" and happy as anything else be a too big for me place.

TV is not an important in my home, DVD, BR, etc are not featured here = I am happy that I don't to outdo my neighbours and friends with the latest fade items.

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The Law of Conservation of Intelligence dictates that smarter products must result in dumber people to operate them for a net neutral intelligence.

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