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What is Crestron RL?


What is Crestron RL?

Crestron RL is a comprehensive group collaboration solution that combines Crestron hardware with Microsoft® Lync® software.

The Crestron RL solution is based on Microsoft Lync 2013, a popular and powerful server-based application that many companies already use on a daily basis. This full-featured unified communication system enables video, voice, interactive content sharing, presence, and chat from one touch screen interface.

Easy to Use

With just one touch of a button, anyone can walk into a conference room and instantly start a collaboration session.

Share your desktop with local and remote participants; view and annotate over PowerPoint® remotely or locally using the supplied 65″ touch display.

Use the interactive whiteboard to share ideas without the smelly markers.

Remote participants can join via Lync on their desktop, and adding attendees on the fly in the conference room is just as simple and fast as typing in their names. Share ideas and notes collaboratively with colleagues and clients anytime, anywhere with any device.

Easy to purchase and install

Crestron RL is a complete packaged solution that includes the Crestron UC Codec for Lync, HD camera, microphone, speaker bar, one or two 65″ touch display(s), a hi-res 10″ tabletop touch screen, and more.

Crestron RL connects over the corporate LAN which makes implementation easy and hassle-free. Simply mount the display, connect Crestron RL to the network, and authenticate. No system design or programming is needed. If you already have a Lync server, no additional licenses, fees, or infrastructure expenses, such as MCUs or gateways, are needed.

Qualified Crestron dealers can purchase Crestron RL directly through the normal ordering process. Crestron dealers who have not achieved Microsoft® Gold Communications competency or completed the necessary training can still purchase Crestron RL through our IT distribution partners.

Scalable Solution

Because Crestron RL integrates with the complete line of Crestron automation solutions, clients can scale into local room AV control, lighting, climate, and room scheduling.

They can also monitor, manage and control conference rooms across the enterprise using Crestron Fusion™ management suite.



Crestron apps enable you to take control of all the technology and systems in the home or enterprise from your favorite mobile device, wherever you are in the world. You can monitor and control lights, media, climate, security and more from a mobile broadband or Wi-Fi® connection – all with the touch of a button. In the workplace you can monitor and control HVAC, BMS, security, lighting, shades, video conferencing, and even room scheduling.

Crestron for iPad app

Free Demo (in-app purchase $99.99)

Download app from iTunes®

The latest, most advanced graphics available
The new Crestron for iPad app with exclusive Smart Graphics™ establishes a new standard in mobile control. Smart Graphics provide all the elements you need to create user interfaces for iPad that are more beautiful and engaging than ever before. You’ll want to use these apps for all your new system designs.

The new Crestron for iPad app enables you to:

  • Deliver a stunning Crestron touch screen experience on iPad, iPad Mini and iPad with Retina® display
  • Design in VT Pro-e® or Crestron Studio™
  • Save a Smart Graphics touch screen project as an iPad project and then upload it, dramatically reducing programming time
  • Provide clients with the identical dynamic user experience on their iPad as on their in-wall touch screens

The apps integrate with Crestron 2-Series and 3-Series™ control systems and utilize customizable gesture-driven controls, animated feedback, and metadata. The apps also enable you to view video from IP-based security cameras, communicate with other Crestron touch screens using Rava™ SIP Intercom, and seamlessly integrate with third-party apps.

Get a free preview
Download the Crestron for iPad app for all your new projects and take advantage of the beautiful graphics and immersive features that Smart Graphics provide. You can also use it to reinvigorate the Crestron touch screen experience and generate incremental sales from your existing clients. The app includes a demo mode that provides simulated operation without a connection to a Crestron control system. The full version is enabled through in-app purchase.

Check out the user interface below
This GUI and more are available as free downloads for authorized programmers and dealers in our GUI Design Resource Center.

For additional information visit our Crestron App product page.



Apple Rolls Out OSX Mavericks, Offers Free Update

The new MacPro


San Francisco — Apple announced immediate availability of OSX Mavericks, and in a surprise, said the update will be free for Macs back to 2007.

The company also boosted the power and speed of its 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros and added Retina displays to them, and it announced December availability of its Mac Pro.

The new Mavericks OS extends battery life up to 1.5 hours on the 13-inch MacBook Air for iTunes video viewing, compresses 6GB of data into 4GB of system RAM to run more apps simultaneously, and provides dynamic memory allocation to view videos and graphics more efficiently. The addition of OpenCL runs tasks normally run on a CPU to the GPU to accomplish many tasks at up to 1.8x faster.

The OS improves notifications so that users can respond to notifications while in an app. Users can also tag documents with keywords to automatically group them into folders by tag for easier searching. A new calendar app shows a map and the weather at the location of an appointment, and users can send the map to their iPhone for turn-by-turn driving instructions.

In computers, the company also boosted the power and speed of its 13- and 15-inch MacBook Pros, added Retina displays, and reduced prices. Both are available today.

The 13-inch model is available starting at $1,299 compared with its predecessor’s $1,499 starting price. The 15-inch MacBook Pro will be $1,999 to start, compared with $2,199.

The 13-inch model is lighter at 3.46 pounds compared with its predecessor, thinner at 0.71 inches, adds 90 percent faster graphics, extends battery life to nine hours for iTunes movies, provides 60 percent faster flash, adds Wi-Fi 802.11ac, and adds Thunderbolt 2 ports, which are twice as fast as their predecessors. It features 2.4GHz dual-core i5 processor with 4GB DRAM.

The 15-inch version features 2GHz quad-core processor, 8GB DRAM, Wi-fi 802.11ac and Thunderbolt 2, among other enhancements.

The Mac Pro, glimpsed earlier this year at Apple’s developers’ conference, will be available in quad-, six-, eight-, and 12-core versions, the fastest ever offered in Macs, the company said. It offers up to 64GB DRAM, dual workstation GPUs, up to 7 teraflops of computing power, and all-flash storage said to be 10 times that of a hard drive at 1.2GBps read times and up to 1GBps write times. It also comes with Thunderbolt 2 ports, which deliver 20Gbps throughput.

It also features HDMI 1.4 output with 4K passthrough to up to three 4K displays. Other features include Wi-Fi 802.11ac.

It starts at $2,999 and will be available in December.



By Joseph Palenchar On Oct 22 2013 – 2:31pm

Apple Launches iPad Air, New iPad Mini

Apple Launches iPad Air, New iPad Mini


San Francisco — Apple took the wraps of its latest full-size iPad, renaming it the iPad Air, upgrading performance with a 64-bit CPU, and reducing weight, size and thickness while maintaining its predecessor’s price points and 10-hour battery life.

The company also unveiled the new iPad Mini, which still sports a 7.9-inch screen, but has been upgraded to include Retina display and 64-bit CPU while maintaining a 10-hour battery life. It will be available for the first time in a 128GB version. Each version of the iPad Mini with Retina display is priced $70 higher than its predecessor, with the opening-price Wi-Fi version with 16GB of memory at $399, up from the previous version’s opening price of $329.

The company is keeping its current 16GB iPad Mini and reducing its opening price to $299 from $329. Apple is also keeping its 16GB iPad 2 at $399 for the Wi-Fi version and $429 for the 3G version.

No new iPods were introduced.

All new iPads will come in LTE versions like before, but the new models will support more LTE bands for use with more carriers in more countries, including T-Mobile in the U.S.

Both models also come with the new iOS7 operating system.

Apple hopes the new models will re-ignite its tablet growth and reverse its shrinking share of the global tablet market, though in the first half of this year, IDC statistics show.

The iPad Air will be available Nov. 1 in multiple countries, including the U.S. and China, marking the first time that China is in the first wave of countries getting a new iPad. The new iPad Mini with Retina display will be available later in November.

Both new models are the first iPads with 64-bit desktop-class A7 chip, which delivers twice the CPU speed and twice the GPU speed of the previous full-size iPad. The processor is used in the new iPhone 5s. On the Mini, the processor boosts CPU speed by four times and GPU speed by eight times.

Both iPads are also the first iOS devices with MIMO to deliver twice the 802.11n speeds of their predecessors.

Both models’ screens display 2,048 by 1,536 pixels, the same as on the previous iPad and up from the previous Mini’s 1,024 by 769 pixels. The new iPad Air is 20 percent thinner at 7.5mm compared with its predecessor’s 9.4mm; sports a 43 percent narrower bezel to make holding the device more comfortable; and weighs 1 pounds, down from 1.4 pounds, making it what Apple called the lightest full-size tablet in the world. It also adds dual microphones for the first time.

The main cameras on the new iPad and Mini still offer 5-megapixel, 1080p capture but now have improved back-side illumination.

The fifth-generation full-size iPad with Wi-Fi is priced at $499, $599, $699 and $799 for the 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB models, respectively. The 4G LTE models are priced at $629, $729, $829 and $929 for the 16GB, 32GB, 64GB and 128GB models, respectively.

The new iPad Mini with Wi-Fi is priced at $399 for the 16GB version, $499 for 32GB, $599 for 64GB and $699 for the new 128GB version. The cellular versions are priced, respectively, at $529, $629, $729 and $829.

Apple has been posting slower iPad growth despite the iPad Mini launch last year and is losing global share, though its U.S. share spiked up in the first half.

In the first half of 2013, Apple’s tablet share worldwide fell to 36.9 percent of global unit shipments compared with 45.6 percent in calendar 2012 and 53.2 percent in calendar 2011, IDC statistics show.

In the U.S, however, iPad share grew in the first half to 48.9 percent from calendar 2012’s 46.2 percent, thanks in large part to the launch of the lower priced iPad Mini. Apple’s share in 2012 was down from 2011’s 47.2 percent.

For the first nine months of Apple’s fiscal year ending June 29, global iPad unit sales were up 28.6 percent to 57 million compared with the year-ago period, but dollar volume was up only 3.5 percent to $25.8 billion. In contrast, iPad sales for the full 2012 fiscal year (which ended Sept. 30, 2012) grew 80 percent in units to 58.3 million and 37.2 percent in dollars to $32.4 billion.

Global iPod unit volume for the first three quarters of fiscal 2013 fell 23.3 percent in units to 22.9 million and 55.7 percent in dollars to $3.84 billion.

For its part, Ovum has said Apple’s global tablet market share peaked at 73 percent of worldwide unit shipments in 2010 when the iPad was launched and fell to 62 percent in 2011. iPad market share in North America slipped in 2011 to 73.5 percent from 2010’s 84.5 percent.



By Joseph Palenchar On Oct 22 2013 – 3:05pm

SHARP Big Screen Deals!!!


pricing located at the bottom of the screen…




Exclusive Quattron™ color technology delivers a billion more colors, so you get a more powerful picture with brighter yellows, deeper blues, and richer golds. By adding 2 million yellow subpixels, Quattron creates a more realistic picture with greater detail and brightness – a feat that standard TV simply can’t achieve.



The advanced AQUOS® UV2A Display uses a unique, precision pixel structure to deliver dynamic HD images. With technology that’s created to let more light through in bright scenes and fight light leakage in dark scenes, the AQUOS UV2A Display with a 12 million: 1 contrast ratio creates pulse-racing picture every time.




Super Bright™, a new high-brightness panel combined with an intelligent contrast engine, constantly analyzes the signal and enhances the brightness of the bright objects on the screen while maintaining the black levels on the rest of the screen. The result is a more brilliant, more contrasted picture.





A Smart TV with Dual-Core processor and built-in Wi-Fi, the 8 Series lets you quickly access apps streaming movies, music, games, and websites.


60″  $999.00

70″ $1759.00

80″ $3249.00

90″ $5775.00

pricing is subject to change without notice and is updated every Sunday. All TV come with standard Sharp warranty but we have extended warranties available.



The Rise of OLED TV’s and the Fall of Plasmas TV’s

Panasonic quits plasma TVs: The latest victim of LED/LCD’s rise to display supremacy


Another one bites the dust. Panasonic is departing the plasma TV business after being its biggest champion for two decades. The business story is that TV and display manufacturing has become a near-commodity business that belongs to the Koreans and Chinese, not the Japanese. But for fans of high-end TV, the personal story is the loss of one of the best choices in the mid- to high-end range – plasma – as long as you can control for room brightness.

Plasma has three clear-cut advantages because of its technology. The pixels are illuminated by charged gases inside each element; LCD is lit from behind or the side by fluorescent tubes or LEDs. This means a plasma display has excellent contrast with deeper blacks, a wide viewing angle that’s helpful when 20 people crowd your tiny living room to watch the Super Bowl, and essentially no motion blur. A fourth advantage is the big one: Good plasma sets have dazzling picture quality.

You liked Panasonic. Reviewers liked Panasonic. And still…

When PCMag.com readers rated HDTV brands in the 26th annual Service and Reliability survey last fall, the Readers’ Choice award went to Panasonic, Samsung (also big in plasma) and Sony. Actually, plasma stalwart Pioneer scored higher, but that was really readers’ fond farewells to a company that hadn’t made TVs in two years. LG, the third vendor with significant investment in plasma, was next in the ratings.

Panasonic plasmas are also rated highly by others such as Consumer Reports. Nine of the top 12 (including ties) 60-inch or bigger TVs in CR’s current ratings are plasmas and five of the nine are Panasonics. So it’s not user satisfaction or picture quality that’s killing the plasma business for Panasonic. It’s the difficulty of making money when the volume isn’t there and when LCD is good enough for most users. Plasma now accounts for just one in 20 TV sales.


LCD killed the rear-projection TV, and now it’s killing the plasma as well.

What died: Panasonic TVs or the Japanese TV business?

The reports, not yet confirmed by Panasonic, have the company exiting the plasma TV business by March 2014, the end of its fiscal year, according to Reuters and others. But Panasonic isn’t alone in scaling back. Pioneer is already out of plasmas (its only TV offering). Among makers focusing on LCD, Toshiba and Hitachi, among others, outsource their TV production business to factories outside Japan. Much of the TV technology lies in the quality of the LCD or plasma panels — but there’s not much panel production left in Japan: a two-year-old plasma plant owned by Panasonic, and three Sharp LCD plants that have partial foreign ownership. Imagine: Panasonic may be willing to walk away from a plant that’s virtually brand new because the plasma business is a money-loser. Panasonic reportedly wants to concentrate on business and industrial products such as automotive electronics and infotainment, batteries (each Tesla has several thousand Panasonic lithium-ion batteries), semiconductors and climate control systems, backing away from lower-margin consumer products.

The TV market is soft and it’s price conscious. By 2012, most everybody who was switching from CRT or rear-projection TV to flat panel TV had already done so. When I took my 275-pound Sony rear-projection TV to the town recycling center this summer — nobody on Craigslist showed interest even at $50 — the shed only included a couple of rear-projection sets, a lot of 19- to 27-inch CRT TVs, and already a sizable number of flat panels being put out to pasture. The shipment of TVs worldwide in 2012 fell by 6%, according to IHS iSuppli, the first drop in TV shipments in a decade. Plasma shipments fell 21% in 2012, according to NPD, versus a 1% decline for LCD TVs. As the market became more price-conscious, Japan found itself the high-cost provider of TVs. Japan killed the European and US TV industries a generation ago. Now Korea and China are returning the favor to Japan. Korea’s Samsung has been No. 1 in TV sales since 2006. Before that it was Sony.

The opportunities that remain are mostly upgrades, from smaller or older flat panels to bigger TVs. You can buy a decent 75-inch flat panel TV for $3,500. To move up from 42 inches on a first-gen flat panel TV to 55 inches runs as little as $500 but more often $750-$1,000. The new LCD TVs will likely have LED not fluorescent illumination, wider viewing angles, and 240 Hz or 120 Hz refresh to reduce blurring. All those counter the advantages of plasma. More have WiFi built in with an upgradeable web browser, not the clunky first-gen WiFi that took you to the vendor’s portal where you could jump to AOL, MySpace, YouTube, and weather.

Next: How much better is plasma than LCD?

How much better is plasma?

When you walk into PCMag Labs or another facility set up with properly calibrated TVs side by side (this would not always be a TV showroom), the eye can pick out the underperformers and test gear makes even finer distinctions. But when you take almost any flat panel TV home and sit directly in front, it looks good enough. The new TV invariably looks better than the TV it replaced.

Plasma also had long-ago perceptions, mostly solved, that may have stuck. Plasmas were considered energy hogs; Panasonic says current TVs use a third as much power as five years ago. (Power draw for plasma is higher if you leave it in store mode or in brightly-lit scenes.) They were considered best suited for shaded rooms with no daylight streaming in because of screen glare, although most plasma screens have an anti-glare finish now. (Plasma is still not the best choice in a sunny room when the windows face opposite the screen.) Burn-in and short panel lifespans are non-issues now. A decade ago, Panasonic said LCD technology was fine for up to 37 inches and above that, plasma reigned. Now there are 90-inch LCD TVs. The biggest flat panel TV ever shown was Panasonic’s 150-inch plasma at CES in 2008, followed by a 152-inch panel.

152-inch Panasonic plasma TV

What to do if Panasonic exits

Assuming Panasonic does exit the business, it’s still half a year away. New Panasonic plasma TVs will probably be on the market a year from now. Amazon.com shows year-old 2012 models still available in fall 2013. It’s unclear if Panasonic would continue its LCD TV business or if it would contract for the manufacture of TVs bearing the Panasonic name.Samsung, the world’s largest TV maker, and LG will still be in the plasma business. They may try to build higher-quality plasma TVs — halo products — to enhance their reputations. Over a couple years, mainstream plasma sets will rise to match the bests plasma TVs of today. That’s Moore’s law applied to image quality. Another option, the most likely if plasma wanes, is watching LCD TVs improve.

OLED is the likely successor to plasma in terms of dazzlement, but the organic light-emitting diode technology is costly. The first ones, 55-inch OLED sets, are in the range of $9,000-$15,000, or 2-3 times as much as the costliest plasma set. Give that a couple years to come down from the stratosphere. OLED, like plasma, employs internally lit pixels.


LG's 55-inch OLED TV

LG’s 55-inch OLED TV

You might also be drawn to 4K (Ultra HD) sets with four times the resolution of today’s HD sets. Ultra HD doesn’t just blur the line with PC monitors; it blows right by. The highest common PC resolutions are WQHD, 2560×1440 at 16:9 aspect ratio, and WQXGA, 2560×1600 at 16:10. The current highest mainstream TV resolution is FHD (Full HD), 1920×1080 at 16:9. The most common Ultra HD resolution is 4K HD or 2160p, with 3840×2160 resolution. There are also industry standards, if not panels, for 8K HD called 4320p, or 7680×4320, and 16K HD, called 8640p, or 15360×8640. (See: 8K UHDTV: How do you send a 48Gbps TV signal over terrestrial airwaves?)

You can buy 4K Ultra HD sets of 55 to 65 inches now for as little as $4,000-$6,000 after recent price cuts. They are LCD displays with LED illumination. The problem with Ultra HD is that, price cuts or not, there’s not much content available: no over-the-air broadcasts, cable or satellite, only a small amount available online. (Read: Xbox One and PS4: Analyzing their support for 4K video and gaming.) In the meantime, 4K TV used as a PC monitor makes a great Photoshop editing display. You can almost forget about the zoom tool.


Strong™ Universal Fine Adjust Projector Mount for Projectors up to 50 lbs. (Black)



Equipped with longer mounting arms and security screw holes, this projector mount is specifically designed to handle oversized models up to 50 lbs., including JVC projectors, while offering maximum installation flexibility. It features tool-less adjustments – so getting the ideal alignment is a breeze – and has a simple three-piece design that minimizes time spent at the top of the ladder.


  • Tool-Less Adjustments
    Getting a projector image to perfectly align with a screen is easier said than done. Thankfully this mount simplifies the process with easy-to-use vertical tilt, horizontal roll and yaw adjustments. Just pop off the cover and use the tool-less dials to make micro adjustments until the ideal alignment is achieved – no tightening or loosening of the screws required.
  • Maximum Mounting Flexibility 
    For the most versatility in your next installation, this projector mount features longer arms that extend for up to 17.7” diameter mounting. Plus it has a series of slots on the arms and the bottom plate that provide almost limitless placement options, so it’s easy to get the projector perfectly positioned. Need to install directly in concrete or ceiling drywall? Not a problem – just use the included hardware.
  • Easy as 1, 2, 3
    A smart three-piece design makes it easy to get this projector securely installed – without having to fumble around at the top of the ladder. The top plate attaches to the ceiling and screws into the mount assembly body, while the bottom plate (with attached projector) simply slides and locks into place. It makes installing the product – and taking down the projector for servicing – fast and easy. Now that’s what we call installer friendly!
  • Security Screws
    When it comes to projector installs, a secure attachment is key. That’s why this mount features multiple security screws for projector attachment, as well as screws on each side of the mounting base – which all help to lock things in place. Move the mount around until you get the perfect center of gravity for the projector, then tighten down the screws and you’re good to go!
  • Extension Needed?
    If you want to drop the projector off the ceiling with an extension pole, we’ve included a separate ceiling plate to allow for easy connection to the pipe. For specialized applications, check out our other ceiling attachment options: SM-CEILING-CA and SM-CEILING-TRUSS.
  • Universal Fit
    High ceiling? No problem. Equipped with standard NPT threading, this mount is compatible with any 1-1/2” NPT poles or extension devices – offering maximum flexibility for your install.


Lifetime Limited Warranty
All Strong Mounts have a Lifetime Limited Warranty. This warranty includes parts and labor repairs on all components found to be defective in material or workmanship under normal conditions of use. This warranty shall not apply to products which have been abused, modified or disassembled. Products to be repaired under this warranty must be returned to SnapAV or a designated service center with prior notification and an assigned return authorization number (RA).


LG 60″ 1080p Plasma HDTV(Model: 60PN6500)

SRP $1,149.99
Savings $350.00
Your Price$799.99


Premium Service Plans

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3-year Flat Panel TV Premium Service Plan $199.99 (Details)
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Product Features

Enjoy life-like entertainment with this LG 60″ Class 1080p Plasma HDTV (59.8″ actual diagonal size). The picture is so vibrant and clear that you’ll forget you’re watching TV.


  • 60″ 1080p Plasma HDTV (59.8″ actual diagonal size)
  • 600Hz max sub field driving – Capture every moment. Tired of streaky action or unclear plays during the game? See sports, fast action and video games in Full HD like never before. The 600Hz technology virtually eliminates motion blur
  • Full HD 1080p – This stunning picture is the reason you wanted HDTV in the first place. With almost double the pixel resolution, Full HD 1080p gives it superior picture quality over standard HDTV. You’ll see details and colors like never before
  • Picture Wizard II – Get easy self-calibration with on-screen reference points for key picture quality elements such as black level, color, tint, sharpness and backlight levels. Take the guesswork out of picture adjustments with this simple-to-use feature
  • Triple XD Engine combines LG’s exclusive XD Engines to maximize picture quality for any type of video content. By combining XD Engine processors, panel performance is optimized ensuring higher color accuracy and more realistic images
  • Smart Energy Saving – With LG’s Smart Energy Saving feature, you can conserve money and energy
  • Clear Voice II – Get audio the way it was meant to be heard. Clear Voice II enhances and amplifies the frequency range of the human voice to help keep dialogue audible when background noise swells
  • ISFccc® ready – LG’s ISFccc ready HDTVs contain detailed standards necessary for professional calibration of brightness, contrast, tint, sharpness, color levels and much more to meet local lighting condition for both day and nighttime viewing
  • USB 2.0 – Now reliving the fantastic family vacation can happen in the comfort of your living room. Easily connect your external USB devices to watch videos, enjoy JPEG photos or listen to MP3 files
  • 24p Real Cinema – Stay in for the theater. Enjoy a true cinema-like experience in your own home with movies the way they are meant to be seen
  • View Energy Guide


Bill Maniaci Residential Install


Equipment and Scope of work:

-Denon AVR-x4000 Theater Receiver with multiple zone control

-Jamo Fronts and Surrounds Cinema Series

-Apple TV

-Sony 55″ LED TV

-Comcast Cable Box

-Denon Blu-Ray Player

-LG 50″ Plasma TV in Bedroom

-Polk Audio Soundbar 5000


Installed Network receiver to router for wireless control via smartphone, also allows to wirelessly playback all playlist on the phone or tablet. Hooked Deck speakers to second zones and the Kitchen to the third zones for discrete control and sound in each area. Wired Materbed TV to Denon for secondary Video routing allowing for all devises in the family room to be viewed in the bedroom.

Ultra HD TV Makes A Big (Screen) Difference

Ultra High-Definition television is here, bringing four times the resolution of today’s FullHD 1080p sets and promising high-quality images tailor-made for today’s big-screen sizes.

At a time when flat-panel TVs are trending dangerously close to commoditization, Ultra HD is expected to deliver consumers what they seek most from a new television purchase — maximum picture quality.

At the same time, Ultra HD product deployments should eventually incentivize a new market for native high-resolution content, which will lead to Ultra HD delivery over cable and satellite systems, new home playback formats like Ultra HD Blu-ray Discs, and next-generation Ultra HD Internet streaming.


twi1319uhdToshiba 65L9300U


Even future Ultra HD over-the-air TV broadcasts are not out of the realm of possibility.

With the arrival of larger and larger TV screen sizes, Ultra HD TVs and video projectors will produce much more detail and less visible pixels than 1080p TVs. They will also allow sitting closer to the screen, which is important for big-screen lovers with small viewing spaces.

Viewers will see images with even smoother edges and greater depth, and for sets with fast screen-refresh rates, pictures can appear to be almost 3D, without the need for glasses.

While Ultra HD offers significant advantages for very large-screen TV viewing, it also offers benefits for smaller screen sizes.

“When all content sources are considered, there is really no limit to how small the screen can be in order to derive benefits from the higher resolution and the ability to be much closer to the screen, such as the immersive experience on new gaming platforms or pixel peeping during editing of high-megapixel RAW image files,” offered Rey Roque, Westinghouse Digital marketing VP.

Another benefit is that Ultra HD 3DTVs using passive polarized glasses will be able to display 1080p (1,920 by 1,080) images to each eye, instead of cutting the resolution in half as passive 1080p 3D displays do.

According the Consumer Electronics Association’s (CEA) definition, the minimum resolution for Ultra HD displays is 3,840 by 2,160 progressively displayed horizontal and vertical pixel lines, or four times the resolution of a 1,920 by 1,080 image.

The resolution level is also informally referred to as “4K,” because it has roughly 4,000 horizontal pixels, but technically speaking, 4K denotes a very specific display resolution of 4,096 by 2,160.

In its “U.S. Consumer Electronics Sales and Forecast July 2013” report, CEA projected Ultra HD shipments to reach 57,000 units, and shipment revenue to earn $314 million in 2013. Ultra HD shipments are expected by the association to go on to surpass the 1 million unit mark in 2015, when more native Ultra HD content should be available.

Simply put: “Ultra HD promises to be the next big video product driving change in content, cameras, security, retailing, displays and even audio. It will drive growth across the entire consumer technology ecosystem,” stated CEA president and CEO Gary Shapiro.

Next-generation broadcast standards are already being drawn up to support Ultra HD signals, and archives of Ultra HD movies and television programs are ready and waiting in Hollywood vaults for home release.

Still, as in the early days of high-definition TV, widespread availability of native Ultra HD content is a couple of years away. Therefore, many TV manufacturers have designed today’s Ultra HD products to include advanced up-scaling and picture-processing systems that multiply the number of lines in 1080p and 720p (or lower) images to fit the extra pixel lines of an Ultra HD screens.

But will that be enough to drive sales where recent attempts to drive 3DTVs failed?

Unlike 3D, as more and more high-value 4K content is produced over time, applications outside of consumers’ homes will make them a staple in the commercial, industrial, medical and command/control industries.

And with prices for Ultra HD TVs already dropping below $999, it seems likely that over time consumer displays will migrate to 4K just as they did to 1080p.

“Much of the content being shot today is being done in 4K,” said Pablo Espinosa, Sony Electronics TV products engineer. “Only 4K delivers the real picture originally intended by the director of the film. That’s important to us, because Sony provides the whole end-to-end 4K solution from capturing to the screen.”


By Greg Tarr On Sep 25 2013 – 2:40pm

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