Sony, Sharp and Philips are on the bandwagon and will release TVs based on Android TV in 2015. Android TV combines streaming services, apps, and a game console in one platform. It will also be available in small TV streamer boxes.
LG has a range of new OLED TVs coming out in 2014 as well as new Ultra HD and Full HD TVs. LG is also introducing a new webOS-based Smart TV platform that looks promising. Could 2014 be the year where LG establishes itself as the leading Korean TV innovator?
Panasonic is introducing their new AX900 with “plasma-like picture quality” and a range of new Full HD models – some very basic, some with advanced features. Panasonic is also introducing a new Smart TV user interface called Life+ that recommends relevant content.
In 2014, Philips will introduce its first TV with the new Android-based Smart TV platform. They will also launch Ultra HD TVs and TVs with twin tuners, Miracast screen mirroring and a new Cloud TV app that streams TV channels over the internet.
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Netflix 4K streaming
Netflix will use 15 Mb/s HEVC for 4K streaming


By Rasmus Larsen (@flatpanels)
07 Jan 2014

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Netflix will launch 4K streaming in all of the countries, where it operates, including the new European regions. It will happen in the “first half of 2014”. Netflix will be using the new HEVC compressions format, and is aiming for a bitrate of just over 15 Mb/s.

Netflix's 4K streaming plans

We met Netflix at CES 2014 yesterday, and they told us much more about their plans for 4K streaming. Netflix will start streaming in 4K in the first half of 2014. A more exact date has not been announced at this point.


Netflix promises to offer the second season of House of Cards in 4K, and says that they will produce all future original programming in 4K. Netflix’s original series and documentaries will start streaming in 4K on the same date in all of Netflix’s regions, but non-exclusive TV series such as Breaking Bad, which has already been confirmed in 4K, will depend on the specific rights in the relevant region, says Netflix.

Netflix will use the new HEVC compression format, which is the direct successor to mpeg4 (H.264). HEVC is said to deliver identical picture quality at half the bitrate, and HEVC is also optimized for compression of 4K and even higher resolutions. Netflix is aiming to offer 4K at just over 15 Mb/s, which should be roughly equal to 30 Mb/s mpeg4, if we are to believe the consortium.

We saw Netflix’s 4K streaming in action, and it certainly looks promising. The picture was detailed and vivid, and during the relatively short demonstration we did not spot any severe image compression. Netflix's 4K streaming will only be available on Smart TVs initially.

Netflix told us a lot more about their plans for 4K streaming, content, platforms, and software, so stay tuned for a more in-depth article.




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