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Next-generation TV to be called 'Ultra HD'

October 19, 2012|By Salvador Rodriguez
  • Sony's XBR-84X900 84-inch TV is the Japanese company's first 4K TV, otherwise known as Ultra HD.
Sony's XBR-84X900 84-inch TV is the Japanese company's first… (Sony )

The next generation of TV technology finally has a consumer friendly name: Ultra HD.

The Consumer Electronics Assn. announced the new name Thursday after its board unanimously approved the terminology. The Ultra HD name replaces "4K," which was the terminology the industry had been using for TVs with four times the resolution of current HD sets.

"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," Gary Shapiro, the association's chief executive said 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 association said Ultra HD TVs must display at least 8 million pixels, or a resolution of 3,840 by 2,160 pixels. The minimum aspect ratio must be 16:9, and Ultra HD TVs must have digital inputs capable of carrying Ultra HD video content.

The industry is starting to push the technology, particularly for large TV sets, which lose HD clarity the larger the screen gets.

By year's end, the first of the Ultra HD sets are expected to hit retail stores. Sony and LG are leading the charge, each with new 84-inch TV sets.

Sony is gearing up to release the XBR-84X900 Ultra HD TV next month. The set, which is LED as well as 3-D capable, is Sony's first Ultra HD TV and goes for $24,999. Pre-orders are available now.

LG's UD 84LM9600 is also set to arrive later this year. The UD 84LM9600 is also LED and 3-D capable. It's priced at $20,000, according to Home Media Magazine.

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