Samsung F9000

Ultra HDTV Prices Plummet Again!

We closely watch the prices of all of the 4K TVs currently on the market, so we can keep you up to date. But even we were surprised by the recently price drops we have been seeing in the 4K Ultra HD TV market.

It seems that the prices of 4K TVs are dropping almost every week. But with the recent price drops from Samsung and Sony, we think they might have reached their base prices.

The 4K TV market is clearly a very competitive one, with more and more manufacturers entering the market, and newer lower priced models from Sony and others.

We have seen the most drastic price drops from Samsung. They have cut their prices for the second time in a month.

These 4K / UHDTVs have a pixel resolution 4x higher than 1080p at 3840 x 2160 pixels. Samsung’s 4K range is their flagship F9000 and is available in 55-inches and 65-inches.

When the 65-inch F9000 was released in late August, it has a price tag of $7,500, it later dropped to $6,000, and now just a few days ago, another $1000 was knocked off of its asking price, and it can now be yours for $4,999 from Amazon. This is a huge saving!

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Sharp LC-70UD1U

Sharp 70-inch 4K (Sharp LC-70UD1U) Available

Sharp’s first 4K Ultra HD TV, the 70-inch Sharp LC-70UD1U Aquos 4K is now available to purchase in the U.S.

As well as being Sharp’s very first 4K TV, it is also the first 4K TV to be released with the THX 4K certification. It has a list price of $8,999.99, but it is currently on sale on line for just under $5,999.

We first saw Sharp’s 4K TV at CES, where we caught it on camera. At the time it was just a prototype model. Sharp’s original plan was to release a 60-inch TV, but it looks like they decided to to large, and bumped it up to 70-inches.

At 70-inches, it makes the Sharp LC-70UD1U stand out from the increasingly crowded 4K space. It is the only 70-inch 4K TV, with other manufacturers offering either 55-inch or 65-inch models.

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Philips 65PFL9708

Philips 9000 65PFL9708 / 84PFL9708 4K Ultra HD TVs Announced

TP / Vision have unveiled their new 9000 series of Ultra HD TV / 4K TVs over at IFA.

Philips is the latest manufacturers to join in on the 4K UHD game, and it’s no longer the playing field ruled by Sony, LG and Samsung. Budget U.S TV manufacturers Vizio are rumored to be releasing a range of 4K TVs by the end of this year.

The Philips 9000 series of ultra HD TVs will be available in 65-inch as the Philips 65PFL9708, which has a price of 4,999 Euros, and the 84-inch Philips 84PFL9708, which will go for a healthy 14,999 Euros.

Both of the Philips 4K TVs accept and process 4K signals thanks to its Ultra Pixel HD Engine.

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Vizio M801D

Vizio To Launch 4K TVs In 2014

We have heard talks of Vizio entering in to the 4K Ultra HD market for some time now, but as of yet have yet to see any real products announced.

DigiTimes have just leaked out some information which gives us an expected time-line for their 4K TVs. They say that Vizio will release their range of 4K TVs in the first quarter of 2014.

They’re expected to be above 50-inches, with their 65-inch panel expected to be sourced from AU Optronics.

We’re also hearing talk of an 84-inch model which should be coming our way by the end of this year (2013). This 84-inch panel will be supplied from LG Display. The same panel used in LG’s and Sony’s 84-inch 4K TV. Foxconn Electronics is also expected to be supplying panels to Vizio.

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FIFA 2014 4K

FIFA 2014 Brazilian World Cup In 4K Ultra HD

At IBC 2013 Sony has announced that it will lead the technical side with FIFA to produce and broadcast FIFA 2014 in amazing 4K.

So far only one match has been confirmed to be captured, produced and broadcast in 4K / Ultra HD, and as you would probably have guessed, that’s the 2014 FIFA world cup final match. While this is the only match confirmed, as the setup and everything else will already be in place, we could see a number of the bigger games also in 4K.

Previously both Wimbledon and the London Olympics were broadcast in 3D, it is only natural to see other high profile events used to push the new 4K technology.

Niclas Ericson, FIFA TV director, said: “The World Cup Final in 4K is the next natural evolution. We needed to be sure we had the technology that could deliver the trial this summer. We believe 4K will create a richer and more exciting viewing experience for viewers.”

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4k-bluray

100 GB 4K Blu-Ray Discs

Singulus, a manufacturer of optical disc replication equipment has potentially leaked what looks to be the next generation of blu-ray discs. They have announced their BLULINE III machine which is capable of replication triple layer next generation blu-ray dics which can hold 100GB of data.

New data compression methods have allowed 33GB of data per layer, rather than 25GB, resulting in a new disc which can hold 100GB, rather than the previous 50GB.

The intention of the disc seems pretty clear by Singlus, as they state “Only Blu-ray Discs with these [100GB] capacities will enable movie experiences in the new ultra high definition format 4K in “movie quality” in the future.”

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Sony 4K Video Unlimited

Sony Video Unlimited 4K Service Now Live

We have felt that Sony have been leading the way with 4K, with the other manufactures trying to keep up for some time now. Now along with announcing two new 55-ijnch and 65-inch 4K Ultra HDTVs at a cheaper price, Sony has also launched the world’s first 4K video download service!

Sony’s Video Unlimited 4K video download service (which was previously announced) has now gone live in the U.S. This service is the world’s first and only video downloading service that offers 4K ultra HD videos.

With no physical 4K format, it has been left to Sony to develop this 4K video downloading service. A lot of people don’t want to drop a lot of cash on a 4K TV and not be able to play any native 4K content, and be stuck with upscaling 1080p content.

The Video Unlimited 4K service will work with Sony’s FMP-X1 4K Ultra HD Media Player, which will pump out beautiful native 4K (3,840×2,160 pixels) to a Sony TV or projector. And yes, we specifically mentioned Sony there, as it looks like Sony has currently locked the FMP-X1 to only work with Sony’s products.

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Panasonic TC-L65WT600

Panasonic TX-L65WT600 4K TV Announced

Panasonic have announced and launched their very first 4K Ultra HDTV at IFA 2013 in Berlin.

Their 65-inch Panasonic TX-L65WT600 Ultra HD TV from the WT600 series also grabs a world’s first, by being the first 4K TV to support the newly announced HDMI 2.0 input. This means it can support a 4K video singal with 60p, 50/60Hz allowing a frame rate of upto 60fps rather than 24fps. Sony has announced that their new “cheaper” XBR-55X850A, XBR-65X850A (X8) will support HDMI 2.0 out of the box, and their X9 models will receive a firmware update shortly adding support.

The Panasonic TX-L65WT600 of course has a 4K Ultra HD resoltuion of 3840 x 2160 pixels, 4x that of standard 1080p full HD, and is LED edge lit. It makes use of an LCD panel, so no famous Panasonic plasma here, but we doubt we will see a 4K plasma panel from anyone as everyone is slowly moving towards OLED.

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LG 77-inch UHD OLED TV

LG 77-Inch Curved 4K OLED TV

Just typing that title alone made us super impressed. LG have just announced their 77-inch 4K Ultra HD OLED TV at IFA 2013 in Berlin.

If you have been following the news recently you will know that LG just achieved a number of world firsts with this product. It’s the world’s largest OLED TV, world’s largest 4K Ultra HD TV and also the largest curved TV.

LG really has thrown all they have at this 77-inch OLED TV. We first saw a prototype 4K OLED TV shown off by Sony at CES 2013 back in January, and we called it the holy grail of TVs.

Just yesterday Samsung announced a curved 4K Ultra HD TV, and a 55-inch 4K Ultra HD OLED, but LG has just taken their crown away with their 77-inch curved 4K OLED!

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Samsung 98-inch S9 4K UHDTV

Samsung S9 98-Inch 4K TV

Wow Samsung really have been on a roll over at IFA 2013 in Berlin, along with announcing the world’s first 4K OLED TV, and curved 4K TV, they have also added and 98-inch UHDTV to their S9 range of 4K TVs.

Back at CES 2013 in January, Samsung wowed the world with their range of huge S9 4K ultra HD TVs which included an 85-inch, 95-inch, and huge 110-inch models.

Since then, Samsung have released their 85-inch 4K TV making it the largest on the market by one inch bigger than the Sony & LG models.

We even got to bring our viewers an exclusive hands on of the 85-inch Samsung S9 Ultra HD TV at Selfridges in London.

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