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In Perspective - Stick a 4K in 3-D: It's done

Mon, 02/04/2013 - 1:08pm
Brian Santo

Or for $30K, you could kick back and watch Netflix in a Wi-Fi-enabled SUV.

CED's Brian SantoThe big thing in TV land at CES this year, in terms of both hype and actual size, was 4K TVs, aka ultra-high-def, or Ultra HDTVs.

The great thing about shows like CES is that they show you exciting possible futures. Let’s just take a moment to acknowledge that 4K TVs are pretty darn nifty.

I’ve heard assurances that movie studios are buying 4K cameras (and using them), and that editing suites are available to edit and producte 4K content, and Hollywood is adopting them, plus throw in the World Cup and some other massive sporting events, and 4K is likely to get some traction.

Unlike 3-D, which always seemed to have a whiff of desperation about it. (Save it. Just give up already.)

Still, with the sets priced initially at $20K to $30K a pop, it’s going to be a while before there are enough 4K TVs out there to target with services. On the other hand, if someone’s ready to blow that much money on a TV, they’re probably willing to pay you to run a personal fiber to their house. Something to think about, I suppose. But I digress. …

So: 4K TVs. Not a business until 2016 at the earliest, according to most people in the video distribution business. And that’s the problem with shows like CES – by the time one of those exciting possibilities they show you actually manifests, you feel like you’ve seen it all before and you’re bored by it.

On the other hand, by 2016, 3-D might be ready for comeback #5.

The other thing out of CES was the Internet of Things. Tired of that phrase yet? Connected cars. As if those idiots who always seem to congregate around your car on your way to work don’t have enough distractions with their newspapers, mascara brushes and smartphones, now they’ll be calling up YouTube videos on their GPS? Working at home has its drawbacks, but that ain’t one of them.

Home security, monitoring and control, though? That’ll be fun. Next big service in the bundle.

And unlike 4K TVs, no waiting.

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