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New year Resolutions From Paul Nicholls, Phabrix With the New Year upon us and BVE, the main UK broadcast show just a few weeks away, I considered what the year has in store for the industry and what might be on view at BVE, particularly with UHDTV. I mused over the recent ‘intra industry logo’ announcement by the UHD Alliance with its new specification for consumer UHD. • Colour bit depth: ten-bit signal • Colour palette (wide colour gamut) • Signal input: BT.2020 colour representation • Display reproduction: more than 90 per cent of P3 colours • High dynamic range • SMPTE ST2084 EOTF • A combination of peak brightness and black level either more than 1,000 nits peak brightness and less than 0.05 nits black level, or more than 540 nits peak brightness and less than 0.0005 nits black level In addition the Alliance’s content master and distribution channels must support: Of course those of us in the know understand that the true adoption of 4k will be when the four WOW factors are completely in place - namely resolution, wide colour gamut, high frame rates and immersive audio – all the promises of 4k, but still a little way off. I fear that the pre hype to 4k may put a bit of a damp squib on it all and the consumer will already feel cheated now that the UHD Alliance has detailed the correct specification and having taken time to read the manual (not) can see his tele is already out of date. For us involved with making the technology to support UHDTV then we recognise that a lot of technology and associated standards have to be in place before true adoption of 4k can be realised – and that timescale seems to be 18 to 24 months away. Not too far away, but a lot of work in 2016 – 2017 and 2018 me thinks. Kit Plus 91x133.qxp_Layout 1 06/05/2015 10:12 Page 4 Be proud of your sound • Image resolution: 3840×2160 • Colour bit depth: minimum ten-bit signal • Colour: BT.2020 colour representation • High dynamic range: SMPTE ST2084 EOTF ‘The group has estimated that the Ultra HD market will grow to around eight times its current size by 2019.’ Of course the reality of adoption is different and one that requires the consumer to undertake more education before casually walking into a high street vendor. Casually on my way home one night I listened to a commentator on BBC radio 4 discussing why I should buy a 4k ready monitor. He interviewed an enthusiastic salesman selling high end TV’s, describing how remarkable the colour integrity was, why I would need to purchase a TV over 50 inches to get the benefit of 4k and that curved TV’s were really showing the fact a panel could be curved rather than any benefits associated with it. That the only content available was via broadband, if I was lucky enough to have at least 28 Mps reception. He then went on to tell me that it will be 10 years before even half of the UK will be able to receive it via by streaming. I even found out I could buy a 4k TV for £400! Wireless Microphones Wireless IEM RF over Fibre Wireless microphones and IEM with the widest tuning range in the industry wireless sound solutions visit: email: call: 01789 777040 KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 109 JANUARY 2016 | 33