The show brought surprises, including further innovation to the primary interconnect to the latest screens.
HDMI 2.0 appeared to be the last word on the subject, leaving the question of exactly how higher frame rates and wider color gamuts can be supported for the consumer. Hidden away on the show floor were two potential solutions, DSC on the Display Port booth from Hardent who solved the problem using mild 3:1 compression to best utilize the available bandwidth and Display Link, using the even more ubiquitous interface USB 3.0 and adaptive compression to solve the same bandwidth issue and no doubt further transform the TV into a computer monitor, if successful.
A balance has to be made between OTT and linear scheduled services, if viewers aren’t to feel short-changed by a transition that costs more and potentially delivers less.
Good times are ahead for home cinema fans as the wow factor is now in sight for 4K. Further work is needed on HDR for live applications, as shown by main floor demos that tried to apply the techniques on content lacking the offline analyses and processing applied to 4K VOD assets.
Glasses-free 3D re-emerged at the show, with some vendors correctly pitching this technology for digital signage. To the casual observer it appeared to be still a gimmick for TV, with many feeling it was “kinda weird” and not yet ready for the living room. With the wealth of screen developments offering both HDR and wide color gamut, I was certainly impressed by the latest crop of screens on display that offer the necessary depth of picture, and I hope that production yields will allow these technologies to make their way into my home.
More on screen technologies in my post CES blog, when my feet have recovered from walking the aisles and dodging the drones!
– Ian Trow, Senior Director, Emerging Technology and Strategy, Harmonic0