IFA UHD highlights: UHD Alliance, first Ultra HD Blu-ray player, LG and BBC demo HDR stream and more

The world's CE industry descended on Berlin this week for an IFA rich in Ultra HD news. Here are a few highlights:

UHD Alliance develops specification

The UHD Alliance has announced its growth to almost 30 members including leading film studios, consumer electronics manufacturers, content distributors and technology companies.

The UHDA has announced that consumer-driven testing will aid the final determination of specifications, which are close to being finalised alongside certification, compliance and consumer logo programmes.

Ultra HD Blu-ray playback debuts from Samsung

Kingsman:The Secret Service will be the first Ultra HD Blu-ray when Samsung's world-first player goes on sale in early 2016.

The Samsung player will also support streaming services, while Panasonic, Sony and other CE giants defied expectations by keeping their UHD BD disc spinners out of sight at IFA.

LG and BBC team up for HDR demo at IFA

A streaming HDR showreel from BBC R&D and the EBU will be the highlight of LG's content demo for its 4K OLED TVs at IFA, alongside 4k HDR via satellite from SES Astra through a Broadcom STB.

The BBC R&D stream will be the world's first showcase of HDR Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV (part of HbbTV 2.0) on LG's 4k OLED TVs, using MPEG-DASH over HTTP.

Sony squeezes 4k onto 5.5in smartphone

The world's first smartphone with a 4k Ultra HD display was unveiled by Sony in the guise of the Xperia Z5 Premium.

The handset can shoot 4k video and output video directly to a 4k TV over an MHL 3.0 connection or via DLNA.

Samsung first with HDMI 2.0a Ultra HD support

The HDMI 2.0a connection specification will be supported on Samsung's 2015 SUHD and UHD TVs, improving their ability to deliver High Dynamic Range content from external sources.

The enhancement is available now to existing Samsung TV owners as a firmware update at no extra cost, and does not require new HDMI cables.

DTG Staff  |  04.09.2015

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