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Curved Screen and Ultra High Def Is curved screen and ultra high definition TV the future of TV. Here’s the lowdown from Fox 13 TV: Your next television set might feature two eye-catching twists: a curved screen and a massively better picture. TV manufacturers are producing innovative new sets that curve ever-so-gently at the edges. It's just enough of a turn in the frame to see the sides pull away from the wall. "You're talking maybe three inches for the curve," said Best Buy's Mike Cudayer. If you believe their ads, the slight curve ‘immerses' viewers into the programming they are watching and creates a real home theater. “When you go to a movie theater, the screen is curved,” Cudayer pointed out. Cudayer demonstrated a handful of models. He explained that said curved TVs are available in many sizes and prices -- the most of expensive of which carried an eye-popping price tag: $7,999. Will curved TVs replace their flat predecessors? The Consumer Electronics Association, which represents gadget makers, says no. "I think you're going to see both curved and flat TVs in the future," said CEA's Jim Barry. ULTRA HIGH DEFINITION A more universal upgrade is likely coming to picture quality. Many new TVs feature a ‘4K' screen, which is also called “Ultra High Definition.” "It's one of those things you really have to see to believe," Barry said. "It is the best picture quality out there," Cudayer said. "For every one pixel your TV has, this one has four." Quantum Dot technology may smother OLED TVs What is quantum dot technology and why will it overtake OLED TV? Listen up as Computer World tells us all about it: For the past year, manufacturers have heralded OLED ultra-high definition (UHD) TVs as a harbinger of sea change in the home entertainment industry, affording thinner and even flexible panels with higher quality pictures than today's LCD sets. Then last week, China-based TCL, the third largest manufacturer of flat-screen TVs in the world, disclosed plans to ship a 55-in quantum dot LCD TV, which offers the same quality picture as OLED, but at a one-third the cost. The appeal of OLEDs: they offer deeper blacks and brighter whites than conventional LCD TVs. Essentially, such TVs offer more life-like images. Unlike conventional LCD TVs, which require back lighting, OLED TVs use organic chemicals to generate the light can be produced in very thin films. The films are so thin that they can be printed out and enable flexible screens. LCD quantum dot TVs maintain the current thickness of panels, so they're not flexible, but they do arguably offer nearly the same picture quality as OLED. "LCD with quantum dot is a case of the good being the enemy of the best. It allows LCD indeed to close the gap with OLED," said Paul Gray, director of European research at Display Search.
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Curved Screen and Ultra High Def Is curved screen and ultra high definition TV the future of TV. Here’s the lowdown from Fox 13 TV: Your next television set might feature two eye- catching twists: a curved screen and a massively better picture. TV manufacturers are producing innovative new sets that curve ever-so-gently at the edges. It's just enough of a turn in the frame to see the sides pull away from the wall. "You're talking maybe three inches for the curve," said Best Buy's Mike Cudayer. If you believe their ads, the slight curve ‘immerses' viewers into the programming they are watching and creates a real home theater. “When you go to a movie theater, the screen is curved,” Cudayer pointed out. Cudayer demonstrated a handful of models. He explained that said curved TVs are available in many sizes and prices -- the most of expensive of which carried an eye-popping price tag: $7,999. Will curved TVs replace their flat predecessors? The Consumer Electronics Association, which represents gadget makers, says no. "I think you're going to see both curved and flat TVs in the future," said CEA's Jim Barry. ULTRA HIGH DEFINITION A more universal upgrade is likely coming to picture quality. Many new TVs feature a ‘4K' screen, which is also called “Ultra High Definition.” "It's one of those things you really have to see to believe," Barry said. "It is the best picture quality out there," Cudayer said. "For every one pixel your TV has, this one has four." Quantum Dot technology may smother OLED TVs What is quantum dot technology and why will it overtake OLED TV? Listen up as Computer World  tells us all about it: For the past year, manufacturers have heralded OLED ultra-high definition (UHD) TVs as a harbinger of sea change in the home entertainment industry, affording thinner and even flexible panels with higher quality pictures than today's LCD sets. Then last week, China-based TCL, the third largest manufacturer of flat-screen TVs in the world, disclosed plans to ship a 55-in quantum dot LCD TV, which offers the same quality picture as OLED, but at a one-third the cost. The appeal of OLEDs: they offer deeper blacks and brighter whites than conventional LCD TVs. Essentially, such TVs offer more life-like images. Unlike conventional LCD TVs, which require back lighting, OLED TVs use organic chemicals to generate the light can be produced in very thin films. The films are so thin that they can be printed out and enable flexible screens. LCD quantum dot TVs maintain the current thickness of panels, so they're not flexible, but they do arguably offer nearly the same picture quality as OLED. "LCD with quantum dot is a case of the good being the enemy of the best. It allows LCD indeed to close the gap with OLED," said Paul Gray, director of European research at Display Search.

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