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Although ultra-high-definition (UHD) format is rather far from becoming mainstream mainly because there is not a lot of content in 4K resolution (3840*2160) available for purchase, it looks like there are already UHD TV-sets that can hit mainstream price-points. A Polaroid-branded UHD television is now reportedly available for just $999.

At the forthcoming Consumer Electronics Show next week Empire Electronics Corp., which has rights to sell TVs under Polaroid name, will demonstrate 50” ultra-high-definition 50GSR9000 TV that will retail for only $999, reports Cnet News web-site. The device is set to feature “contemporary, modern look” as well as three HDMI ports.

What is uncertain is whether these HDMI ports are compliant with HDMI 2.0 standard, which is unlikely given the budget nature of the device. HDMI 2.0 increases the maximum per channel bandwidth from 3.4Gb/s to 6Gb/s which enables maximum total throughput of 18Gb/s, which allows HDMI 2.0 to support 4K resolution at 60 frames per second (fps). HDMI 1.4 is sufficient for 4K resolution at 60fps.

It is noteworthy that at present there are almost no UHD players, almost no commercially available movies in 4K resolution and a very limited amount of ultra-high-definition TV channels. Still, there are Blu-ray players that feature 4K upscaling capability.

Select Sony’s ultra-high-definition UHDTVs come bundled with a hard discs drive-based media server that connects easily to the company’s UHDTVs and is capable of playing back content in 4K ultra high-definition resolution. The manufacturer provides ten 4K full-length movies and a gallery of 4K video shorts. Additionally, Sony sells Sony FMP-X1 4K ultra-high-definition (UHD) media player/streamer with integrated 2TB hard disk drive (supports external hard drive with USB 2.0 connection) for $699.99. Sony's 4K Ultra HD delivery solutions are designed to be updated with additional 4K titles and video clips. UHDTVs from LG and Samsung also come with free 4K movies.

The 4K ultra-high-definition format is far from being hopeless, even despite of high prices and limited availability of content. Video codecs for 4K UHD video (such as HEVC/H.265) are ready. Besides, Sony and other consumer electronics companies are working on next-generation optical disc technology to sell UHD movies on physical media.

Cnet News further reports that there is a Seiki-branded 50” UHDTV (model SE50UY04) that can be found online for $700.

Tags: 4K, UHD, UHDTV, Sony, Polaroid, Samsung, LG, Sharp, Toshiba

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ok so whats the point if it can't support hdmi 2.0? the whole point of hdmi 2.0 is to support such a higher resolution like 4k at 60fps. so basicly you will have a 4k tv that's capable of producing a 4k image but doesn't have hdmi 2.0 support to actually support 4k devices in it's true format.
0 0 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 01/04/14 02:27:01 AM]
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Sorry, I forgot to mention that HDMI 1.4 is sufficient for 4k@30fps. Corrected. Thanks for pointing out.
1 0 [Posted by: Anton  | Date: 01/04/14 04:15:45 PM]
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but how good will 30fps actually be on such a high resolution with 4k dealing with large tv's.
0 0 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 01/04/14 11:37:46 PM]
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I don't want a 4k display without DP 1.3
0 0 [Posted by: Patriot  | Date: 01/06/14 07:36:37 PM]
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The article is a little misleading, you don't need HDMI 2.0 for a 4k connection, you do need it for very high bitrate, 4k at 60 frames per second but where are you going to get the source material for that? I guess maybe super high-end gaming but Polaroid are not aiming at this market, they are going for movie lovers on a budget which this is perfect for.

4k movies will be at 24fps which is easily done over HDMI 1.6
0 0 [Posted by: loadwick  | Date: 01/04/14 07:57:58 AM]
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ultra blu ray will be hdmi 2.0 and carry a 60 fps signal.

0 0 [Posted by: SteelCity1981  | Date: 01/04/14 11:32:47 PM]
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1000$ =~ 100000¥ in Japan. For this price you can barely just buy the cheapest and shittiest 1080p TV over 40"/ I wonder how much this Polaroid will cost there. The cheapest 4K TV you can find now starts from 6000$, and that's if you are lucky to find a discount on some web shops; on retail stores, not a chance!
1 0 [Posted by: TAViX  | Date: 01/04/14 10:34:30 AM]
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I was thinking the same about costs in Australia, I'd be lucky to find one under $5,000, even if it sold for $999 in America.
It's called price gouging, they charge what they want because they know we don't have a choice but pay up!
1 0 [Posted by: caring1  | Date: 01/05/14 03:41:35 AM]
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Correct... There is no such thing as price gouging ... its simply supply and demand. They will keep raising the prices so long as demand remains constant.
0 0 [Posted by: Patriot  | Date: 01/06/14 07:38:40 PM]
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The cheapest 4K TVs are not that expensive; they're as cheap as $500, on Amazon - just type in 4K TV. I got my Sony 4K 55" TV with HDMI 2.0 from Crutchfield for $2999. Great buy too. I enjoy playing my computer games at that resolution, abit only 30FPS. While most hardcore gamers will say - That's unplayable, I disagree. It's simply not what you "Prefer."
0 1 [Posted by: ED_IT_PRO  | Date: 01/07/14 11:06:55 AM]
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^ ohhh but you do have a choice.................dont buy @ gouge prices

I'll wait for OLED, if my 4 year old pana plazma lasts that long
0 2 [Posted by: alpha0ne  | Date: 01/06/14 12:43:14 AM]
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