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Last month, the Blu-ray Disc Association finalized the specifications on Ultra Blu-ray discs.  With this done, it means that consumers should start seeing Ultra HD hardware and software as early as the end of this year.  The specifications include a native 3840 x 2160 resolution, 60 fps framerates, higher dynamic range colour, and support for advanced formats like Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.  The completion of this specification will also provide rapid expansion of available 4K sources, with YouTube and Netflix being the main sources for content in the Ultra HD format.

What does this really mean for our home theatre clients?  It means a true upgrade in picture, in contrast to the upscaling of 1080p to 4K provided by many current flat panel TVs touted as 4K.  Many of our clients are excited for the advent of Ultra HD, and we have been fielding a steady stream of calls asking about upgrades.  Over the past 24 months, the industry has seen the release of 4K movie cameras, followed by steady releases of Ultra HD-compatible components, such as 4K projectors from JVC and Runco.   We expect to see a slew of new Ultra HD component options come out for the holiday season this year, along with Ultra Blu-ray versions of summer blockbusters.  Adera clients will have a lot to be excited about very soon!

Here’s another article from Digital Trends with more information: http://www.digitaltrends.com/home-theater/ultra-hd-blu-ray-specs-dates-and-titles/

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