Stream Ultra HD Audio and Video Files on Any 4K Compatible Device with This Video Player for Mac: $12.74

· Bryan Chaffin · TMO Deals

We have a deal on Elmedia Player PRO, a video player for the Mac that lets you stream Ultra HD and 4K video to compatible devices, including Chromecast, Apple TV, Smart TV and other AirPlay and DLNA-approved devices. A lifetime subscription to Elmedia Player PRO is $14.99 through our deal but coupon code SAVE15TODAY brings it down to $12.74 at checkout.

Why I Won't Be Buying a 4K/UHD Blu-ray Player

· John Martellaro · Editorial

John, who often obsesses over all things video, made the leap to 4K/UHD TV long ago. But he’s not making the leap to a 4K/UHD Blu-ray player. He tells us why.

Apple TV Strategy by the Numbers

· John Martellaro · Link

4th gen Apple TV with Siri

At one time, it was theorized that Apple would make its own TV set, integrated with Apple TV functionality. Instead, Apple has gone one better by seeking to integrate the Apple TV (4K) into TVs made by others. LoupVentures has the strategy and the numbers.

We believe, eventually, many major TVs will embed Apple TV software. This adoption curve may be similar to CarPlay …

Apple’s approach to the living room has been… led by Apple TV which we estimate is now used in 26m US homes monthly (21% of US households). We believe there are 53 million active Apple TVs worldwide.

While this may appear to be the beginning of the end of the Apple TV box, we believe the device will retain unique value. We believe the standalone box will continue …

This is, of course, all about ramping up for Apple TV+ subscriptions.

What You Need to Know: 4K/UHD/HDR Blu-ray Players

· John Martellaro · Link

Digital Trends writes:

While streaming is obviously more convenient for most of us, anyone who wants the best possible picture and sound quality for their home theater needs Ultra HD Blu-ray. The format offers more stability and better fidelity than streaming, and it’s a pretty significant leap forward from 1080p HD Blu-ray, too

This is a really well-written article and covers a lot of ground.

Will Tonight's NCAA Basketball Championship Air in 4K?

· John Martellaro · Link

Basketball and hoop

A viewer writes the TV Answer Man:

… I bought a new 4K TV so my question is: Will the March Madness final on Monday night be in 4K? If so, which channel?

The answer is no. ::grumble::

A New Way to Play With Your Cat: 4KTV

· John Martellaro · Cool Stuff Found

I love cats. All cats. But especially our house cats. In front of the TV with my cat in lap, I’ll sometimes bring up a NatGeo saved cat video for her amusement. But I’ve never had an incident as hilarious as this. File under new things to amuse yourself and companions using 4KTV technology.

A New Way to Play With Your Cat: 4KTV

2019 Will Be the Year of the Display and Apple Should Get Ready

· John Martellaro · Particle Debris

2019: Year of the Display

With 4K TV sets now mainstream, 8K TVs shipping in 2019, Apple preparing new displays, 4K/HDR streaming in high gear, the pressure will be on Apple to deliver in all its video technologies.

A CES 2014 Flashback: The Folly of Curved TV Screens

· John Martellaro · Link

Curved TV display

At one time, five years ago, curved TV screens were all the rage. Every TV manufacturer jumped on the bandwagon, fearful of being left out. Today, we know it was a fad. A folly. A technical dead end. Recently, ars technica took us back in time, via Twitter, to their prescient analysis. After a good technical roundup, “The flat-out truth on curved TVs” ars concluded:

The mishmash of arguments for a curved TV isn’t necessarily an indictment of the value of curved TV. This would not be the first time that manufacturers obscured the technical or scientific reasons for a decision because they think it’s too hard to explain to consumers. It may be easier to latch onto words like “immersive” and “theatrical” and hope no one asks the hard questions.

But, it would also not be the first time that manufacturers assigned value to some spec based on the idea that it qualitatively improved a viewing experience in some way, only for consumers to find the end result is underwhelming and, more importantly, not worth paying for.

LG Foldable 4K TV Declared the Hit of CES 2019

· John Martellaro · Cool Stuff Found

LG Signature OLED TV R

LAS VEGAS – Some TV’s are just too big. They get in the way. Or the space for them is too small. So why not have a TV that rolls up and gets out of the way? Chris Welch at The Verge has the full story and thinks this is the hit product of CES 2019.

Author Welch writes: “This is a TV that’s there when you want it and disappears when you don’t. Not everyone loves having a big, black rectangle as the focal point of their living room, and plenty of people don’t own a TV at all. TV makers are starting to realize that, for some, it comes down to aesthetics, so they’re designing products that blend better into the home.” And best of all? It’s OLED!

8K TV is Coming. It's Okay to Salivate

· John Martellaro · Analysis

8K TVs on display

John reminds us of the 8K TV roadmap and provides a glimpse of how the TV industry is evolving.

Apple TV 4K Features HDMI 2.0a. But HDMI 2.1 is Coming

· John Martellaro · Link

Apple TV 4K event logo

4K/UHD TV is now mainstream.  But new 8K TVs are coming. CNET writes: “The current version of the ubiquitous HDMI [2.0] audio video connection can handle pretty much every video format available today, but with 8K on the horizon, TV and other hardware makers could hit its limits in the next few years. That’s where HDMI 2.1 comes in.”

This article fills you in on the new standard, what video protocols it supports, which TV makers are moving to it in 2019, and whether you’ll need new cables.

HDR For 4K/UHD TV: These Cool Diagrams Walk Us Through It

· John Martellaro · Analysis

HDR Tracker logo

If you’re in the market for a new 4K/UHD TV, an understanding of High Dynamic Range (HDR) is essential to make sure all your equipment is compatible. John points us to a very helpful resource.

Is it Time to Move to 4K TV? Absolutely!

· John Martellaro · Analysis

Sony Bravia XBR-A1E

4K/UHD TVs are no longer a rarity and are now emerging as mainstream. According to IHS, of all the TVs sold in 2019, half will be 4K/UHD.