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New 4K TVs from Sony, LG and Sharp support Google’s VP9 codec

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Google is pushing ahead with its VP9 video codec, and a bunch of partners are actually going to show off products at CES in Las Vegas this week: Sony, LG and Sharp are all getting ready to ship 4K TVs that support VP9, and the YouTube app on those devices is already taking advantage of it to stream high-resolution content with lower bit rates. Altogether, there are now 26 partners launching products that use VP9 for different kinds of screens, according to a YouTube blog post, which also pointed out that VP9 helped to more than double YouTube HD and 4k video consumption in emerging markets.

2 Responses to “New 4K TVs from Sony, LG and Sharp support Google’s VP9 codec”

  1. hundoman

    Here is more proof that Google’s VP9 support on 4k is not the way to go.

    Also we have 10 bit color support which will not fit with any HDMI 2.0 ports that are on today’s 4k LCD’s you will need Display Port 1.2 or higher instead.

    Beyond Ultra HD resolution (3,840 x 2,160 at 60fps), the new Ultra HD Blu-ray will support high dynamic range and REC 2020 color space and 10-bit color depth. Matsuda said that HDR is a very significant technology for the new format and one that consumers will immediately see the value of. That doesn’t necessarily mean that all Ultra HD Blu-ray discs will include HDR, as not all movies recorded in 4K are mastered with HDR, but the format does support it.

    The new Ultra HD Blu-ray discs can hold up to 66 GB in dual-layer format, and 100 GB in triple layer format. The players will be backward compatible with 1080p Blu-ray discs, DVD, and CD. The players will include the HEVC (H.265) codec and support HDMI 1.2 and 2.0 (4K content will only be displayed if the player detects HDMI 2.0 in the connected TV).

  2. hundoman

    Don’t waste your money on anything with 4k in the consumer space till at least the 4k Blu Ray DVD standard comes out and then the ATSC 3.0 as well. You have a good chance it could be quickly obsolete like HD DVD was.

    VP9 also is such an inferior codec to SMPTE’s efforts are for HEVC (h.265) and Google is doing all it can to try to get VP9 products to market to influence the forthcoming ATSC 3.0 format that will determine the North America based broadcast space all the way down to mass notification and streaming to the consumer.