of their monthly broadband traffic allotments if they do not have an unlimited plan. For those that prefer physical media, new triple-layered Blu-ray discs with a 100 GB capacity to support 4K content will arrive in 2015, allowing users to purchase 4K content instead of having to use their Internet connections.
As a stopgap measure until more native 4K content is available, all UltraHD TVs feature 4K upconversion, which interpolates lower resolution content for display on the UltraHD sets. This is done with varying degrees of quality but overall, the mainstream manufacturers (LG, Samsung, and Sony) do a decent job thanks to their experience with digital imaging and processing. On the other hand, UltraHD sets from off-brand manufacturers such as Seiki don’t do as well, often resulting in blocking, aliased images. Curved screens are a new change to TVs and attempt to mimic the viewing experience in a movie theatre by adding in a slight curve to the TV. The curve tries to minimize the slight difference in viewing distance of viewers in the “sweet spot” from the centre of the TV to the edges, resulting in a more uniform and immersive picture. The consequence of this is that viewers sitting off-centre experience more distortion and reduced picture quality. While video panning across the screen is indeed more subjectively uniform with a curved TV, the decrease in viewing area due to the reduction in optimal seating position can be a trade-off that many viewers are not willing to make – especially if their TV is often host to large groups. The decrease in horizontal width, compared to a flat TV of the same diagonal size, also decreases the appeal. Like 3D (which didn’t catch on and is only subjectively appealing for specific types of content), I suspect that curved TVs will not become mainstream and are not worth the premium.
Wand Remotes, Smart TVs, NFC, and Front-Facing Speakers
As picture quality increases and subsequently becomes more difficult to improve, relatively, other features are increasingly being added to ensure annual product