8K Association sees Samsung, TCL and more push next-gen TV tech

slashgear | January 11, 2019

It may seem like early days for 8K, but TV-makers are keen to get even higher resolution sets on your agenda – and for you to open your wallet – even before many have upgraded to 4K Ultra HD. A group of the biggest names in TV hardware and display manufacturing – including Samsung and TCL Electronics – have joined forces to create the 8K Association.As you might expect, its purpose is fairly straightforward: convince us that the time is ripe for 8K. The 8K Association – or 8KA as it will be known – won’t just be focused on consumers considering a TV upgrade, however. It’ll also be pushing professionals to bring 8K into their workflow, too.It’s been founded by Samsung Electronics, Panasonic, Hisense, and TCL Electronics on the consumer electronics side, along with AU Optronics, one of the leading panel suppliers. Samsung Display “is also in the process of joining,” the 8KA says.Together they’ll be forming a nonprofit organization, that will try to explain why 8K is the way forward. It’ll also be responsible for securing 8K native content for members to use, and enabling communication within the 8K ecosystem to help with the route to commercialization. Perhaps most important, though, the 8KA will also focus on how viewers will actually access 8K content.

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For the media and entertainment industry, the ability to easily store huge video files and then send them seamlessly to project team members is mission-critical. But organizations can’t take time out for forklift upgrades to accommodate this growth.

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Veritone, Inc. | October 13, 2022

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DISH Network | September 08, 2022

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HCLTech | September 27, 2022

HCLTech, a leading global technology company, announced it has been named an Official Cornerstone Partner of MetLife Stadium and the official digital transformation partner of the New York Giants, New York Jets and MetLife Stadium – enriching what it means to be a fan in the digital age. This supports the company’s focus and new brand positioning: Supercharging ProgressTM, which was unveiled today.The agreement with HCLTech is built on a shared vision to make MetLife Stadium the most technologically advanced venue in the U.S. while providing enhanced guest experiences from the sidelines to the stands. Through this partnership, MetLife Stadium, the Giants and Jets can benefit from HCLTech’s deep experience in platform-driven business transformation, supported by market-leading capabilities to supercharge adoption of best-in-class technology advancements year-round. 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