Scott Wilkinson

Episode 1153 (19:53)

Scott Wilkinson

Scott continues his CES retrospective, but now he's got the 'CES Crud,' which you usually get when you travel to Las Vegas with 100,000 of your closest friends. Scott found it interesting that curved panels are all the rage, especially in Korea and China. Meanwhile, Japan still hangs on to flat screens.

In other LED news, Samsung is going to make flat screens in the US market only. Curved screens seem to be universally rejected by users in the US, especially among the million members of the AVS Forum, which scott is an editor of. LG's largest 4K LED is a bendable model, but you can make it flat or curved. Scott says that's liable to add a hefty price premium for that option, though. Scott also says that home theater is a communal experience, so he doesn't really get the appeal of curved screens.

Another new standard that has emerged is Mobile HDMI (MHL). At CES, Scott learned that Super MHL was announced, which will carry 8K at 120 fps with 12 bit color. That's crazy! It'll also have symmetrical connectors so you can plug in any way, like a lightning cable. And that kind of bandwidth is going to have crazy dynamic range even if 8K doesn't arrive for 10 years.