Just think about the new technologies in television of only five years ago and how they are now to realize that evolution that, based on small advances, can be considered as a great technological leap in televisions that will arrive in 2020.
Technology is progressively evolving and, although it is true that great technological revolutions are not appreciating from one year to the next, perspective views have taken us to a technical level as high as we are at the moment.
However, 2020 will not be an exception in terms of developments, and we will see the definitive settlement of technologies that, during 2019, made a cowardly act of presence in the reference models, but that in 2020 will extend to many more models. These are the seven new technologies in televisions that we will see in 2020.
Seven new technologies in television that we will see in 2020
- 2020 will be the year of the 8K broadcast Olympics
- More OLED and more affordable
- More variety of sizes with better-exploited screens
- HDMI 2.1: the connector that turns your TV into a gaming monitor
- More realistic image and sound in any environment
- Televisions that adapt to the environment and content
- Voice assistants integrated into televisions
2020 will be the year of the 8K broadcast Olympics
In 2020, the Olympics held in Japan, and the Japanese country, the cradle of many of the technologies currently equipped by our televisions, wanted to celebrate it in a big way by broadcasting them in 8K to the whole world.
That is not for the first time that a sporting event of the magnitude of the Olympic Games becomes a launching pad for new imaging technology. In the 2016 Rio Olympics, the same was done with 4K, giving it the impetus that this resolution needed to take off definitively.
In the Tokyo 2020 event, the transmissions will carry out in native 8K resolution, so all those users who have an 8K TV and tune in a chain that broadcasts in 8K will be able to watch the games in the highest quality.
Manufacturers renew their commitment to the 8K resolution by launching new evolutions of the 8K TVs that we saw last year, and foreseeable will be expanding with new models throughout the first half of 2020.
LG, for example, announced in the past CES of Las Vegas the arrival of eight new televisions with real 8K resolution with OLED and NanoCell technologies, Samsung anticipates that it will have three models. At the same time, Sony maintains its commitment to 8K with the evolution of Your 2019 model.
More OLED and more affordable
In 2019 OLED TVs have experienced a large volume of sales. They have led to the production volumes of OLED panels soaring and their price decreasing progressively.
Consequently, the OLED TVs of 2020 will be slightly cheaper than those of 2019, which will allow manufacturers enough margin to integrate them into more modest range models.
That is if in 2019 to enjoy an OLED TV you had to resort to the highest ranges, in 2020, you can find mid-range models with this screen technology.
We will still have to wait a few years to find new technologies in television such as the mini LED or micro-LED. However, in 2020, brands such as Samsung or TCL will continue to present their developments in these technologies that are advancing by leaps and bounds; they will do so at uncompetitive prices. Soon they will be in a position to present an alternative to OLED or LCD panels without any of its drawbacks.
More variety of sizes with better-exploited screens
The general trend in televisions is going towards more substantial and more significant screens, with reference models starting at 75 inches.
However, this clashes directly with sales trends, which place the average size of the TVs between 50 and 55 inches. Even so, the halls of most users are not prepared to host televisions more significant than 50 inches.
They have led brands to consider their position and bet on incorporating more compact models in their high ranges. In the last CES 2020 held in Las Vegas, the leading manufacturers presented new OLED TVs with the latest image technologies, but with a 48-inch format.
They allow these brands to reach a much wider audience that does not have to give up enjoying content with the best quality because the TV does not fit in your living room furniture.
These televisions with a more compact format have the same features as their larger counterparts, including the best quality in OLED panels, which, thanks to the optimization of manufacturing processes and a higher volume of demand, have been able to expand your range of sizes.
Besides, manufacturers have managed to reduce the edges of the screen to a minimum, so that 2020 televisions will come with thinner frames, thus enhancing the “floating screen” effect.
In a matter of a few years, televisions have gone from integrating frames of up to 5 cm to just over 5 mm, a substantial difference that not only affects the physical appearance of stations but also has an impact on the viewer’s visual experience.
HDMI 2.1: the connector that turns your TV into a gaming monitor
One of the main advances in 2020 televisions will not found on the front of the devices, but we will have to look for it in its rear. These are the new HDMI 2.1 standard that will begin its final deployment throughout the year.
This new standard is an excellent improvement in performance because it allows you to integrate screen frequency synchronization functions with the frame rate of consoles or gaming equipment to avoid image artifacts and improve their quality.
Besides, the HDMI 2.1 standard reduces latency, which means a shorter delay from when the button pressed on the game controller until the movement represents on the screen. That makes the gaming experience comparable to that of a gaming monitor.
Another of the new features provided by the HDMI 2.1 standard is higher bandwidth. That means, with a single cable, you can transmit much more information between the source and the TV.
One of the most immediate effects of this extension of the bandwidth of HDMI 2.1 will be the improvement in image and audio quality. The TV can receive a more considerable amount of color, brightness, and sound information from the sources by opening the doors to 8K resolution and the arrival of content broadcast in native 4K.
More realistic image and sound in any environment
The improvement in data transmission capacity that will provide the arrival of HDMI 2.1 will bring essential developments in image and sound technologies that Dolby sound systems and the different HDR standards already offer.
Standards that use dynamic HDR, such as HDR 10+ or Dolby Vision, may send a more considerable amount of metadata, which translates to greater accuracy when rendering images. Still, manufacturers have also been working to achieve a higher rate of brightness on their screens, so the HDR that we will find in the 2020 models will be a little better than in last year’s models.
In this area, the improvements in the new versions of the processors that are responsible for optimizing the image and sound will stand out. These new processors increase artificial intelligence capabilities allowing dynamic adjustment of image and sound parameters.
It will not be strange in 2020 that televisions can adapt their color profiles to the light conditions of the located room so that they raise their brightness level in lighted rooms and somewhat more dimmed and natural in shady environments.
It also applies to sound technologies, one of the significant pending subjects of televisions for too many years. In 2019 we were already able to see essential advances in this field with sound systems such as Sony’s Acoustic Surface Audio + or LG or Samsung smart adjustment systems, which adjust the direction of sound based on room furniture.
Televisions that adapt to the environment and content
Traditionally, televisions have been a horizontal rectangle in which images recorded precisely shown in that landscape format. Although the purists tear their clothes, smartphones have managed to impose the vertical form.
They have served as the basis for creating very risky proposals such as The Sero (which means “vertical” in Korean). A Samsung model that bets on new content formats, which no longer come only from conventional film sources, but that they drink from Alternative sources such as social networks and content created from mobile.
The Sero detects the orientation of the content and rotates on itself to display the content in vertical or horizontal format, just as you would on your smartphone.
LG, on the other hand, continues to focus on roll-up televisions that allow for a large-format video. But without the inconvenience of having a huge black rectangle in the middle of the room when you are not using it. Since the screen is rolled inside of a small piece of furniture, making it disappear.
Voice assistants integrated into televisions
In recent years, intelligent voice assistants have taken a leading role in positioning themselves as control centers for home automation in the connected home.
The televisions that are already on the market had the support to connect to smart speakers. So that they could be integrated into the ecosystems of these assistants so that the user could turn on or off the TV. Lower the volume or integrate it into a particular scene so that Automatically change the color profile. At the same time, the lights go down, and the soundbar is activated by merely executing a voice command.
In 2020 that integration with the Internet of things in the connected home goes one step further. And the televisions themselves will integrate voice assistants from Alexa or the Google Assistant. Being able to control other devices from the TV via voice commands.
Brands such as LG or Samsung already integrated some of these connectivity functions with the Internet of things. Still, in 2020 this trend will be seen in more and more models from other manufacturers. And with expanded tasks that will allow controlling other devices from the TV. But also Access TV settings or information related to the content you are watching.