Think about the new technologies in television only five years ago. And how they are now to realize that evolution. We can consider a significant technological leap in the best TV based on small advances. That will arrive in 2022.
Technology is evolving. However, it is true that great technological revolutions are not appreciated from one year to the next. Perspective views have taken us to a technical level as high as we are now.
But 2020 will not be an exception in development. And we will see the definitive settlement of technologies. In 2019, it made an act of presence in the reference models. But that, in 2020, will extend to many more models. These are the seven new television technologies 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 pc
- More realistic images 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 will be held in Japan and the Japanese country. The cradle of many of the technologies currently equipped by our televisions. I wanted to celebrate it in a big way by broadcasting them in 8K to the world.
That is not the first time a sporting event of the size of the Olympic Games. That becomes a launching pad for new imaging technology. The same was done in the 2016 Rio Olympics with 4K, giving it the impetus that this resolution needed to take off.
In the Tokyo 2020 event, the transmissions will carry out in native 8K resolution. So all those users with an 8K TV tune in a chain. Those 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 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 experienced a large volume of sales. They have led to the production volumes of OLED panels soaring and their price decreasing.
So, the OLED TVs of 2020 will be cheaper than those of 2019. That will allow manufacturers enough margin to integrate them into more 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. But, in 2020, brands such as Samsung or TCL will continue to present their developments in technologies. Those are advancing by leaps and bounds; they will do so at uncompetitive prices. Soon they will be able to offer an alternative to OLED or LCD panels without any drawbacks.
More variety of sizes with better-exploited screens
The general trend in televisions is going towards larger. And more significant screens with reference models starting at 75 inches.
But, this clashes 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. The last CES 2020 was 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 your living room furniture.
These televisions with a more compact format have the same features as their larger counterparts, including the best quality OLED panels. Thanks to the optimization of manufacturing processes. And a higher volume of demand has expanded your range of sizes.
Besides, manufacturers have managed to reduce the edges of the screen to the smallest. So 2020 televisions will come with thinner frames. Thus enhancing the “floating screen” effect.
In a few years, televisions have gone from integrating frames of up to 5 cm to over 5 mm. A significant 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 significant advances in 2020 is that televisions will not be found on the front of devices. But we will have to look for it in its rear. These are the new HDMI 2.1 standard that will begin their 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, avoid image artifacts. And improve their quality.
Besides, the HDMI 2.1 standard reduces latency. That means a shorter delay from the button press on the game controller. Until the movement on the screen, it makes the gaming experience comparable to that of a gaming pc.
Another of the new features provided by the HDMI 2.1 standard is higher bandwidth. You can send much more information between the source and the TV with a single cable.
One of the most immediate effects of this extension of the bandwidth of HDMI 2.1. That will be an improvement in image and audio quality. The TV can receive a considerable amount of color and brightness. And valuable information from the sources opens the doors to an 8K resolution. And the arrival of content broadcast in native 4K.
More realistic images 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 the 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, which may send a more considerable amount of metadata. That 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 we will find in the 2020 models will be slightly better than last year’s models.
In this area, the improvements in the new versions of the processors. Those who are responsible for optimizing the image and sound will stand out. These new processors increase artificial intelligence capabilities. Allowing dynamic change of image and sound parameters.
It will not be strange in 2020 that televisions can adapt their color to the room’s light conditions to 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 could already see important advances in this field with sound systems. Such as Sony’s Acoustic Surface Audio + or LG or Samsung intelligent change systems. That adjusts the direction of sound based on room furniture.
Televisions that adapt to the environment and content
Televisions have been horizontal rectangles in which images show in 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 (“vertical” in Korean). A Samsung model that bets on new content formats. That no longer come only from conventional film sources. But 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 a vertical or horizontal format as you would on your smartphone.
LG continues to focus on roll-up televisions that allow for large-format video. But without the inconvenience of having a giant black rectangle in the middle of the room when you are not using it. Since the screen roll inside of a small piece of furniture, making it disappear.
Voice assistants are 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 already on the market have the support to connect to smart speakers. So that they could integrate 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 change the color profile. At the same time, the lights go down, and the soundbar activates by executing a voice command.
In 2020, 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 Google Assistant. Being able to control other devices from the TV via voice commands.
Brands such as LG and Samsung integrated some connectivity functions with the Internet of things. Still, in 2020 this trend will see 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 your watching content.