Since the introduction of Blu-ray technology over ten years ago, High-Definition (HD) digital video support has become widespread across multiple product categories, including home entertainment systems, computers, cameras, and mobile devices. However, just as HD video replaced standard video resolutions, it seems that it too will soon be made obsolete by UHD video. 

Ultra-High-Definition (UHD) video offers display resolutions that are roughly equivalent to four HD video signals (i.e. 1080p x 4), which is why UHD is also known as 4K. Although UHD/4K compatible devices are already available in stores, prior history has shown that the market for these devices will expand in proportion to the quantity of UHD video content available to consumers. Although early adopters may have already taken the plunge and bought their 4K TVs, other consumers are still waiting for compelling content to drive their purchase decision. For product vendors, this means that the UHD video market is primed for rapid growth in 2016.


The UHD Alliance (UHDA), comprising more than 35 member companies, is a global coalition of leading film studios, consumer electronics manufacturers, content distributors and technology companies aligned to foster the creation of an ecosystem that fully realizes and promotes the next generation premium in-home entertainment platform. Key characteristics of a robust next generation experience should offer 4K resolution as well as a mix of other features that include high dynamic range, wide color gamut, high frame rate and immersive audio, among other features. UHDA Board members are executives from: The DIRECTV Group Inc, Dolby Laboratories, LG Electronics, Netflix, Panasonic Corporation, Samsung Electronics, Sony Corporation, Technicolor, The Walt Disney Studios, Twentieth Century Fox, Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. Entertainment. To learn more about the UHD Alliance, please

As a new UHDA Authorized Test Center, Allion Japan can now provide product certification to ensure that devices comply with all UHDA specifications. UHD video is certainly a hot topic for consumers, vendors and content providers. As such, companies that manufacture related devices and equipment (e.g. cables, graphics cards, video © Allion Labs, Inc. All Rights Reserved players, and storage drives) are eager to make their mark in this new market. Due to increased competition, UHDA certification seems like a smart strategy for suppliers who wish to differentiate their products based on quality. 

For many years, Allion has had an internal team dedicated to display testing services. The company also maintains close relationships with multiple industry associations to keep up with all the latest technical specifications and market research. Allion also provides its test engineers with all the latest test equipment and training, so that it can deliver the best quality services to clients. For more information about any of their test services, including UHDA certification, contact Allion at

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