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So if the above info is correct, JVC will be adding a 4K signal input to their line of eShift projectors. They appear to be using HDMI 1.4 inputs which are limited to 4K @ 30 Hz with 60 Hz only possible by using two HDMI inputs. However, I doubt this dual HDMI configuration will be supported by future 4K video sources where I would expect HDMI 2.0 to become the industry accepted method for supporting anything above 30 Hz for 4K video. The apparent approach JVC is taking should allow for "4K Lite" projectors that sell for similar prices as this year's e-Shift models (with prices starting under $5K). These could not be called true UHD projectors as they do not conform the UHD definition as per ITU where there must be approx. 8 Mpixels displayed (i.e., 2160 x 3840) that can be discretely addressed and the eShift technique only displays approx. 4 Mpixels (I.e., a 1920 by 1080 pixel sub-image displayed twice with diagonal half pixel offset).
What it appears JVC has planned is a very logical upgrade to their e-Shift projectors. I talked to a JVC rep. about doing this back at CEDIA two years ago, when e-Shift was first introduced, and I was somewhat surprised they didn't add this capability last year, in their 2nd generation of e-Shift models. This provides a lower price alternative to a true 4K UHD projector, while getting some, but not all, of the benefits 4K has to offer.
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