I stopped by Seiki's suites at the Venetian to see what the company had to offer in terms of UHDTVs, and while I was there I saw a pretty cool new product. The company has a new HDMI cable that upscales HD content to UHD resolution; it's Technicolor certified and usies a Marseille Networks processor!
Seiki's Vice President of Marketing openly admitted that the companies first UHD offerings did not feature good-quality upscaling. This years models do, but Seiki is offering the new upscaling HDMI cable for free to owners of older UHDTVs made by the company. However, the new cable (which does require USB power to operate) can be used with any brand of UHDTV that doesn't offer top-notch upscaling. I witnessed a demo of the new cable and while I was able to pick out the native UHD content, the upscaler did a great job with 1080p content.
For anyone who needs something longer than the cable's six-foot length, Seiki offers a stand-alone HMDI cable adapter that features the same functionality—just supply your own cable at the length you need and you are in business.
The new cable was an unexpected but welcome surprise from a company that shook up the world of UHDTVs with its hyper-aggressive pricing.
Seiki is offering the new upscaling HDMI cable for free to buyers of its older UHDTVs
The new cable features Technicolor-certified upscaling
Mark Henninger, Senior Editor at AVS Forum
Sorry for bumping such an old thread, but I'm wondering if David or anyone else can confirm some additional details?
1. Do we need to have registered our TV with Seiki to get the free cable? I purchased my 39" UHD from Amazon a few months ago and I want to make sure I'm on the list to receive the free cable, but have not yet registered with them.
2. Any additional information yet about a date? If the cable will be available to the general public in March, are we to assume that current owners could be receiving the free cables sometime in February?
3. I'm also curious to know how this will work with gaming consoles or other non-native 1080p content. Some sources (BD players/Xbox One/PS4) are upscaling to 1080p signal to the TV, even though native resolution of games/media is 720p (or 900p in some cases). I'd like to know if it will take an already upscaled 1080p signal from the source and then upscale it again to 4k?
The VP is currently in China, once he's back I'll give him a call. For sure, however, you will need to register the purchase with Seiki. Also he told me that in the case that the stock is not enough to cover their current 4K TV clients, they will NOT start selling the cables to the public.
Thanks for the info. I went ahead and registered on their website, please keep us posted if you find out anything more.
Any new news to share? I registered on their website a couple weeks ago, but have not been contacted yet. I wouldn't even mind paying for a cable, just curious if they pushed back the anticipated release date. Thanks!
also SU4KB1 listed as temp out of stock (4k upconverting female- female usb powered hdmi adapter)
You see, Mr. Samuels had just purchased his 2nd Seiki 4K television a when he read the CES blurb on this specialized interconnect, so he called the company and asked where he could get one. They just up and sent him one in the hopes that, as an enthusiast, he would give the product a favorable review when it hit Amazon. But that wasn’t enough for Maurice. A smart man knows when to ask for help, and particularly who to ask for it. Wanting his review to have some legitimacy and impact, he called me. I’ve been designing and installing home theaters for over 25 years and have just begun to venture into “4K-Land” myself. (CEDIA last fall in Denver was all about 4K and Wi-Fi networks.)
I met Maurice at his home and he quickly got into demonstrate this amazing (and amazingly inexpensive) product. He put a Blu-ray disc on his player, the Colin Farrell remake of Total Recall – a well-mastered product with a lot of detailed moving CGi cityscapes in the background (the big flying car chase scene in particular) and connected the new Seiki U-Vision HDMI Cable between the player and his stunning 60” Seiki LED 4K TV. The 6’ Seiki U-Vision HDMI Cable has a chip inside one of the elegant connector ends (the end with the USB power-insertion dongle) that not only “talks” to both the TV and the player in machine language but finds the suitable up-conversion frame refresh rate that maximizes image quality.
I can honestly say that the cable actually created detail where none previously existed and made the movie look as if it were mastered in 4K. Apparently the chip does this by comparing one frame to the next and previous a one and literally fills in a ton of perfectly relevant information that is stunningly spot on. Since there’s a dearth of 4K programming available currently, if you happen to step up to a 4K screen you will definitely benefit from running movies through this remarkably affordable device that is worth every inexpensive penny.
This review by Radames “Rod” Pera [...] and Maurice Samuels - San Diego, CA. NOTE: Computer users to get cable to work with video card be sure to set your video cards refresh rate to 24hz this will let the cable or Adapter do the upscaling.
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