Futuresource: Global 4K UHD TV Shipments to Surpass 100 Million Units in 2018

Pushed by average retail prices reaching parity with HDTV sets, annual global shipments of 4K UHD TVs are expected to surpass 100 million units in 2018, according to the latest market tracking report from Futuresource Consulting.

“The market will continue to grow with double-digit CAGR throughout our forecasting period to 2022,” said Tristan Veale, market analyst at Futuresource, in a statement. “What’s more, high dynamic range — HDR — is beginning to make its presence felt and will be included in over half of all 4K UHD TVs sold worldwide in 2018, though consumer understanding remains limited.”

The Asia Pacific region leads the way in volume, helped along by China, the largest single market for 4K UHD. North America has also seen strong uptake of 4K UHD, with rapidly declining prices and a general preference for larger screens, according to Futuresource. In Europe, the firm projects shipments will grow by 30% this year.

Global shipments of UHD Blu-ray players are expected to almost double the installed base of standalone players this year, according to Futuresource, while UHD compatible media streamer shipments will rise more than 85% year-over-year, accounting for nearly half of all media streamer shipments. Game consoles are significantly increasing the installed base of UHD Blu-ray capable homes, bolstered by consumers updating consoles and taking advantage of upgrades available for both the PlayStation and Xbox, according to Futuresource.

“When it comes to the content, SVoD remains the primary gateway for consumers to get their UHD fix,” said Veale in a statement. “Netflix is the key service driving UHD SVoD spend. Depending on the country, around 20 percent to 30 percent of subscribers have opted for the UHD premium tier.”

Physical media is growing as well, according to the firm.

“UHD Blu-ray content continues to progress ahead of the expectations of many, with global consumer spend on track to reach $360 million this year,” said Veale in a statement. “UHD Blu-ray has held onto its price premium and, as a result, consumer spend continues to outperform digital sellthrough of UHD, despite the volumes being almost identical.”

Broadcast of the format is also making strides.

“Broadcast UHD has also received a welcome boost in 2018, with February’s Winter Olympics and the FIFA World Cup accelerating many broadcasters’ plans to introduce 4K UHD coverage, making high quality streams available,” Veale said in a statement. “However, for wider uptake, a reduction in the cost to deliver UHD and HD broadcasts simultaneously is needed. IP delivery is expected to be key to this, at least in the short to medium term.”

‘Rampage’ Stomping to Disc July 17, on Digital June 26

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Rampage digitally June 26, followed by disc releases on Blu-ray, DVD, 3D Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray July 17.

Based on the popular arcade game, the action-adventure movie stars Dwayne Johnson as a primatologist who must confront the results of an experiment that has mutated animals into gigantic creatures that destroy everything in their path.

The film re-unites Johnson with director Brad Peyton, the pair having previously worked together on San Andreas and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island.

The cast of Rampage also includes Naomie Harris, Malin Akerman, Jake Lacy, Joe Manganiello, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, P.J. Byrne, Marley Shelton, Breanne Hill, Jack Quaid, Matt Gerald, Jason Liles, Demetrius Grosse and Will Yun Lee.

The film has grossed $94.2 million at the domestic box office and more than $413 million worldwide.

The Blu-ray and DVD versions will include the featurette “Not A Game Anymore,” about how the Midway video game inspired the filmmakers.

The Blu-ray versions will also include deleted scenes, a gag reel and additional featurettes: “Rampage — Actors in Action,” about the stunts; “Trio of Destruction,” about the visual effects; “Attack on Chicago,” about filming in the city; and “Bringing George to Life,” about creating the film’s central gorilla character.

The 3D and 4K Blu-rays of Rampage will feature a Dolby Atmos soundtrack remixed specifically for home theater environments. The 4K Blu-ray also features Dolby Vision HDR.

‘Ready Player One’ Hitting Home Video in July

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the sci-fi adventure Ready Player One through digital retail July 3, followed by Blu-ray, DVD, 3D Blu-ray, 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray and on-demand July 24.

Based on the novel of the same name by Ernest Cline, the film depicts a bleak world in the year 2045, when people escape from reality by entering the virtual world of the Oasis. When the creator of the system (Mark Rylance) sets up a contest for the winner to inherit his vast wealth, Wade Watts (Tye Sheridan) and his friends set off to conquer the challenges set before them.

“Ready Player One” stars Tye Sheridan (“X-Men: Apocalypse,” “Mud”), The cast also includes Olivia Cooke, Ben Mendelsohn, Lena Waithe, T.J. Miller, Philip Zhao, Win Morisaki, Hannah John-Kamen and Simon Pegg.

Directed by Steven Spielberg and scripted by Cline and Zak Penn, the film earned $135.3 million at the domestic box office and $577 million worldwide.

The DVD and Blu-ray versions will include the featurette “The ’80s: You’re the Inspiration.”

The Blu-ray editions will also include the featurettes “Game Changer: Cracking the Code,” “Effects for a Brave New World,” “Level Up: Sound for the Future,” “High Score: Endgame” and “Ernie & Tye’s Excellent Adventure.”

The 4K and 3D Blu-ray versions will feature a Dolby Atmos soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray will also feature Dolby Vision HDR.

Warner’s ‘Tomb Raider’ Heading to Home Video

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Tomb Raider digitally May 29, and on Blu-ray, DVD, 3D Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray June 12.

The latest adaptation of the popular video game franchise stars Alicia Vikander as the famous adventure-seeking heroine, who sets out to forge her own path as she investigates her father’s disappearance. The cast also includes Dominic West, Walton Goggins, Daniel Wu and Kristin Scott Thomas.

The film, which was directed by Roar Uthaug, earned $56.9 million at the domestic box office and $271.7 million worldwide.

The Blu-ray and DVD releases will include the making-of featurette “Tomb Raider: Uncovered.”

The Blu-ray versions will also include three additional featurettes: “Croft Training,” about Vikander’s physical preparation for the role; “Breaking Down the Rapids,” a dissection of an action scene with the filmmakers; and “Lara Croft: Evolution of an Icon,” about the history of the character.

The 4K and 3D discs will feature a Dolby Atmos soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment. The 4K Blu-ray will also feature Dolby Vision HDR.