Filmmaker Mode for 2020 TVs expected to be announced at CES

Filmmaker Mode for 2020 TVs expected to be announced at CES
(Image credit: UHD Alliance)

In the summer, the UHD Alliance announced it was collaborating with filmmakers and studios to create a new picture mode for TVs that would deliver what the director intended.

The industry body, which is comprised by the likes of LG, Netflix, Panasonic, Samsung, Dolby and Warner Bros, is set to provide an update on this 'Filmmaker Mode' in its CES 2020 press conference on January 6th.

The UHD Alliance's "exciting announcement", as stated in a recent tweet, could well regard the viewing mode's debut in 2020 televisions. LG, Panasonic and Vizio have so far announced support, so their TVs will most likely to be the first to adopt it. Perhaps there will be news of more TV manufacturers joining suit, too.

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What would a TV having Filmmaker Mode mean? Essentially it would allow the owner to override a TV's processing (such as motion smoothing and detail enhancement) simply by selecting the mode within the TV's settings, allowing content to be displayed has the correct aspect ratio, colour and frame rate.

The mode comes as a response to some dissatisfaction with TVs' out-of-the-box picture settings. This time last year, Tom Cruise infamously posted a video in which he and Mission: Impossible – Fallout director Chris McQuarrie make an impassioned plea to turn off your TV’s motion smoothing before watching their (or any) films.


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Becky Roberts

Becky is the managing editor of What Hi-Fi? and, since her recent move to Melbourne, also the editor of Australian Hi-Fi magazine. During her 10 years in the hi-fi industry, she has been fortunate enough to travel the world to report on the biggest and most exciting brands in hi-fi and consumer tech (and has had the jetlag and hangovers to remember them by). In her spare time, Becky can often be found running, watching Liverpool FC and horror movies, and hunting for gluten-free cake.