8K Media Player Eliminates Need for Large PC-Based System

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The Socionext “s8” is a world-leading compact, lightweight and low-power media player that performs local media playback/cloud distribution of 8K at 60p (HEVC) content in real time. Additionally, it supports Android OS and major network protocols such as HLS, UDP, and TCP. The “s8” measures at a compact 16 inches wide by 2.3 inches tall, weighs just 5.3 pounds, and operates at 50W. It surpasses the competition in its small size, low weight, and reduced power usage.

Nominating Company: Socionext Inc., Sunnyvale, California
Venue: “s8” 8K Media Player, Sunnyvale, California
Project: “s8” 8K Media Player
Category: DOOH

BACKGROUND
The Socionext “s8” is designed to run on the widely supported, easily deployable Android OS and allows for Gb Ethernet or USB 3.0/2.0 input with up to 4 x HDMI 2.0 output. It features simple content management including scheduling, status check, and content upload with play, pause and stop control functions.

CHALLENGES
Most digital media and DOOH content distributors may have just recently upgraded to a 4K TV or monitor, but 8K video is already making significant headway in applications where having the highest resolution possible is essential. The problem is, there have not been any good production-ready and easy-to-use 8K decoding solutions available. This is why the company has introduced the Socionext “s8” 8K media player.

SOLUTIONS
The “s8” can perform local media playback/cloud distribution of 8K/60p (HEVC) content and display 8K content on four 4K monitors and one 8K monitor. It features rich 8K content playback function for content saved in USB memory, and cloud distribution of content over Ethernet. It is also extremely easy to use with intuitive set-up features. The plug-and-play “s8” 8K media player is available for white-label use in a wide range of applications including DOOH, entertainment and other retail applications; large-format digital displays and signage, 8K content display and post production. Additionally, Socionext offers a companion converter box “s8-c21” with 4 x HDMI 2.0 input to 1 x HDMI 2.1 output for connection from the “s8” 8K media player. The s8-c21 is the only transmitter product on the market capable of achieving this and offers a unique solution/workflow for production and post production in 8K.

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RESULTS
8K display panels are still priced at a point that’s too high for most companies to justify switching. The low-power, compact Socionext “s8” is designed to display the best 8K picture quality using customers’ existing display hardware. It replaces the need for a large PC-based system, which requires more energy and storage space. Furthermore, the compressed 8K video data can be easily stored in a portable USB device and played directly via the unit. The simplicity of using the “s8” helps to pave the way for the expansion of 8K video content utilization. Additionally, as 8K TVs become more widely adopted, Socionext has applied the company’s decades of design expertise to successfully shrink the need for four HDMI 2.0 cables into a single HDMI 2.1 cable by offering the s8-c21 converter box, which allows for greater flexibility for TV panel makers when transitioning from HDMI 2.0 to HDMI 2.1.

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