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The Explorers 8K on TCL Roku TVs

November 18, 2021

By Chris Forrester

TCL, a the consumer electronics brand, has announced that Roku has added 8K premium content to their entertainment offering in the form of The Explorers 8K Channel.

France-based The Explorers is a global initiative creating the first inventory in images of the natural, cultural and human heritage of Earth in Ultra HD at up to 8K resolution. From the Arctic glaciers to French Polynesia warm waters, the newly available Explorers 8K platform features hundreds of videos, with new content posted daily, and compliments the YouTube channel that offers a plethora of razor-sharp 8K resolution videos to 6-Series 8K TCL Roku TV owners.

“The power of 8K resolution is undeniable,” says Olivier Chiabodo, CEO of The Explorers. Roku adds that the quickly-growing availability of content in 8K from a range of creators is being driven by the wide availability of cameras and editing software that support 8K resolution, as well as demand created by owners of powerful 8K TVs like the 6-Series 8K TCL Roku TV. For the first time, an 8K TCL Roku TV model with over 33 million pixels for increased image clarity joined TCL’s critically-acclaimed 6-Series line. The 2021 6-Series 8K TCL Roku TV brings four times the resolution and detail available, compared to standard 4K content, for the sharpest possible quality to deliver deep immersion with the latest big-screen 8K resolution display.

“Launching TCL’s first 8K resolution TVs in North America this year in partnership with Roku was very significant. We’re making 8K more accessible with our premium televisions, and we are also making bold moves with Roku to ensure there is 8K resolution content out there for our users to enjoy. And with the growing availability of 8K content such as The Explorers, TCL’s deep vertical integration of TV panel production allows the easily-accessible 6-Series 8K TV to deliver powerfully sharp picture performance with impressive immersion,” said Chris Larson, SVP/TCL. “As consumers continue to adopt larger screens for their homes, the need for greater screen resolution becomes more apparent. So, TCL will continue to innovate, work closely with the 8K Association, and serve entertainment enthusiasts advanced technology as we enter this next stage of 8K discovery, with new game consoles and streaming services rolling out.”

“Content distributed at 8K resolution is not as widely available as content in 4K resolution, but this is set to change. Although there is an increasing amount of content available in 8K resolution today, as the availability of 8K resolution cameras becomes ubiquitous, the rising number of 8K display owners will demand the best quality 8K resolution for superior video content. Just as 4K resolution content and displays have proliferated over the years, all TVs 65 inches and larger are expected to feature 8K resolution within the coming years, so premium 8K content like The Explorers will become much more widely available,” said TCL.

“The quality of our Earth Inventory in 8K HDR allows us to transport the audience to the very heart of the subject. We are excited to know that the transformative beauty of The Explorers Earth Inventory will now be available at the maximum resolution and quality in homes through the TCL 6-Series 8K Roku TV,” added Chiabodo. “A company like TCL bringing televisions with 8K resolution to the market at a compelling value is transformative – it means a bigger audience could have access to our growing 8K content library. I believe the decision to partner with an accomplished leader in TV display technology and enabling those viewers to experience the visual majesty of our beautiful planet captured by The Explorers will be very rewarding.”

“8K HDR enhances images with stunning sharpness and depth of field,” said Gregory Martoglio, world-renowned nature cinematographer and frequent contributor to The Explorers. “The powerful images of the natural world that we’ve preserved in 8K video look spectacular on The Explorers Channel through the TCL 6-Series 8K TV.”

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