U.S. operators – especially satellite providers Dish Network and DirecTV – have been gearing up for 4K/UHD for the past couple of years, seeing it as a potential salve to the rash of cord cutting that has been rampant among pay-TV services. But remarks from Liberty Global President & CEO Mike Fries, during that company’s Q4 2015 earnings call this week, suggest the infatuation with Ultra HD might not be a universal one… at least not yet.
Virtual reality is making big headlines at CES this year, but 4K/UHD remains a major staple of the show after making a big splash last year.
Roku this week said it plans – along with hardware partners TCL, Hisense and Haier – to introduce some 60 models that have company’s streaming platform built in to them in 2016, up from 40 this year, and said some of them will be 4K UHD screens.
Want to add that 4K/UHD TV set to your Christmas list but worried that there may be a dearth of content to watch on it? Full speed ahead, baby, content is on the way.
DirecTV is promising to start broadcasting live 4K programming early next year.
Ultra HD isn’t yet being driven by consumers, a panel at OTTtv World Summit said today. Instead, it’s a corporate-generated trend that nonetheless is gaining traction with consumers.
“There certainly are initiatives launching,” said Godert Burghard, VP of marketing at content security firm Irdeto. “But operators are hesitant”about investing in the new format too aggressively and are dragging their feet until more content is available.
More than 350 million UHD TVs are expected to be in homes across the world by 2019, with the biggest growth in China, followed by North America and Western Europe.
Paul Jackson, practice lead, media and entertainment at researcher Ovum, told an audience at OTTtv World Forum in London today that there already is enough 4K content available to drive the technology to consumers, but stressed that transmission to the home “is where things could go horribly wrong.”
Global sales of 4K/UHD televisions are set to increase more than 164X between 2013 and 2019, research says, with total sales reaching 330 million units by the end of the decade.
But the road is anything but smooth for CE manufacturers, Parks Associates said, noting that most U.S. consumers planning to buy a flat panel screen in 2015 still don’t see one of the sets on their horizon.
It’s been a busy six weeks for streaming device manufacturers, with new releases from Google, Apple and Amazon. Last, but not least, of the streaming device updates before the holiday season kicks off is Roku’s new Roku 4.
The new box includes the ability to deliver 4K Ultra HD (UHD) and HD TV content and features a quad-Core processor, up to 60 fps 4K streaming, HDCP 2.2 and Optical Audio Out.
HDTVs have become the norm in the United States with at least one set in 86% of households and nearly two-thirds of HH reporting two or more sets, a new report says.
ShoppingNexus.com also found 60% of respondents preferred LED models and said price, brand and screen size were the top three – in that order -- determinants to their buying decisions.
About 24% of American HHs own three or more HD TVs.
What’s that ubiquity mean for 4K/UHD technology?
Mexican fiber to the home (FTTH) operator TotalPlay says it will start deploying a Sagemcome HD PVR to deliver 4K TV to customers next month.
The Broadcom-based 4K PVR supports the HEVC standard, with access to 4K content. This connected device, thanks to a dual band concurrent Wi-Fi n/ac with access point capability, also can be used as an Ultra HD recorder thanks to its slot for a removable Hard Disk Drive.
Don’t have a 4K/UHD TV set? Well, it’s becoming more likely that you will by 2020.
New research from Strategy analytics forecasts that lower prices, increased retailer support and strong customer satisfaction will lead to 61% of annual TV sales being Ultra HD sets. In fact, the researcher said, sales this year could exceed 30 million units.
Looking to get the jump on developing an open-source, royalty-free codec specification that will easily handle 4K content, a Who’s Who of Internet companies -- including Amazon, Cisco, Google, Intel Corporation, Microsoft, Mozilla and Netflix – have announced as founding members of the Alliance for Open Media (AOMedia).
The seven say the group wants to deliver an open, royalty-free and interoperable solution for the next-gen of video delivery.
A new study says the number of TV screens – be it traditional TV sets or mobile devices – is expected to soar in Latin America by 2018.
The study, from Dataxis forecasts dramatic growth in the number of digital, connected, HD and 4K/UHD TV sets in the region by 2018.
The report forecasts that digital and HDTVs will replace analog and standard definition sets as the new norm, with connected TVs and 4K sets moving into a premium position.
By 2018 the number of: