French satellite company SES is partnering with U.S. cable operator Armstrong on a live and linear Ultra HD (UHD) architecture.
The Butler, Penn.-based operator is testing SES’s camera-to-screen Ultra HD ecosystem, which was introduced in April at NAB. The trial will combine broadcast and IP technologies as a fully managed, scalable service.
All set with that 4K/UHD strategy? Better get out another pad of paper, because 8K is following close on its heels. Japan’s plan to implement 8K broadcasting of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics already is adding a little heat to the fire, with nearly one million 8K sets expected to ship worldwide in 2019.
Shipments of 4K/UHD LCD televisions in Q1 kept pace with a seasonally strong quarter, as some 4.7 million units shipped, a 400% year-over-year jump.
A new report from IHS said China showed strong demand for 4K LCDs, with more than 2.6 millions TVs, a 244% increase, shipped.
The rest of the market didn’t fare as well.
Shipments of plasma, OLED and CRT screens declined 2%, and shipments for non-4K LCD screens increased just 3%.
TV panel unit shipments are expected to grow 5 percent, year-over-year, reaching a record 265 million units in 2015, with 4K/Ultra HD panels forecast to reach 40 million units, despite the strengthening dollar against other currencies.
Strong consumer demand for larger TVs and 4K/UHD screens could even lead to tight panel supplies this year, said research from IHS.
CHICAGO – Pay-TV operators see 4K/Ultra HD content as a legitimate differentiator, one that they believe can help attract, and hopefully keep, Millennials. So far, satellite pay-TV operators have been on their own in the UHD arena (and it’s been a very small arena at that), but that’s beginning to change.
This week at INTX, Comcast announced it would launch a 4K/UHD set-top box later this year as it brings the Xfinity in UHD catalog to the X1 platform.
Despite being pressured by over-the-top and subscription video services, the worldwide pay TV market grew at a steady rate of 4% in 2014 to reach 923.5 million subscribers.
Not so revenues, where growth slowed in 2014 due – in part – to weak currency exchange rates, said a new report from ABI Research. Worldwide, the pay TV market generated $257 billion in 2014 revenue.
4k resolution displays are here today and surprisingly affordable. Though premium TV brands still command a $500 - $1,000 premium over the same sized HD set, new lower cost entrants are closing the gap quickly with quality that is highly competitive.
Pay-TV households in the United States have a significantly higher rate of high-definition TV ownership (89%) than do non-pay-TV households (67%), a new study found.
The consumer study, from Leichtman Research Group, also found that the awareness and interest in 4K/UHD TV is accelerating, with 41% of U.S. adults saying they’ve heard of 4K – up from 30% a year ago – and about one-quarter (26%) saying they’d be interested in buying one.
There’s still only a smattering of content available, but that doesn’t mean CE manufacturers aren’t eager to help get the 4K/UHD ball rolling, already aggressively marketing 4K capable TVs.
Ultra HD has been the talk of trade shows for the past couple of years but to date, aside from a bump in 4K TV sales and some occasional content trials, the new format has been slow to deploy.
Luxembourg-based provider of satellite communications and broadcasting services, SES, is hoping to spur the format along – at least in the United Kingdom and Ireland – where it is making a UHD demo channel available to owners of satellite dishes.
Nearly 20% of U.S. households have broadband connections robust enough to stream 4K video, Akamai’s Q3 2014 State of the Internet Report says. Globally, only about 12% of households could potentially support 4K/Ultra HD.
That’s a throughput of 15 Mbps on average. Akamai said.