4K/UHD

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UHD, Live Streaming
YouTube adds 4K support for live streaming
Nov 30 2016 3:15 PM

There still may be a paucity of content and just a sliver of buy-in among consumers, but YouTube is going all in with 4K/UHD, offering content providers the opportunity to live stream 4K live streams for 360-degree video and standard video.

In a blog post, YouTube said the format will let creators and partners stream high-resolution video, and let viewers enjoy the clearest picture possible when watching a live stream on 4K-supported devices.

52% of Millennials eager to use 4K/UHD streaming
Millennials, Connected TVs & Devices, UHD
52% of Millennials eager to use 4K/UHD streaming
Nov 22 2016 7:15 AM

A new study says U.S. households have an average of eight connected devices, and said a third (32%) of homes have at least one streaming media player connected to the Internet, a modest increase of about 7 million homes over a year ago.

That penetration is likely to increase the number of consumers interested in streaming 4K UHD content, but the large number of connected devices could put a strain on the home network’s ability to handle 4K content delivery.

UHD
Is this the year 4K UHD TV sets finally become mainstream?
Nov 22 2016 7:00 AM

A pair of studies forecast a surge in sales for 4K UHD TVs this holiday season as consumers will have more brands, options and screen sizes from which to choose, and as prices continue to fall.

4K UHD television sales are set to grow by 40% Y/Y in the U.S., according to the Consumer Technology Assoc., and account for more than half (56%) of all TV sales during Q4.

Sky Deutschland 4K broadcasts of Bundesliga set for Oct. 14; killing Sky 3D
EMEA, UHD, virtual reality
Sky Deutschland 4K broadcasts of Bundesliga set for Oct. 14; killing Sky 3D
Oct 06 2016 7:45 AM

Ultra HD is coming to Sky Deutschland’s Sky Sport Bundesliga channel next week (Oct. 14) in time for a live transmission of the Bundesliga game Borussia Dortmund vs. Hertha BSC match.

Report: 4K consumption to rocket by 2021; 8K ramping up slowly
Research, 4K
Report: 4K consumption to rocket by 2021; 8K ramping up slowly
Aug 15 2016 6:30 AM

A new study says 4K OTT services will attract more than 189 million unique users globally by 2021, up from just 2.3 million this year, driven by greater content availability and compatible devices.

SVOD revenue in US tops $1.5B in Q2; home entertainment spend up 6%
Research, SVOD, UHD
SVOD revenue in US tops $1.5B in Q2; home entertainment spend up 6%
Aug 08 2016 6:00 AM

Revenue from SVOD services in the United States toped $1.50 billion in the second quarter, up from $1.25 billion a year ago, a 21% increase Y/Y, following a first quarter that saw 19% Y/Y growth, a new report said.

Japan's NHK rolls out test 8K broadcasts from Rio Olympics
Broadcaster, Sports
Japan's NHK rolls out test 8K broadcasts from Rio Olympics
Aug 02 2016 8:00 AM

Executing on a promise to have the first 8K Olympics in Tokyo’s 2020 Games, Japanese public broadcaster NHK is test broadcasting 8K ultra high-definition content from the Rio de Janeiro via satellite.

NHK started the tests Monday and is planning to broadcast music and arts shows, as well as most of this week’s schedule – including the opening ceremonies along with swimming and track and field – from Rio in 4K and 8K. Also on tap are 8K highlights from the London Olympics.

Report: Operators, content owners all in with 4K/UHD
UHD, Operators, Content Owners
Report: Operators, content owners all in with 4K/UHD
Jul 26 2016 9:45 AM

Nearly two-thirds (64%) of video service providers and three-quarters (73%) of content producers believe that consumers will pay 10% to 30% more for access to 4K/UHD content.

Amazon Prime ups HDR content availability, promises more; 4K? What 4K?
Content, UHD
Amazon Prime ups HDR content availability, promises more; 4K? What 4K?
Jun 28 2016 4:15 PM

Don’t have a 4K/UHD TV yet? Not to worry, there’s really not that much content available for it yet, anyway. What there is, is an increasing flow of HDR content, juiced up content that looks more vibrant and feels a bit like you may expect from 4K.

Amazon Prime this week announced it was releasing the second season of its Amazon Original Series, Bosch, along with a number of films in High Dynamic Range (HDR).

4K/UHD set-top market pegged at $3.65B by 2024
UHD, Connected TVs & Devices
4K/UHD set-top market pegged at $3.65B by 2024
Apr 26 2016 10:00 AM

New research says the 4K/UHD set-top box market could be a $3.65 billion global market by 2024, driven by increased demand for 4K video content, strong sales of compatible 4K TVs and display devices.

A new report from Grand View Research forecasts that hybrid STB devices will see a CAGR of more than 5% throughout the forecast period, popular with users as they give them access to multiple TV delivery methods including cable, terrestrial, satellite and the Internet.

DirecTV plans to broadcast 25 MLB games in 4K in 2016 season
Sports, Operators
DirecTV plans to broadcast 25 MLB games in 4K in 2016 season
Apr 12 2016 8:45 AM

Satellite pay-TV provider DirecTV will flex its 4K muscle this year, televising more than two dozen

Major League Baseball games in 4K/UHD.

The AT&T property said it would start with Friday’s intrastate game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants. 

Sony Pictures plans April 4 launch for ‘Ultra’ 4K streaming service
UHD, Content
Sony Pictures plans April 4 launch for ‘Ultra’ 4K streaming service
Mar 29 2016 12:30 PM

Got a hankering for some 4K/UHD video?

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) said it plans to launch its their new 4K streaming service —Ultra — on April 4. The catch? The content will only be available, initially, on Sony 4K Ultra HD TVs with Android TV, and… movies will cost $30 each.

Plans for the 4K digital service were announced originally at CES in January.

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