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Entropic and other STBs hit by patent claim

DirecTV, Entropic, CyberTan and other set-top box suppliers have been named in a patent action by Canadian semiconductor company ViXS Systems and its US subsidiary, ViXS USA. ViXS is alleging that the technology companies are importing set-top boxes and other components that infringe four of its patents. The action seems to be a ‘tit for tat’ response to an action [...]

Mobile display revenues set to surpass TV

Increasing demand for mobile displays, and greater demand for higher resolution and lower power consumption has led to a shift in the FPD display market, according to the latest NPD DisplaySearch Quarterly Worldwide FPD Shipment and Forecast Report. The research firm notes that since 2006, LCD TV has accounted for the largest share of flat panel display (FPD) revenues; however, [...]

3D channel closures outpace launches

A report from IHS Technology says that there are now more 3D channel closures than launches. The most recent was with Nordic satellite operator Viasat closing its 3D channel in January 2014. In addition High TV 3D is no longer transmitted from Astra’s 23.5 deg East orbital position. The IHS criteria omit demo or trial 3D channels, or channels that [...]

Sony expects Ultra HD TV sales to increase 4-fold in 2014

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Sony anticipates Ultra HD TV sales will increase four-fold in 2014 and also aims to hold a 10 per cent global share in LCD TV shipments. The company has said it aims to ship roughly 20 million LCD TVs and estimates that its overall Ultra HD TV shipments will increase four-fold in 2014, with Ultra HD TV sales in the [...]

NTV Plus will launch 4K this winter

Russian pay-TV broadcaster NTV Plus is looking to launch a 4K service later this year, or early in 2015. Oleg Kolesnikov, NTV’s Technical Director, says the recent 4K test transmissions carried by NTV Plus at the Sochi Winter Olympics were a huge success, proving that end-to-end signals could be carried successfully. NTV Plus carried the opening and closing ceremony in [...]

Rai, Eutelsat validate 4K production

A documentary shot in Ultra HD/4kTV by Rai Strategie Tecnologiche in collaboration with Eutelsat has been given its first screening to industry experts and media in Rome. Directed by Lina Wertmüller, the documentary – Roma, Napoli, Venezia… in un crescendo rossiniano – exploits the exceptional image quality of 4K to display the artistic and cultural heritage of Rome, Naples and [...]

Sky Deutschland prepping for Ultra-HD

“Ultra-HD broadcasting is the next stage for us on a journey of trying to use the new 4K technology. We started by testing what we could do inside the ground, with the cameras and could we get the cameras to talk to the Outside Broadcast trucks. Gradually we are building on that experience to try and fulfil the complete end-to-end [...]

SkyPerfecTV launching 4K DTH in June

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Japanese viewers will be able to view 4K transmissions from this June. Together with a consortium of other Japanese broadcasters (as part of the nation’s NexTV-Forum) signals will almost certainly start with FIFA’s Brazilian World Cup but then continue with other 4K entertainment and factual programming. The announcement was made at MIPTV, during a week of dedicated 4K screenings. Toshiaki [...]

Ericsson wins 2014 NAB Innovation Award

Ericsson has been awarded one of the television industry’s highest honours, the NAB Technology Innovation Award, for its pioneering work in Ultra High Definition TV (UHDTV) 4K. The award was formally presented to the company at a gala ceremony on April 9, 2014, in the Paradise North Ballroom, Las Vegas Hotel by NAB President and CEO, Gordon Smith. Ericsson has [...]

FIFA: World Cup will be in 4K, and 8K

Scolari and Neymar reflect on Brazil's Confederations Cup victory - video

Football’s governing body FIFA says its upcoming World Cup tournament from Brazil will be carried by some broadcasters in 4K. Niclas Ericson, head of FIFA’s TV Division, speaking at MIPTV in Cannes, said FIFA was working 24/7 to capture the event, not only in HDTV, but also in 4K and even 8K. “We are working hard to finalise all the [...]

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