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Japan: National Geographic first 4K doc


The National Geographic Channel (NGC) in Japan has produced its first 4K documentary, The Light: Illuminated by Shuji Nakamura in collaboration with NTT Plala  and I-Cast running service Hikari-TV. The 4K version of the documentary is exclusively available on Hikari-TV’s VoD service free-of-charge.  The HD version of the programme will air on NGC in Japan on May 23rd. The special […]

Videocon d2h to phase out SD

India’s Videocon d2h pay-TV operator says it will be phasing out its standard-definition set-top boxes over the next year or so. Videocon d2h CEO Anil Khera, speaking at the Asia-Pacific Video Operators Summit (APOS), said that the extra cost of manufacturing its HD STBs was just an extra $1 or so. There is also a general trend towards HDTV channels […]

Amazon Germany adds 4K content

Breaking Bad (Season 4)

Amazon Prime customers in Germany can now download movies and TV series in Ultra-HD. Amazon has struck a deal with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment for a slew of Sony releases. An annual fee of €49 is charged for access, or individual titles can be paid for via Amazon’s Instant Video Store. Titles on offer include remastered versions of The Amazing […]

GfK: 4K TV sales up 1759%


Research company GfK says that the value of the UK Consumer Electronics market fell back in March in almost every sector, except for large-screens and just about anything with 4K on its label. GfK tracks ‘hard’ sales achieved at the Point of Sale in retail stores across the country. The non-movers were Car Navigation (down 3 per cent), DVD Players […]

Broadcom UHD devices with NAGRA NOCS3

Broadcom, a global player in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, has announced it is the industry’s first to receive NAGRA NOCS3 certification for HEVC and Ultra HD STB systems-on-a-chip. The security architecture supports the latest in content protection, ensuring the delivery of premium content and services to multiple TVs and devices in the home. Broadcom has achieved NAGRA’s […]

Envivio cuts through 4K standards confusion

Technical developments leading to the widespread, commercial deployment of 4K video delivery can become bogged down as the industry determines the standards and steps leading to the delivery of Ultra HD television. To maintain progress toward the goal, Envivio advises that video service providers should do the following: first, focus on HEVC for optimising existing OTT and mobile applications; then […]

Sky drops 3D channel


Sky UK is closing its dedicated 3D channel from June 9th, leaving viewers wanting 3D content having to download movies and programming via Sky’s on-demand service. Closing the channel is expected to help create extra satellite bandwidth for Sky’s planned 4K service. Sky’s brand director of TV Products, Luke Bradley-Jones explained: “From June, Sky 3D is going fully on demand. […]

8K TV will be the limit

One event largely unreported at the recent NAB show was a presentation by Japan’s NHK public broadcaster that referred to NHK’s ‘road map’ for the deployment of its 8K Super HiVision technology. NHK Executive Research Engineer Masayuki Sugawara, from NHK’s Science & Technology Research Laboratories, was explaining that NHK would start experimental transmissions of 8K/Super HiVision (7680 x 4320 pixels) […]

Samsung leads 4K market


Samsung’s curved screens have helped it take the World No 1 position in terms of flat-panel 4K/Ultra HDTV displays, according to market research from Display Search. Sales y-o-y are up a massive 350 per cent on Q1 2014. In the first three months of the year, Samsung supplied 28.8 per cent of all Ultra-HD panels sold globally, up 8.9 percentage […]

Brazil: TIM readies for 4K

Brazil’s TIM telco (a 67 per cent-owned subsidiary of Telecom Italia Mobile) is readying for 4K transmissions.  Its latest ‘Live Blue’ set-top box will be upgraded to allow for 4K-quality signals. The new version will have a larger hard drive to cope with bigger file sizes and to cope with OTT transmissions. It will continue to handle TIM’s ‘Alphaville’ internet […]

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