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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 [...]

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 [...]

Pope embraces 3D and 4K TV

Later this month, on April 27th, Pope Francis will canonise two previous pontiffs as saints in a lavish ceremony in St Peter’s Square, Rome. The event will be broadcast live in 3D by Sky Italia and carried on the 3D channels of BSkyB and Sky Deutschland, and also beamed around the world to cinemas in North and South America and [...]

China drives 4K sales

The December 23rd – February 2nd New Year/Chinese New Year period saw record sales of LCD TVs in China with 8.26 million units sold, an increase of 3.6 per cent over last year. According to IHS Technology, the sales have

HEVC: Ready or not?

The world is about to start embracing the new HEVC compression standard in readiness for Ultra-HDTV and greater transmission efficiencies for all networks. What will this mean for consumers?  How are chipset manufacturers addressing the challenges of getting product to market?  Are set-top box manufacturers ready for these changes? How expensive will the transition be for broadcasters and viewers? Will [...]

Japan commits to 8K/Super Hi-Vision


While many of the world’s leading TV companies start thinking about transmitting 4K/Ultra-HD-1 as the industry’s ‘next step’ in its evolution from black & white, to colour, to digital TV and high-definition TV, it seems the Japanese remain committed to their Super Hi-Vision/8K broadcasts. A statement from Japanese public broadcaster NHK on March 17 stated again that it was readying [...]

Ericsson launches Virtualized Encoding


Ericsson predicts there will be 50 billion connected devices by 2020, 15 billion of which will be video enabled. The proliferation of these devices, combined with consumer willingness to pay for high quality, premium content, is resulting in a new age of TV Anywhere. Today’s TV service providers must deal with an ever-growing level of infrastructure complexity to deliver high [...]

France Télévisions records Ultra-HD concert

French public broadcaster France Télévisions has captured a major concert in Ultra-HD. France Télévisions is a member of the 4EVER consortium of nine partner organisations designed to research 4K production and workflows. The concert, of the Claudio Monteverdi’s Vêpres Solennelles de la Vierge (in association with Wahoo Production and Château de Versailles Spectacle, took place on March 9th. It was [...]

DTG: 2014 year Ultra-HD gets defined


Taking what it describes as a “measured and cautious” approach, the DTG, the industry association for digital television in the UK, has suggested that it has the time in the next six to twelve months to define clearly what Ultra-high definition television actually means and what it really means for the UK broadcast industry. Describing Ultra-HD one of the most [...]

BBC: 6 HD streams for Winter Olympics


In addition to 200 hours of network TV coverage, BBC Sport plans to deliver the most complete digital coverage of a Winter Olympic Games to date, including over 650 hours of live action via six HD streams. BBC Sport will also bring all the analysis, insight, news and highlights from Sochi 2014 to audiences wherever they are, on whichever device [...]

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