Category archives for: HD/3D

Openwave 4K optimisation for mobile

Openwave Mobility, a software innovator enabling operators to manage and monetise mobile data, is claiming to be the first company to provide optimisation for 4K Ultra-HD video on mobile networks. Openwave’s DynaMO is capable of optimising High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) to achieve optimum HD video playback on mobile devices. “Mobile video already accounts for over half of the data […]

USA success in ATSC 4K transmission

Technicolor has successfully trialled over-the-air 4K Ultra-HDTV transmissions using the USA’s proposed ATSC 3.0 specification. Technicolor used antenna towers owned by Sinclair Broadcast to carry out the tests. Technically the trial was the first-ever in the world to incorporate Scalable HEVC (SHVC) video coding, MPEG-H, audio and MPEG’s MMT A/V transport standard. The test was carried out over Sinclair’s Baltimore-based […]

Icahn: ‘TV large opportunity for Apple’

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American businessman, activist shareholder and investor Carl Icahn has written a wide-ranging open letter to Tim Cook, Apple’s CEO, urging a share repurchase, suggesting its stock is undervalued, and has highlighted TV as a “large” market opportunity for the company. With Icahn’s company, Icahn Enterprises, which holds some 53 million shares in Apple, forecasting “robust” per cent earnings growth of […]

KT Skylife dumps standard def

KT Skylife, South Korea’s DTH broadcaster with more than 4 million subscribers, is to adopt an all-HD policy. Until recently it was carrying 104 HD channels, and now says it will offer 141 “full HD” channels by the end of this year, and dropping all standard definition channels in the process. “KT SkyLife has set up the all-HD channel platform […]

Orange adds 25 HD+ channels for FTTH

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Orange France will strengthen its HD+ offering in 2015 by adding 25 new FTA and pay-TV channels to the 12 already carried. The offer specifically targets FTTH where Orange claims 500,000 customers and a leading position overall with three million households passed. The group also plans to launch its own SVoD platform by the end of this year in partnership […]

UHD progressing faster than HD

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In an update of where Ultra-HD/4K is today, a study by IHS-Consumer Electronics & Video Technology says the technology has “hit the ground running, and is about 10 years ahead of where HD TV was just two years after standards ratification”. But IHS also issues a warning saying that

JSAT 4K channels launching March 2015

Japan already has a 4K ‘test’ channel on air, but Sky Perfect JSAT, the Japanese satellite broadcsater, has revealed it will launch two 4K/Ultra-HD channels on March 1st next year. The two 4K channels will be broadcast as part of Sky Perfect’s premium service, although whether an additional payment will be needed has yet to be specified. The two channels […]

OLED inventors for Nobel prize?

The two scientists who invented the Organic Light Emitting Diodes, commonly known as OLEDs, and seen in giant TV sets, smartphones and tablets, are in the running for a Nobel Prize for chemistry. The Awards will be announced on October 8th, and the Intellectual Property & Science unit of Thomson Reuters has studied the probable winners, and its forecasting methods […]

3net channel closes

3net, the all-3D channel backed by Discovery, Sony and IMAX, has closed. Highly-regarded CEO Tom Cosgrove has already switched responsibilities within the Discovery family and is now GM at Discovery Family Channel (DFC), a rebranded channel formed out of Hub Network, and which will concentrate on family-skewing material from Discovery’s output plus content from 40 per cent partner Hasbro.  DFC […]

‘Miami’ box brings 4K

French telco Bouygues Telecom is testing 4K transmission using its ‘Miami’ hybrid set-top box. The Android-based box blends all incoming source signals from the basic IPTV head-end transmission as well as live DVB broadcasts, OTT and Internet on Demand source material.  It can also handle 4K signals. The 4K Ultra-HDTV signals are full 3840 x 2160 pixel in size, and […]

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