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SES claims 1.1bn viewers globally

SES has released its annual ‘Satellite Monitor’ numbers and say they have expanded their worldwide reach to 312 million (up 7 per cent) which means the 6500 channels they carry on their satellites are collectively reaching more than 1.1 billion people The market research shows that the growth is coming from emerging markets of Africa, Asia Pacific and Latin America, […]

Discovery cautious on 4K

John Honeycutt, Discovery’s CTO, in an interview for the Satellite 2015 ‘Daily’ ahead of the show’s opening, says that even though the network is already making certain programming in 4K/Ultra HD, his channel has no immediate plans to launch a 4K service. He admitted that 2015 will see more hours produced in 4K than last year, “but that number is […]

HD TVs in 80% of US homes


Consumer research from Leichtman Research Group, Inc. (LRG) found that 81 per cent of households in the US have at least one HD television set, and about 52 per cent of all households have multiple HDTVs. Five years ago, 46 per cent of US households had at least one HD TV, and 17 per cent of households had more than […]

Discovery HD reaches 38m in LatAm


Discovery Communications registered during close to 40 per cent growth on the distribution of its HD portfolio in Latin America during 2014 The company reported that their HD networks now reach over 38 million subscribers in the region.  Discovery launched its first HD channel in Latin America in 2009, and today that number amounts to seven, Discovery Channel HD, Discovery […]

Broadcom powers Free’s 4K STB

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Broadcom, a global specialist in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, is powering the Ultra-HD Android TV STB offered by French broadband and IPTV service provider Free Powered by Broadcom’s BCM7252 STB system-on-chip (SoC), the newly launched Freebox STB delivers a comprehensive suite of streaming, terrestrial, on-demand and recorded content at up to four times the resolution of current […]

India sticks with 4K

Initial reports out of India suggest that sales of high-end 4K displays are somewhat sluggish, despite the appeal of non-stop cricket being the backbone of Ultra-HD broadcasts. India’s Star Sports is making the eight available 4K cricket feeds to pay-TV operators Tata-Sky and Videocon d2h. An estimated 90,000 4K sets were sold last year. But there have been snags. There […]

Animal Planet adds 4K show

Discovery-owned Animal Planet network has made a four-episode series in 4K. The 4 x 22 minute Too Cute show is all about kittens and puppies, and claims to be the first TV series to shoot and post-produce in 4K/60fps. “Discovery Communications has a long and established track record of being among the first to embrace emerging technologies,” said Rick Holzman […]

Samsung leads 4K sales in US

LG might be holding onto the position as the world’s Number 1 supplier of 4K/Ultra-HD displays, but Samsung Electronics is claiming the dominant position as far as the US market is concerned. Last week Samsung held its North America ‘dealer summit’ in Orlando and told the 500 delegates that according to market research from NPD, Samsung had a 51 per […]

When will Sky go 4K?

The past few weeks have seen various rumours aired as to when Sky UK, and/or Sky Germany, launch 4K/Ultra-HD services. Earlier in February a report in London’s Sunday Telegraph talked about Sky bringing its launch of 4K transmissions forward to this Spring.  There was no denial by Sky, but certainly no endorsement either. Indeed, at the recent SES-organised 4K event […]

Free launches 4K mini box

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French telco Free, an affiliate of Iliad Group, has launched its Freebox Mini 4K in France, the first tripleplay offering to be Ultra-HD compatible worldwide. The Freebox Mini is uses Android TV, following the partnership between Iliad and Google, which had also previously integrated its system in Bouygues’ BBox Miami. Claiming to be at least five times smaller than any […]

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