Category archives for: Ultra-HD/4K

​Broadcom mass-market 4K device for China

System-on-a-Chip manufacturer Broadcom is making a dedicated 4K chipset available for the Chinese market, approved by the country’s SARFT regulator. Broadcom’s Beijing office, in a statement, said it had introduced a complete high-speed coaxial cable solution with new access technology for Chinese subscribers in multi-dwelling units (MDUs). The new BCM63500 and BCM63333 devices integrate the China HomePlug AV 1.0 (C-HPAV […]

Fletcher’s I-MOVIX aids 4K

Chicago and London-based equipment facilities house Fletcher Sports is having considerable impact with its I-MOVIX ten-times Ultra-HD slo-mo camera kit. The kit has been used on the current Cricket World Cup 4K coverage to cinema audiences in Australia and New Zealand, as well as on feeds supplied to broadcasters in India. “The images are crisp, the replays are fantastic, and […]

Global pay-TV subs to surpass 1.1bn in 2020


According to ABI Research, the worldwide pay-TV market grew at a steady rate of 4 per cent in 2014 to reach 923.5 million subscribers. “Despite the growth in subscriber base, weak currency exchange rates resulted in a slower increase of pay-TV market service revenue. Worldwide the pay-TV market generated $257 billion in 2014 and is expected to surpass 1.1 billion […]

BitTorrent offers 4K content

BitTorrent’s ‘Bindle’ subscribers can now access 4K programming supplied by movie studio Mance Media. The four shows on offer are: The Toy Soldiers; Dragons: Real Myths And Unreal Creatures;  Scarlet’s Witch, and Circles of Life: Iceland. Each show was shot in native 4K. The 90-minute programmes have been compressed from about 300 GB in terms of native file size, and […]

RR Media expands 4K capabilities

RR Media, a provider of global digital media services to the broadcast industry, has announced the expansion of its 4K capabilities across the entire content lifecycle, from creation through to consumption. This includes the preparation and creation of content and mastering true delivery in an optimised manner. Continuing to support rights holders monetise their content, RR Media has installed a […]

Sky PerfecTV adds two 4K channels

Japan’s SkyPerfecTV, owned by J-Sat, is broadcasting two 4K/UltraHDTV channels. The broadcaster says it has invested some 200 million Yen (about $1.5m) to start up the channels, having asked Japan’s major production companies to help create unique 4K content for the services. The first channel mainly shows sport and music, along with factual documentaries, travelogues and similar material. It transmits […]

Orange plans 4K STB for 2016

Orange will launch a new STB with 4K compatibility in 2016, and the box will not use the Android but a home grown system. Speaking at the presentation of its ‘Essentials2020’ strategic plan in Paris this week, CEO Stéphane Richard said: “4K content is not abundant enough yet and the 4K TV set market share is still under 1 per […]

YouTube adds 4K search

An update to Google’s video service YouTube has added the option to search for 4K resolution videos on both the online site and Android app. YouTube has supported 4K videos for some time, but this is the first time that users have been given the option to set search filters to include 4K videos – thus making finding ultra-HD content […]

Elemental for Tata Sky 4K STBs

Elemental Technologies, a supplier of software-defined video solutions for multiscreen content delivery, has announced that Tata Sky, India’s leading DTH operator, is using Elemental software to process Ultra HD live linear content in high-efficiency video coding (HEVC/H.265) for delivery to Tata Sky 4K-ready set-top boxes. A joint venture between the TATA Group and 21st Century Fox, Tata Sky deployed the […]

DirecTV: 4K is the “Killer App” for satellite


DirecTV’s senior management, including its CFO, are firmly behind the launch of 4K services, says Philip Goswitz, SVP/Video, Space & Communications, at the broadcaster. Moreover, he told delegates at the Satellite 2015 conference in Washington DC, that by 2020 he was confident that it would be broadcasting between 50-70 Ultra-HD channels. Goswitz said that three types of channel would make […]

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