Category archives for: Ultra-HD/4K

Six pay-TV UHD broadcasters by end-2015

A major study on 4K/Ultra-HDTV broadcasting published by UK-based digital TV and Media Consulting firm FairmileWest and written by specialist consultant Nick Russell, says that “at least 6 major Pay-TV broadcast operators will launch UHD services in the second-half of this year”. The study continues, saying that notwithstanding the technology challenges facing the UHD sector (higher transmission frame-rates in particular […]

NHK confirms 8K plans


An NHK board meeting on January 15th approved the public broadcaster’s three-year plan. The NHK Board set five major objectives for the three years beginning 2015, but also re-stated its vision towards the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games and covering the event (and the Paralympics) in 8K (Super Hi-Vision). NHK will also boost its Internet access and coverage under its ‘total […]

NanoTech adds MGM titles to 4K VoD


NanoTech Entertainment has confirmed a licensing agreement with MGM. With the agreement NanoTech’s Ultra-HD network UltraFlix has been granted the distribution rights to 5 award-winning MGM films. UltraFlix subscribers are now able to stream the films in Ultra-HD from the comfort of their homes on a variety of 4K platforms and TVs. Fully restored and remastered at 4K resolution the […]

Discovery’s Hendricks gets into 4K


Discovery founder John Hendricks is backing ‘CuriosityStream’ (“on-demand videos for the incurably curious”), a subscription only video stream of specially commissioned non-fiction programming. Hendricks is pricing access to the content at between $2.99 and $9.99 a month depending on quality ranging from SD to 4K/Ultra-HD. High quality streaming will be achieved via Netflix and Amazon’s access points, and will be […]

Streambox, Celebro debut 4K

Streambox, aprovider of solutions that enable mobile video anywhere partnered with Celebro Media Studios, a UK-based 4K TV studio, to debut its first live broadcast in Ultra HD/4K Resolution from the UK. The new Streambox 4K Software Encoder/Player, coupled with the new 4K Rackmount Encoder/Decoder with simplified workflows, allow 4K real time transmissions in an easy function for streaming, broadcasting, […]

Tata Sky claims 4K first

Indian direct-to-home satellite operator Tata Sky has launched the country’s first 4K set-top box. The STB will be available for existing and new subscribers to enjoy upcoming One-day International and World Cup cricket matches in Ultra HD 4k picture clarity. Prospective subscribers can now reserve their Tata Sky 4K STB at just Rs 6,400 (€87) while existing subscribers can acquire […]

NHK showcases 8K

At the upcoming Sapporo Snow Festival in Japan, public broadcaster NHK has confirmed it will conduct live 8K test transmissions. Sapporo was the venue for the 1972 Winter Olympics and NHK says that it will mount 8K cameras and equipment at the Festival in order to capture the huge number of snow and ice sculptures for which the event is […]

Credit Suisse backs 4K for satellite operators

Investment bankers Credit Suisse, in a note to clients this week, has helped boost share prices for the main satellite operators to near-record levels. The report focuses on “the 4K revolution” likely to have a major impact on satellite capacity over the next year or two. Credit Suisse says: “4K, the next generation of HD, will require twice as much […]

CEA: Viewers want 4K UHD, Smart TVs

While the television remains viewers’ primary means of accessing video content, the number of consumers watching video content via streaming (63 per cent) is gaining on those who watch through a traditional service provider (68 per cent), according to a pair of new studies from the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). CEA’s

Sharp technology “167% improvement on 4K”


The broadcast display industry is already moving beyond the 8.3 megapixels needed to reflect 4K Ultra-HD. Most display manufacturers use even more ‘pixels’ in the 4K rendering by sub-dividing the 8.3 megapixels into three components (a red, green and blue subpixel). But Japanese manufacturer Sharp has used the giant CES show to argue that its 66 million subpixels gives the […]

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