Category archives for: Ultra-HD/4K

DTG Testing launches 4K Ultra HD testing zoo

DTG Testing – which provides the product conformance regime which enables manufacturers to obtain trademarks for the Freeview and Freesat digital TV platforms in the UK – has launched what it claims is the world’s first Ultra HD product testing zoo with a 4K HDMI interoperability plugfest. The Digital TV Group (DTG) members-only event brought together retail 4K TVs from […]

MagnaChip for LG UHD display

MagnaChip Semiconductor Corporation, a Korea-based designer and manufacturer of analogue and mixed-signal semiconductor products, is now supplying LG Display with display panel driver ICs for Ultra HD TVs. Display driver ICs for TVs are key components driving the high-definition quality and require leading-edge device technology to ensure best in class high-resolution picture quality. MagnaChip’s newly released display driver IC chip […]

“4K is crucial” says Wim Wenders

Noted film director Wim Wenders has praised television’s increased use of 4K content capture. Speaking at a ceremony to mark the beatification of Pope Paul VI in Rome – captured by Vatican TV in Ultra-HD and with technical support from DBW Communications – Wenders said the technology is crucial. “But 4K is unforgiving! Unlike His Holiness the Pope, 4K sees […]

Japan: Immediate start for NTT 4K service

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Japanese telco NTT Plala is to start 4K/Ultra HD services on October 27th. The commitment emerged during MIPCOM’s 4K series of screenings and panels in Cannes. NTT Plala is a major Japanese ISP and was established in 1995 and is the latest enterprise to join what is now clearly a gathering rush towards 4K content availability.  Sky Perfect JSAT has […]

46m homes will subscribe to 4K pay-TV by 2018

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Research from Parks Associates finds more than 46 million households worldwide will subscribe to a 4K Ultra-HD pay-TV service by 2018. Pay-TV providers will deploy this service as

Sky Deutschland “rethinks” 4K football

Gary Davey, Sky Deutschland’s EVP/Programming, said Ultra-HD will present broadcasters with new opportunities in how sports are televised. “Our 4K tests have caused us to completely rethink how we might cover soccer, for example.” Davey told delegates at the MIPCOM programming market in Cannes that the clarity and immersive detail of 4K meant that the fan could be given the […]

Netflix Ultra-HD price hike

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Netflix is to charge an extra $3 a month to new users in the US to view its 4K output, but the Ultra-HD content will be available for no additional fee when subscribing to its $11.99 ‘family’ bundle. “We decided to move 4K UHD video into our four-stream plan for new members who sign up and care about the highest-quality […]

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 […]

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