US cable giant Comcast says it will launch “unlimited virtual 4K linear channels” with streaming services later this year. Comcast already has a limited Ultra-HD offering via suitable 4K Samsung displays.
Comcast says it will debut a new 4K set-top box, its Xi4 unit, later this year and further update the box (Xi5) in 2016 to handle High Dynamic Range programming.
Comcast’s 4K content will be mostly movies along with Ultra HDTV series programming from the USA Network, SyFy channel and movie service STARZ.
The cable MSO is headquartered in Philadelphia, and the company owns broadcast network NBC. It also owns E! Entertainment, Golf Channel, Bravo, UDSA Network, CNBC, MSNBC, SyFy, Universal HD, Sleuth and is part-owner of the Weather Channel.