Advanced Television


IMAX facing problems in China, and at home

Back in July 2013 giant screen operator IMAX said it expected China to be a strong market for its new screens. It had just announced a j-v in China with cinema exhibitor Wanda, and IMAX CEO Richard Gelfond said that China was a market “with tremendous growth”. Now, seemingly its Chinese relationship is souring. The […]

February 4, 2014By Chris Forrester

Winter Olympics opening will be in 4K

The International Olympic Committee and Olympic Broadcasting Services are working with Panasonic to capture the upcoming 22nd Winter Games opening ceremony in 4K-Ultra HD at Sochi. The games run from February 7th to 23rd, and Panasonic say that the 4K footage will then be used by the various organisations and Panasonic itself for promotional purposes. […]

January 29, 2014By Chris Forrester

Samsung bringing Netflix 4K to Europe

Samsung has confirmed that it will launch 4K starter pack for use with its Ultra-HD TVs in Europe this March, as well as access to 4K streaming via Netflix. Samsung will offer a 1TB hard-drive for €299 that comes with access to fifty Ultra-HD movies including Life of Pi and Star Trek: Into Darkness. Michael […]

January 28, 2014

Dolby Labs: ‘Glasses free’ 3D later this year

Dolby Laboratories EV/CFO Lewis Chew has told analysts that his company was sitting on $958 million in cash and cash equivalents despite spending $11.7 million during the quarter-year to September 30th in buying in its own stock back in for cancellation. These days Dolby Labs is mostly a licensing operation for its audio, cinema and […]

January 27, 2014By Chris Forrester

LG improved Q4

LG Electronics has announced consolidated revenues of KRW 58.14 trillion ($53.10 billion) and net profit of KRW 222.70 billion for full-year 2013, marking an improvement over 2012 results. Operating profits for the Korean-based manufacturerer increased modestly in 2013 to KRW 1.28 trillion from KRW 1.22 trillion in full-year 2012. The LG Home Entertainment Company reported […]

January 27, 2014

Japan’s NHK tests 8K

Japan’s NHK has successfully broadcast long-distance DTT signals for its Super Hi-Vision 8K format, sending huge amounts of data over UHF airwaves, but despite this test, it’s unclear if many Japanese will be watching 8K TV by the time Tokyo hosts the Olympics Games in 2020. The public broadcaster’s Science & Technology Research Laboratories conducted […]

January 23, 2014

Sony cuts staff at Technology division

Sony Pictures Entertainment has laid off a number of senior staffers at its Culver City operation which looks after Sony’s Hollywood-based technology group, including the outfit’s president Chris Cookson and some of his staff. Sony Pictures Technologies provides advice and solutions to movie and TV programming including 3D, the newly-emerging 4K production methodology and workflow. […]

January 23, 2014By Chris Forrester

DTG: 2014 year Ultra-HD gets defined

Taking what it describes as a “measured and cautious” approach, the DTG, the industry association for digital television in the UK, has suggested that it has the time in the next six to twelve months to define clearly what Ultra-high definition television actually means and what it really means for the UK broadcast industry. Describing […]

January 22, 2014By Colin Mann

DirecTV loses 4K legal claim

The US Patent Office has denied DirecTV’s application to register a number of 4K trademarks. Advanced-Television first reported DirecTV’s intention back on February 28th 2013, when the broadcaster applied for 4K, 4KN, 4KNET, 4K Network and 4KNetwork The Patent Office has denied some of the applications but says the 4KNet, and 4KN application might create […]

January 22, 2014By Chris Forrester

Super Bowl drives US TV sales

A survey by TNS Global buying trends for TVs in the US, especially related to the upcoming Super Bowl. With TV purchases increasing each January (1 million in 2005 to over 7 million in 2013), the survey verifies the growth claiming it’s now the leading time of year that Americans say they will buy a […]

January 21, 2014By Nik Roseveare