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A 4K future

By Noel Mckenna Vice President of Sales EMEA + India, Entropic HEVC and 4K were the hottest topics at September’s IBC event in Amsterdam, and will continue to be of high interest as we move into 2014. But we must ask ourselves, could HEVC and 4K fall into the same false start trap that the […]

November 12, 2013

SES: 4K/Ultra-HD schedule

Romain Bausch, CEO at Luxembourg-based satellite operator SES, was very specific on the likely roll-out of 4K/Ultra-HD services. Speaking to analysts following on from its November 8th results, Bausch said SES was extremely confident about 4K happening. While test services are already up and running on its satellites, Bausch said that he expected 4K broadcasts […]

November 11, 2013By Chris Forrester

RAI teams with Valle d’Aosta for 3D, 4K trials

Italian public broadcaster RAI and the Autonomous Region of Valle d’Aosta have signed an agreement for technological trials of video recording in 3D and 4K and the introduction of multi-screen applications for citizens and SMEs. Under this Agreement, to be implemented by RAI’s Strategic Technologies Directorate, audiovisual productions will be filmed with innovative formats (3D, […]

November 11, 2013From Branislav Pekic in Rome

4K TVs in 10% N American homes by 2018

Asia-Pacific, notably, China, is expected to lead 4K (or Ultra HD) TV unit shipments according to ABI Research’s First Screen Video Devices and Cloud Video and Video Hardware Research Services. However, the North American market is anticipated to be the first region to eclipse 5 per cent (in 2017) and 10 per cent (by end […]

November 8, 2013

DirecTV: “We will be ready for 4K”

DirecTV’s CEO Mike White told analysts during the company’s Q3 earnings call that the broadcaster was working on the kinds of technology needed to deliver a 4K experience to its customers, but was also cautious as to its implementation.  “From all those I talked to, both on the content side and on the distributor side, […]

November 7, 2013By Chris Forrester

TV shipments decline again in 2013

Following a dismal third quarter, the outlook for global TV shipments appears even dimmer in 2013, with shipments now forecast to fall by 5 per cent, marking the second consecutive year of decline. Global shipments of TVs are set to slide to 226.7 million units in 2013, down from 238.2 million in the previous year, […]

November 7, 2013

Freeview highlights HD in new ad campaign

UK DTT platform Freeview has unveiled a new advertising campaign encouraging viewers to consider choosing a Freeview HD television next time they are looking to buy a new TV. Created by ad agency Leo Burnett, the 20 second advert – which airs from 11th November – signals a return of Freeview’s helium balloons, this time […]

November 7, 2013

Telestream to showcase support for 4K, HEVC and multiplatform workflow solutions at CCW

Telestream, a provider of video transcoding and workflow solutions, has announced plans to showcase support for 4K and HEVC/H.265 encoding, plus new products and multiplatform workflow solutions at the CCW Show November 13-14 in New York City. The company is also featuring new configurations for its newly-acquired closed captioning products. “There has been considerable discussion […]

November 7, 2013

HEVC and 4K

IBC was all about the coming of 4K. But it was a subject not without controversy with much concern that its benefits could be dissipated. In this fascinating roundtable representatives from Elemental Technologies, Entropic, Ericsson and Rovi talk about 4k, HEVC and look ahead to 8k. Are broadcasters slow off the mark with HEVC installation? […]

November 6, 2013

Global demand for HD STBs increasing

The Pay-TV market is one of the biggest revenue contributors to the global STB market across the globe. With the large number of channel choices available to subscribers, consumers are increasingly subscribing to more channels. Further, digitalisation is likely to increase the subscription of pay-TV as subscription-based TV services are more popular in the digital […]

November 5, 2013