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China leads booming 4K set demand

With an expected 11.6 million units shipped in 2014, 4K set demands are up 699% year on year, with China accounting for over 70% of worldwide demand. According to the latest 4K report from Futuresource Consulting, by 2018 100 million sets are forecast to ship per annum, when ownership will exceed 20% in leading markets….

4K demo channel hits UK and Ireland

Satellite operator SES S.A.’s Ultra HD demo channel is available in the UK and Ireland as of now. The channel can be received with a standard satellite dish connected to a state-of-the-art Ultra HD flat screen TV with integrated satellite tuner and HEVC decoder. In terms of content, the emphasis is on demonstrating the quality of…

Clear Cut Pictures: the effect of 4K on post production

Ahead of his appearance at TV Connect (28th – 30th April 2015 ExCel, London), IP&TV News catches up with Max McGonigal about how 4K is changing things for those involved in post-production IP&TV News: Hi Max. For those that don’t know about you, can you begin by introducing us to Clear Cut Pictures? Max McGonigal: Established in…

Tata Sky launches India’s first 4K set top

Direct-To-Home (DTH) operator Tata Sky has launched what it is calling India’s first 4K set top box (STB). The launch plans were unveiled in July last year when Tata Sky showcased the FIFA World Cup Quarter final match in 4K. Apart from relaying 4K content, the box will also showcase Standard Definition (SD) and High…

DISH to serve up first Ultra-HD set top box

DISH has thrown its hat in the ring as the first pay-TV provider to launch a 4K ‘Ultra-HD’ set-top box. Named the 4K Joey, the new STB is designed to easily integrate with DISH’s Hopper Whole Home HD DVR system. The 4K Joey will not only play back 4K ultra HD content, it will also…

US UHD Alliance formed (welcomed by DTG UK UHD Forum)

The British entertainment industry’s body for developing best practice in Ultra HD has congratulated the US entertainment and technology industry on the formation of the UHD Alliance. The Alliance was formed by global companies including DirecTV, Dolby, LG Electronics Inc., Netflix, Panasonic Corporation, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Sharp Corporation, Sony Visual Product Inc., Technicolor, The…

CES 2015: Industry braces itself for rise of Ultra HD

Shipments of 4K UHD displays are projected to reach four million units in 2015, marking a 208% increase over 2014, according to the CEA’s semi-annual industry report released today at the 2015 International CES. The study finds one-third of consumers (33%) may purchase a 4K Ultra-High Definition TV within the next three years, while almost…

Roku plans Netflix collaboration on 4K streaming

Next generation TV streaming service Roku has booked its spot on the 4K Ultra HD bandwagon. Roku says that, now that the prices of 4K TVs are dropping rapidly, and they will soon be within reach of the majority of consumers, it has prepared a Roku TV reference design for 4K smart TVs for license to…

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