A top executive at encoding technology vendor Elemental Technologies said he expects several broadcasters to deliver 4K Ultra HD programming from the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and that multiple providers worldwide will launch 4K programming tiers in the second half of 2014.
DirecTV hopes to be the first pay TV provider to sell 4K Ultra HD programming and expects 4K will have a material impact on its balance sheet within three years, CEO Mike White said Tuesday.
Netflix said it plans to add 4K Ultra HD content to its streaming video library next year. The move could have an impact on broadband providers that are members of its Open Connect content delivery network, including Cox Communications, Cablevision and Suddenlink Communications.
This year's International Broadcast Convention, as predicted, saw operators, equipment manufacturers and vendors dashing down the path toward multiscreen environments. The main difference was in the business models each is developing around this technology segment. The trending word in multiscreen is "seamless."
TV manufacturers are betting that "Ultra HD" or "4K" displays will be a hit with video consumers as both come with another promise of a better picture. But can online networks take it?
If the TV set makers get their way, we will soon own "Ultra HD" or "4K" displays. These new TV sets, which have four times the resolution of today's top-of-the-line 1080p sets, are supposedly so breathtakingly amazing, we'll all want one on our walls.
Until Virgin Media's announcement that it was setting up a Netflix app on its Virgin Media TiVo service, no pay TV service provider had decided to blend an Internet-enabled subscription service into its traditional lineup of games and on-demand and pay-per-view and linear content. It seems so logical, given the capabilities of IP-enabled TV entertainment platforms.
Instead of waiting for pay TV providers like Comcast and DirecTV to launch Ultra HD programming packages, Sony is going over-the-top of broadband providers with the Video Unlimited 4K movie and TV service that it launched Wednesday.
The next generation of high definition television--Ultra HD or 4K--was given a shakeout run over the past weekend when Sky transmitted a Premier League soccer match between West Ham and Stoke City in the new format.
with Richard Bullwinkle, head of television innovation on Samsung's U.S. product innovation team Richard Bullwinkle Richard Bullwinkle joined Samsung in April 2013 to lead the...