The cable television industry in the recent past could hardly be called innovative. But that has changed as a slew of disruptive technologies, including online video, rapidly developing mobile devices, and other pay-TV entrants, such as IPTV providers and their fiber-based networks, challenged traditional cable's dominance.
The Ultra HD Alliance is one week old. But according to a report in GigaOm, the cooperative effort already has significant fault lines.
TiVo product chief Jim Denney has a lot of bogeys on his internal screen. He's got to watch the latest development in video user interfaces and program guides to keep TiVo's set-tops on the leading edge. And of course, there are the ever-present multiscreen issues to keep up with. FierceCable Editor Daniel Frankel caught up to Denney during CES and got him to discuss these issues--and a few more.
Cloud technology services provider Akamai says 19 percent of U.S. homes now can sustain the average 15 Mbps broadband speeds necessary to stream 4K/Ultra HD video. Further, its latest State of the Internet report registered a slight speed improvement for the U.S. market.
According to top executives in the space, the wave of 4K technology in the pay-TV market is rising--and it likely will become a standard feature in the next few years--but there remain a number of obstacles for the technology to overcome in the near term.
While the introduction by Dish Network Monday of its much ballyhooed streaming service, Sling TV, commanded the bulk of attention, another significant product introduction got a little lost in the noise. Dish will also introduce to its customers later this month a 4K version of its Hopper DVR that is compatible with any Ultra HD TV set.
Whether it's connected cars, 4K video or next-gen home networking technologies like Home Plug AV, the Fierce editorial team is out in force at this year's CES 2015 show. Phil Goldstein, Mike Dano and Daniel Frankel are on the ground throughout the week in Las Vegas covering all the major keynotes, events and press conferences. Stay tuned to this page for complete coverage of the CES 2015 show. You can visit the page here.
LAS VEGAS--Roku has become the first OTT device maker to dip its toes in the 4K/ Ultra HD waters, announcing plans to support 4K streaming in future product models. The company announced that it has prepared a reference design for its 4K smart TV partners in China.
It has been hard to observe all the 4K/Ultra HD hype at CES the last few years without a healthy dose of cynicism. With a multiscreen revolution going on outside, the touting of the television industry's next great resolution standard felt a little tone-deaf. Who is worrying about screen resolution at a time when we don't really know what the primary screen is anymore?
Demand for 4K/Ultra HD displays in North America and Western Europe will have a compound annual growth rate of 72 percent through 2018, according to new research published Friday by Futuresource Consulting.