DirecTV's shift into the 4K broadcast space has been anything but easy. News reports have documented how the first two of its planned 25 Major League Baseball games broadcast in 4K had to be scrubbed due to technical issues.
DirecTV has encountered some early bumps on the road to live 4K broadcasts but it is drawing on more than a year's worth of experience to sort through the struggles of being an early mover for the emerging technology.
DirecTV will be the recipient of both cheers and jeers as the early mover for live, linear 4K broadcasts in the U.S. At the moment, it's seeing the downside, as the first two of its planned 25 MLB games broadcast in 4K had to be scrubbed due to technical issues.
The worldwide market for 4K-capable "set-tops" is set to reach $3.65 billion by 2024, according to Grand View Research, which factors OTT devices into its tally.
Friday's epic showdown between Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw and San Francisco Giants pitching star Madison Bumgarner was supposed to be the first of 25 Major League Baseball games shown live in 4K by DirecTV, but technical issues kept the satellite operator from executing on the plan.
DirecTV said it will show 25 Major League Baseball games live in 4K this season, starting with Friday's anticipated matchup between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants.
Dish Network is taking its integration of Netflix into the realm of 4K, announcing that UltraHD content on the SVOD provider will be playable on its new Hopper 3 DVRs.
DirecTV isn't just showing The Masters golf tournament in 4K, it appears to be launching three distinct UltraHD channels.
The Alliance for Open Media, an organization created to develop open-source codecs that are royalty-free as an alternative to HEVC, has launched a new video project to promote active development of an open-source video codec.
What will the home of the (near) future need when it comes to broadband speeds? Considering the technologies coming down the pike, the FCC's definition of 25 Mbps/3 Mbps is barely adequate. The Internet of Things, 4K streaming and virtual reality "will render my DSL connection as useless as a 56K modem," says FierceCable Editor Daniel Frankel.