If 4K/Ultra-HD is to become a consumer electronics phenomenon on par with HD a decade ago, it will have come from humble beginnings: A new Diffusion Group study shows the technology suffers from low consumer awareness but very high price sensitivity.
Qualcomm confirmed its acquisition of WiGig chipmaker Wilocity, a move designed to enable Qualcomm to easily integrate WiGig into its mobile platforms and secure the vendor's role in wireless streaming of 4K video and high-throughput peer-to-peer communications for mobile, computing and networking devices.
Video technology company Envivio said that its 4K compression platform will be used by South American pay TV provider Globostat to broadcast the final rounds of the World Cup in Ultra HD/4K resolution.
Akamai released a report Thursday revealing that only 17 percent of U.S. homes have the kind of sustained broadband speeds needed to support streaming of 4K/Ultra HD video content.
Continuing to serve the finite number of U.S. homes with 4K-capable TV sets and broadband connections, Netflix will expand its Ultra HD program offerings to include all 62 episodes of the popular Sony Pictures Television series Breaking Bad.
It's no surprise that video makes up the majority of traffic on both wired and wireless networks, but according to the latest Cisco Visual Networking Index, 79 percent of all IP traffic on the network will be video by 2018 and 52 percent of that video traffic will be HD video.
Cable's top technical chiefs compared notes on Wi-Fi, DOCSIS 3.1. and 4K, during a panel discussion at the 2014 Cable Show that drew a standing room-only crowd.
The National Association of Broadcasters' annual gathering in Las Vegas is more than a chance for broadcasters to get together and kvetch and plot, it's also the opportunity for vendors to show off a plethora of technological advances that may be part of tomorrow's reality--or may just be part of today's whimsy.
LAS VEGAS--While FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler was exhorting traditional broadcasters to take a fresh look at over-the-top content delivery at a Tuesday keynote here, visitors to the National Association of Broadcasters annual trade show were getting an eyeful and an earful of solutions for just that (or close to it). IP video is top of mind at the show, and it's beginning to change the way broadcasters and distributors do business.
LAS VEGAS--Set-top box manufacturers have the ability to make multiple services available through a single consumer premises unit, but when it comes to the approaching 4K storm, they "ought to be worried," according to Benoit Fouchard, ATEME's chief strategy officer. Alternatives to STBs are being developed to meet the 4K demand, particularly by smart TV manufacturers, and a new 4K channel launching in Korea on Thursday bypasses the set-top box for a 4K-ready TV.