4K Ultra HD

More US service providers sign up for SES’s Ultra HD service

Nine new US cable and telecom operators have signed up to take satellite operator SES’s Ultra HD pre-packaged service, taking the total now testing the SES 4K content delivery platform to 30. The new arrivals are South Dakota and Minnesota’s Alliace Communications, Ohio-based Cincinnati Bell, Washington-based Douglas County Community Network, national telco Hotwire, Midwestern operators […]

Ooredoo taps Harmonic for 4K channel delivery

Qatar-based telecom operator Ooredoo has partnered with Harmonic on the delivery of 4K TV channels in the Middle East. Ooredoo launched what it claimed was the region’s first commercial 4K TV service last month and is using a Harmonic’s Electra video compression solution for all-IP environments. “The FunBox UHD channel is available today for all subscribers […]

Futuresource: HDR a firm focus for the industry

The TV industry’s focus is now “firmly on high dynamic range” – even though consumers still remain largely uneducated about the benefits of HDR, according to Futuresource Consulting. The research firm’s latest 4K ultra high definition (UHD) tracking report claims that unlike the upgrade to UHD resolution, which was a quantifiable improvement, HDR is a […]

Russian pay TV operators launching Ultra HD TV services

Russian pay TV operators NTV+ and MTS have separately unveiled plans to develop 4K Ultra HD TV services. NTV+ plans to launch a service comprising three channels, available throughout the Russian Federation, in the next couple of months. The services will be available in the operator’s basic package at no extra cost. NTV+ CEO Mikhail […]

SES hails HD and Ultra HD growth

The number of HDTV channels on SES’s satellite platforms grew by 7% last year to reach 2,495, or one third of all channels on the fleet, the company has revealed. SES now claims to carry 27% of all HD channels globally, with over 60% of all channels on its fleet now broadcast in the MPEG-4 […]

Study: time-frequency slicing could up DTT capacity by 25%

The use of time-frequency slicing technology in digital-terrestrial transmission could provide a capacity gain of between 20% and 25%, enabling the launch of additional high-bandwidth services such as UHD channels, according to a study by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU). Time Frequency Slicing (TFS) is a technique that enables multiple frequency channels to be aggregated […]

MStar adopts Dolby Vision for 4K UHD TV SoCs

Chipset provider MStar has teamed up with Dolby to deliver Dolby Vision-based 4K Ultra HD system-on-a-chip solutions for HDR TVs next year. Dolby has been an early leader in HDR, though its technology is one of a number of HDR systems that are competing for attention – others include proposals from Japan’s NHK, the UK’s […]