Juniper: 189m people to use 4K OTT services by 2021

The adoption of 4K over-the-top services will rise dramatically in the next five years, climbing from 2.3 million unique users globally this year to 189 million by 2021, according to Juniper Research. The research firm’s ‘Digital TV and video: Network and OTT strategies 2016-21’ report claims that, in the US alone, one in 10 residents […]

US 4K TV sales jump 119% in the second quarter

Some 1.4 million 4K Ultra HD TVs were sold in the US market during the second quarter, a 119% increase compared to Q2 2015, according to the Digital Entertainment Group (DEG). The US-based industry association said that to date more than 8 million 4K UHD TVs have been sold domestically and that the roughly 45 Ultra […]

Sky to launch UHD set-top box in Germany, Italy this autumn

Sky is due to launch a new set-top box with Ultra HD capabilities in Germany, Austria and Italy this autumn, the company has confirmed. The new box, which was already in development prior to the UK release of Sky Q earlier this year, will be an upgrade on the current generation of Sky+ box and […]

Consumers expected to pay up to 30% more for 4K UHD

Video service providers and content makers expect consumers to pay up to 30% more for premium 4K UHD content, according to new research. According to the Irdeto-commissioned study, 64% of video service providers – including pay TV and over-the-top operators – and 73% of content producers believe that consumers are willing to pay 10% to 30% more […]

ITU announces new HDR-TV standard

ITU has announced a new standard for High Dynamic Range Television (HDR-TV) that aims to build on its 2015-approved Ultra HD Television (UHDTV) Recommendation BT.2020. ITU said that the latest ITU-R HDR-TV Recommendation BT.2100 will give viewers an “enhanced visual experience with added realism” and allows TV programmes to take advantage of new and much brighter […]

DVB’s Wood outlines progress towards HDR recommendation

Standards bodies are slowly progressing towards a recommendation for sharper contrast technology HDR in UHD TV standards, but difficult choices still have to be made, ANGA COM attendees heard this morning. David Wood, CM-UHD TV chairman at the DVB Project Office, outlined steps to date, current thinking and the choices still to be made on […]

Tellybean call service on goes live on Sony TVs

Tellybean’s video calling service is launching on Sony 4K HDR Ultra HD Android TVs in North America. The app will be featured on the TV home screen of the Sony Android TVs and the launch follows the release of the Tellybean Camera app earlier this year and the launch of the service on Philips Android […]

Vodafone Portugal launching 4K UHD box

Vodafone Portugal is to launch a 4K UHD TV set-top box at the same time as adding Television Entertainment Reality Network’s UHD channel, Insight TV UHD, to its programming line-up. The new set-top will be offered to Vodafone’s fibre customers, with a number of UHD channels available, including the new service. Vodafone struck a deal […]

SES launches HDR test channel

Satellite operator SES has launched a new Ultra HD test channel that includes High Dynamic Range (HDR) content. The channel was unveiled at SES’s annual Industry Days event, where SES is focusing heavily on technologies that can enhance the quality of UHD TV with HDR. Demonstrations at the event include HDR 10, Dolby Vision, Hybrid […]

Polaroid partners with Google in smart TV move

Iconic camera brand Polaroid is making a push into the smart TV space, unveiling its first line of Google-powered, 4K TV models. The Ultra HD, LED televisions are due to start shipping this summer and will incorporate Google’s Cast technology, allowing viewers to ‘cast’ entertainment, movie and music content from their phone, tablet or laptop […]