Panasonic unveils Firefox-based 4K TVs

Panasonic has unveiled a number of 4K TV sets that will run on Mozilla’s Firefox OS, following a preview of Firefox-based panels at CES in January. At the company’s convention in Frankfurt this week, Panasonic highlighted the new Firefox-based interface foxr its 2015 models, featuring three decks to accommodate live TV, apps including pre-installed apps […]

HDR and UHD developments should be separated out, says SES

High dynamic range (HDR) is “too big a topic” to be simply linked to the rollout of Ultra High Definition content, according to SES’s vice-president, reception systems, Thomas Wrede.  Delivering the closing keynote at the SES Ultra HD conference in London yesterday, Wrede said that HDR promises to “change television forever” and greatly improve picture […]

UK UHD screen market passes 200K a year milestone

Ultra HD flat screen sales are growing at a faster rate than expected in the UK and other European markets, according to Nigel Catlow, business group director, consumer electronics at GfK. Speaking at SES’s Ultra HD conference in London today, Catlow said that 200,000 UHD flat screens had been sold in the UK last year, […]

DTT to remain pre-eminent platform in Europe

DTT will remain the pre-eminent TV viewing platform in Europe “for the foreseeable future,” despite radio-frequency spectrum pressures, according to a new report.  The ‘Roadmap for the evolution of DTT’ study, co-authored by Digital TV standards body DigiTAG and Analysys Mason, said that the re-allocation of the 700 MHz band will reduce the total spectrum available […]

Wuaki taps Civolution for UHD content watermarking

Movie and TV streaming service Wuaki.tv is integrating Civolution’s content watermarking solution into its platform to help protect its Ultra HD content. Wuaki will use Civolution’s NextGuard content protection technology to roll out session-based watermarking for Ultra HD movies, allowing Wuaki to identify the source of pirated copies. The move comes after Wuaki recently launched […]

4K TV shipments jump by 500%

Shipments of 4K TVs increased by more than 500% year-on-year in the third quarter to top 3 million units, according to IHS’s DisplaySearch. The Quarterly Global TV Shipment and Forecast report said that 4K TV shipments have “significantly accelerated” this year, due to more competition and more accessible pricing. Some 6.4 million 4K TVs have […]

Sky Deutschland in 4K partnership with hip-hop band

Sky Deutschland has teamed up with Sony Music to deliver live coverage in 4K of the forthcoming live tour of Stuttgart-based hip-hop band Die Fantaschischen Vier/Fanta 4.  Based around the release of Fanta 4’s latest album, the pay TV operator will deliver a comprehensive package of content and marketing support between now and June 2015. […]

4K can help TV take on “the new barbarians” says France Télévisions

MIPCOM attendees heard yesterday that broadcasters will continue to experiment with 4K TV as a hedge against new media entrants, with France Télévisions promising a push VoD trial later this year. Eric Scherer, director of future media, France Télévisions, speaking on a 4K panel session in Cannes yesterday, said that the broadcaster was experimenting with […]

Russia’s Okko to stream 4K movies to LG smart TVs

Russian streaming video-on-demand service Okko – formerly known as Play – is to make its first 4K UHD movies available via the LG smart TV platform from next month. Okko will stream a range of Hollywood movies encoded in the H.265/HEVC format and delivered using MPEG-DASH adaptive bit-rate streaming. Okko first trailed the deal with […]

France’s 4EVER consortium to demo UHD and HEVC developments

4EVER, a collaborative project funded by the French government, will demo improved motion, colours, contrast and images at IBC as part of its investigation into UHD technologies. The consortium of nine industrial and academic partners, which includes Orange, Technicolor and France Televisions, said its partners are now investigating “UHD-TV phase 2” and will promote their […]