UHD boost for flat panel sales in first quarter

Sales of flat-panel TVs were higher than expected in the first quarter of this year, rising significantly year-on-year, according to analysis by IHS Technology. The LCD TV market grew by 4% between January and March to 47.36 million units, and total flat-panel TV shipments grew by 3.3% to 49.36 million units. The market for the […]

Netflix: UHDTV needs standardisation of formats

Netflix sees ultra-high definition TV as a great opportunity but believes there is a need to limit the number of technical variations of content for UHDTV platforms through greater standardisation, according to Kevin McEntee, responsible for digital supply chain at the online TV company. Speaking at the EBU Production Technology Seminar in Geneva yesterday, McEntee […]

EBU to host new workship on ultra HD

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) is to host a workshop on ultra high-definition TV in Geneva next month to define potential roadmaps for the development of the technology by different stakeholders. The workshop, to be held on November 25-26, titled UHDTV: Voices & Choices, will also highlight the results of tests carried out since the […]

Higher frame rates could be biggest benefit of UHDTV

UHDTV can bring benefits to TV on smaller screens by reducing motion blur, even though viewers may see little difference from higher resolutions, according to Andrew Cotton, principal technologist within BBC R&D’s broadcast and connected systems section. In a recent blog posting, Cotton indicated that the BBC’s current thinking was that the UHD-1 format – […]

European industry players offer support for UHDTV logo

European broadcasters, consumer and professional electronics manufacturers, satellite operators and national HD Forums have agreed a series of measures to further the development of ultra-high-definition TV in Europe. The European Broadcasting Union hosted a meeting of interested parties in Geneva last week under the aegis of the Forum for Advanced Media in Europe (FAME), which […]

EBU moves forward with UHDTV

The EBU’s BeyondHD group met in Geneva last week to discuss codecs, image formats and higher frame rates for UHDTV. EBU members joined with Japanese broadcaster and UHDTV pioneer NHK, pay TV broadcaster BSkyB and TV manufacturers Sony and Panasonic to discuss technology issues related to Ultra HD ahead of an expected push by the […]

EBU produces video sequences for UHDTV testing

The EBU has produced a new set of video test sequences designed to help members with the testing of ultra high-definition (UHDTV) service. Footage shot at the RAI Production Centre in Turin, Italy, last June has been made available in the UHD-1 format. Two of the sequences have been made available under a Creative Commons […]

ITU defines 4K and 8K UHDTV

The ITU has defined the parameter values for two formats of ultra high definition TV (UHDTV). These are the 4K and 8K UHDTV formats. They are constructed as multiples of the 1080p1920 format in ITU-R Rec. 709. According to a statement by the European Broadcasting Union, the new formats take advantage of future displays’ greater […]