Ultra HD


NAB: AWS Elemental enables first live 4K transmission from space

Attendees at the NAB Show yesterday witnessed the first 4K UHD transmission from space when NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson was interviewed from the International Space Station. The transmission was enabled by TV technology provider AWS Elemental, whose CEO, Sam Blackman, conducted the live interview during a panel session called ‘Reaching for the Stars: Connecting to […]

SES delivers US Ultra HD services

SES today announced that two US pay TV operators have launched commercial linear Ultra HD services to cable and IPTV subscriber homes. Marquette-Adams of Oxford, Wisconsin and Highlands Cable Group of Highlands, North Carolina have licensed Ultra HD programming through Vivicast Media and launched Ultra HD offerings following successful trials of SES’s satellite-delivered UHD solution. […]

Ultra HD Forum adds forensic watermarking to guidelines

The Ultra HD Forum has added a chapter on forensic watermarking to the latest version of its guidelines. Version 1.3 of the UHD Forum Guidelines was released Friday and includes an overview of forensic watermarking, as well as a deployment scenario for forensic watermarking. Several member companies initiated the creation of these security guidelines that are […]

Samsung partners with Wuaki to expand UHD offering

Samsung has partnered with Rakuten-owned VOD service, Wuaki, to expand its TV Plus service in Europe and sell new release Ultra HD movies. The deal, which was announced at MIPTV in Cannes, will see Samsung and Wuaki team up to sell 4K, High Dynamic Range, film titles through Samung’s smart TV VOD service TV Plus. […]

DTG: over 55s are buying most UHD TVs

People aged over 55 are buying more Ultra HD TVs than anyone else, but are least likely to view a film, programme or event in this format, according to the DTG. The UK non-profit centre for digital media technology found that 22% of UK consumers purchased a UHD-ready TV in the past three years. While […]

SES and Verizon partner for UHD trials

Satellite operator SES has partnered with Verizon in the US to drive the development of Ultra HD delivery solutions for Verizon Fios subscribers. Announcing the collaboration, SES said that Verizon is among a recent wave of multichannel video programming distributors that are evaluating the SES satellite-based Ultra HD solution. Verizon will receive and test content […]

SES signs up six more operators for US Ultra HD trials

SES has signed up six more regional US cable operators to its Ultra HD trials and said that some existing participants are nearing the launch of consumer UHD packages. The satellite operator has signed new Ultra HD trial agreements with: Aureon in Iowa; GVTC Communications in Texas; Highlands Cable Group in North Carolina; KPU Telecommunications […]

Report: Apple tests Ultra HD-capable Apple TV update

Apple is reportedly testing a fifth generation version of Apple TV that will support ultra high definition content. According to Bloomberg, the update could be released as early as this year with the device able to stream 4K resolution pictures and “more vivid colours”, implying high dynamic range capabilities. The new box will run on […]

Canal+ to air regular UHD TV Sunday night Ligue 1 football

French pay TV operator Canal+ is to air its regular Sunday evening Ligue 1 football match slot in Ultra HD in partnership with the French football league, the Ligue de Football Professionel (LFP). Canal+ said it would broadcast all Sunday night 21:00 Ligue 1 matches in UHD TV from the end of this month. The […]

US sales of 4K TVs to reach 10m units this year

Sales of 4K ultra high definition (UHD) TVs are due to reach 10 million units in the US this year, driven by sales over the Christmas period, according to the Consumer Technology Association. The US standards and trade organisation said that it expects 4.5 million 4K UHD TV sets to be sold in the fourth […]