Ultra high definition

GS Group plans 4K set-top launch next year

Russia-based GS Group expects to commercially launch 4K set-top boxes in the country from next year, according to company vice-president Konstantin Axenov.  Speaking at the GS Summit in Saint Petersburg, Axenov said that GS Group, the technology partner for Russian pay TV provider Tricolor, will soon to support the latter’s ultra high definition ambitions with […]

4K pay TV services tipped to reach 46 million subscribers by 2018

More than 46 million households worldwide will subscribe to a 4K, ultra high definition pay TV service by 2018, according to new research by Parks Associates. The research firm predicts that pay TV providers will deploy 4K services as “a differentiator”, particularly among younger consumers who are more likely to use newer pay TV features […]

Netflix raises 4K streaming prices

Netflix has reportedly upped the cost of accessing 4K, Ultra HD content for new members of the service due to the higher production and acquisition costs. According to a Variety report, new Netflix subscribers in the US must now opt for the US$11.99 per-month family plan, which allows users to stream up to four programmes […]

Carl Icahn urges Apple to add UHD TV set to its product line-up

Billionaire investor and Apple shareholder, Carl Icahn, has written an open letter to Apple in which he urges the company to add a ultra high definition TV set “to the Apple ecosystem.” In a letter signed by Icahn, his son Brett Icahn and investment partner David Schechter, the trio said that while Apple has to […]

Red Bull partners with Eutelsat for 4K demo

Red Bull will launch its ‘Wings to 4K’ project at IBC, demoing content on Ultra HD screens at the event in partnership with Eutelsat, IDC and ATEME. Red Bull Media House is producing live and pre-produced 4K content at Red Bull’s Hangar-7 studio in Salzburg, Austria, which it will display on UHD screens on the […]

4K TV shipments reach 2.1 million in the second quarter

Global shipments of 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) TV sets reached 2.1 million in the second quarter of 2014 – more than the number shipped during all of 2013, according to NPD DisplaySearch. According to the research the Q2 figure compared to 1.6 million shipments for full-year 2013, following the introduction of new 4K TV […]

Samsung to expand Ultra HD offering with Netflix and Amazon

Samsung has outlined plans to expand its Ultra High Definition content offering by working with global content partners including Amazon, Netflix, Maxdome and Wuaki.tv. In an announcement ahead of electronics trade show IFA next month, Samsung said it plans to launch Amazon’s UHD VOD service globally in October, and has also expanded Netflix’s UHD VOD […]

UHD TV shipments to reach 14.5 million this year

Shipments of Ultra High Definition (UHD) TVs are due to grow to 14.5 million units in 2014, up from 2.0 million last year, amid “aggressive marketing efforts” by global brands, according to IHS Technology. The research firm said that UHD TVs continue to make “slow and steady inroads throughout the world,” but claimed that by […]

BBC plans Ultra HD Commonwealth Games coverage

The BBC has unveiled plans to make the first live Ultra High Definition broadcast of the Commonwealth Games as part of its coverage of the sporting event in Glasgow.  The move will mark the BBC’s second Ultra High Definition trial of the summer, following on from a series of 4K broadcast trials its is conducting […]

CEA makes Ultra HD guideline updates

US technology trade organisation, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA), has updated the core characteristics for Ultra High-Definition (UHD) TVs, monitors and projectors for the home.  The expanded characteristics – voluntary guidelines that are due to take effect in September 2014 – are designed to address various attributes of picture quality and help move toward interoperability, while […]