Discovery ‘driving hard’ on 4K

Discovery says it is ‘driving hard’ on 4K to ensure it is ready when pay TV platform operators start to demand content in the ultra high definition format. CEO and president David Zaslav and international president JB Perrette both affirmed the factual channel specialist’s commitment to the emerging format at a Discovery event in Paris. […]

Gusto adds spice to foodie market

“There is no owners manual that comes with a broadcast license,” says Knight Enterprises’ Chris Knight about his fledgling food channel Gusto. Still less than 18 months old, it has cornered the classic food TV market and having moved into originals, was at MIPTV with two series, A is for Apple (below) and One World […]

4K set sales soar

Shipments of 4K TVs jumped by 699% year-on-year in 2014 to 11.6 million units, according to estimates by research firm Futuresource Consulting. The new research forecasts that by 2018, 100 million 4K sets will ship per annum, with 4K TV ownership to exceed 20% in leading markets. “Falling premiums and 4K in smaller screen sizes will […]

Sky ‘plans 4K set-top’

UK service provider Sky is reportedly planning to launch a next-generation set-top box in the spring that will support ultra high-definition, 4K content. According to a Telegraph report, the box has been developed as part of a major overhaul of Sky’s TV technology, with cloud programme storage and multiscreen viewing on smartphones and tablets to […]

Czech, Slovak public broadcasters begin 4K tests

Czech Republic public TV provider Ceska Televize (CT) and Slovakian public broadcaster RTVS are due to begin test broadcasts of Ultra HD content. CT and RTVS, in partnership with Czech digital infrastructure provider Ceske Radiokomunikace, will lead the first Ultra HD broadcast trial via SES’s Astra 3B satellite at the orbital slot of 23.5 degrees […]

Amazon adds 4K content to Prime Instant Video

Amazon has added 4K, Ultra High-Definition movies and TV shows to its subscription VoD service, Amazon Prime Instant Video. Amazon Prime customers will be able to access the Ultra HD content at no additional cost, with the first of this content to include Amazon Original series such as Alpha House, Transparent and children’s series Gortimer […]

Vimeo adds 4K downloads

Vimeo has added Ultra High-Definition, 4K video support to its site, allowing Vimeo PRO members and Vimeo On Demand sellers to offer 4K video files for download for the first time. Announcing the move, Vimeo said in a statement that while creators have been able to upload in 4K “for some time”, this is the […]

MIPTV 2014: Four-day focus on 4K in Cannes

A host of broadcasters, technology companies and producers are joining forces for a 4K showcase that will run for the duration of MIPTV. The MIPTV 4K Ultra HD Programme will showcase the next-generation programming standard, focussing on various genres of content. Ahead of the upcoming football World Cup in Brazil, FIFA’s director of TV, Niclas […]

Japanese pubcaster launching 8K in 2020

Japanese public broadcaster NHK will launch a full 8K service in 2020 to coincide with the Tokyo Olympics. As producers and broadcasters get to grips with the 4K format, NHK is pushing ahead with the even higher resolution standard. 8K gives a picture with 16 times the resolution of standard high definition TV and four […]

OTT leads the way on 4K

As if the OTT players weren’t bumping heads with traditional broadcasters enough already, they’ve now claimed the high ground on the latest original programming battlefield: ultra high-definition, also known as 4K. Jesse Whittock and Andy McDonald report While Michael Bay was suffering an autocue-induced meltdown on stage at the Consumer Electronics Show last month, numerous […]