News brief: NHK completes 8K test

As broadcasters and programme makers increasingly move to the 4K medium, Japanese public broadcaster NHK has completed tests of an even higher resolution 8K transmission standard. 8K offers a resolution 16 times that of standard high definition and NHK has just completed a terrestrial TV trial using the standard. The broadcaster has been testing 8K […]

Netflix adds subs, plots European expansion

Netflix is set to “embark on a substantial European expansion” later this year, as it looks to build on the 10.93 million international users it recorded at the end of the fourth quarter. In a conference call to discuss its Q4 2013 earnings, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings would not comment on rumours that Netflix is […]

Netflix CEO: Web firms to benefit first from 4K

Ultra High Definition, also known as 4K, will benefit online firms before traditional broadcasters, with the technology still years away from being deployed by cable and satellite firms, according to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings. Speaking in an interview with the BBC at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Hastings said that 4K was shaping […]

Sony collaborates with Netflix on 4K

Sony is optimising its 2014 line of 4K Ultra HD TVs to support 4K streaming from Netflix, which is expected to launch on compatible TVs in the first half of this year. Showcasing its latest 4K home entertainment developments at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Sony said that its 201 Ultra HD TV […]

Amazon pledges to make all originals in 4K

Amazon Studios, the original film and TV production arm of the online shopping giant, has pledged to shoot all of its full original series next year in Ultra HD, also known as 4K. Amazon said the decision would apply to all new pilots and series that it films in 2014 and will include both comedy […]

Netflix begins 4K trials

Netflix has reportedly added a small number of Ultra HD videos to its US site, ahead of a wider planned push for the technology next year. According to US reports, Netflix added some seven 4K test videos to its service last week, with the firm also reportedly shooting thesecond season of its original drama House […]

Digiturk launches Turkish 4K channel

Turkish pay TV provider Digiturk has launched a 4K demonstration channel in partnership with satellite operator Eutelsat Communications. Digiturk said that the channel helps “lay the foundations for the next step change in television broadcasting” and marks the first time the super-HD format has been shown in Turkey. The impact of 4K television was among […]

MIPTV News: Cannes will be in ultra high definition

The organisers of MIPTV have teamed with Sony to showcase ultra high definition television in Cannes, while speakers from the BBC, Sky Deutschland and other will lecture on working in the next generation format. As part of its 50th anniversary theme of Screening the Future, a range of conference and technical events will showcase the […]

3D TV is dead says HBO technology boss

3D TV with glasses is “dead”and 4K TV is highly unlikely to succeed, according to Bob Zitter, executive VP and chief technology officer, HBO. Zitter, who is due to retire in a week, told attendees at the TV Connect event in London that 3D with glasses had clearly failed, and that he was sceptical about […]

Eutelsat starts 4K demo channel

Satellite operator Eutelsat is launching a 4K TV demonstration channel. Eutelsat will begin transmitting in 4K from today. According to the Paris-based operator, the channel is designed to benefit everyone in the broadcasting chain who wants to acquire expertise in 4K, including production companies, pay TV operators, rights owners and TV set manufacturers. Eutelsat has […]