4K TV sets will be reaching the market in quickly growing numbers, starting with China (yes), moving to North America and then the rest of the world. By 2015 (more) native 4K content and consumer awareness will drive sales into more mainstream parts of the market.
Monthly Archives: July 2013
UK DTT will get more HD channels
DTT is not dead in the UK: Ofcom (the regulator) has approved a new mux to carry 10 new HD channels – how that technically works is somewhat of a question since that amounts to around 4Mbit/s per channel on average without moving to HEVC. The BBC is launching 5 new HD channels: essentially HD simulcasts of existing (less premium) channels.
Google not over TV
Google is still seriously active in the TV space. How the recent news that google wants to offer OTT channels relates to Schmidt’s words in the recent past thus remains vague. But the plans sound hopeful: full OTT channel streaming: hope they can afford it: good bandwidth does not come cheap. But if there is a company who can do it it is probably Google. Maybe HEVC could help: reducing bandwith by a factor 2 is never bad. And all of this does align with the Google middleware strategy: Android / Google TV. So maybe there is life left in TV for Google after all.
Opera turns online video into smart TV apps
The Opera Appstore technology has some difficulty coming to market. One of the reasons is that it is competing with similar initiatives already deployed by it’s customers: CE manufacturers. So far the Oper initiative has not seen much success: maybe they fare better this tine with some help of Dailymotion.
New advanced CAM for Ziggo
A very early CI+v1.3 CAM, pushing the limits on new CI+ functionality. It can be used with Ziggo’s cloud based interactive UI from Active Video. Pushing the deployed technology limits!