DirecTV to Begin 4K Broadcasts this Year

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    Athlon646464

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    DirecTV to Begin 4K Broadcasts this Year

    (satellitetoday.com) - United States pay-TV giant DirecTV is actively looking into supporting Ultra-HD content in 2014, Michael White, chairman, president and CEO told investors at Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference. Despite being critical of the market potential of Ultra-HD in the past, he said it is a service DirecTV still intends to be ready for in order to hold a leading position.

    “This year is probably the first year you will start to see some critical mass of television sets in the home — still tiny but more than prior years … our plan is to have an Ultra-HD [Video on Demand] VOD capability by the end of this year,” he said....

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    P Smith

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    "our plan is to have an Ultra-HD [Video on Demand] VOD capability by the end of this year,”

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    Mike_TV

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    Broadcasting and VOD are two different things. Title is a bit misleading.
     
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    Starting with VOD seems a good way to start off and judge demand before running out and building up a live 4k content delivery network.
     
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    I was wondering just exactly what they'd be broadcasting as there are no channels currently broadcasting in 4K at this point right? But having some VOD in VK, just like some of the VOD is in 1080P.
     
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    I like how White says that the success of 4K depends on purchase of 4K TVs. All those 3D capable TVs that were sold certainly didn't help it succeed. The purchase of 4K TVs is a necessary precondition, but doesn't guarantee success of 4K any more than it did success of 3D.
     
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    VOD is the only type that DirecTV has any control over, except for Audience Network.
     
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    True, but, I think that No Glasses Required = higher adoption rate. There's much less of a PITA factor with 4k.
     
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    I see the two as being very different. 3D had a higher requirement for acceptance. It wasn't enough that someone had a 3D TV, there were other requirements in using the glasses. 4K has as high of a requirement as HD. Just have compatible equipment. I'm not saying 4K will be successful, but it has a much greater chance of adoption.

    It will take a while though. I have no interest in getting rid of my Panny plasma and am probably several years at least away from moving to 4k.
     
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    So, where are the 120-160" TVs we need to watch 4K so our feet don't touch the screen when we recline in our Lazy Boys ??
     
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    How about getting everything in HD before 4K!!!
     
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    I might get one in my next life.
     
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    See I am seeing the opposite, when I mention 3D is dieing to a non techie person they are like that's to bad I love it at the IMAX, then I mention 4K, they are like whats that, I tell them its like super HD, really clear and better picture..... they are like...... seriously,,,, HD looks lifelike already... sounds like a waste...

    4K to me is like SACD or DVD-A vs standard CD/MP3, its going to sort of make it but is always going to be a niche market for the techie/picky... common joe blow won't care, I know people that have purchased a 1080P TV saying I got it because the guy at best buy said it was the best, then they proceed to watch a standard DVD with their VCR/DVD combo with a yellow/white/red composite cables never realizing the bad picture, I point it out of course but they say leave it alone I just got it where I know how to do it....

    On the other end of the spectrum kids now days are perfectly fine watching everything on a freakin ipad. I am always like kids you can watch that on you 40" TV in your playroom, they are like I rather watch "Frozen" on this....
     
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    I don't see service providers rushing into 4K for several reasons. Display experts say you need a 60 inch set or larger to see any difference between 4k and 1080p and that the difference is incremental. Add to that the price of a 60 inch 4K TV is more than $2,000.00. Lack of 4K content is another factor. There's barely any 4K viewing material out there. Add to that millions of Americans own perfectly good HDTVs that are less than six years old.
     
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    I was at a Costco the other day and they had two Samsung sets side by side. One was 1080p, the other 4K. Both had the same HDMI feeds and both looked identical, PQ-wise. About $1500 difference in price. I had been looking for a demo like that and I'm satisfied now that a 4K will still be viable (both had great PQ) should I buy one and not have much 4K content.

    As for having to be next to one to see the difference, I've only seen 4K demos with flash drives supplying the content, but I walked back and back and no matter how far I went, I could still see an amazing picture. I realize that what I was looking at wasn't what we'll probably get from streaming or broadcast, but it was still impressive.

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    I've seen the same with some that use Time Warner, they get the HD service and have an HD TV, but don't switch to the HD lineup, they still use the SD channels.
     
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    I have always believe that sports will the killer app on 4k television. Not so much the regular play but those dam instant replays.
     
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    gov

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    And as noted above, let' push for more HD.

    Also, HD sets need to be consistently excellent for viewing angle, contrast, easy of use, color accuracy, tuner sensitivity for those of us still using OTA and screen brightness uniformity among other design standards.

    I live in a top 100 market and one of main affiliates doesn't even have HD newscasts yet. (I know their rationale for the delay, but it is still annoying)
     

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