I still wanna know if customer owned equipment will support this, especially current generation televisions because otherwise there would be no noticeable difference. This may not revolutionize the television industry like high definition and digital transmissions did.
No none of the current TV's or settop boxes support 4K HDTV. They are just now releasing 4K HDTV's and they will probably flop due to the huge price gaps between HDTV's and these new TVs not to mention a lot of people have just finished buying smart tv's or 3DTV's and are not going to want to spend thousands of dollars on a new one. As it is the U.S. is having a hard time getting 100 HD channels to all of the cable systems in the USA so I think 4K HDTV is a pipe dream. Also there are still headends that only offer 41 analog channels and that is it. So we are a long way off from 4K HDTV.
I'm going to guess the only use for 4k HDTV's would be for huge corporations using them for like Cisco TelePresence or niche uses like product advertisements such as what McDonalds does for their menu items. Other uses could be for NOAA or The Weather Channel to use them for tracking weather events with color radar imagery, or even TV and movie studios and editors. It's the same thing when it comes to LG's 84 inch Ultra-definition 3D HDTV »gizmodo.com/5874802/massive-84-i···anything or Panasonic's 152 inch 3D HDTV »news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-20007233-1.html -- I'm always up for a good chat and helping with VoIP testing so my contact info is below. Gigaset.net: Michael Wolf Callcentric: 17772288600 SIP URI: sip:email@example.com and sip:firstname.lastname@example.org Skype: MikeWolf051
Something else to consider is if we truly want to watch tv with such high resolution and clearity. I mean even if there is content at 4k, would it be worth it? Not everyone looks good enough for HDTV let alone 4k.
CEA Votes for Ultra High-Definition Group approves plan for naming and defining the next generation 4K HD displays By George Winslow, Broadcasting & Cable - October 18, 2012 »www.broadcastingcable.com/articl···tion.php
Netflix Partner Tries UltraHD on the Internet By Jeff Baumgartner, Light Reading Cable - December 20, 2012
A video processing startup that counts Netflix Inc. as its marquee customer has launched a new version of encoding software that, it claims, is efficient enough to deliver UltraHD/4K video over the Internet (»www.canada.com/sports/eyeIO+Anno···ory.html). EYE IO LLC says its new H.264 software encodes 45 percent faster and trims down bitrates 26 percent versus its first generation, which Netflix is using to help keep its customers stay under ISP usage caps by delivering more efficient video streams. Now, EYE IO is trying to expand its targets so high-quality video can be delivered over a broader range of networks and bandwidth qualities. "The goal is to provide HD to the world over the Internet," company CEO and CTO and former Microsoft Corp. exec Rodolfo Vargas tells Light Reading Cable.
Netflix, which just signed a deal to stream Walt Disney Co. content, is the company's only announced customer, and EYE IO won't say if or when Netflix will upgrade to its 4K-capable platform. But execs do note that the company has "commercial relationships" with about 70 companies worldwide, including cable operators, telcos, satellite TV companies and other OTT players.
The ITU has now given its initial approval to the new HEVC/H.265 video coding standard, which needs just half the bitrate of the current MPEG-4/H.264 one, helping to ease the bandwidth requirements for Ultra-HDTV:
ITU OKs Next-Generation Video Codec Standard High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) Promises to Use 50% Less Bandwidth Than MPEG-4 By Todd Spangler, Multichannel News - January 25, 2013 »www.multichannel.com/video/itu-o···d/141387