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DFL introduces Ultra HD production standard

Starting in autumn 2016, DFL Deutsche Fussball Liga will for the first time be broadcasting television images in Ultra High Definition quality (UHD). Following the launch, plans are to initially produce one game per match day in UHD which will be broadcast by national TV partner Sky Deutschland.


UHD stands for extreme high-resolution images, a standard that calls for a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels. This is four times the resolution of the existing High Definition (HD) standard, and twenty times the resolution of the older Standard Definition (SD) standard. Sky, the Bundesliga’s national pay TV partner, announced the introduction of two UHD channels including the Ultra-HD-capable receiver Sky+ Pro for the 4th quarter of 2016.

There have also been early expressions of interest in the UHD content from the Bundesliga’s international TV partners. The planned launch to market of Bundesliga transmissions in high-resolution UHD was preceded by an intensive test phase in collaboration with the DFL subsidiary SPORTCAST and with Sky.

“The introduction of the UHD technology demonstrates once again the innovative strength of the Bundesliga. We are pleased to be able to provide our live broadcasting rights partners with yet another top product,” said Dr. Holger Blask, Director Audiovisual Rights and responsible for the DFL strategy in this field.​


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Blu-ray Disc Association Completes Ultra HD Blu-ray Specification

The Blu-ray Disc Association (BDA) announced completion of the Ultra HD Blu-rayspecification and released the new logo that will delineate Ultra HD Blu-ray products. The Ultra HD Blu-ray specification, which represents the work of global leaders from the consumer electronics, IT and content creation industries, will enable delivery of Ultra HD content via Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc to the rapidly growing number of UHD TV households. Read the rest of this entry »

Japan plans to start 4K high-definition broadcasting by 2018

The government said it plans to start 4K and 8K ultra-high-definition broadcasting on BS channels by 2018 in preparation for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry said the government will begin test broadcasting in 2016, when Rio de Janeiro will host the Summer Olympics, and upgrade it to full-scale broadcasting as soon as possible to build popularity at home before the 2020 Games.

The ministry unveiled the plan at a meeting Friday of broadcast industry officials and experts.

The trial start of 4K broadcasting on BS channels will be brought forward by four years from the initially planned 2020. The full start will be in 2018, when the soccer World Cup will be held in Russia.

Amid intensifying international competition over 4K broadcasting, the government hopes to take the lead and back up technological development and software production by Japanese businesses.

The communications ministry included ¥1.7 billion in its budget request for fiscal 2015 starting next April to cover costs for related measures, such as the development of a new image transmission technology.

The ministry is considering test broadcasting 4K and 8K images alternately, according to the day and time, on up to three and one channels, respectively.

The ministry will terminate next March tentative measures to air terrestrial digital broadcasting programs on BS channels for areas where it is difficult to watch them and instead use their wave bands.

In June, Japan launched the world’s first test 4K broadcasts, using communications satellite TV channels of Sky Perfect JSAT Holdings Inc.

Participants at Friday’s meeting also confirmed that full 4K broadcasts using the company’s CS channels will begin in March 2015, one year earlier than initially planned.

Source: www.japantimes.co.jp

Vodafone: Ultra HD and 200Mbps for Germany

Vodafone Deutschland will double the highest internet speed offered by its cable subsidiary Kabel Deutschland to 200Mbps in November 2014.

Around 1.8 million households will be able to use the new high-speed service by March 31, 2015. Six months later, the figure is to grow to almost 3 million households. The first 200Mbps cities will include Koblenz, Saarbrücken and Wilhelmshaven.

The 200Mbps subscription which will offer 12Mbps for downloads will cost €20 per month more than the 100Mbps service (currently €39.90 per month).

In December 2013, Kabel Deutschland launched a 200Mbps test run in Mainz. The experiences made in the city were very positive, according to the cable company, thereby affirming it to widely roll out 200Mbps across its coverage area.

This autumn, Vodafone wants to launch a bundle offering combining its fixed-line and mobile networks: Depending on the infrastructure available, customers will surf via cable network or LTE with up to 100Mbps. The included mobile data volume amounts to 1.5GB.

The all-in-one subscription which will also contain unlimited domestic telephone calls and SMS messages will cost €59 per month in the first 12 months and €79 per month afterwards.

In the first half of 2015, Vodafone wants to introduce Germany’s first Ultra HD set-top-box. The 4K device developed in conjunction with technology companies Broadcom, Cisco and Sagemcom will form the basis for all TV receivers offered by Vodafone and Kabel Deutschland in future.

The Ultra HD box which will contain middleware Videoscape MediaHighway and encryption system Videoscape VideoGuard from Cisco will initially be offered to Vodafone’s IPTV customers. The customers of Kabel Deutschland will in future also be provided with Ultra HD content and corresponding reception devices, according to Vodafone.

Source: broadbandtvnews.com


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