& cplSiteName &

Is UHD Ready for Primetime?

Alan Breznick
3/16/2017
50%
50%

Although UHD is starting to come much more into focus, the next-gen TV format is not quite ready for its close-up yet.

Over the past couple of years, 4K-ready TV sets have begun flooding the retail market around the world. In the latest projections by IHS Inc. , for instance, consumer electronics manufacturers will ship slightly more than 17.6 million 4K TVs in North America this year, up from 11.7 million last year and 6.3 million sets in 2015. IHS projections call for that number to climb to more than 25.9 million TVs by 2020.

Further, in what it called "a banner year for 4K UHD TV," the Consumer Technology Association (formerly the Consumer Electronics Association) estimates that holiday shipments of 4K TVs reached 4.5 million units in the US last fall and accounted for 56% of all TV sales. The CTA also notes that the 4K UHD Blu-ray format sold its millionth disc last October, generating more than $25 million in consumer spending.

At the same time, UHD programming has been making its way onto more TV channels and pay-TV and OTT services. In two of the latest prominent examples, Fox Sports began broadcasting 4K sporting events on DirecTV last month and Layer3 TV started offering live, on-demand 4K science and nature programming earlier this month.

Moreover, the technical standards process for high dynamic range (HDR) and other imaging enhancements to UHD has been steadily moving along. As a result, IHS projects that US shipments of 4K TVs supporting HDR enhancements will scale 30 million units by 2020. (See TV's Paradox: No HDR Without 4K and Hurdles Ahead for 4K, HDR.)


Want to learn more about the latest UHD developments? Sign up now for Light Reading's Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies event on March 21-22, at the Curtis Hotel in downtown Denver.


Nevertheless, all that progress doesn't mean that UHD is ready for primetime quite yet. Nor will it be in the next year or two. Several looming obstacles remain, including the high bandwidth demands of UHD, the still limited amount of UHD content available and the drumbeat for greater security protection of premium services.

In a special breakfast workshop next week, we will look at what still stands in UHD's way and gauge the prospects for the coming UHD transition. The workshop, sponsored by Verimatrix Inc. , will feature leading tech executives from Layers3TV, the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers (SCTE) and Verimatrix, among others. It will take place on the morning of Tuesday, March 21, just before the opening of our two-day Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies conference at the Curtis Hotel in Denver.

So, if you'll be in Denver next week sign up now for the What Still Stands in UHD'S Way workshop. It will sharpen your view of the 4K picture.

— Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, Light Reading

(2)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
Michelle
50%
50%
Michelle,
User Rank: Light Sabre
3/19/2017 | 8:09:59 PM
Re: Volume
@daniel That's an excellent question. SmartTV features are (most likely) improving. I wonder if people are buying new tvs every few years the same way they buy phones and tablets.
danielcawrey
50%
50%
danielcawrey,
User Rank: Light Sabre
3/19/2017 | 5:20:04 PM
Volume
The question I have is: What's the overall volume of televisions sold these days? I would have to guess the number is in decline. 

People just aren't buying televisions like they used to. Screens are more prevalent in laptops and phones - it's where people are viewing A LOT of content these days. 
More Blogs from Breznick Unbound
Whether it's the new DOCSIS 3.1 spec or the forthcoming Full Duplex DOCSIS spec, cablecos are still mainly counting on DOCSIS to rule the broadband space.
Google unit spells out plans to launch its own OTT skinny bundle service for $35 a month but will face stiff competition in an increasingly crowded market.
Two Wall Street analysts have now concluded that Verizon stands to gain much more from marrying Charter than vice versa.
The big question is how President-elect Trump will react to the attempt by AT&T and Time Warner to circumvent FCC review of their proposed deal.
From The Founder
Cisco's Conrad Clemson, recently promoted to head up the company's Service Provider Apps & Platforms developments, talks to Light Reading's Founder and CEO Steve Saunders about how he's bringing cloud video, mobile and virtualization together to empower network operators.
Flash Poll
Live Streaming Video
Charting the CSP's Future
Six different communications service providers join to debate their visions of the future CSP, following a landmark presentation from AT&T on its massive virtualization efforts and a look back on where the telecom industry has been and where it's going from two industry veterans.
LRTV Custom TV
CommScope – Meeting the Demands of Tomorrow's Networks

3|24|17   |     |   (0) comments


Phil Sorksy, Vice President International at CommScope, discusses addressing the challenges faced by service providers today, and as future trends emerge.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
AMS-IX & Huawei's OSN 902

3|24|17   |     |   (0) comments


Huawei shows how its OSN 902 platform helps the Amsterdam Internet exchange to connect the world using multiplexing.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei's Smart Energy Innovation Center

3|24|17   |     |   (0) comments


In Nuremberg, Huawei showcases its latest capabilities in the digitalization of Internet resources, network infrastructure and intelligence at its Smart Energy Innovation Center.
Valley Wonk
OFC & Hyperscale: A Good Mix?

3|24|17   |   01:50   |   (0) comments


Cloud and telecom players want different types of equipment for their networks, as the chatter at OFC reveals.
LRTV Custom TV
Etisalat on NFV Journey

3|24|17   |   10:37   |   (0) comments


Etisalat is a service provider that prides itself on bringing innovative technologies to the markets it serves. It was one of the first operators to implement 3G and leads the pack in fiber penetration. Now, Esmaeel Al Hammadi, Etisalat's SVP of Network Development, explains the operator's journey to virtualization, beginning with the network core, as well as the ...
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei at CeBIT 2017: Day 3

3|22|17   |     |   (0) comments


Light Reading reports from CeBIT 2017 in Germany, where Huawei is exhibiting on the application of technologies and key business verticals such as transportation, smart city, manufacturing, media and finance.
LRTV Documentaries
No Regrets: Cox's Finkelstein on Fiber & More

3|22|17   |     |   (0) comments


At the Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies event in Denver, Cox's Jeff Finkelstein examines the cable capex conundrum.
LRTV Documentaries
Cable Next-Gen: The 'Mile High' View From Denver

3|22|17   |   11:56   |   (0) comments


Alan Breznick kicks off the Cable Next-Gen Technologies & Strategies event in Denver, casting his thousand-yard stare over cable's current competitive landscape.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei at CeBIT 2017: Day 2

3|21|17   |   2:27   |   (0) comments


Light Reading reports from CeBIT 2017 in Germany, where Huawei is exhibiting digital transformation solutions around IoT, smart data centers, OpenCloud ecosystem and its newly announced storage-as-a-service solution.
LRTV Custom TV
Driving Better Mobile Customer Experience While Transforming the Mobile Network

3|21|17   |   7:47   |   (0) comments


The Citrix NetScaler mobile gateway is an intelligent traffic management solution which can markedly improve the customer experience provided by mobile operators, even when traffic is encrypted. Critical network services can be consolidated and virtualized using NetScaler. Because of the unique architecture, NetScaler can be deployed on any hypervisor, on a ...
LRTV Custom TV
Mastercard: What's Next for Mobile Payments?

3|21|17   |   7:49   |   (0) comments


2017 marks the fifth consecutive year for Mastercard at Mobile World Congress and it was a great time to reflect on the amazing advances the payments industry has made as well as discuss "What's Next' in the digital commerce future. We spoke to James Anderson, executive vice president of digital payments at MasterCard, about digital wallets to tokenization to ...
LRTV Custom TV
Mastercard: 2 Billion Adults 'Trapped' in Cash Economy

3|21|17   |   03:51   |   (1) comment


Despite advances made in the last several years, two billion adults around the world are trapped in a cash economy and lack what we take for granted -- a safe way to receive, save and use money. Shamina Singh, executive vice president of sustainability and president of the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth, chats about how Mastercard is developing new ways to ...
Upcoming Live Events
May 15-17, 2017, Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX
May 15, 2017, Austin Convention Center - Austin, TX
June 6, 2017, The Joule Hotel, Dallas, TX
All Upcoming Live Events
Infographics
With the mobile ecosystem becoming increasingly vulnerable to security threats, AdaptiveMobile has laid out some of the key considerations for the wireless community.
Hot Topics
High-Band 5G: Let's Address the Range Question, Shall We?
Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 3/21/2017
Eurobites: A1, Nokia Turn It Up to 11
Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, 3/22/2017
FTTH No Slam Dunk for Cable
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 3/23/2017
Top Priorities for B/OSS Transformation
James Crawshaw, Senior Analyst – OSS/BSS Transformation, Heavy Reading, 3/20/2017
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed
BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
TEOCO Founder and CEO Atul Jain talks to Light Reading Founder and CEO Steve Saunders about the challenges around cost control and service monetization in the mobile and IoT sectors.
At MWC 2017, Qualcomm's CTO Matt Grob talks to Light Reading's CEO and Founder Steve Saunders about the progress being made in the development of the technologies and standards that will underpin 5G.
Animals with Phones
Neither Do We Click Here
Is that a prerequisite?
Live Digital Audio

Playing it safe can only get you so far. Sometimes the biggest bets have the biggest payouts, and that is true in your career as well. For this radio show, Caroline Chan, general manager of the 5G Infrastructure Division of the Network Platform Group at Intel, will share her own personal story of how she successfully took big bets to build a successful career, as well as offer advice on how you can do the same. We’ll cover everything from how to overcome fear and manage risk, how to be prepared for where technology is going in the future and how to structure your career in a way to ensure you keep progressing. Chan, a seasoned telecom veteran and effective risk taker herself, will also leave plenty of time to answer all your questions live on the air.