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4K Video is Coming: Are Operators Ready?

Alan Breznick
9/12/2013

Although 4K video is coming faster than many expected and the first UHD TVs are already in the stores, cable operators and other pay-TV providers may not be ready to support it.

That's because it takes much more computational power to deliver 4K video streams. As this infographic from QuickFire Networks shows, it will take 80 times more processing power to deliver UHD-quality video.

Or, put another way, it will take 20 conventional video servers to deliver a single UHD video stream.

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MarkC73
MarkC73
9/28/2013 | 10:27:20 PM
Re: 4K defined
Great, everytime I upgrade... but I guess that means LED TVs will get a whole lot cheaper, just in time for the holidays.
saikat.prabhakar
saikat.prabhakar
9/28/2013 | 1:25:36 PM
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Here's the article... 

http://www.clarkvision.com/imagedetail/eye-resolution.html

no comments on credibility though..... :)
junzhou
junzhou
9/23/2013 | 9:09:08 PM
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I am pretty interested in the resolution of human eye, could please provide further detail  information how it is calculated? thanks
Liz Greenberg
Liz Greenberg
9/23/2013 | 7:07:42 PM
Re: 3DTV is dead!
I think that 4K has a much better shot than 3D.  It doesn't require extra expensive glasses to enjoy and one can have a lot of people watching it all at once...just like a regular HD TV.  To really gain traction, content and delivery must match the timing and expectations of consumers.
Kishore Karnam
Kishore Karnam
9/20/2013 | 9:28:24 PM
Re:
Ultimately, all these will have to lead to Virtual Reality (if you are not there in person). That is the culmination of viewing experience of any event - drama or real. Need to see when this service will become a reality!
saikat.prabhakar
saikat.prabhakar
9/20/2013 | 3:50:45 PM
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Food for thought : Someone in the wise world took efforts to calculate that the resolution for human eye is 576 MP...so there is much more scope than 4K UHD for a real-life experience. If operators can support, then sky is the limit for couch potatoes :)
albreznick
albreznick
9/16/2013 | 12:25:24 PM
Re: 3DTV is dead!
I'm with you there. 3D TV is most definitely dead. I think the big question with 4K will be how well it can be supported. Both service and content providers really have to upgrade their capabilities to make it a reality. So let's see if the CE manufacturers can now sell the concept to consumers and drive strong demand for it.  
PoulAr
PoulAr
9/16/2013 | 11:09:54 AM
3DTV is dead!
Everybody will be able to enjoy and appreciate Full-HD and UltraHD 4K TV. 3D TV was supposed to change TV experience but failled to get any traction. Can we declare 3D TV as a hype from the past that hasn't got much traction?

In a nutshell, 3D TV is dead!
GarrettChoi
GarrettChoi
9/12/2013 | 2:57:13 PM
Re: 4K defined
Additionally, most (digital) movies you see in theatres are 4k.  "If it's good enough for World War Z, it's good enough for me!"  
Sarah Thomas
Sarah Thomas
9/12/2013 | 12:58:07 PM
Re: 4K defined
Thanks, Mike. Fun times, indeed! I've seen regular HD on very high-quality LED TVs, and it looks immersive -- like you are there in the show, which was scary because we were watching Dark Knight. Anyway, 4K sounds impressive. Much more interesting than 3DTV, IMO.
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