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Why Netflix in Ultra HD will ruin TV

Why Netflix in Ultra HD will ruin TV | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


Netflix has ruined television forever.


Speaking as an unashamed hi-def snob who'd rather miss out on a show than have to watch it in grotty standard def, I've been champing at the bit to devour native 4K.

Unfortunately, having now been one of the first to watch Ultra HD streamed live from Netflix servers, my beloved Full HD just doesn't look that great any more.

The old acuity-meter has been irrevocably upgraded. Yes, 4K over the internet really is that good.


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Wouter de Kort's curator insight, April 11, 2014 3:06 AM

True. For now it's almost impossible to stream 4K to your TV. Were just not having fast enough internet to do that at this moment.

Mauro Tarantino's curator insight, April 11, 2014 4:07 AM

Netflix ha rovinato la televisione per sempre.

Parlando come uno  hi-def snob senza vergogna che preferisce perdere uno spettacolo piuttosto che vederlo in low - def, sto cercando di limitarmi nell'aggredire il il 4K nativo

Purtroppo, essendo ormai stato uno dei primi a guardare Ultra HD in streaming in tempo reale dai server di Netflix, il mio amato Full HD semplicemente non si può più guardare.

La vecchia metrica di definizione è stata definitivamente aggiornata.... Sì il 4K su internet è veramente fantastico.

Cas Op de Beek's curator insight, April 11, 2014 5:29 AM

And now its time for that all the dutch channels are hd and maby 4k its about time! 

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H.265 vs VP9: 4K Video Codecs Explained

H.265 vs VP9: 4K Video Codecs Explained | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


We compare the codecs battling to bring you 4K video.


H.265 and VP9 support 8K content as well and with physical media on the wane, this makes them quite frankly the future of television and video, which is why they're so important.


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The Importance of HEVC in the future of Video Delivery

The Importance of HEVC in the future of Video Delivery | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding or H.265) is one of the most important technologies to have emerged in the TV industry in the last decade, as it results in a huge cost savings for operators by halving the bit rates necessary to deliver video.


HEVC allows operators to do more with less at a time when they are struggling to manage the heavy demands that video streaming puts on their networks and it will pave the way for the future of 4K UHDTV content.


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Frederic Hohl's curator insight, January 31, 2014 3:28 PM

why HEVC Will  save UltraHD

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Digital Home SoCs move to 64-bit ARM cores to support ultra-high definition

Digital Home SoCs move to 64-bit ARM cores to support ultra-high definition | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


STMicroelectronics has unveiled the details of its STi8K SoCs, aimed at future digital media.


Based on the latest ARMv8-A cores, the SoCs will further enhance the available Cannes/STiH3 (FHD/UHD HEVC Client-Box), Monaco/STiH4 (FHD/UHD HEVC Server/Gateways), and Alicante/STiD12 (DOCSIS) product families, providing, in combination with them, a smooth and future-proof industry transition from 32-bit to 64-bit computing.


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Brightcove and Rovi Collaborate to Support High-Efficiency Video Encoding (HEVC) and UltraHD/4K

Brightcove and Rovi Collaborate to Support High-Efficiency Video Encoding (HEVC) and UltraHD/4K | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


Brightcove, a leading global provider of cloud services for video, and Rovi Corporation, today announced a collaboration designed to accelerate the adoption of next-generation video compression standards.

Through the agreement, Brightcove has licensed the DivX High-Efficiency Video Encoding (HEVC) solution, which is critical for streaming high-quality video and will be a driving factor in the delivery of 4K content to new Ultra HD displays.

Brightcove plans to support DivX HEVC within its Zencoder cloud-based encoding service.

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Morega Demonstrates World's First Ultra HD 4K Media Mobility Solution on the ViXS XCode 6400 SoC Platform

Morega Demonstrates World's First Ultra HD 4K Media Mobility Solution on the ViXS XCode 6400 SoC Platform | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


As a proven leader, Morega worked with long-term partner ViXS Systems Inc. (TSX: VXS) to be first to market with an Ultra HD 4K solution.


ViXS' 8th-generation XCode 6400 10-bit High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) Ultra HD System-on-Chip (SoC) is the first chip available on the market to meet the challenges of 10-bit media processing in a single low-power, cost-effective package - driving the transition to Ultra HD across the entire content distribution value chain.


The XCode 6400 delivers Ultra HD 4K content at the full resolution of 3840x2160 up to 60 frames per second in Main 10 Profile.


The 10-bit HEVC processing enables greater than 1 billion colors, creating smoother color transitions that resolve color-banding issues plaguing lower bit-depth formats.


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ViXS Begins Shipments of Industry's First SoC to Support Ultra HD 4K and 10-bit HEVC

ViXS Begins Shipments of Industry's First SoC to Support Ultra HD 4K and 10-bit HEVC | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


The future of Ultra HD content distribution and display begins…now.


ViXS Systems Inc. , a pioneer and leader in media processing silicon solutions, today announced that it is now shipping its groundbreaking XCode 6400 System-on-Chip (SoC) for the service provider and consumer electronics markets.


The XCode 6400 is the first SoC to successfully supportHigh Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) Main 10 Profile - helping drive the transition to Ultra HD 4K across the entire content distribution value chain.


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Development of a 4K 10-Bits HEVC Encoder

Development of a 4K 10-Bits HEVC Encoder | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


The process of delivering a new video compression design will happen in a gradual manner.


It will take a substantial amount of time to achieve significant gains again but it is the general belief that this will be possible in the future.


The currently used methodology is well-established and it has delivered positive results for more than 20 years.


There are currently a number of techniques that needs further work and could be investigated in detail; among those we could include: even larger blocks and transforms, more complex intrapicture prediction methods (including short distance intra prediction), more complex intrapicture prediction methods (considering more motion vector candidates), additional filtering processes, prediction of luma and chroma data from each other, dictionary based coding, alternative transforms and alternative entropy coding methods.


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ATEME Reports on 4EVER Consortium’s Progress in HEVC, Ultra HD

ATEME Reports on 4EVER Consortium’s Progress in HEVC, Ultra HD | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


On the one-year anniversary of the creation of the 4EVER Consortium, ATEME, a global leader in advanced video compression solutions for the broadcast industry, announced the accomplishments and future plans of the project.

The 4EVER consortium was formed one year ago with the primary goal of paving the way for delivering an enhanced television experience to viewers regardless of the viewing context, such as in the home, on the go, as well as in public areas and cinemas.


ATEME Website:

http://www.ateme.com/

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SES Transmits First ULTRA HD Signal By New Standard

SES Transmits First ULTRA HD Signal By New Standard | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it

 

Luxemburg has hosted SES Industry Days, where world’s leading satellite operator SES, together with its partners Harmonics and Broadcom Corporation carried out the transmission of the first Ultra HD signal by HEVC standard, via ASTRA satellite(19,2° E).

 

Compared with the standard MPEG-4, HEVC is 50% more efficient.

 

DVB-S2 satellite communication standard has been used for the transmission of the Ultra HD signal at the 20 Mb/sec rate.

 

According  to the company representatives, this was the first live video-transmission of Ultra HD(3840 x 2160 pixels) by HEVC standard, while previously only H.264 had been used.

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H.265 and 4K Ultra HD—History Repeats Itself?

H.265 and 4K Ultra HD—History Repeats Itself? | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


Technology alone may not be enough to drive consumer and broadcast adoption.


And if the lack of consumer enthusiasm—coupled with the challenges of production and distribution—are significant enough, is 4K Ultra HD dead on arrival?


Not necessarily. It may take a few years to get to 4K production, and a few more to get to 4K distribution, but the drumbeat of progress means we will eventually arrive there.


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Chips&Media Announces New Generation HEVC Video Decoder

Chips&Media Announces New Generation HEVC Video Decoder | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it






Chips&Media’s WAVE410 HEVC decoder targets an extensive range of high-end devices that are capable of 4K video playback from smartphones to UHDTV/UHD set-top boxes built on state-of-the-art architecture and technologies with high performance and energy efficiency.

 

So far, software decoding was mainly used when replaying HEVC videos, which is more power-consuming and burdensome to CPUs. WAVE410 is an HEVC decoder core IP that supports 4K (4096x2160) resolution, about four times greater than HD video.

 

One core IP can replay a series of 4K images at 30 frames per second on the real-time basis. 8 cores bound together, it can play videos up to 8K (8192x4320) images at 60 frames per second. The company reduced the BUS bandwidth to half, enhancing the memory efficiency. 

The industry expected this IP will be included in a chip design and applied to a full-scale production from mid next year. 

 

Some additional information:

http://www.koreaittimes.com/story/28224/chips-media-commercializes-hardware-ip-supports-uhd

 

Chips & Media Website:

http://www.chipsnmedia.com/


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MPEG HEVC compression not ready for primetime

MPEG HEVC compression not ready for primetime | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


At the 2013 NAB Show, the proliferation of next-generation MPEG compression technology, namely HEVC-compatible (aka, H.265) software and hardware encoders and decoders, gave the impression that the technology necessary to move and then display large data files containing the highest quality HD (1080p/60) and 4K (3840 x 2160 pixels for delivery or 4096 x 2160 pixels for production) content was ready to be deployed.


This would clearly improve the value of bandwidth-constrained networks.


However, a lack of an industry standard, the need for significantly more processing power to accurately compress such files and the ongoing move towards the current state-of-the-art (and standardized in January) AVC (H.264) technology to distribute full HD 1080p files would seem to make High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) a far off reality.


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How to Make the Move to HEVC - Streaming Media Magazine

How to Make the Move to HEVC - Streaming Media Magazine | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


It's still early in the game, but here's everything you need to know about moving to the next-generation video codec.


As an overview, HEVC offers two key advantages over the reigning codec king, H.264: quality equivalent to H.264 at half the data rate and the ability to deliver 4K video, or Ultra HD video (UHD).



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ST, SoftAtHome accelerate adoption of UHD technologies

ST, SoftAtHome accelerate adoption of UHD technologies | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


STMicroelectronics, a global semiconductor leader serving customers across the spectrum of electronics applications, and SoftAtHome, a provider of home operating platforms enabling convergent services for the digital home, today announced their extended collaboration to enable operators to deliver Ultra High Definition (UHD) viewing experiences on the latest-generation set-top boxes with ST chips
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Ultra HD and HEVC Look Forward to a Big 2014

Ultra HD and HEVC Look Forward to a Big 2014 | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


4K television, also known as Ultra HD, was one of the hits at the CES show.


This is an important issue because healthy adoption of Ultra HD will means equally widespread deployment of High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), which is the successor to MPEG-4 and more or less a requisite network upgrade.


Due to its higher compression capabilities, HEVC will increase broadband capacity across the board.


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..  Not anything about UHD but for the fun of it don't miss the 'Weirdness at CES' comments at the end of the article!

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/technology/techknow/consumer-electronics-show-10-weirdest-products/story-fni0c6zc-1226798133919


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New ultra-HD TVs will be Netflix-ready

New ultra-HD TVs will be Netflix-ready | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


Netflix says video streaming in ultra-high definition will "just work" for buyers of new UHD sets from Sony, LG, Samsung, Vizio and others.

That's because Ultra HD models from those makers will include the Netflix app and chips that decode signals in the so-called High Efficiency Video Coding standard, or HEVC.

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NanoTech, LumaForge Partner On 4K

NanoTech, LumaForge Partner On 4K | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


NanoTech Entertainment  has partnered with LumaForge to provide consumers with a cost-effective pipeline for the delivery of VP9 compressed 4K content streamed through NanoTech’s Nuvola NP-1 streaming media player.


VP9, Google's open-source, royalty free video compression standard, reduces video file sizes-and the associated bandwidth requirements-without any reduction in quality or patent royalties to pay.


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Elemental gears for 4K Olympics and Ultra HD programming tiers

Elemental gears for 4K Olympics and Ultra HD programming tiers | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


A top executive at encoding technology vendor Elemental Technologies said he expects several broadcasters to deliver 4K Ultra HD programming from the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and that multiple providers worldwide will launch 4K programming tiers in the second half of 2014.


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Elemental ‘full fat’ 4K HEVC processing

Elemental ‘full fat’ 4K HEVC processing | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


Elemental Technologies has announced the successful demonstration of full frame rate 4K Ultra HD high-efficiency video coding (HEVC).


At an event in London, the company showed an end-to-end workflow in which live 4K@p60 HEVC content was encoded for display in real-time.


At sixty frames per second, the demonstration proves the industry leadership Elemental has attained with its HEVC implementation and heralds a new age of highly immersive viewing for consumers.


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Next generation 4k video codec experience - Ultra HD

Long-term, H.265 will likely succeed H.264’s position as the premier solution for advanced video, though that may depend on whether or not battery consumption while decoding can match H.264’s levels in the long term.

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NHK cracks 8K Ultra-HDTV transmission

NHK cracks 8K Ultra-HDTV transmission | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


Japan’s public broadcaster NHK says it has a solution for encoding its 8K ‘Super Hi-Vision’ transmissions.


Working with Mitsubishi Electric, NHK says the pair has jointly developed the world’s first rack-mounted High Efficiency Video Codec (HEVC) encoder and decoder for 8K transmission.


Mitsibishi Press release

http://www.mitsubishielectric.com/news/2013/0509-b.pdf


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4K versus 8K .. a battle of Titans!


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HEVC: What it Is, What You Need to Know

HEVC: What it Is, What You Need to Know | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it

HEVC is the next great compression standard, and it puts the squeeze on video to deliver high quality with small file sizes. Here's a quick primer to bring you up to speed.

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SES, Broadcom and Harmonic Demonstrate First Ultra HD/HEVC Satellite Transmission

SES, Broadcom and Harmonic Demonstrate First Ultra HD/HEVC Satellite Transmission | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


SES, a leading satellite operator, together with its partners Harmonic, a video delivery infrastructure specialist, and Broadcom Corporation, a multimedia chip designer, said recently that they have pioneered the first Ultra HD transmission in the new HEVC standard live from an Astra satellite at 19.2° East.


The end-to-end demonstration which was presented at the SES Industry Days in Luxembourg used Harmonic's ProMedia Xpress and a HEVC decoder reference-design system based on Broadcom's BCM7445 device for receiving HEVC encoded ultra HD television transmission.


The signal was broadcast in DVB-S2 using a data rate of 20Mb/s.


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SES UltraHD transmission via satellite and HEVC compression successful

SES UltraHD transmission via satellite and HEVC compression successful | Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV) | Scoop.it


European-based satellite bandwidth provider SES has succesful tested an end-to-end file transmsission solution for UltraHD content using the H.265 coding scheme.


The compressed 3840×2160 pixel (4K) signal was broadcast from an Astra satellite at 19.2 degrees East in DVB-S2 using a data rate of 20 Mbps.


According to those that saw it, the live transmission provided significant improvements in file size and image quality when compared to H.264 (MPEG-4 AVC) compression.


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