A number of TV manufacturers have introduced 4K TVs that can play back 4K content but where is the content?
As of now, none of the broadcasters, cable and satellite companies are nowhere near able to send an Ultra HD signal.
Even though one of the buzzwords at Las Vegas Computer Electronics Show was 4K,
Some of the TV manufacturers have joined hands with the streaming companies to launch 4K content. But the big question is "when will it be available and will there be a standard video codec or will it be like the fragmented Smart TV market."
According to industry sources, to stream a 4K content, broadband speed has to be between 10Mbps and 15Mbps.
Etisalat offers broadband speeds of up to 500Mbps while du offers speeds of up to 100Mbps.
"The telecom infrastructure in the
Right now, all the channels on IPTV are not 100 per cent HD but we are not feeling the difference as the IPTV quality is very good,"
He said the IPTV programming is delivered directly to the viewer's set-top box which requires a high-capacity network.
IPTV deployments in the Gulf are described as being at a much more advanced stage where some operators have migrated to Next Generation Networks (NGNs), enabling the provision of increased bandwidth and new value-added services compared to many Mideast countries.
Even though you have the broadband speed, much also depends on the capability of the streaming media companies' servers.
UHD video streams will also be compressed definitely but nobody knows how much as of now as it is still being developed. It will become clear within six months.
"Even DVDs and Blu-Ray Discs are compressed but consumers are not feeling the difference, so UHD streaming will definitely be superior and look spectacular,"
"If you have a good upscaling technology then 4K TV will stand out when compared to watching Full HD content," she said.
4K has been in the market for around 10 years and many blockbuster films from 2004 were originally filmed in 4K. So unlike 3D, a huge backlog of content is likely to come into standard media.
Most satellite broadcasters are starting to offer 4K channels and Pay TV channels where users need to have a new set-top box, O'Donovan added.
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