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DirecTV becomes first cable television provider to offer 4K content

By Shawn Knight
Nov 14, 2014
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  1. 4K video technology took a big step forward on Friday as DirecTV became the first multi-channel television provider to pipe 4K content into the living room. Starting today, users will be able to watch nearly 20 on-demand movies from both...

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  2. Forg0t2

    Forg0t2 TS Booster Posts: 147   +25

    Wow, like one on every milion has this exact set up in its living room making this thing 0.000001% useful.
     
  3. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,163   +197

    If this type of service is available in my country (Philippines), one movie and I'm already beyond my 10gb data cap. ;)
     
  4. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,559   +2,900

    I guess there has to be a start somewhere, no matter how miniscule it is.
    Similar to working all year for a day or two off.
     
  5. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,754   +1,107

    it's probably exactly what they want so they can see how it works, and if something goes wrong it'll only upset far fewer customers. I'd bet there will be a strain on server and/or other tech to get this to work. It's best to start small.

    DirecTV is satellite (ironic to call them cable, isn't it?) not internet, but this problem will show up with Netflix and the other new streaming services like CBS and HBO.
     
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  6. GhostRyder

    GhostRyder This guy again... Posts: 2,191   +590

    Hmmmm, interesting that this is finally becoming a thing. I wondered when we would actually start seeing some content or boxes with compatibility for 4K in the T.V. world because its been along time coming. I am only curious though if this really will be the next big thing like 1080p because with all the 5K and 8K hype from T.V. makers like LG its just one of those big questions of when will we settle for a bit. I am unsure how much T.V.'s really will benefit beyond 4K because of our own eye limitations on top of size because at this point I feel its only going to be really great in a very huge T.V. for at least some things.
     
  7. Capaill

    Capaill TS Addict Posts: 292   +93

    I bought a new TV last week and did a lot of research into the 4K TVs that were on offer. And I came to the conclusion that we're just not there yet. Some TVs don't have the correct drivers to allow 4K streaming from Netflix, some TVs have massive blurring during high speed action in 4K. There was just no one TV that offered the perfect solution, without still costing thousands of euro. So I bought a standard 1080p.

    It's sad that the TV manufacturers are now talking about 5K and 8K when they haven't yet got 4K working.
     
  8. TrueBooleanFals

    TrueBooleanFals TS Member Posts: 76   +12

    I work for Dish Network. I have installed at a customers house that was getting his Dish services moved and also getting AT&T Uverse TV. They had some stream/download service that did 4k resolution content. I do not understand how they have had it and yet DirecTV gets the bill for the 'first' to get it. Mind you, the content that my customer showed was mostly nature type shows. Not any narrative shows like on Animal Planet, just Nature scenes mostly, from what I could tell. Anywho, do not expect to get any native content from 3Ghz lines from a Cable Service Provider anytime soon. Using yet more internet based services to get your full Cable content, how thoughtful (talking about Dish too, Hopper has a lot of features that require the internet.)
     
  9. tonylukac

    tonylukac TS Evangelist Posts: 1,310   +56

    I bet hbo isn't in 4k.
     
  10. What hz will this run at?
     
  11. JesseAye

    JesseAye Banned

    @TrueBooleanFals DirecTV is the first Satellite company, also when compared with cable companies, to use a 4K resolution for any content ran through the box. They aren't getting the bill for being the first company to release anything like that. Hell, you could find adult entertainment online that is 4K resolution. They simply are being recognized as the first TV service provider to do so.
     
  12. tipstir

    tipstir TS Ambassador Posts: 2,393   +108

    4K just the start off. I waiting though until SUHDTV gets to the point were you have to get it. Right now 1080i/1080p is were I am sticking with. If your just leavling HDTV at 720p and is in need for a new HDTV either go with 1080i/1080p @ 60Hz or dig in deeper and get 4K @ 30Hz where 8K @ 60Hz but that's not for consumers yet only some commercial services have SUHDTV.
     
  13. war59312

    war59312 TS Booster Posts: 117

    Well I have such a TV and the Genie.

    And I do NOT see any 4k content being offered here in SC. :(

    All devices have lasted firmware installed as well.
     
  14. JesseAye

    JesseAye Banned

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  15. It would be more exciting if providers would accept that HD is the new standard and stop charging extra for HD packages.
     
  16. war59312

    war59312 TS Booster Posts: 117

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