18 november 2015, 13:39

Development of UHDTV in 2012-2015

The UHDTV standard has been developed and proposed for the use by the Japanese state broadcasting corporation NHK. Within 2003-2010, NHK Science & Technical Research Laboratories ran test broadcasting. During the Summer Olympic Games of 2012, the standard was demonstrated to public by the British state-owned TV company BBC: it has installed 15-meter screen displays supporting the new standard in London, Glasgow and Bradford.

The UHDTV standard was approved officially as an international television standard on August 23, 2012 in two available options: 4K UHDTV (2160p) and 8K UHDTV (4320p). In autumn of the same year, the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) has approved the unified Ultra HD marketing code has been approved for displays, projectors and TV sets with the resolution of at least 8 megapixels and the aspect ratio 16:9. First TV sets supporting 4K resolution were offered for sale in 2012, and TV sets supporting 8K — in 2015.

The first public UHDTV broadcasting in the Russian Federation was carried out on June 27, 2013 by the satellite operator «Tricolor TV» in cooperation with its partners LG Electronics, Eutelsat, Ericsson and the Russian Travel Guide (RTG) TV channel; the latter has produced the 19-minute video clip about extreme sports in Russia in the 4K format specially for this broadcasting. The transponder of the Eutelsat 36A satellite was used for this broadcasting. The 84-inch TV set LG 84LM960V was used as a display.

7 months later, in February 2014, another Russian satellite operator carried out the test UHD broadcasting of the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Sochi.

On October 22, 2014, «Tricolor TV» has launched the pilot Ultra HD 4K TV channel with the support of the most advanced HEVC/H.265 video compression standard in the broadcasting zone of the Eutelsat 36A satellite. In 2015, the Victory Parade was broadcasted on the 4K channel of «Tricolor TV», this broadcasting was prepared by the film crew of the Channel One.

In accordance with the information of the IHS research agency, results of the third quarter of 2015 show that 11.5 million 4K-panels were sold throughout the world, and it means the growth by 79.8% for this year. Samsung is a sales leader: 3.68 million panels. LG Electronics holds the second place (3.6 million Ultra HD TV sets). The vast majority of sales belongs to countries of the East Asia, first of all to the People’s Republic of China.

In spite of the overall drop in purchasing power in 2015, Russia retains high rates of renewal of the stock of TV sets. At the end of 2015, the number of TV sets supporting Full HD and HD Ready marketing codes will reach 44.4 million in the territory of Russia, and the total number of Russian HDTV users will reach 13.7 million subscriber homes accordingly.

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