8k TV goes public, UKTV set for Freesat, 300k UK homes for satellite broadband boost : December 7th 2015

NHK reveals 8K TV to the public

Just when consumers were getting used to 4k, Japan’s NHK public broadcaster is preparing to showcase 8k ‘Super Hi-Vision’ broadcasting technology at four public venues.

The demos will happen at the end of 2015 and will tie-in with the top-rated singing competition Kohaku Uta Gassen – entering its 66th year of broadcast.

8K is broadcast at 16 times the definition of standard HD.

UKTV channels set for Freesat

UKTV has announced plans to make three of its most popular channels available for free over Freesat.

The channels appearing on the free-to-air service include Yesterday, Drama and Really.

“We work hard to secure platform deals that give more people our channels, and ultimately grow UKTV’s footprint,” said UKTV’s CEO Darren Childs. “Freesat viewers will be able to watch gripping history shows on Yesterday, some of Britain’s finest, critically acclaimed drama content on Drama, and unbelievable real life stories on Really. As UKTV continues to invest heavily in new shows, there’s never been a better time to have access to our channels.”

300,000 rural UK premises to get broadband satellite boost

The government has announced a pilot of their subsidy scheme, designed to aid the installation of satellite broadband services in rural areas. The launch will initially support 300,000 remote rural UK homes and businesses.

The scheme was first announced in the 2015 budget and began in Suffolk and West Yorkshire, with the goal of spreading across the UK.

The government set out a Universal Service Commitment which promised access to a minimum broadband download speed of 2Mbps to everybody in the UK.

“Our rollout of superfast broadband has already reached an additional 3.5 million homes and businesses who would otherwise have missed out.,” said Ed Vaizey, Digital Economy Minister. “We are making tremendous progress, but it’s a massive engineering project and won’t happen overnight. This scheme offers immediate assistance to those homes and businesses in the most remote areas with the slowest speeds and is all part of our transformation of the UK’s digital landscape.”

DTG Staff  |  07.12.2015

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