DTG review of IFA 2016

Consumer Electronics show IFA took place in Berlin from 1—6 September, showcasing the latest in audio and video technology available on the market today.

The main focus of TV manufacturers were 4K, UHD, HDR technologies using OLED and Quantum dot displays, the highlight being a tunnel made from LG OLED 4K TVs showing a range of content. There were also demonstrations of technologies still in development such as a 360° virtual reality TV where viewers could use their remote control to pan around different views of a sports stadium for example or zoom out for a panoramic 360° view. This was a proposal from Deutsche TV in partnership with Fraunhofer.

Other uses of virtual reality were for gaming where highlights included a 4D gaming experience where participants were suspended in the air in a harness while wearing headsets showing a volcano. The harness then dropped down several feet to give the participants the feeling they were being lowered into the volcano.

There some demonstrations of 5G technologies in particular by T-Mobile who showed how reductions in latency which are due to be included in 5G requirements can be realised using edge cloud technology. There were some demonstrations consisted of a game that could be played using servers in various locations around the world such as Sydney or via a server using Edge Cloud technology. The latter meant the latency reduced to 2-6ms from around 350ms and the effects could be seen on the game where the increased latency caused a shadow of one of the players where the user had pressed a button but the system hadn’t reacted in time.

There was also a heavy focus on the upcoming switchover to DVB-T2 with HEVC which is due to take place in Germany. The first stage of the switchover will be completed by the end of March 2017 and will increase DTT services available in major cities round Germany from 6 to 40. However half of these will become pay to view channels provided by Freenet TV costing 69 Euros per year. Receivers supporting the new services will need to meet a set a technical requirements and will then mean they can use the DVB-T2 HD logo scheme being operated by representatives of the State Media Agencies, the public and private broadcasters, and some industry representatives as well as ZVEI and VPRT. Currently DTT in Germany has around a 10% market share with the majority of viewers using cable or satellite services.

DTG Staff  |  16.09.2016

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