The emergence of Ultra HDTV is a significant milestone in the evolution of television and video consumption in general. With recent consumer data confirming the continued demand for high resolution content, we can expect UHDTV to follow in the footsteps of HDTV as a driver of new and innovative TV services and devices and a driver of demand for increased broadcast and broadband capacity.
Consumers are already accessing higher quality video content in the home but also on the move. These trends highlight the fact that video remains the most significant pinch point in existing networks, whether fixed or mobile - affecting not only the user experience but also posing challenges for network operators. These next generation TV services call for a smarter infrastructure.
This EIF debate brought together cable operators, satellite operators and broadcasters to address this issue and answer key questions.
Simon Fell is Director of Technology & Innovation at EBU.