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Old 12-07-2014, 01:17 PM
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DIRECTV's New HD/4K Satellite Is Launched



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“An Ariane 5 Rocket was launched yesterday from French Guiana, sending into orbit the new DIRECTV 14 satellite which has been designated to deliver additional HD and 4K programming to the satcaster's customers sometime in early 2015.”



“DIRECTV has said the satellite will be used to expand its offering of high-def channels and new 4K channels. The satcaster last month began offering 4K programming via streaming, but it plans to use DIRECTV 14 to deliver live channels to owners of new 4K TVs. The sets purport to offer four times the resolution of today's 1080p HDTVs.”

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And the signal will still be hyper compressed and look like ass.
But at least it's 4K ass.

And the "4 times the resolution" comment - very misleading.
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I guess for me the best thing about this is hopefully it will spur the cable providers to work towards 4K programming. If DirecTV is more compressed than cable, I'm not too interested.
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Are there even any stations that currently broadcast in 1080P? Most everything I see is 720P or 1080i. I really don't see there being a plethora of 4k content any time soon. They've had nearly a decade to upgrade to 1080P and haven't done it.
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That's true, but the younger generation is watching less and less broadcast TV. The industry might view UHD as a hook to get people to watch again. I'm sort of old, and I like to just sit down and turn on the TV; and I'm not that impressed with what I've seen of the image quality of streaming so far.
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The younger generation is watching tv on their cell phones, typically a 4 inch screen on average, so 4K will not entice them one bit.
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Direct TV and Dish Network offer 1080P video on demand but no one has a 1080P TV channel (1080i and 720P only for HD). The industry most likely will skip 1080P stations and go to 4K broadcasts. Maybe HBO and Showtime might offer 4K channels in the future.
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