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4K OTA programming

Started by Ralph Kramden, Friday Feb 02, 2018, 01:23:46 am

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Ralph Kramden

Do you think the networks will ever broadcast in 4K ?

If so, how many years away ?


Northern Fringe

The ATSC 3.0 standard accommodates 4K transmission. The FCC's framework for rolling out a new ATSC 3.0 advanced television transmission standard will become effective the first week in March, which should give us some timelines. It will take a while, I'm sure. See an article that provides a good overview of ATSC 3.0 at:

Ralph Kramden

Thanks. It doesn't look good !


I'd say never.  Never-ever.  Of course, at some point there will be the "now in 4K" promos for local news, when in reality, the studio broadcast will be shot in 4K, as will field reports, however everything will be down-scaled for broadcast, to near 720p quality/bitrate due to bandwidth/channel sharing, backend equipment, etc.