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QVC Broadcasts 4K UHD in Germany

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German customers get further reason to buy a 4K TV-- satellite network QVC is bringing a UHD channel in Germany (the 7th in the country) via the SES Video prime orbital slot 19.2 degrees East.

QVC StudioA ten-year agreement has QVC will use additional capacity for the upgrade to UHD, and rely on SES subsidiary MX1 for encoding in HEVC format and uplink services. In addition QVC also renews capacity for distribution of the channel in both standard and high definition.

"As we carry the largest line-up of HD and UHD channels worldwide, it is part of our DNA to help our customers bring the best possible picture quality to their audience. We are very excited to continue working with QVC for its transmission not only in SD and in HD, but now also in Ultra HD,” SES says. “This agreement clearly underlines the ability of SES Video, augmented by MX1, to offer its customers a full suite of video solutions.”


LG OLED TVs Get Dolby Lossless Audio

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LG 2017 OLED TVs get an audio update-- one providing customers with Dolby TrueHD lossless sound technology for what the company describes as "the ideal cinematic experience."

LG OLED TVsThe update comes in the shape of an over-the-air firmware upgrade. All 2017 LG OLED TVs ship with Dolby AC-4 decoding, meaning compatible TVs can handle object-based next generation audio for immersive 3D experiences. Meanwhile premium 2017 LG TVs are Dolby Vision compatible, allowing customers to watch over 100 movies on streaming services with Dolby Vision support.

Another update addition is Codec MAT (Metadata-enhanced Audio Transmission) support, enabling Dolbly TrueHD audio bit streaming on compatible TVs when playing console games.


Broader European Rollout for Sky Q

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British broadcaster Sky plans to launch the Sky Q service to more European countries, starting from Italy on the holiday season before moving to Germany and Austria sometime during H1 2018.

Sky QAnnounced as part of the broadcaster's fiscal Q1 (ending 30 September 2017) earnings report, the rollout of Sky Q in the rest of Europe follows the early 2016 release of the service in the UK and Ireland. In fact, Sky CEO Jeremy Darroch says Sky Q "continued to grow well" in the UK, with customer numbers growing by 23% Q-o-Q during fiscal Q1, reaching 1.6 million households.

The broadcaster cites the success of the system on its support for 4K content. It currently offers over 1000 hours of 4K resolution content, including sports, movies and TV shows. More 4K content should be on the way as well, thanks to a reductions in production costs.


The "Entry-Level" Loewe Bild 3 TV

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Germany's Loewe presents what it describes as an "entry-level" 4K TV range-- the Bild 3, offering sets in 43-, 49- and 55-inch sizes at lower costs than the high-end Bild 7 and Bild 9 ranges.

Loewe Bild 3The 43-inch (model 3.43) and 49-inch (3.49) models feature LCD panels with support for HDR 10 and Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG). The 55-inch version ups the ante with an OLED panel and the addition of Dolby Vision HDR.

All models offer an integrated 80W with 4 drivers, 2 passive radiators and a bass reflex port, together with access to streaming services such as Netflix, YouTube, Amazon Prime TV, BBC iPlayer and Tidal. Bluetooth support is also included for wireless music playback.


Roku Presents 4K Streaming Stick

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The Roku streaming device lineup gets a refresh-- one complete with no less than 5 new players, ranging from low-cost options for first-time customers to a 4K-capable Streaming Stick.

Roku refreshAimed at first-time streamers or as addition to another room, the 2nd generation Roku Express and Roku Express+ promise a 5x power boost compared to the previous version. The Express+ is also ideal for use with older TVs, since it includes composite AV connectivity.

On the streaming dongle side side, Roku offers two options. The first is an updated Streaming Stick, now featuring a quad-core processor, 802.11ac dual-band MIMO wireless connectivity and a voice remote complete with TV power and volume to control compatible TVs as well as the stick. Owners of 4K TVs get the Streaming Stick+, with a more powerful processor able to handle 4K HDR 60fps streaming.