4K TV Not Ready for OTA Broadcast
LightReading.com asks: Looking for 4K Ultra HD content you can get over the air? It could be a while.
Ahead of IBC this week, the Ultra HD Forum has released the latest version of its UHD guidelines, known as the Phase A guidelines, to the public. Forum members previously had access to the Phase A document. But for the first time it’s now available to any interested party, offering details on what’s in and what’s out in the early stages of 4K UHD TV development.
Beyond the technical elements of UHD video outlined by the Ultra HD Forum, the Phase A document also describes the use cases that are currently within the scope of the Forum’s work. During Phase A, the Forum notes that it is only focusing on content delivered over the Internet (over the top, or OTT) and by multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs). The Forum plans to expand its focus to include UHD video delivered over the air (OTA) in the future, but OTA broadcasts are not part of Phase A guidelines for development and interoperability work.