Report predicts 820 UHD satellite channels worldwide by 2025
Northern Sky Research (NSR) released the second edition of its UltraHD report that forecasts more than 820 channels of UltraHD content via satellite by 2025.
NSR forecasts that by 2025, all regions will see some UltraHD content broadcast, not only via DTH, but also via satellite to Cable TV headends and IPTV providers.
By 2025, DTH platforms will still lead the way, with over 560 4K and 8K UltraHD channels being broadcast; however, Cable and IPTV will also see healthy demand growth via satellite, with 260+ channels distributed to Cable and IPTV head-ends, Broadband TV News reports.
“In years past, and with previous technological advancements relating to TV content, we have seen a number of hurdles, not least of which has been the prohibitively high cost for end-users to attain TVs suitable for new content. With HD about 15 years ago, this was a major sticking point. Conversely, with UltraHD, this hurdle is eroding quickly, with UHD compatible TV sets reducing in price to as low as US$1,000 today,” noted Alan Crisp, NSR Analyst and report author.
“Further, NSR notes that as compared to HDTV, a number of satellite operators and DTH platforms, from regions as diverse as North America to South Asia, are investing heavily in UHD content and UHD compatible set-top boxes.”
NSR’s new report also forecasts significant revenue growth for UltraHD, with more than US$370m from capacity leasing for this new content type. In addition to being the “next big thing” in TV broadcasting, UltraHD is also expected to be an important differentiator among DTH platforms.
Overall, UltraHD will be a solid niche market in the medium term, and will likely soon develop into mainstream adoption in most developed regions.