When we talk about UHD, often also misquoted as 4k, we start thinking of more pixels in our next TV set. From a business perspective we talk about what will accelerate or hinder the UHD adoption. Typically the issue brought up the most is the availability of native UHD content rather than scaled FHD content.
Now Comcast has announced that it will be releasing a set-top box capable of showing UHD content. The press release states “the X1 set-top box, the Xi4, will deliver Xfinity TV customers 4k UHD content – four times the resolution of high-definition – directly to the television, enabling X1 customers to enjoy unlimited virtual 4k linear channels by creating personalized playlists from the Xfinity in UHD library”.
The company also added “Customers will also enjoy high dynamic range (HDR) programming – increased color, contrast and brightness – with the launch of a new HDR set-top box, the Xi5, next year”.
So far Comcast has offered UHD to certain Samsung TVs, but the new set-top box will expand this to other UHD TVs as well. – NH