Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Foxtel Reveal Plans to Launch Country's First 4K Channel

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Foxtel Reveal Plans to Launch Country's First 4K Channel

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Byline: Jennifer Dudley-Nicholson, National technology editor

AUSTRALIANS will finally be able to tune into next-generation television broadcasts later this year after pay-TV provider Foxtel revealed plans to launch the country's first 4K channel.

And Australian cricket fans will be among the first to benefit from the huge jump in TV resolution, with the company planning to shoot all Australian Tests, One Day Internationals, and selected Big Bash matches in 4K for the first time.

The live cricket matches will be broadcast alongside documentaries, concert specials and feature films on the dedicated 4K channel, which will be broadcast to satellite subscribers using Foxtel's iQ4 set-top box that has been secretly rolled out to customers since February this year.

Foxtel's new channel will follow increasing 4K TV sales in Australia, and 4K broadcast trials by FreeTV and Broadcast Australia, though experts warned 4K free-to-air TV broadcasts were still years from launch.

Foxtel chief executive Patrick Delany unveiled the company's move into 4K yesterday, calling the new broadcast "the next chapter in the ultimate viewing and content experience".

"From today, any set-top box sold by Foxtel will be 4K-enabled, so get ready to see content like never before," Mr Delany said.

"And from October, Foxtel will launch Australia's first ever 4K channel."

Currently, Australians can only access 4K content -- offering four times the pixels of high-definition video -- from 4K Blu-ray Discs, or online services including Stan and Netflix.

But Mr Delany said streaming services were only useful if a user's broadband connection delivered a consistently high speed, leaving it out of the reach of many Australians.

"For the odd episode or the odd movie, streaming might be okay," he said.

"It's never guaranteed in terms of delivery so you will never see live sport over the internet in 4K.

"Picture quality is absolutely dependent upon the speed and consistency of your home internet. …

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