New Study Finds Three-Quarters of World’s UHD Services are Predominantly Linear

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FREMONT, Calif.—A new UHD Service Tracker from the Ultra HD Forum has found three-quarters of UHD services available globally are predominantly linear.

The new Tracker looks at 150 commercial consumer-facing Ultra HD television services worldwide, collating information from three billion subscriptions worldwide. It says 300 million of these have access to UHD.

The Forum’s latest data shows that three-quarters of the world’s UHD services are predominantly linear, serving over 125 million viewers. The other quarter of VoD-based UHD services serve 180 million viewers. According to the Forum, half of all the UHD services now offer HDR, while almost a quarter include some form of Next Generation Audio.

The new Tracker is available via the Ultra HD Forum’s website (opens in new tab).

Meanwhile, the Forum has also Version 2.3 of its Guidelines for providing UltraHD service. The update includes new details on UHD, such as SMPTE ST2110 and ATSC 3.0 standards.

Jenny Priestley

Jenny has worked in the media throughout her career, joining TVBEurope as editor in 2017. She has also been an entertainment reporter, interviewing everyone from Kylie Minogue to Tom Hanks; as well as spending a number of years working in radio. She continues to appear on radio every week and occasionally pops up on TV.