So with 4K broadcasts starting this week with HNIC and plans to use it for Blue Jays Raptors and NHL playoffs will Shaw be looking to broadcast on 4K? Are any of the current hd boxes or Gateway compatible to broadcast in 4k?
This answer from another site posted below gives good information and shows it may be coming in the distant future, but not yet. 1080p channels may come first. (unless your sitting less than 4 feet away from a 60" or bigger TV, 1080p is good enough)
In Summary 4K:
-Doesn't work with most PVRs yet
-Expensive hardware and channels
-Only on games in Ontario
Rogers 4K is only available to Rogers cable customers in a very small specific geographical region in Ontario. The 4K box has no PVR either so don't plan to record anything in 4K. 4K content is also extremely limited too. For sports, it'll only be events in Toronto. They don't have the large amount of very expensive hardware or very high speed fiber connections in place anywhere else to be able to broadcast, encode, and live stream 4K. They don't say what the minimum TV or internet package required to get 4K is either. They were pushing the gigabit internet one at one point that is $150/mo for internet alone. The 4K Hardware rental fee is $12.95/mo. (Bell PVR $675 installed)
As for Telus, this was discussed before here relatively recently. The majority of providers will not be rolling out 4k any time soon. The content just isn't there and the infrastructure to deliver it will cost a lot of money to put in place. Whenever Networks do finally offer 4K, it will only be available to users on fiber optic lines because of the bandwidth requirements. (one 4K stream is about 25mbps compared to 5mbps for HD).
4K TVs are still young. You are better off waiting for a couple more years before even buying one. Most currently only have one HDMI 2.0 port on them and that is a requirement for 4K. If you have a UHD/4k BluRay player you'd need a second HDMI 2.0 port or a newer 4K TV. You'll also need HDMI 2.0 cables as well. The old ones won't work."
Thank you for reaching out to us with this question. There is no word on this just yet for broadcast with Shaw. Our equipment is current set to 1080P in terms of firmware. Once more interest into 4k content, we will advise on more information.
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Please add me to the "interested" colum
And there's also this aspect that nobody seems to realize...
"Streaming in 1080p on Netflix takes up 4.7GB/hour. So a regular one-hour episode of something debiting less than 5GB from your allotment is no big deal. However, with 4K, you've got quadruple the pixel count, so you're burning through 18.8GB/hour
If you're on a 150GB monthly cap like me, that's les than 8 hour of tv. One lazy Sunday and I can burn through my entire monthly cap in 4K.
If you're on a 300GB plan, that' just 2 lazy days or 16 hours of tv.
Remember that the higher the quality, the much, much more bandwidth intensive it becomes. That's why normal DVD' are 4.7GB discs and 1080P BluRay's are 25GB for the same 2 hour movie, etc...
Be careful what you wish for :-)
Your caps applies to internet only not your cable service. Otherwise everyone would be billed for going over every month.
Yes a few kinks to work out, one is educating consumers that bandwidth is super cheap to the provider and the consumer ends up bearing a huge cost.
That being said my 4k tv rocks, up-scaling is quite impressive and feature rich. I love it
I used to design home theater systems and understand the argument against. Going forward though if you've got the extra $'s i say have a look at a 4k tv. Especially if your an early adopter like me and like your toys.
If you don't want to don't buy it. But mine gets a big thumbs up.
" one is educating consumers that bandwidth is super cheap to the provider and the consumer ends up bearing a huge cost."
Sounds like my neighbour basically said;
" I don't want to pay for the infrastructure, technicians that build, maintain, service and upgrade the network through the lovely terrain of Beautiful BC and Canada. I just want to connect my services to my neighbours line, he already has cable TV, he can pay those costs and I should be able to just hook up and pay for cheap bandwidth"
I'll agree 4K is cool, but not worth the extra $'s at this time. 4K content is getting better through Netflix I think, with that of course comes with 4x the bandwidth usage? Shaw, you need to start offering bandwidth add ons, Your customers are asking for it!
I need 25 Mbps internet with 700GB/month of Data, My Dad needs 25 Mbps with 60GB/month. There is no way we should be paying the same price as I am using 11x as much internet. When can I start paying properly for the internet I use, instead of going over my "allowed" bandwidth every month?
+$15-$30 like other internet providers would be appropriate, not $100 more like plans before.
Bell Ontario just broadcast their first ever 4k sporting event between the Toronto Raptors and the Boston Celtics on January 20th. The 4k set-top box comes with a PVR and it costs $600 to buy it. It seems that both Rogers and Bell are both begeinning their 4k rollout. When will Shaw and Telus begin testing their networks for 4k content? We, on the west coast are too slow with technology.
Left coast is always behind the center of the universe.
Shaw and Telus are both probably gonna introduce 4k at the same time just as how Rogers Gigabit and Bell Fibe TV are doing. Ottawa has been added to show 4k Senators home games on TSN 4k. Here is a list of home games that will be broadcast in 4k. http://www.tsn.ca/tsn-4k-has-arrived-1.425916 Hopefully by the 2016-17 NHL season, the Canucks, the Oilers, and the Flames will have their cameras upgraded to 4k in their respective arenas. I don't care too much about seeing the Lions, Eskimos or Stampeders in 4k.
Not sure if anyone from Shaw is monitoring this thread but i'm going to start a new thread with the title shaw customers with 4k tv's. Goal is to collect names of those who are interested in 4K tv and possibly testing hardware if Shaw is interested.
Looks like Videotron of Montreal, Quebec is providing their customers with live 4k sporting events. Here's the news link: http://www.newswire.ca/news-releases/sports-in-uhd---videotron-will-carry-live-programming-in-4k-567664871.html
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