Is streaming the best way to get 4K to TV sets?

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According to a statement made in a recent exclusive interview on the Verge, with Netflix Chief Product Officer, Neil Hunt, 4K video technology will most likely be delivered by way of streaming before any other way.

View attachment 2262 "Streaming will be the best way to get the 4K picture into people's homes," said Hunt.

When asked about whether he felt 4K was an attempt, by film studios, "to wall out streaming services like Netflix," Hunt replied, "on the contrary," and stated that they "expect to be delivering 4K within a year or two."

House of Cards in 4K, Open Connect

The original series with Kevin Spacey that was offered in completion on Netflix all at once, was primarily shot in 4K. Hunt stated that they "hope to have some House of Cards 4K encodes later this year."

The issue with streaming 4K content today lies with the ability for ISPs to deliver content of that magnitude. Already, in order to get some of the heavier bandwidth content like 3D, use of Netflix's Open Connect is required.

Embracing Open Connect will bring ISP's closer to the ability to offer streaming in 4K. This technology, with free installation for ISPs (paid for by Netflix) brings streaming content closer to the consumer, thus making the stream that much quicker, and reduces costs for service providers.

And, as a bonus, those ISPs that utilize the technology will likely start to rank higher in Netflix's monthly Internet Service Provider index.

Sources for this article include:
http://www.theverge.com/2013/3/14/4104128/netflix-house-of-cards-shot-4k
 

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