This week Ben explains why he can’t get enough of Sterling Archer’s commercial cameos, and Richard details the laborious process that is making his weekly Must See HDTV feature. And as always, your hosts also go over all the current and exciting HD news. Stream the Engadget HD Podcast below.
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Remember how we’d heard that a British broadcaster is trialing 4K TV? We have a hunch as to which company that is: Sky now claims that it’s the first UK TV network to have conducted a live 4K broadcast. The firm captured a weekend Premier League match in ultra high resolution using the same infrastructure it normally requires for a live show, with satellites delivering a feed to the company’s Isleworth broadcast center. Commercial service remains distant, mind you — Sky requires both more research and wider adoption of 4K TVs to justify an upgrade. If everything falls into place, though, Sky could have an advantage over rival providers that have yet to venture beyond HD.
If you’ve ever wished that WatchESPN would offer more Spanish-language sports and non-stop news, today’s your lucky day. The streaming service now includes access to ESPN Deportes and ESPNews, both of which are available to TV subscribers through Apple TV boxes, mobile apps and the web. Xbox Live viewers will get the channels soon, the broadcaster says. Only some will appreciate the new WatchESPN content, but it’s hard to disagree with getting some extra fútbol coverage at no extra charge.
Time Warner Cable may not be in a rush to end the CBS blackout, but it’s not leaving subscribers out in the cold. The TV provider is now giving away a “limited quantity” of basic TV antennas in the Dallas, Green Bay, Los Angeles, Milwaukee and New York City regions. For those who don’t snag a free antenna, the company is also offering $20 in credit toward buying a unit at certain Best Buy stores in those same cities. These sorts of stopgap measures aren’t new, but they may provide some comfort to TWC viewers who aren’t likely to watch CBS channels through cable anytime soon.
Satellite TV in Ultra HD quality is no longer just a dream: following a successful test broadcast this week, KT Skylife has unveiled a roadmap for offering 4K TV to its subscribers. The Korean provider plans to trial one channel of UHD content in the efficient H.265 (HEVC) video format next year, with a full commercial launch due in 2015. Widespread availability will depend on KT Skylife’s ability to clear regulatory hurdles, CEO Jae-chul Moon says. The real challenge, however, may be finding customers with Ultra HD TVs. While prices are falling quickly, there’s no guarantee that 4K sets will be commonplace in two years’ time.
Ceton vowed that it would release a PCI Express equivalent of its InfiniTV 6 ETH box, and it’s delivering on that promise (if belatedly) by shipping the InfiniTV 6 PCIe. The adapter still lets Windows Media Center users watch or record up to six HD cable TV channels through one CableCARD, but in a form factor that slots neatly into a dedicated home theater PC. The board is in stock at Amazon and Newegg today at its expected $299 price. While that cost puts the InfiniTV PCIe at the high end of the TV tuner spectrum, it may be worthwhile for viewers who just can’t afford to miss a show.
Right on schedule, we’re back with all the latest HD news — and a whole lot of FCC leaks and Chromecast-related updates. Better yet, Richard and Ben are ready to get Engadget HD’s Yahoo Pro Pick ‘em Football league going again now that we’re in the pre-season. Stream this week’s episode below and get filled in on it all.
Do you miss walking over the TV to change the channel? We know LG does. It just launched a 32-inch LCD set, the 32LN630R, that resembles a ’70s tube TV down to the working channel and volume dials. Not that the company is foregoing modern luxuries, mind you — its 1080p, IPS-based display supports both USB-based storage and MHL video from mobile devices. The 32LN630R is available now in South Korea for 840,000 won ($754), but there’s no immediate plans to sell the TV to nostalgic Americans.