The New Apple TV Will Not Have Support for 4K Video

The New Apple TV Will Not Have Support for 4K Video

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The next generation Apple TV will not support 4K video, according to a new report from John Paczkowski.

Sources in position to know tell BuzzFeed News that the 4th generation Apple TV will not initially support 4K video — a newer high-definition video resolution that delivers a more detailed, immersive picture. “4K is great, but it’s still in its infancy,” said one source familiar with Apple’s thinking.

While those on the forefront of technology will be disappointed by the news, it's believed that there just isn't enough 4K content available for Apple to include the feature on its new device.

Few households have 4K televisions. Additionally, there is also the issue of delivering 4K streaming video. With four times the number of pixels, 4K video requires much more bandwidth and more powerful compression technologies. Also, users would need fast enough Internet connections to download the stream at a sufficient speed. The last Akamai report estimated that just 19% of U.S. connections were at the 15 Mbps or higher speeds needed for 4K video streaming.

“The additional cost to shoot, store, encode and deliver video in 4K, when compared to HD, is huge,” Frost & Sullivan principal analyst Dan Rayburn told BuzzFeed. “No one wants to talk about it, but going from Netflix’s average 3Mbps stream to their 4K stream at 16Mbps is very expensive. That’s why it’s said it will offer “limited” content in 4K for a long time. 4K is many, many years away from being adopted at critical mass.”

Apple is expected to unveil its new device at WWDC 2015. It's said to feature Siri, an App Store, and live television streaming.

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The New Apple TV Will Not Have Support for 4K Video
iamdeveloper - April 8, 2015 at 12:11pm
4k look good, sure it's expensive. Smart decision by apple.
Verdict - April 6, 2015 at 3:41pm
Apple cashing in on a 4K update a year later. Yet new iMac will have 8K display. I am just disappointed in the slow transition into 4K. There are no Blu-Rays in 4K. The Blu-ray players only upscale to 4K. This is sad having been out for over a year.
Financial Fuctard - April 6, 2015 at 12:29pm
This does not surprise me. ATV has been behind since it was released. Lack of channels, Drm and tieing it to itunes has caused millions to abandon it and move on to better pastures. This all from a company that treated a possible tool for the future like a hobby. Roku has been better than ATV since it hit the market.
Sublimoinal Shithead - April 6, 2015 at 2:09pm
This doesn't surprise me either, but Apple TV has done decent job in their game. Average rate of adding channels, iTunes sync does good as it should. For games, I just airplay it to the app store, but I'd like to see how gaming on it changes the game. Roku does some things Apple tv does, but using some apps and finding things needs work.
ISwag - April 6, 2015 at 11:56am
The average home doesn't even have a 4k tv's. There still too expensive.
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