The in­ter­net bridges the di­vide

HWM (Singapore) - - Feature -

With­out a phys­i­cal me­dia de­vice such as Blu-ray to move con­tent glob­ally, 4K looked like it would be off to a slug­gish start since

there was no read­ily avail­able so­lu­tion for con­sumers to ap­pre­ci­ate the ad­vances in qual­ity that na­tive 4K con­tent brings.

While 4K con­tent is some­what strug­gling to make its way across tele­vi­sion and ca­ble net­works, the in­ter­net has taken on the role of the great en­abler – other than Net­flix’s 4K ser­vice, YouTube has a ded­i­cated 4K chan­nel, and Ama­zon Stu­dios has also made a com­mit­ment to film all of their orig­i­nal se­ries con­tent in 4K. Other than their own con­tent, Ama­zon has also reached out to top Hol­ly­wood stu­dios and TV pro­gram­mers like Warner Bros, Lion­s­gate, 20th Century Fox and Dis­cov­ery to of­fer cus­tomers a pre­mium 4K ex­pe­ri­ence via their In­stant Video ser­vice.

It will prob­a­bly take a while for tele­vi­sion broad­cast net­works to put the in­fra­struc­ture in place to com­fort­ably trans­mit 4K, but in­ter­net users sim­ply need a fast ( and ro­bust) enough con­nec­tion. Net­flix es­ti­mates that a 4K trans­mis­sion re­quires a data rate of about 15Mbps on aver­age, and rec­om­mends at least a 20Mbps con­nec­tion. That’s slightly above the global aver­age of 18.5Mbps, but it is well within the range of the cur­rent in­ter­net speeds en­joyed in coun­tries such as Sin­ga­pore, where af­ford­able nextgen­er­a­tion con­sumer fiber broad­band has reached speeds of 1Gbps.

YouTube now sup­ports 4K view­ing op­tions.

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