Fox­tel an­nounces plans for 4K chan­nel

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - LIFE | LOCAL LIFE - Jen­nifer Dud­ley-Ni­chol­son

AUS­TRALIANS will fi­nally be able to tune into next-gen­er­a­tion tele­vi­sion broad­casts later this year af­ter pay-TV provider Fox­tel re­vealed plans to launch the coun­try’s first 4K chan­nel last week.

And Aus­tralian cricket fans will be among the first to ben­e­fit from the huge jump in TV res­o­lu­tion, with the com­pany plan­ning to shoot all Aus­tralian Tests, One Day In­ter­na­tion­als, and se­lected Big Bash matches in 4K for the very first time.

The live cricket matches will be broad­cast along­side doc­u­men­taries, con­cert spe­cials and fea­ture films on the ded­i­cated 4K chan­nel, which will be broad­cast to satel­lite sub­scribers us­ing Fox­tel’s iQ4 set-top box that has been se­cretly rolled out to cus­tomers since Fe­bru­ary this year.

Fox­tel’s new chan­nel will fol­low in­creas­ing 4K TV sales in Aus­tralia, and 4K broad­cast tri­als by FreeTV and Broad­cast Aus­tralia, though ex­perts warned 4K free-to-air TV broad­casts were still years away from launch.

Fox­tel chief ex­ec­u­tive Pa­trick De­lany un­veiled the com­pany’s move into 4K yes­ter­day, call­ing the new broad­cast “the next chap­ter in the ul­ti­mate view­ing and con­tent ex­pe­ri­ence”.

“From to­day, any set-top box sold by Fox­tel will be 4K-en­abled, so get ready to see con­tent like never be­fore,” he said.

“And from Oc­to­ber, Fox­tel will launch Aus­tralia’s first ever 4K chan­nel.”

Cur­rently, Aus­tralians can only ac­cess 4K con­tent – of­fer­ing four times the pix­els of high-def­i­ni­tion video – from 4K Blu-ray discs, or on­line ser­vices in­clud­ing Stan and Net­flix. —

PHOTO: QUINN ROONEY

BIG­GER AND BET­TER: Aus­tralians will soon be able to watch some Big Bash matches in 4K thanks to Fox­tel’s new of­fer­ing.

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