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When will sky q mini boxes go 4K

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When will sky q mini boxes go 4K

Are there any plans to make sky q mini boxes 4K or is the broadband too slow to facilitate this.

we are told sky is going dish less but again is the broadband fast enough ?

 

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@laister wrote:

Are there any plans to make sky q mini boxes 4K or is the broadband too slow to facilitate this.

we are told sky is going dish less but again is the broadband fast enough ?

 


The existing mini boxes do not have "chips" capable of 4K

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Chips are replaceable it is the broadband speed that is the problem.

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@laister wrote:

Chips are replaceable it is the broadband speed that is the problem.


@laisterThe broadband speed has nothing to do with it. The TV programmes are received from satellites.

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Chips are replaceable it is the broadband speed that is the problem.


True but that would be a box change, I have no idea if Sky ever intend to bring out 4K minibox.

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Why not a 4K box it would be ideal for a lot of families that have access to more than one 4K tv.

It has to come eventually.

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@laister wrote:

Why not a 4K box it would be ideal for a lot of families that have access to more than one 4K tv.

It has to come eventually.


I think it will come eventually - it’s certainly the way other services are moving with their devices ( Amazon Fire, Now TV etc ). I guess in regards to Sky and multiscreen, or whatever they’re calling it this week,  the number of households with multiple 4K TVs is probably still pretty small, so they may not be in any hurry to introduce a new mini box. It seems there’s a smart tv Q app on the way, so maybe the plan is to introduce 4K to secondary TVs that way, rather than spend time and money developing new mini boxes.

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It’s not just changing chips on mini boxes you would need to do it on main box.

 

The main box chipset already has four IP engines to service two minis and two tablets. Broadcom or ST Microelectronics would need to design a chip which supports UHD on at least one of these engines.

 

The Broadcom BCM7445 can only support HD IP streams for example.

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It’s not just changing chips on mini boxes you would need to do it on main box.

 

The main box chipset already has four IP engines to service two minis and two tablets. Broadcom or ST Microelectronics would need to design a chip which supports UHD on at least one of these engines.

 

The Broadcom BCM7445 can only support HD IP streams for example.


The big players in the business don't seem to be too interested developing chipsets with more than multi-HD capability. I could be just down to the processing power needed to support 2160p because most seem to be based on quad core ARM Cortex-A9 processors.

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@GordonTGopher wrote:

It’s not just changing chips on mini boxes you would need to do it on main box.

 

The main box chipset already has four IP engines to service two minis and two tablets. Broadcom or ST Microelectronics would need to design a chip which supports UHD on at least one of these engines.

 

The Broadcom BCM7445 can only support HD IP streams for example.


Why would any transcoding be needed for a UHD mini?  

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@simon194 wrote:

The big players in the business don't seem to be too interested developing chipsets with more than multi-HD capability. I could be just down to the processing power needed to support 2160p because most seem to be based on quad core ARM Cortex-A9 processors.

The Broadcom chip is based on a quad core Cortex A15 running at 1.5GHz

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@GordonTGopher wrote:

It’s not just changing chips on mini boxes you would need to do it on main box.

 

The main box chipset already has four IP engines to service two minis and two tablets. Broadcom or ST Microelectronics would need to design a chip which supports UHD on at least one of these engines.

 

The Broadcom BCM7445 can only support HD IP streams for example.


Why would any transcoding be needed for a UHD mini?  


The transcoding is just one element the other is IP encapsulation to stream the video to the target device.

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4K on the sky mini's is less of a concern to me personally but I do wonder if they will be capable of HDR when it arrives.

Out of interest, anyone know? 

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@Gary38 wrote:

4K on the sky mini's is less of a concern to me personally but I do wonder if they will be capable of HDR when it arrives.

Out of interest, anyone know? 


Highly unlikely not least because HDR is almost certainly only going to be offered on UHD material. 

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Re: When will sky q mini boxes go 4K

Can’t see this happening personally and I can’t imagine many having 4K TVs in every room 

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