Layer3 TV of Denver Starts Offering Live and On-Demand 4K Ultra HD Content
Stephan Jukic – March 05, 2017
Layer3 TV, a Denver-based “next-generation” cable provider for the region and other parts of the U.S has made a public statement to the effect that the company is starting to offer a (for now) limited selection of live and on-demand 4K ultra HD content to subscribers. The company also reminded customers and potential subscribers that all of their set-top boxes currently support the ultra HD format.
One of the first offerings by Layer3 TV is actually going to be the recently released-in-4K famous BBC Broadcasting documentary series Planet Earth II, which is available in both 4K resolution and HDR to some degree. The Layer3 service will be handling releases of Planet Earth II to its own subscribers on a scheduled basis as the episodes from the stunningly beautiful six-part nature series become available one by one each week from late April onwards.
Then there will also be an imminent opening of access to the Nasa TV channel in 4K UHD to Layer3 subscribers.
Yes, these selections are pretty slim to start off with but they do represent a start to the company’s service and in a market where the majority of 4K UHD video content still comes from only a small handful of major or minor players, any new addition to the home entertainment resolution landscape in this format is absolutely welcome, especially if it looks ambitious enough to keep growing its collection of movies and other programming. Layer3 is giving the distinct impression that it does want to ambitiously expand with the 4K OTT service it’s now about to release.
Of course, subscribers to Layer3 TV’s service who already have one of the company’s set-top boxes will have to own a 4K TV in order to unlock the set-top devices’ still latent built-in 4K capabilities. Those subscribers to Layer3 TV who do already have a 4K TV can access the new content offerings without paying any additional fees according to the company. Specifically, Layer3’s publicity for this states that subscribers to their allHD package will be able to watch Planet Earth II on-demand once its episodes start coming out as of April 24th. The Nasa TV channel feed in live 4K will be available for viewing at any time.
The wider significance of these small 4K ultra HD steps by Layer3 TV are that the company is now one more addition to a small but expanding handful of OTT broadcasters who offer 4K programming of some kind or another. Other services with their own content selections include DirecTV, Dish Network and Comcast. All of these services are still in the early consumer market expansion stages of their services to differing degrees of progress. DirecTV and Dish in particular have started advancing considerably though in delivering live and on-demand 4K content. Dish in particular has already given live 4K sportscasts to its subscribers and is planning a full schedule of such live UHD content for the rest of this year and beyond.
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