A long haul: 4K signal distribution

As Ultra HD trickles into the pro and consumer markets, it’s creating a new set of challenges for AV pros. Tim Kridel explores where the pitfalls and opportunities lie.

If the K in 4K conjures up images of marathon distances, it’s fitting. It’s going to take a long time to reach the finish line of a 4K completely displacing 1080, and successfully implementing it will take lots of endurance.

On the plus side, 4K isn’t saddled with as many challenges as the analogue-to-digital migration ushered in, such as learning how to handle HDCP. “As we move from 1080p to 4K, you don’t have to deal with all of those transitions,” says Danny Barr, ZeeVee vice president of new product business development.

“You certainly have to deal with some new challenges but we believe the adoption will be quicker and easier than going from analogue to digital.”

How quick? The answer depends on whom you ask. “We’re not seeing a great deal of uptake in 4K in the pro domain as yet,” says Christian Thomas, WyreStorm communications manager.

“It’s still early days for the technology, with standards only just (kind of) set our and still without the release of content or source devices.”

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