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A new tracking service from the Ultra HD Forum has found that there are currently 148 business-to-consumer (B2C) ultra HD services that are commercially available to subscribers with a continuous UHD offering around the globe.
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The Ultra HD Forum is made up by a range of participants from the movie and television ecosystem, including content creators, content distributors, consumer electronics manufacturers, professional equipment manufacturers and technology companies. The forum’s tracker not only lists B2C services but also the small number of business-to-business channels providers — amounting to seven at present form the likes of Eutelsat, SES and Insight TV (pictured) — and three event-based/demo services.

Of the 148 services that have been tracked, the vast majority, almost three-quarters, are delivered on a linear basis. In addition 45% of them are UHD with high dynamic range (HDR) capability but only 22% have next-generation audio (NGA), comprising both multi-channel audio and object-based audio in the research, to improve the viewing experience.

The Ultra HD Forum tracker Ultra HD Forum tracker also calculated service reach, estimating the number of consumers that could easily access any specific service if they chose to subscribe, i.e., they have a UHD capable device. HDR10 was the most widely used high dynamic range variant among subscribers with HDR, totalling 48.4%. Dolby Vision was the next most popular (18.1%), followed by HLG (12.2%) and HDR10+ (3.5%). Of the B2C NGA service subscribers, 42.6% of used Dolby Atmos.