Originally Posted by shyguy3763
Any plans on Verizon offering 4K channels/programming soon or in the future?
No major US broadcasters are doing 4K. There are some one off events that DirectTV airs, but no regular programming because there's no definitive way to get 4K programming to the customer... yet.
Don't expect to see 4K through your current cable box. I'm not sure if those boxes even support the 4K versions of HDMI. But more importantly, Verizon doesn't have the QAM TV bandwidth to add a 4K channel - they are pretty full. (4K needs the bandwidth of 2-4 HD channels - depending on frame rate and compression. Uncompressed, QAM only has 135ish frequencies. Verizon is already heavily compressing channels to fit more programming down the pipe)
Officially, Verizon has signed a programming deal with a company that has some 4K content. But none of that programming is of broad interest - mainly eye candy channels.
Unofficially, they are beta testing an IPTV solution. It sounds like Verizon wants to eventually move all TV services over to IPTV (internet protocol TV). That solution would replace all your existing cable boxes and cable cards with little network boxes (and maybe apps) and would give them the bandwidth to feed you a 4K signal. The user experience will be significantly different: instead of sending all channels down the pipe to your box, you'll select a program, wait a split second, and only that programming will come down the pipe to the box. As a result, channel hopping will have a slight delay. Also, the new interface is reportedly more program centric and less channel centric.
There is a very in-depth discussion in the Verizon Fios TV forum over on DSL Reports about the IPTV solution. So far, it seems to be months behind schedule. And converting all users to IPTV is a 5+ year plan - not something that can happen over night.