SES Ultra HD demo channel broadcasting in UK and Ireland

SES has announced its Ultra HD demonstration channel is now available UK and Ireland, broadcasting a range of UHD scenes that show 4K, High Dynamic Range, High Frame Rate and wide colour gamut at work.

Broadcast via Astra 2E at 28.2 degrees East, the new channel will simulcast the UHD demonstration channel that is currently at SES's primary European orbital position of 19.2 degrees East. The Ultra HD content is broadcast using the DVB UHD-1 Phase 1 signalling specifications and is encoded in the HEVC Main 10 standard.

Mike Chandler, managing director of Astra (GB) Ltd, SES's subsidiary in the UK, said: "We are delighted to have set up this demonstration channel at the prime orbital position for the UK market.

“We are making use of the capacity to enable UK and Irish retailers, installers and enthusiasts to understand the technology that makes UHD possible, and what it will mean for their viewing experience. We encourage our trade partners to show our Ultra HD demo channel at their points of sale for demonstration purposes.”

The demo channel will feature a vibrant and colourful array of scenes that showcase UHD, from nature and cityscapes to urban sports and exotic animals. The transmission can be received through a standard satellite dish connected to an Ultra HD TV with an integrated satellite tuner and HEVC decoder.

In the commercial deployment of UHD, SES has shown its interest in collaborating with industry partners by holding a UHD conference in London. This event has brought together UK industry experts to discuss UHD and its future.

DTG Staff  |  12.02.2015

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