Hispasat tests UltraHD for World Cup
Juan Fernandez Gonzalez
| 02 June 2014
Portugal's MEO is to broadcast the friendly match between Portugal and Greece in UltraHD using Hispasat's satellite capacity ahead of the World Cup.

The footage will be broadcast through MEO's satellite and over-the-top (OTT) platforms at the event, whichwill be held at the Portuguese capital's MEO Arena.

This will be the first live 4K satellite broadcast made in Portugal and will use Hispasat's 1E satellite located at orbital position 30 West. In order to broadcast via satellite, high efficiency video coding (HEVC) technology will be used at 50 frames per second (fps).

The demand for Hispasat's satellite TV services has increased in Latin America due to the World Cup, and now the company is reinforcing its commitment to Ultra HD content.

The Spanish operator has already launched a 4K channel, Hispasat 4K, which has been presented at the biggest events in the business, including IBC and NAB.

MEO will also broadcast the match OTT using a self-developed UHD application. For this UHD broadcast, to be made on Portuguese Radio and Television (RTP), the Portuguese operator has worked together with Medialuso for image capture and UHD production, Elemental Technologies for HEVC and DASH coding, Hispasat and Samsung.