Measat & Newtec in DVB-S2X UHD first

June 10, 2014 09.37 Europe/London By Julian Clover

Measat Satellite Operations CentreThe world premiere of a 4K Ultra High Definition video transmission over satellite using the new DVB-S2X transmission standard is to take place at the CommunicAsia show (June 17-20, 2014).

It’s being run by the satellite operator Measat and Newtec, which has been involved in the technology’s development.

The DVB gave its approval to the much-anticipated extension to the DVB-S2 specification in February. It offers efficiency gains for professional applications by up to 20 -30% for some scenarios, with the DVB optimistic that gains of up to 50% can be achieved in some scenarios.

“Last year MEASAT demonstrated its capability to deliver 4K UHDTV over satellite. This year we continue our efforts to pioneer the early adoption of cutting edge technologies with a live demonstration of UHDTV over satellite using the new DVB-S2X standard,” said Raj Malik, SVP, sales and marketing, MEASAT. “With DVB-S2X, MEASAT can support our broadcast customers with a more efficient and cost-effective use of our satellite capacity.”

“This demonstrates not only that satellite networks are ready for 4K UHDTV but also that DVB-S2X is ready to help satellite operators and broadcasters cut costs or deliver more content within the same capacity. It is no longer a question of whether the new DVB-S2X standard will be used in broadcast contribution and distribution networks, but rather a question of when,” added Steven Soenens, VP product and market management at Newtec.

The demonstration will be displayed in 4K UHDTV at CommunicAsia in Singapore at MEASAT’s booth (Level 1 T3-01). The feed will be uplinked via MEASAT’s teleport in Cyberjaya, Kuala Lumpur, and delivered live via MEASAT-3 satellite in C-Band, using Newtec’s new DVB-S2X modulation equipment.

Newtec’s M6100 Broadcast Satellite Modulators will be used for the demonstration as well as Newtec’s demodulators. Video processing capabilities at both ends of the link were provided by Ericsson through its AVP 2000 Contribution Encoders and RX8200 Advanced Modular Receivers.