Eutelsat extends UltraHD reach to Asia with the first 4KTV channel
| 14 June 2014
As part of its plan to extend UltraHD to the region, Eutelsat will be introducing its 4KTV channel on its 70B satellite that reaches across South-east Asia and Australia.

The leading European satellite operator will be working with in partnership with ST Teleport, one of Asia's leading full-service satellite, fibre and IP communications solutions providers, with content on the 4KTV channel encoded in HEVC by ATEME and Thomson Video Networks at 50 frames per second with 10-bit colour depth.

The 4KTV channel will offer a library of documentary, cultural and sports content filmed by television channels, production companies and Eutelsat to showcase the viewing experience of UltraHD. The service will be on show at the forthcoming CommunicAsia 2014 show using a Samsung 65-inch TV and can be received directly by 4KTV panels equipped with DVB-S2 demodulators and HEVC decoders.

“The remarkable technology progress of the last 18 months is creating a favourable economic environment for the commercial launch of UltraHD that is poised to propel broadcasting into a new era,” commented Eutelsat director of marketing and commercial development Markus Fritz. “We are delighted to partner with ST Teleport to demonstrate to Asia’s broadcast community the newest phase of 4KTV development.”

"Bringing high-performing and innovative solutions that our customers need has been a key criteria in our service offerings,” added ST Teleport managing director Joseph Chan. “[We are] pleased to work with Eutelsat to bring this new Ultra HD service to customers in Singapore and the Asian region. Combining ST Teleport's deep earth station expertise and Eutelsat's technologically superior product, companies in the broadcasting chain will now be able to offer a far more immersive experience to their customers."