Astra Deutschland has launched a new Ultra HD showcase channel available as a free-to-air service on the satellite operator’s orbital position 19.2° East.

The channel carrying the ID Astra Ultra HD Demo offers a mixture of landscape and nature videos, impressions from city life and sports footage. The content has been produced exclusively for Astra by 4K specialists Katie and Jacob Schwarz from the USA.

“The laboratory stage lies behind us, the Ultra HD technology has arrived in the market,” Wolfgang Elsäßer, managing director of Astra Deutschland, said in Munich. “The Ultra HD TV sets available today enable the reception of Ultra HD content distributed via satellite. Our showcase channel is therefore particularly targeting retailers who can now adequately demonstrate the TV sets’ fantastic picture quality with our support.”

The showcase channel can be found on the frequency 10.994 GHz H (SR 22,000, FEC 9/10). The play-out of the signal which is compressed in the new HEVC standard is handled by Astra subsidiary SES Platform Services.