Fransat has announced the launch of the first Ultra HD demo channel aimed at French viewers.

It will be distributed by Eutelsat 5 West A and make its debut on December 16.

Local reports say the channel will offer a selection of programmes in Ultra HD, encoded in HEVC at 50Hz and a depth of 10 bits.

In the second stage, it will also provide some live content.

Reception of the channel will be possible throughout mainland France with DVBS2/HEVC compatible Ultra HD TVs and Fransat CAM CI+ modules.

Several Samsung models will be able to receive the service.

Fransat made the announcement at the HD Forum, being held at Eutelsat’s headquarters in Paris on December 8 and 9.