SES extends Ultra HD demo channel to UK and Ireland

DetailsEditor | 12 February 2015

As it ups the pace in the 4KTV world, and recognising the country as a leader in the field in Europe, satellite operator SES has made its Ultra HD demonstration channel available in the UK and Ireland.

SESUHDBroadcast via ASTRA 2E at 28.2° East, the new channel will simulcast the Ultra HD demonstration channel that is currently at SES's primary European orbital position of 19.2° East. The Ultra HD content is broadcast using the DVB UHD-1 Phase 1 signalling specifications and is encoded in the HEVC Main 10 standard.

The UK is rapidly becoming a key market for Ultra HD. Research from GfK calculates that by the end of 2014 the UK's Ultra HD market comprised 200,000 pieces, and will grow to just under a million by December 2015.

Aiming to demonstrate the clarity of Ultra HD, the SES demo TV channel features a mix of scenes - urban sports, exotic animals and nature, cityscapes - along with footage of SES's headquarters in Betzdorf. It can be received with a standard satellite dish connected to a state-of-the-art Ultra HD flat screen TV featuring an integrated satellite tuner and HEVC decoder.

The channel is broadcast using transponder 2.038 on the ASTRA 2E satellite using DVB-S2 QPSK modulation.

"We are delighted to have set up this demonstration channel at the prime orbital position for the UK market," said Mike Chandler, managing director of ASTRA (GB), SES's subsidiary in the UK, commenting on the channel launch. "We are making use of the capacity to enable UK and Irish retailers, installers and enthusiasts to understand the technology that makes UHD possible, and what it will mean for their viewing experience. We encourage our trade partners to show our Ultra HD demo channel at their points of sale for demonstration purposes."