SES launches first Ultra HD demo channel for North America

DetailsMichelle Clancy | 18 June 2015

Satellite operator SES has launched its first Ultra HD demonstration channel for the North American television market.

The demonstration channel, broadcast via SES-3 at 103 West, will enable cable operators to prepare and test their networks for 4K/Ultra HD trials.

SES already has three 4KTV demo channels available across Europe broadcast at 19.2 East, 28.2 East and 5 East.

The camera-to-screen ecosystem is built on what SES regards are satellite's inherent broadcast advantages coupled with the multicasting capability of DOCSIS 3.0, the most advanced transmission standard that is used by most cable systems today.

"This new SES Ultra HD demo channel is playing an important role in accelerating the successful delivery of Ultra HD to cable homes across North America," explained Steve Corda, vice president of business development for SES in North America. "Cable operators and content distributors can now begin to prepare their systems and test their networks for Ultra HD delivery, leading into major trials this summer."