SES, Armstrong claim cable-based Ultra HD breakthrough

DetailsJoseph O'Halloran | 21 July 2015

Claiming a first of its kind in terms of architectures, satellite operator SES has begun a live and linear Ultra HD trial with US cable MSO Armstrong.

During the test, Armstrong will examine the capability of SES's camera-to-screen Ultra HD ecosystem at its headquarters in the Pennsylvania. SES's Ultra HD offering combines broadcast and IP technologies in a managed, scalable service. The solution combines satellite's broadcast with the multicasting capabilities of the DOCSIS 3.0 advanced cable transmission standard in use by Armstrong.

"We have a great long-term partnership with SES that enables us to innovate with satellite-delivered content solutions and provide exciting new potential offerings, explained Armstrong CTO Mike Giobbi. "We look forward to testing Ultra HD on our cable system and working closely with SES on this exciting solution."

"We are very excited to have Armstrong as the first to test our linear Ultra HD solution in a real-world environment," added Steve Corda, VP of business development for SES in North America. "The outcome of these tests will support progress toward our objective of accelerating the roll-out of linear-live Ultra HD. The roll-out into cable TV households across North America will allow a very cost efficient, scalable and high performance delivery system."