Turksat readies for 4K with Media Excel encoder


Rebecca Hawkes

| 10 September 2015

Turkish direct-to-home (DTH) operator Turksat is preparing to deliver the country's first live 4K TV channel with Media Excel's 4K Ultra HD HEVC encoder.

The channel will use Media Excel Hero 4K, deployed by LG Electronics (LGE), to provide 4K pixel density, 50 frame per second motion fluency and ten-bit colour depth to provide viewers.

"Media Excel leads the field in Ultra HD, from our perspective. While there are many encoder vendors in the marketplace, we placed our confidence in Media Excel as its product was clearly 4K-ready," said Hüsamettin Demirel, director, TV Broadcasting, Turksat.

"We are delighted with the results of our 4K trials with Media Excel and LGE, and subsequent broadcasts to our viewers have demonstrated the highest level of video quality along with the reliability of a broadcast-level service," he added.

The HERO 4K Encoder incorporates Media Excel's HERO Clone transcoding technology – a symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) encoding framework. HERO 4K provides production-ready 4K HEVC for both live and file workflows.

Jikang Kim, director of business development, LGE said: "As a forward-thinking broadcaster, Turksat has created a market first by taking 4K to viewers in the region. By deploying the HERO 4K encoder, we were confident that they would achieve the required high level of service reliability and video quality."