AsiaSat, Rohde & Schwarz partner for Ultra HD channel


Rebecca Hawkes

| 09 October 2015

AsiaSat has implemented its first free-to-air Ultra HD satellite broadcast platform in partnership with Rohde & Schwarz, ahead of its launch later this month.

The platform, to be launched on AsiaSat 4 at 122E, follows what the satellite operator terms "extensive technical evaluation carried out at the AsiaSat UHD laboratory". Once launched, the Ultra HD channel will be received directly by broadcasters and pay-TV platforms with an AsiaSat C-band antenna in the Asia-Pacific region.

The Rohde & Schwarz (R&S) AVHE100 head end with HEVC encoder and ten bit colour depth and R&S Clipster mastering station for editing, handling and playing out Ultra HD (UHD) data in real time are key to the broadcast platform, the companies said.

"We are very excited to work with Rohde & Schwarz in this new and evolving technology that will drive future consumer viewing experience of video content. Rohde & Schwarz has shown exemplary commitment to quality and support in helping us through the evaluation phase. We look forward to launching our first UHD channel and promoting this new technology together," said Sabrina Cubbon, vice president, marketing and global accounts, AsiaSat .

Heino Gregorek, Rohde & Schwarz's vice president for sales and marketing, Asia, added: "Rohde & Schwarz is the leading supplier for digital TV transmission networks in Asia and the world. We are happy to support AsiaSat in establishing their first UHD channel and look forward to a very successful implementation".