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SES and Armstrong prepare ground for linear UHD roll-out

SES, one of the world’s leading satellite operators, has initiated the first-ever live and linear Ultra HD trial with cable MSO Armstrong. Armstrong is testing SES’s camera-to-screen Ultra HD ecosystem at its headquarters cable lab in Butler, Pennsylvania.  SES is claiming that the outcome of the tests will support progress toward the cost-efficient roll-out of…

BT unveils UHD package and pricing

BT has announced details of its new BT TV Ultra HD package, which includes BT Sport Ultra HD, and the company’s new BT TV Ultra HD set top box. The package also includes BT’s new 1TB Ultra HD YouView+ set top box giving 600 SD or 250 HD hours of storage and 47 premium channels…

Sky-D gets ready for Ultra HD

SES has announced that German and Austrian pay-TV provider Sky Deutschland has secured additional capacity for Ultra HD broadcasts on ASTRA at 19.2 degrees East. Ultra HD delivers four times the resolution of today’s HD TV, providing more dramatic action for sporting events and a more compelling experience for premium movies and documentaries. “At Sky…

Vodafone Portugal launches 4K channel

Vodafone Portugal is offering a 4K (Ultra HD) television channel to its TV-over-fibre customers. Initially, Vodafone Portugal will start 4K/UHD broadcasts of content of the FunBox 4K UHD channel, whose portfolio will be extended in the coming months to include a wide range of UHD content including documentaries, sport, music and movies. Customers of the…

BT Sport selects Ericsson for UHDTV channel

Ericsson has signed a multi-year broadcast and media services deal with BT Sport to help launch three new television channels and an interactive red button service in the UK. Ericsson will be responsible for designing, building and running BT Sport Europe, free-to-air service BT Sport Showcase, and BT Sport UHD. BT Sport UHD will be…

SES launches Ultra HD demo channel in North America

SES  the world’s leading satellite operator, today announced it has launched its first Ultra HD (UHD) demonstration channel serving the North American television market. The demonstration channel, broadcast via SES-3 at 103 degrees West, will enable cable operators to prepare and test their networks for Ultra HD trials. “This new SES Ultra HD demo channel…

NSR: SD still has huge growth potential

According to NSR’s most recent study, Linear TV via Satellite: DTH, OTT and IPTV, 8th Edition, Standard Definition (SD) still has strong growth potential in developing regions – despite the hype surrounding 4K. When looking at developing regions (defined as Central and South America, Middle East/North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia), the number of…

4K TV panel shipments to grow 108% in 2015

TV manufacturers are concerned about possible tight TV panel supplies, even though the rising dollar is cutting TV import prices. According to research firm IHS, strong consumer demand for larger TVs and 4K resolution are expected to grow TV panel shipments by 5 percent, year-over-year, reaching a record 265 million units in 2015. The shipment…

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