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What makes Ultra HD so much better?

By combining high dynamic range, wide color gamut and high frame rate, Ultra HD - also known as UHD or 4K in the filming industry - can provide an even more compelling viewing experience than the standard HD today.

The latest Ultra HD demo broadcasted on SES satellites demonstrates how Ultra HD provides more colours, contrast, resolution and lifelike movement, resulting in more dramatic action for sporting events and a more compelling experience for premium movies and documentaries.

Why broadcast Ultra HD via satellite?

Satellite will inevitably play a part because it is so well suited to live high definition content that reaches millions of households. Satellite broadcasting is the ideal way to provide Ultra HD, as it delivers sufficient bandwidth to all the DTH, cable and IP TV homes it serves.

Our technology allows Ultra HD to be easily distributed to millions of homes over the coming decades in the same way it has driven HD to become the de facto standard in digital TV today. SES was at the heart of the development of HD in Europe and Ultra HD is the next opportunity to make a tremendous difference to the landscape of broadcasting.

Ultra HD channels on SES satellites


Experience real Ultra HD today

SES currently broadcasts two Ultra HD demo channels over several orbital positions - see technical parameters for reception below. The clip combines a mix of detailed, colourful and attractive content including ballerina and karateka, Mandala sand drawing, body paint, hot air balloons, city and landscape scenes from Vancouver. 

For a full Ultra HD experience, tune your Ultra HD capable TV set and set-top-box to our demo channels. If you are not equipped with an Ultra HD TV set, have a look at out teaser below. Don’t forget to select the highest resolution available (HD or 4K).

Watch the new Ultra HD teaser

 Technical parameters for satellite reception

ASTRA 19.2°E
Transponder: 1.035
Frequency: 10.994 GHz
Polarisation: Horizontal
Symbol Rate: 22 MS/s
Modulation: 8PSK
FEC: 5/6
Pilotes: on

ASTRA 28.2°E
Transponder: 2.038
Frequency : 12.441 GHz
Polarisation: Vertical
Symbol Rate : 29.5 MS/s
Modulation: QPSK
FEC: 3/4

Transponder: 4.007
SES-5 Nordic Beam
Frequency : 11,345 GHz
Polarisation: Horizontal
Symbol Rate : 30 MS/s
Modulation: DVB-S2 8PSK
FEC: 3/4

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