Ultra HD

Ultra HD (also known as UHD or 4K in the filming industry) 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. Using the latest satellite solutions for Ultra HD (4K) creates exciting new opportunities for both broadcasters and industry partners. Watch our introduction to Ultra HD video.

Why broadcast Ultra HD via satellite?

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.

Experience real Ultra HD today

SES currently broadcasts two Ultra HD demo channels over its 19.2 degrees East orbital position. The content highlights the impressive viewing experience of Ultra HD in terms of detail, color and movement and it includes footage from Chicago, St. John, Paris and Luxembourg. The transmission is in line with the DVB UHD Phase-1 specification.

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 our YouTube teaser. Don’t forget to select the highest resolution available (HD or 4K).

Technical parameters for satellite reception:

ASTRA 19.2 East
Transponder: 1.035
Frequency: 10.994 GHz
Polarisation: Horizontal
Symbol Rate: 22 MS/s

Modulation: 8PSK
FEC: 5/6 
Pilots: on 
Service names: 'SES UHD Demo 
Channel', 'Astra Ultra HD 


Join the Ultra HD (R)evolution

With our experience and the trust of our partners, SES will further help develop the eco-system for Ultra HD to ultimately ensure TV viewers around the world can enjoy the best possible experience of Ultra HD via satellite. Ultra HD (4k) is now in the starting blocks, ready to roll out to consumers over the next few years. 

To show our support for Ultra HD pioneers SES will offer a platform for the development of a brand new broadcast business; distribution via Astra satellite system for a partner that can demonstrate an Ultra HD business concept that meets our criteria. Are you a pioneer of the future of home entertainment? Contact us to discuss how we can work together to make it happen.

Please submit your proposals here.

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