SES Teams With With Tech Partners To Deliver Live Linear UHD Broadcast at NAB 2015

SES (Booth SU1910) and its broadcast- and television-technology partners have created an end-to-end Ultra HD transmission system and are delivering three days of live and linear Ultra HD broadcasts to a cable system at NAB 2015.

The Ultra HD broadcasts are enabled by SES’s satellites and teleport network and the team of technology partners. Harmonic has contributed its Electra X3 advanced media processor, providing live, full-frame, full-GOP UHD (HEVC Main 10 profile) encoding; ProView integrated receiver-decoders for satellite reception; and NSG Exo distributed CCAP system for DOCSIS transmission. Sony brings its content and 4K/Ultra HD smart TVs to the first-of-its kind project. TelVue playout servers are stationed at the SES teleport in Woodbine, MD, to enable content delivery. Superior Satellite Systems is enabling satellite downlink services over an onsite antenna. PACSAT is providing uplink services from its SNG truck next to the SES Ultra HD studio located at the front entrance of the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

A mix of preproduced content, feature coverage of events throughout Las Vegas, and live interviews with Hollywood and television celebrities and executives is being broadcast in Ultra HD to a fully operational cable system in the SES booth. NAB 2015 attendees visiting the SES, Harmonic, and Sony booths will be able to watch the live Ultra HD broadcast.

In conjunction with Sinclair Broadcast Group, the live celebrity interviews will be conducted by a KSNV-TV Las Vegas reporter and distributed to partner booths, to HD-news audiences watching KSNV-TV news in Las Vegas, and to viewers watching dozens of Sinclair stations nationwide.

“Satellites provide the best solution for delivering high-quality, premium content into the homes of American viewers,” says Steve Corda, VP, business development, SES in North America. “We have created a full end-to-end Ultra HD broadcast solution, with live Ultra HD broadcasts at NAB to demonstrate that SES and its partners are well positioned to deliver live and linear Ultra HD to the home today.”

Says Jeremy Rosenberg, VP, business development, Harmonic, “Harmonic is excited to enable SES to offer a complete UHD workflow in IP with leading UHD products ready for service deployment today. Harmonic is uniquely positioned to provide comprehensive support to SES on their UHD-IP project, which requires no set-top box, and we look forward to supporting SES in offering this to cable operators,”.

Says Ali E. Amoli, director, product management, Content Creation Systems, Sony Professional Solutions Americas, “We believe it’s important to work with other industry leaders, such as SES, to demonstrate the practicality of getting 4K content to its ultimate destination — the consumer — enabling Sony’s ‘Beyond Definition’ technologies to be experienced.”

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