Harmonic, AsiaSat ready new UHD channel

Staff writer
25 Jan 2016
00:00

Harmonic and AsiaSat have partnered to launch new Ultra HD (UHD) channel “4K- SAT2/HVN”, AsiaSat’s second free-to-air UHD channel on AsiaSat 4 at 122 degrees East for the Asia Pacific.

Launching on “4K-SAT2/HVN” on March 1, will be 4K video content from Harmonic’s broad video library, as well as content from the new NASA TV UHD channel, in 2160p60 with HEVC Main 10 profile using an end-to-end UHD video processing system from Harmonic.

With the channel, consumers in Asia can explore the world and outer space in stunning UHD. NASA TV UHD, the first UHD channel in North America, was launched jointly by NASA and Harmonic in North America in late 2015.

“With the cost of UHD TV sets dropping dramatically over the past year, demand for UHD content in Asia is expected to grow exponentially in the next couple of years,” said Sabrina Cubbon, VP of marketing and global accounts at AsiaSat.

The partnership for the new channel following the launch of AsiaSat’s first UHD channel last year, which enabled the company to deliver linear Ultra HD channel in 2160p60 resolution.

“By providing AsiaSat with a full-scale workflow for delivering 2160p60 UHD video content, and also providing a complete slate of compelling content that showcases the medium of UHD, Harmonic is enabling UHD services to be rolled out quickly and affordably to consumers across the region, with amazing video quality,” said Peter Alexander, CMO at Harmonic.

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