Global satellite operator Eutelsat is launching a UHD demonstration channel for Southeast Asia and Australia, based on the Thomson Video Networks’ ViBE VS7000 multi-screen video system and Sapphire MPEG stream server.
Broadcast via the company’s EUTELSAT 70B satellite, the demo channel will leverage the HEVC capabilities of the Thomson solutions with the aim of providing a rich UHDTV picture at up to 50fps and in 10-bit colour.
With its ability to create HEVC content at any frame rate and any resolution up to UHD, the ViBE VS7000 will provide file transcoding for the Eutelsat demo channel. The Sapphire channel-in-a-box broadcast server will create playlists of HEVC clips and schedule the broadcasts, to help streamline playout. The 4K channel will broadcast documentary, cultural, and sports content created by TV channels, production companies, and Eutelsat itself.
“The ViBE VS7000 system and Sapphire stream server combine to create a very simple and affordable platform for broadcasting a UHD channel as well as an ideal opportunity to demonstrate the full power of HEVC encoding for delivering pristine UHD picture quality with maximum bandwidth savings," said Michel Chabrol, director marketing innovation and digital cinema at Eutelsat. "With this new initiative, we're looking forward to demonstrating the latest developments in UHDTV, and just how cost-effective and bandwidth-efficient it can be for broadcasters."