Measat Satellite Systems has begun trials with Ericsson to demonstrate the ability to provide live ultra high definition TV video contribution over Measat’s satellite network, as part of an effort to define the necessary workflows through the entire broadcasting ecosystem to the home.
The Malaysian-based satellite provider currently covers more than 150 countries across Asia, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Australia, representing 80% of the world’s population.
The two companies demonstrated their live system last week at Broadcast Asia to show how UHD premium coverage such as live sport can be broadcast today.
“Measat looks forward to supporting UHDTV across Asia, beginning with this trial on our high-powered Measat-3 satellite. UHDTV will take consumer expectations for high quality picture to a new level. We are therefore ensuring that the necessary solutions and systems are in place to deliver the next generation of TV services that meet evolving consumer demand,” said Measat’s vice president, Broadcast Sales, Jarod Lopez, (pictured).
“We are excited about the UHDTV trial using Ericsson’s reliable and efficient solution and will ensure that we have the infrastructure in place to distribute and broadcast 4K content over satellite in a reliable and robust manner.”
The Ericsson system that has been installed for the UHD trial uses Ericsson’s AVP 2000 contribution encoders and RX8200 advanced modular receivers.
“We understand that with consumer demand for higher quality comes greater pressure on broadcasters to increase service velocity while maintaining the high standards that are expected,” said Ericsson’s head of TV Compression Business, Dr Giles Wilson.
“This trial with Measat demonstrates how content providers and broadcasters can simply and effectively build their UHDTV content libraries so that they are ready for commercial launch in the coming years. Ericsson is a pioneer of next-generation TV services and is committed to enabling the industry to meet consumer demand, rather than chase it.”
Ericsson’s AVP 2000 and RX8200 systems support high level delivery, including 4:2:2, 10-bit and 50/60p support. Rather than using the next generation HEVC compression, they use MPEG-4 AVC encoding technology, but this means that the same devices can also be re-used for HD and SD contribution. The devices also use Ericsson’s Simulsync technology to ensure that the delivery of the UHD images remains in sync.
By David Fox