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SES, Samsung broadcast 8K signal via satellite

First such demonstration of the technology in Europe

SES, Samsung and Spin Digital have teamed up to broadcast an 8K signal directly to a flat screen TV with a built-in satellite receiver.

In the first such demonstration in Europe, the 8K content was broadcast via ASTRA 28.2 degrees East orbital slot.

The 8K content, with 7680 x 4320 pixels at 50 frames/s, was encoded by Spin Digital using its HEVC encoder at a bit rate of 70 Mbps for broadcast-grade quality, while the transmission was carried out by SES on a single 33 MHz transponder using DTH broadcast parameters.

The 82” Samsung 8K Q950RB QLED production model TV received the signal directly, and used DVB-S2 transmission parameters specifically for the demonstration.

“Audiences today want richer video experiences that can be best fulfilled by immersive Ultra HD content, hence a lot of our broadcast and video customers are migrating their channels to high definition (HD) and Ultra HD,” said Thomas Wrede, VP of new technology and standards at SES Video. “It will be years before large 8K flat screens or video walls become a common sight in our living rooms. Nonetheless, we are anticipating the future by working with our industry partners to further improve the consumer’s video quality experience and to define an 8K satellite broadcasting standard.”