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KT Skylife Buys Ericsson Encoders for Satellite Ultra-HD

[Via Satellite 05-26-2016] South Korean satellite pay-TV provider KT SkyLife has purchased Ericsson‘s High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) encoders to support its Ultra-HD broadcasts. The deal marks KT SkyLife’s fifth Ultra-HD channel launch to date. Ericsson encoders support video compression and pre-processing improvements in MPEG-2, Advanced Video Coding (AVC) and HEVC, with advanced compression capabilities [...]

By | May 26, 2016

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Eurovision Leases Capacity Across Four Eutelsat Satellites

[Via Satellite 05-26-2016] The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) signed new contracts for capacity on four Eutelsat satellites. The capacity will be used to carry live Eurovision broadcasts of flagship sporting events, including all major European football championships and this year’s most popular summer sports events. Using the Eutelsat 65 West A, Eutelsat 12 West B [...]

By | May 26, 2016

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SES Launches HDR-Capable Ultra-HD Demo Channel

[Via Satellite 05-26-2016] SES has launched a 24/7 Ultra-HD test channel for transmitting High Dynamic Range (HDR) content at its annual industry days event May 26. The company is, with industry partners, demonstrating several technologies for enhancing the quality of Ultra-HD television with HDR, which provides much higher contrast and offers a more realistic viewing [...]

By | May 26, 2016

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Avanti Awarded Long Term Contract from Sematron, Will Support Broadcast with Ka-band

[Via Satellite 05-25-2016] Avanti Communications has entered a new, long-term contract with Sematron. Based in the United Kingdom and operating globally, Sematron is a content delivery company specializing in IP connectivity, video broadcast and distribution. With access to dedicated capacity across the entire Avanti Hylas fleet of satellites, Sematron will provide a major U.K. national [...]

By | May 25, 2016

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SES Gets Contract Renewal from iN Demand for HD Sports Broadcasts

[Via Satellite 05-25-2016] SES customer iN Demand has renewed a capacity agreement to continue the delivery of its High-Definition (HD) professional sports packages and Pay-Per-View (PPV) events to cable audiences across the Americas. iN Demand delivers content via PPV, Video On Demand (VOD) and digital platforms. The company has retained two C-band transponders on the [...]

By | May 25, 2016

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SES Inks Capacity Deal in Philippines, Forms JV in Ghana

[Via Satellite 05-24-2016] SES has signed a multi-year, multi-transponder agreement with Sky Cable, the largest cable television provider in the Philippines. Additionally the company announced it has formed a joint venture with Information and Communications Technology (ICT) company K-NET in Ghana for a new broadcast platform with its subsidiary SES Platform Services (SES PS). In [...]

By | May 24, 2016

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Tunisia’s ONT Strengthens Agreement with Eutelsat

[Via Satellite 05-24-2016] The Tunisian broadcasting corporation ONT has signed a multi-year contract with Eutelsat to broadcast its new subscription-free TV platform across North and West Africa. The company is consolidating around 10 Tunisian channels in a single package on Eutelsat 7 A West, located at the 7/8 degrees west orbital slot. The spacecraft’s footprint [...]

By | May 24, 2016

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Hispasat, Portugal Telecom to Broadcast Key Soccer Matches in 4K

[Via Satellite 05-18-2016] Hispasat has reached an agreement with Portugal Telecom‘s MEO television platform to broadcast the Champions League Final in 4K format on the Sport TV channel as well as eight of the most important matches of the UEFA Euro 2016 on the RTP 4K channel. The first match to be broadcast in Ultra [...]

By | May 18, 2016

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AsiaSat to Broadcast 4KUniverse on AsiaSat 4

[Via Satellite 05-17-2016] 4KUniverse, a new general entertainment Ultra-HD channel, will be available on AsiaSat’s “4K-Sat” Ultra-HD channel by mid-May on the AsiaSat 4 satellite. The channel features movies, TV series, documentaries and live sports filmed in 4K resolution. 4KUniverse is one of the first premium general entertainment 4K TV channels available to the global [...]

By | May 17, 2016

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Battle Against Pirated Content is Improving, Says WMI Exec

[Via Satellite 05-13-2016] Australia is likely to see a real breakthrough in the fight against pirated content by year’s end, according to World Media International (WMI) Managing Director Tony Ishak. Exacerbated by the Internet-based nonlinear content distribution such as Over-the-Top (OTT), piracy is a major concern to broadcasters and pay-TV providers. WMI has been working [...]

By | May 13, 2016

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