Vatican Media to transmit Christmas Eve Midnight Mass live in Ultra HD | 4K/UltraHD | News | Rapid TV News
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Christmas Midnight Mass, presided over by Pope Francis in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican in Rome, is to be broadcast live via satellite in Ultra HD on Rai 4K on channel 210 of the Tivùsat free-to-air satellite platform.

globcastVatican 21Dec2017The initiative will take place under the auspices of the Segreteria per la Comunicazione of the Holy See, led by the Prefect Monsignor Dario Edoardo Viganò, who is managing the event. The project, coming a year after the transmission of the Holy Door Closing Ceremony in Ultra HD, is being handled via the Audiovisual Production department of the Vatican and sees the international debut of Vatican Media, a new brand that is managing and developing multimedia productions for the Vatican. This is one of the reforms of the Holy See’s communication system as requested by Pope Francis.

A team of technicians from Globecast, Eutelsat, Rai, Sony and Tivùsat is providing the required resources to bring the event to Italian homes via the highest quality Ultra HD images.

The ceremony is always eagerly awaited all over the world, with Italian viewers who own a 4K-ready TV equipped with the Tivùsat CAM able to view the Ultra HD signal. The event will be broadcast simultaneously on Rai 1 and on Rai 1 HD via digital terrestrial TV and satellite, as well across the world through the usual distribution used by the Vatican.

Commenting on the project, Alessandro Alquati, Globecast Italia managing director, said: “At a time of particular importance for the transition to 4K, Globecast is honoured and proud to be involved in the Holy See's Segreteria per la Comunicazione, working together with a powerful team of technological partners. Special thanks go to NTT Electronics for providing the 4K HEVC encoding equipment.”