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Looking at the cutting edge of video services that are no way out of their infancy right now, leading satellite operator SES has teamed with encoding firm Spin Digital and CE giant Samsung to show the potential of 8KTV.

SES 8K 14MAy2019The demonstration, said to be the first of its kind in Europe, took place at the annual SES Industry Days event and saw 8K content broadcast via the ASTRA satellite at the28.2 degrees East orbital slot with Spin Digital providing the capability to encode high quality 8K signals, and Samsung offering an 8K flat screen TV.

Specifically, the 7680 x 4320-pixel 50 frames/second 8K content was encoded using a Spin Digital 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 using DVB-S2 transmission parameters specifically for the demo at Industry Days. The Samsung TV — soon be available across Europe — featured a 4000 Nits peak luminance, an 8K-compatible HEVC 50/60 fps video decoder, the latest HDMI interface and is capable of displaying High Dynamic Range (HDR) content.

SES believes that transmitting broadcast-quality 8K content across multiple video formats calls for both efficient video coding and reliable infrastructure technology. It added that while compression technology will become more efficient in the next few years, the demo underlines how satellite is already capable of reliably providing the transmission bitrates necessary to distribute 8K signals across continents.

“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, vice-president of new technology and standards at SES Video.

“As their trusted partner, our vast TV audience reach and ability to deliver truly engaging video experiences via satellite mean we are well placed to differentiate their offerings and deliver customer success. 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.”