SES Demos Live, Linear Ultra HD Broadcast to Cable

SES Operations Room

Satellite operator SES S.A. has partnered with Harmonic, Sony, TelVue, Superior Satellite Systems and PACSAT to demo a full end-to-end Ultra HD transmission system and deliver live and linear Ultra HD broadcasts to a cable system at the NAB Show.

The Ultra HD broadcasts are being enabled by SES’s satellites, teleport network, global HD and Ultra HD leadership, and a team of technology partners. Harmonic is contributing its Electra X3 advanced media processor providing live, full-frame, full-GOP UHD (HEVC Main 10 profile) encoding, ProView integrated receiver-decoders for satellite reception, and NSG Exo distributed CCAP system for DOCSIS transmission. Sony brings its content and 4K Ultra HD smart TVs to the project. TelVue playout servers are stationed at the SES teleport in Woodbine, Maryland to enable content delivery. Superior Satellite Systems is enabling satellite downlink services over an onsite antenna, and PACSAT is providing uplink services from its SNG truck next to the SES Ultra HD studio located at the front entrance of the South Hall.

Pre-produced content and live interviews with Hollywood and television celebrities and executives are being broadcast to a cable system in SES booth SU1910. NAB attendees visiting SES, Harmonic and Sony booths can watch the live Ultra HD broadcast.