SES and Samsung team up for broadcast first

SES to broadcast first Ultra HD concert via satellite
SES control centre where concert broadcast will be coordinated
SES control centre where concert broadcast will be coordinated


SES have announced a collaboration with Samsung Electronics that will see the satellite operator’s Astra Ultra HD demo channel broadcast its first live concert.

The concert by American rock band Linkin Park will be broadcast live in Ultra HD at the orbital position of Astra 19.2 degrees East, according to SES, which says the transmission will be a first for the global broadcasting industry.

“The successful broadcast of a live concert will mark another milestone in the development of the Ultra HD eco system and power the way for more live content to be broadcast live via satellite in the coming years,” said Ferdinand Kayser, chief commercial officer at SES.

“We are honoured that Samsung has chosen to work with SES to broadcast a live concert exclusively on our demo channel, as this demonstrates Samsung’s faith in our satellites and our technical capabilities,” he added.

The Linkin Park concert on November 19th at the O2 World Berlin will be the world’s first live concert to be broadcast via satellite encoded in the HEVC standard with a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, 50 frame per second and a colour depth of 10 bit. It will be available exclusively on the Astra Ultra HD demo channel.

The live broadcast will begin at 9 pm CET and can be received with Samsung 2014 Ultra HD screens. SES Platform Services, a subsidiary of SES, will manage the encoding of the content.

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