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December 6th, 2016

Ultra HD TV Channel For Millennials & Gen-X'ers En Route Via SES-1

4KUNIVERSE is a general entertainment Ultra HD channel and is the latest in a series of networks to join the fast-growing HD line-up from SES S.A. (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) being delivered to cable operators and other TV platforms across North America.

A mix of documentaries, sports, movies, and TV shows aimed at Millennials and Generation-X viewers, 4KUNIVERSE will make its debut in January 2017 on the SES-1 satellite, one of three satellites (SES-1, SES-3, AMC-18) hosting North America’s leading Ultra HD distribution platform at the center of the orbital arc. 4KUNIVERSE, licensed to multiple video program distributors (MVPDs) by Vivicast Media, is the fourth Ultra HD channel in less than two months to join SES’s regional Ultra HD platform, home to eight linear Ultra HD channels as of January. SES has now inked distribution deals with over 30 Ultra HD channels globally.   

Artistic rendition of the SES-1 satellite.

4KUNIVERSE offers Ultra HD content featuring high-end entertainment series, including “Model Turned Superstar” and wine competition series “Best Bottle.” Live sports content includes exclusive 4K rights to the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Tour, while the 4KUNIVERSE movie vault features a broad range of titles, such as 80’s drama “The Toy Soldiers” and the launch of crime thriller “Wolf Mother” next year. Nature documentaries on the Grand Canyon, Mount Rainier and the Hoh Rainforest showcase majestic drone aerials over popular landmarks, rounding out the offering at launch. Plans for 2017 include brand new, original Ultra HD shows for daytime and primetime audiences.

Numerous cable operators across the US are currently receiving and testing the growing line-up of SES-delivered Ultra HD channels across their systems, in preparation for the distribution of the Ultra HD content to their subscribers.

According to Matthew Mancinelli, Founder and CEO of 4KUNIVERSE, the Ultra HD TV channel represents a tremendous addition to the expanding Ultra HD content choices offered over the SES Ultra HD distribution platform serving North America. 4KUNIVERSE has been collaborating with the SES team for months, by testing with block programming on their promotional channel—all leading up to this exciting launch of our 24/7 Ultra HD channel with cable and telecom companies across the US. The channel's first carriage deals will be announced shortly.