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October 9th, 2015

UHD Delivery In APAC Via AsiaSat's AsiaSat 4 Satellite With Rohde & Schwarz Hardware Support

[Satnews] AsiaSat's plans for an UHD TV broadcasting service over satellite have taken a major step forward with the imminent launch of its first channel following an extensive technical evaluation carried out at the AsiaSat UHD laboratory.

Artistic rendition of the AsiaSat 4 satellite.

Image courtesy of Boeing.

The high-power coverage provided by AsiaSat 4 will enable broadcasters and pay-TV platforms with an AsiaSat 4 C-band antenna in the Asia-Pacific region to receive the UHD channel directly.

Operating at 122 degrees East, AsiaSat 4 provides customers with leading-edge satellite solutions for TV distribution, DTH as well as broadband services throughout the Asia-Pacific region. AsiaSat's high-power C-band footprint spans from New Zealand to Pakistan and part of the Middle East.

Rohde & Schwarz CLIPSTER product.

Rohde & Schwarz is providing a comprehensive broadcast solution that includes the R&S CLIPSTER mastering station for editing, handling and playing out UHD data in real time. In addition, the R&S AVHE100 headend will be used for live encoding using an HEVC encoder with 10 bit color depth. Rohde & Schwarz technology not only gives AsiaSat the best UHD TV picture quality, it also provides a future-proof solution.