Intelsat, Globo to demonstrate 8K video transmission during World Cup

Intelsat (NYSE: I), operator of the world´s first Globalized Network and provider of integrated satellite communications, will partner with Globo, one of the largest broadcasters in Latin America, to demonstrate live 8K video transmissions in Brazil for the 2018 World Cup, the company said.

Running through July 15, content will be broadcast as part of an exhibition at the famous Museu de Amanhã, Rio de Janeiro´s innovative science museum. The transmission of 8K content to the Brazilian venue will provide the finest clarity, stunning color and viewer experience available, due to the fact that 8K has double the resolution of 4K and 16 times the resolution of full HD.

By watching the World Cup match in 7680 x 4320 pixels compared to the typical 1920 x 1080 pixels available in HD video, fans will feel as if they are in the stadium.

The 8K signal will be transmitted as a 200 Mbps video stream at the International Broadcast Center in Moscow and transported to Tokyo. It will then be carried to Intelsat via the Intelsat point of presence in New York. The signal will be transmitted on the IntelsatOne terrestrial network to Intelsat´s teleport in Atlanta, Georgia, where it will be re-encoded at 90 Mbps using a special NTT 8K HEVC real-time encoder.

Once the video is compressed, it will be modulated by a Newtec MDM-6100 modem in DVB-S2 and then uplinked to Intelsat 14, the company´s emerging HD video neighborhood in Latin America known for its HD and 4K content distribution.

Intelsat operates the world´s first Globalized Network, delivering high-quality, cost-effective video and broadband services anywhere in the world. Intelsat´s Globalized Network combines the world´s largest satellite backbone with terrestrial infrastructure, managed services and an open, interoperable architecture to enable customers to drive revenue and reach through a new generation of network services. For more information, visit www.intelsat.com.

Globo produces close to 3,000 annual hours of telenovelas and programs, as well as over 3,000 hours of telejournalism. Programs, series and interviews with a high standard of quality that every year, receive nominations in the International Emmy Awards. Presently, the network covers 98.6% of Brazil´s territory, reaching 99.5% of the population with the greatest network of affiliated broadcasting stations of 122 spread over the states. More than 90% of the network´s programming is produced in-house, which makes Globo the country´s largest job provider for artists, authors, journalists and producers. Globo currently has approximately 13000 employees. For more information: www.redeglobo.com.br.