Ultra HD gains momentum in US

With an additional nine TV operators joining SES´s Ultra HD trials, a total of 30 US Pay TV providers, with a combined audience of more than 10 million subscribers, are now testing SES´s 4K content delivery platform across their distribution networks, the company said.

The latest wave of Pay TV system operators to ink Ultra HD trial agreements with SES includes: Alliance Communications, an Internet, phone and cable TV operator serving subscribers in South Dakota and Minnesota; Cincinnati Bell, a telco in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky; Douglas County Community Network, an ultra-high-speed broadband and IPTV provider in the state of Washington; and Hotwire, a national telecom provider.

Among the 30 operators on SES´s 4K platform, three have already initiated commercial linear Ultra HD services in subscriber homes via SES´s end-to-end solution: Marquette-Adams Communications in Wisconsin, Highlands Cable Group in North Carolina, and, most recently, EPB Fiber Optics in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

SES´s all-in-one Ultra HD platform combines satellite distribution services, reception gear, and the world´s largest 4K Ultra HD channel line-up, featuring Fashion One 4K, Travelxp 4K, 4KUNIVERSE, NASA TV UHD, INSIGHT TV, UHD1, C4K360, Funbox UHD, Nature Relaxation 4K and SES´s UHD demonstration channel.

SES is a satellite operator delivering a differentiated and scalable GEO-MEO offering worldwide, with more than 50 satellites in Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) and 12 in Medium Earth Orbit (MEO). SES focuses on value-added, end-to-end solutions in two key business units; SES Video and SES Networks.