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AsiaSat, Rohde & Schwarz develop FTA UHD TV service for Asia

MUMBAI: Asia Satellite Telecommunications Co. Ltd. (AsiaSat)
and Rohde & Schwarz have partnered
to advance next-generation Ultra-HD
(UHD) TV technologies by implementing
the first free to air (FTA) UHD channel
on AsiaSat 4. AsiaSat plans forr 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.
Through AsiaSat 4’s high-power
coverage, broadcasters and pay-TV
platforms with an AsiaSat 4 C-band
antenna in the Asia-Pacific region
will be able to receive the UHD channel
Operating at 122°E, AsiaSat 4
provides leading edge satellite
solutions to clients for TV
distribution, direct to home (DTH) as
well as broadband services across the
Asia-Pacific region. Its high power C-
band footprint spans from New
Zealand to Pakistan and part of the
Middle East.
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.
“We are very excited to work with
Rohde & Schwarz in this new and
evolving technology that will drive
future consumer viewing experience
of video content. Rohde & Schwarz
has shown exemplary commitment to
quality and support in helping us
through the evaluation phase. We look
forward to launching our first UHD
channel and promoting this new
technology together,” said AsiaSat VP
marketing and global accounts Sabrina
“Rohde & Schwarz is the leading
supplier for Digital TV transmission
networks in Asia and the world. We
are happy to support AsiaSat in
establishing their first UHD channel
and look forward to a very successful
implementation,” added Rohde &
Schwarz VP for sales and marketing,
Asia Middle Heino Gregorek.

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