Russia’s Tricolor testing Ultra HD

Russian pay-TV operator Tricolor TV is planning to test-broadcast using Ultra-HD technology, according to press agency Tass.

Ultra-HD offers high-resolution 3840 x 2160 pixels, and the Tass report says that Tricolor will use a transponder on Eutelsat 36A craft, and transmitting in MPEG4 at 40 Mb/s.

Test material, comprising a 14-minute movie shot by Russia Travel Guide, will make the event what is claimed to be the first U-HD transmission in Russia.

Tricolor is Russia’s largest pay-TV platform and has been on air since 2005. It claimed 12.4 million subscribers as of March 25th this year. It is owned by media and industrial conglomerate Gazprom with Russian investment company VTB Capital owing a minority stake.

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