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Harmonic, AsiaSat launch new UHD channel

Harmonic, a specialist in video delivery infrastructure, and AsiaSat, Asia’s premier satellite operator, have announced a partnership to launch a new Ultra HD channel 4K-SAT2/HVN’, AsiaSat’s second free-to-air UHD channel on AsiaSat 4 at 122 degrees East for Asia-Pacific.

Launching on the new channel on March 1st will be 4K video content from Harmonic’s broad video library, as well as content from the new NASA TV UHD channel, in 2160p60 with HEVC Main 10 profile, utilising an end-to-end UHD video processing system from Harmonic. With the channel, consumers in Asia can explore the breathtaking beauty of the world and of space in stunning UHD. NASA TV UHD, the first UHD channel in North America, was launched jointly by NASA and Harmonic in North America in late 2015.

“With the cost of UHD TV sets dropping dramatically over the past year, demand for UHD content in Asia is expected to grow exponentially in the next couple of years,” said Sabrina Cubbon, vice president, marketing & global accounts at AsiaSat. “Our partnership with Harmonic for this new channel ‘4K-SAT2/HVN,’ following the successful launch of our first UHD channel last year, enables the delivery of a choice of rich and compelling UHD content on AsiaSat 4, allowing us to demonstrate the superior quality via satellite of a linear Ultra HD channel in 2160p60 resolution.”

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