Eutelsat is making its 4K Ultra-HDTV demo channel available to Digiturk. Broadcasting from Eutelsat’s 7A satellite, which is also home to Digiturk’s pay-TV neighbourhood, the first demo transmission took place on April 2nd and has now been opened up to a wider audience limited only by the lack of receiving equipment.
Emre Uysal, Digiturk’s Product Development and Broadcasting Systems Operations Manager, says that the establishment of the standards and infrastructure for 4K are now actively underway, underlining that Digiturk has the infrastructure and service capabilities required for 4K. “We have 4K capability as of now and aim to be ready for commercial broadcasts once standards of this ecosystem are finalised and consumer equipment is available in the market. This demonstration channel gives us a powerful platform to show the vivid experience afforded by Ultra HD and will enable us to build the broadcasting chain from content production to home viewing.”
“Eutelsat is proud to be Digiturk’s chosen digital satellite partner for almost 15 years and to embark on this new venture in 4K broadcasting,” said Ali Korur, Eutelsat’s Turkey, Middle East and Africa Manager. “Supporting the broadcast industry along its continuing path of innovation is a core part of our DNA. It was in this spirit that we launched demonstration HD and 3D channels as these formats and ecosystems took shape, and the same spirit is driving this new initiative.”