Advanced Television

Gulf viewers will get World Cup in Ultra-HD

March 11, 2014

By Chris Forrester

RVP-footballEs’HailSat, a new satellite operator broadcasting over the complete MENA region, expects to be carrying 4K/Ultra-HD signals during this summer’s Brazil FIFA World Cup tournament.

Es’Hail-1 went ‘live’ on March 11th with its anchor customer the Al Jazeera-backed beIN Sport cluster of channels, and it is beIN Sport which Es-HailSat’s CEO Ali Al Kuwari said he expected to show demonstration telecasts of the World Cup in 4K/Ultra-HDTV.  Es-HailSat-1 transmits from 25.5/26 degrees East orbital position, alongside Arabsat.

“It will obviously be limited to the number of people who own 4K displays, but I also expect it to be shown in the shopping Malls, as well as in high-end retail stores,” said Al Kuwairi. “People need to see the difference it makes.”

Al Kuwari, speaking exclusively to at the Washington 2014 Satellite Show, said he expected to be issuing a Request for Proposals (RFP) to the industry’s satellite builders for its second satellite, which he wanted to be ready for launch by the end of 2016.

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