Italian public broadcaster RAI has partnered with satellite operator Eutelsat on a project to launch Ultra-HD trials. Although no details have been revealed, it is known that RAI has acquired the TV rights to air 23 matches of the EURO 2016 football tournament this summer in France.
It is likely that some of the matches, which will be aired both via digital terrestrial and digital satellite, will also be available in Ultra-HD to viewers that have the compatible reception equipment.
The 4K project is part of RAI’s strategic plans that also foresee the transfer of its entire satellite TV output to HD.
RAI currently broadcasts five satellite TV channels in HD via the tivùsat free-to-air DTH platform: Rai 1, Rai 2, Rai 3, Rai Sport 1 and Rai 4, the latter also visible on pay-TV DTH platform Sky Italia.