Satellite operator SES confirmed that Viasat will use SES capacity to broadcast Viasat Ultra HD in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland via SES-5 at 5 degrees East. With the addition of Viasat Ultra HD, SES will broadcast a total of 24 Ultra HD channels (including test channels and regional versions), representing 46 per cent of all channels broadcast in this format via satellite worldwide. SES carries the world’s largest HD line-up with over 2,300 HD channels, transmitting 27 per cent of all HD/Ultra HD satellite channels worldwide – by far more than any other satellite operator.
“Viasat has been relying on SES services to broadcast its approximately 230 channels for more than 20 years,” said Ferdinand Kayser, chief commercial officer at SES. “As sports have always been predicted to be a key driver for Ultra HD, we are very pleased to take this important step together with Viasat to drive the next generation viewing experience forward. With more and more Ultra HD channels expected in the future, satellite will remain the optimal infrastructure to deliver this new and substantially improved viewing experience.”