QVC has become the second shopping channel in Germany to start transmissions in UHD. It becomes the 7th UHD channel being carried by SES at its 19.2 degrees East orbital slot. Pearl TV was the first to transmit in UHD and launched its service in October 2015.
Under the ten-year agreement announced by SES, QVC will utilise additional capacity for its upgrade to UHD and rely on SES’s wholly-owned subsidiary MX1 for encoding in HEVC format and uplink services. QVC is also renewing capacity for distribution of the channel in Standard and High Definition.
“As we carry the largest line-up of HD and UHD channels worldwide, it is part of our DNA to help our customers bring the best possible picture quality to their audience. We are very excited to continue working with QVC for its transmission not only in SD and in HD, but now also in Ultra HD,” said Ferdinand Kayser, CEO of SES Video. “This agreement clearly underlines the ability of SES Video, augmented by MX1, to offer its customers a full suite of video solutions.”
“We want to offer our customers the best possible shopping experience through our various sales channels. Our goal is for viewers to receive our TV programming in the best possible picture quality – and broadcasting in Ultra HD confirms this claim,” said Mathias Bork, CEO of QVC Germany.