Canal+ is launching its Ultra-HD DTH service on a newly-designed set-top box (Le Decodeur) today, January 18th.
The UHD signal will be carried by SES from its 19.2 degrees East orbital position.
Using their existing satellite dish, all Canal+ French satellite subscribers will be able to enjoy a wide range of premium UHD content, including cinema, series, original productions and sport, using a new UHD satellite receiver, Le Decodeur. The box is capable of receiving eight satellite channels and with integrated WiFi, the decoder also offers multiple functionalities and a new viewing experience by enabling multi-device and multi-room video consumption.
“We are very proud to be partnering with SES to bring UHD to 100 per cent of French households,” declared Frank Cadoret, EVP Distribution, Group Canal+. “Our new Decodeur is the most advanced DTH box on the market with ultra-fast channel surfing and a completely redesigned user experience. Along with Canal’s premium UHD content, particularly sports and original series (Creations Originales), we intend to further boost our satellite customer loyalty and grow the existing subscriber base.”
“Canal+ Group is an important and long-standing partner for SES, and the SES Video team is proud to accompany our customer on its UHD journey,” added Ferdinand Kayser, CEO at SES Video. “The commercial launch of this Ultra HD premium channel is a key milestone for the development of mass-market Ultra HD in France. We are delighted to see that French satellite pay-TV subscribers will enjoy the best viewing experience, both in terms of picture quality and functionalities. By positioning satellite at the heart of its distribution strategy, Canal+ Group demonstrates that the role of our infrastructure is essential for linear TV distribution, offering the high throughput required for top-quality Ultra HD everywhere.”