Eutelsat boost for NASA HD/UHD channels

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NASA High Definition (NTV-3) and NASA Ultra High Definition (NTV-4) channels are broadcasting in free-to-air via satellite for the first time across Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa, using Eutelsat craft.

Viewers from across these regions can now enjoy exceptional images from the U.S. space programme, including coverage of launches, life on-board the International Space Station, Earth views from space, deep space exploration, the solar system, Mars, replay of NASA classics such as the Apollo programme, and documentaries on NASA’s latest R&D work.

  • NASA TV HD is transmitted free-to-air from the popular HOTBIRD video neighbourhood at 13° East for viewers in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa, and via the 7° East video neighbourhood for viewers in Sub-Saharan Africa.
  • NASA TV UHD is also broadcast on the HOTBIRD and 7° East video neighbourhoods, as well as the FRANSAT TV platform via the EUTELSAT 5 West A satellite, for subscribers equipped with an Ultra HD-compatible TV set. The channel, produced by Harmonic, leverages Harmonic’s latest Ultra HD end-to-end media processing and delivery technologies, with image resolution levels four times higher than standard HD.

Eutelsat is the first satellite operator to make NASA TV channels accessible to a large and rapidly growing audience base across Europe, the Middle East, North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa. Offering an unequalled viewing experience, the addition of NASA TV UHD underlines the continuous expansion of Ultra HD content transmitted via Eutelsat’s fleet of satellites.

Viewers must be equipped with a recent 4K Ultra HD TV set with an integrated satellite tuner certified by FRANSAT, as well as a CI+ CAM module.

How to receive the channels:

  • NASA TV UHD (NTV-4) – 4k UHD, HEVC encoding

From HOTBIRD (13° East)

Frequency: 11373 MHz

Horizontal polarization, DVB-S2, 8PSK, FEC 3/4

Symbol rate: 27500

From EUTELSAT 7B (7° East)

Frequency: 10887 MHz

Horizontal polarization, DVB-S2, QPSK, FEC 4/5

Symbol rate: 30000

From EUTELSAT 5 West A (5° West)

FRANSAT

Frequency: 12732 MHz

Vertical polarization, DVB-2, 8PSK, FEC 3/4

Symbol rate: 29950

  • NASA TV HD (NTV-3) – MPEG-4 encoding

From HOTBIRD (13° East)

Frequency: 11373 MHz

Horizontal polarization, DVB-S2, 8PSK, FEC 3/4

Symbol rate: 27500

From EUTELSAT 7B (7° East)

Frequency: 10887 MHz

Horizontal polarization, DVB-S2, QPSK, FEC 4/5

Symbol rate: 30000


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