Europe Welcomes the First 4K UHD TV Channel

Eutelsat launches a demonstration channel broadcasted by satellite

There was little chance of CES 2013 being so overflowing with UHDTVs (TVs with 4K resolution, 3840 x 2160 pixels) without forcing a TV provider or two to launch a channel supporting that image quality.

Eutelsat Communications has just launched the first dedicated demonstration Ultra HD channel in Europe.

The signal went online on January 8 and has been there ever since, maintained by the company satellite.

Encoded in MPEG-4, it runs 3840 x 2160 video at 50 frames per second (US providers use 60 fps instead).

A bandwidth of 40 Mbps is used to make sure the feed goes through smoothly and without visual drawbacks.

Currently, there are only three UHDTVs on the market, so there isn't a need for much rush here. After all, even 3D broadcasts are rare, despite the technology having been promoted to the limit in 2012.

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