SES Demos 4K (Ultra HD) Transmission In New, Highly Efficient Standard
What's it all mean? Well, the demo was recently presented, offering viewers a first look at a full 3840x2160 pixel Ultra HD picture in HEVC, while previous demonstrations were either broadcast in H.264 or using 4 HD pictures in parallel. Ian Trow, Senior Director of Emerging Technology and Strategy, Harmonic, said: "SES has achieved an important industry first with Harmonic and Broadcom. This DVB-S2 transmission clearly demonstrates the benefit of HEVC encoding using the Harmonic ProMedia in a live to air Satellite application. A significant compression improvement has been achieved using HEVC when compared to previous Ultra HD deployments using MPEG-4 AVC (H.264)."
Basically, this new standard is far more efficient, which sets it up to perhaps broadcast legitimate 4K content to TVs everywhere. One can hope, huh?