NASA, Harmonic to launch 4K channel

NASA Television is teaming with video delivery infrastructure company Harmonic for an ultra HD channel that will deliver linear 4K video content from space, and is to be distributed by European satellite operator SES.
September 14, 2015

NASA Television is set to launch an ultra HD channel that will deliver linear 4K video content from space.

The organization is partnering with Harmonic – a video delivery infrastructure company – to launch NASA TV UHD, which will feature high-resolution content generated on the International Space Station and other on-going NASA missions, as well as re-mastered footage from historical missions.

Following preliminary tests, NASA TV UHD is expected to launch November 1 and will be available on a wide selection of TV and Internet-connected devices.

The channel will be distributed across North America by European satellite operator SES, which developed the first UHD ecosystem capable of providing cable systems with live linear 4K content.

“Our three satellites at the foundation of SES’s North America Ultra HD platform enable the programmers to potentially reach more than 100 million U.S. television homes through virtually every cable TV, IPTV and direct-to-home provider across the region,” said Steve Corda, VP of business development for SES North America, in a statement.

The channel will also be made available online, but will require at least 13 MBps access connectivity in order to receive the signal.

The deal is a result of a Space Act Agreement between Harmonic and NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.

“As NASA reaches new heights and reveals the unknown, the NASA TV UHD channel can bring that journey to life in every home,” added Peter Alexander, chief marketing officer at Harmonic. “And as organizations at the forefront of innovation, together we are leading the adoption of this exciting technology.”

  • Check out a trailer for NASA TV UHD below:

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