LA-based film and TV distributor Mance Media has teamed with satellite operators SES and AsiaSat to roll out a general entertainment Ultra HD channel, 4KUniverse.
The consumer-facing 4K content brand is now available for a subscription fee of US$5.99 per month (or the local currency equivalent) via YouTube and Vimeo. Territories able to access the channel include North America, Australia and New Zealand, Russia, the UK, Poland, Denmark, Taiwan and Brazil.
Documentary features available via the service include Circles of Life: Iceland 4K directed by Reinhard Kungel; the time-lapse documentary Timescapes 4K directed by Tom Lowe; and the nature documentary Grand Canyon 4K directed by Roman Khomlyak. Mance Media has also delved into shooting in 4K for original content, including the three-hour 4K Fireplace, in 5.1 surround sound.
The subscription offering will be ad-free and will also offer some content in HDR (high dynamic range) in addition to its 3840 x 2160 pixel content. Beginning in Q2 of 2016, 4KUniverse will aim to test 4K linear UHD feeds via its satellite operator partners.
The company is currently in acquisition mode for the new initiative and will present it at MIPTV in April.
“Having strategic partners on board like satellite companies SES and AsiaSat allows our channel to enjoy the largest possible audience and adds immediate value at launch,” said Matthew Mancinelli, founder and CEO of Mance Media, in a statement. “I look forward to rolling out 4KUniverse in many ways, growing the subscriber base and working alongside filmmakers shooting with 4K cameras.”
“Mance Media and 4KUNIVERSE represent exciting additions to the compelling and growing Ultra HD channel line up on our SES satellite-based Ultra HD platform,” added Steve Corda, VP of business development in North America for SES.