Ultra HD space channel NASA TV launches in US

Peter Alexander

Peter Alexander

The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has partnered with Harmonic to launch what they claim is the first consumer Ultra HD (UHD) channel in North America.

NASA TV is now available via the SES AMC-18C satellite, with Harmonic currently in discussions with pay TV operators to carry the channel on their satellite DTH, cable and optical networks.

Tests are also underway to launch the channel on a range of TV and IP-connected devices and will be available for OTT streaming at a later date, the companies said.

NASA’s ‘ambient video channel’ is designed to capture the “breathtaking beauty of the space program” and will include eight new TV series looking at different facets of the space programme.

The channel uses an end-to-end UHD delivery system from Harmonic, offers linear 2160p60 video content and is jointly operated by NASA and Harmonic.

“Not only is NASA TV UHD the first consumer UHD channel in North America, the ambient nature of the channel is unlike anything anyone has ever seen before, taking the consumer entertainment experience to a whole new level,” said Peter Alexander, chief marketing officer at Harmonic.

“Each programme featured on NASA TV UHD is composed of long, beautiful shots that can only be described as breathtaking. Delivered in the eight million pixel resolution of the UHD format, it truly is a remarkable viewing experience.”