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SES signs up six more operators for US Ultra HD trials

SES astra antennasSES has signed up six more regional US cable operators to its Ultra HD trials and said that some existing participants are nearing the launch of consumer UHD packages.

The satellite operator has signed new Ultra HD trial agreements with: Aureon in Iowa; GVTC Communications in Texas; Highlands Cable Group in North Carolina; KPU Telecommunications in Alaska; Service Electric in Pennsylvania and New Jersey; and Shrewsbury Community Cable in Massachusetts.

More than 15 cable operators and multichannel video programming distributors, with a combined audience of over 7 million subscribers, are now testing 4K content delivery across SES’s fully-managed Ultra HD platform.

“Our SES Ultra HD solution is on course to enable live and linear Ultra HD delivery to homes in half the time it took HD to reach the same television milestone across the US,” said Steve Corda, vice president of business development in North America for SES.

“Cable operators have been extremely impressed with how easy it is to implement our pre-packaged Ultra HD solution across their networks. By leveraging the scalability and reliability of satellite, SES has greatly accelerated the delivery of Ultra HD to homes throughout North America.

“Some of the first cable operators to join our Ultra HD trials early last year are now on the verge of launching the very first consumer Ultra HD packages in the US.”