Measat and Newtec demo 4K on new satellite standard

Malaysian satellite operator Measat and satellite technology provider Newtec have teamed up to showcase satellite transmission of 4K UHDTV video distributed using the new DVB-S2X transmission standard.

According to Newtec, which contributed to the development of the standard, DVB-S2X, published in February, can provide efficiency gains over DVB-S2 of up to 51% for professional applications and up to 20% for DTH.

The pair will demo the new technology at the CommunicAsia exhibition in Singapore by showing 4K UHDTV transmissions at Measat’s stand.

The feed will be uplinked via MEASAT’s teleport in Cyberjaya, Kuala Lumpur, and delivered live via MEASAT-3 satellite in C-Band, using Newtec’s new DVB-S2X modulation equipment.

“Last year Measat demonstrated its capability to deliver 4K UHDTV over satellite. This year we continue our efforts to pioneer the early adoption of cutting edge technologies with a live demonstration of UHDTV over satellite using the new DVB-S2X standard,” said Raj Malik, SVP, sales and marketing, Measat.

“With DVB-S2X, MEASAT can support our broadcast customers with a more efficient and cost-effective use of our satellite capacity.”

“This demonstrates not only that satellite networks are ready for 4K UHDTV but also that DVB-S2X is ready to help satellite operators and broadcasters cut costs or deliver more content within the same capacity. It is no longer a question of whether the new DVB-S2X standard will be used in broadcast contribution and distribution networks, but rather a question of when,” said Steven Soenens, VP, product and market management at Newtec.