SES and Verizon partner for UHD trials

SES astra antennasSatellite operator SES has partnered with Verizon in the US to drive the development of Ultra HD delivery solutions for Verizon Fios subscribers.

Announcing the collaboration, SES said that Verizon is among a recent wave of multichannel video programming distributors that are evaluating the SES satellite-based Ultra HD solution.

Verizon will receive and test content via SES’s managed Ultra HD platform, which is delivered over dedicated satellite bandwidth and carries nine linear Ultra HD channels.

“This collaborative agreement between SES and Verizon marks an important milestone in the development of our Ultra HD solution,” said Steve Corda, vice-president of business development for SES in North America.

“Leading television services providers, such as Verizon, are evaluating our platform as a way to integrate scalable and dedicated satellite bandwidth into their Ultra HD launch plans. With more than 4.5 million video subscribers, Verizon Fios represents an exciting addition to our overall effort aimed at making Ultra HD more affordable and faster to market for TV services providers across the region.”

Erin McPherson, Verizon’s vice-president of programming and content strategy, added: “Verizon’s network is uniquely positioned to bring its customers the most innovative content solutions, including 4K/UHD.We look forward to driving the technology and delivering premier video experiences through our collaboration with SES.”

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