The shopping channel and Europe’s first free-to-air UHD channel, Pearl.tv is expected to go live at IFA (“Internationale Funkausstellung”), to be held in Berlin in September 2015.
For its entrance into the UHD era, via Astra’s prime European orbital position at 19.2 degrees East, Europe’s first free-to-air UHD channel will rely on the expertise of SES Platform Services GmbH, one of Europe’s leading technical media service providers. SES Platform Services will provide the HEVC encoding of the UHD live signal, as well as the uplink to the Astra satellites. Furthermore, SES Platform Services will prepare the TV signal and the internet stream, and manage the Content Delivery Network (CDN) supplying the stream.
Sophie Lersch, Chief Product Officer for Services at SES Platform Services, said: “We’re delighted to be launching Europe’s first free-to-air UHD channel both via satellite and the internet. UHD places specific demands on workflows in the content management, playout and encoding sectors, an area in which we’ve gained a lot of know-how over the past few years. As a result, we can now offer all services that broadcasters and content providers need in order to market and distribute their content in UHD – linear or on-demand, and via satellite or the internet.”
Following numerous and extensive live tests, SES Platform Services has developed into one of Europe’s leaders for the launch of Ultra HD projects.