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DBS 2014 – Delegates get first glimpse of hybrid 4K transmission in Asia

Visitors to the ABU Digital Broadcasting Symposium in Malaysia have been given a live demonstration of a unique satellite and terrestrial hybrid 4K transmission system.

The demonstration at the Hotel Istana venue in Kuala Lumpur featured Asia’s first live multiple 4K HEVC satellite uplink/downlink and decoding services on a single DVB-S2 channel and single DVB-T2 channel.

Village Island, Aviindos, TotalComm and MEASAT Satellite Systems said they were responding to generic deployment trends in Southeast Asia to deploy digital TV concurrently via satellite and terrestrial means.

Mr Jonathan Triboulet, Sales Director at Village Island Asia, said: “The DVB-T2 deployment of a country is a step-by-step process that can last several years and some regions with low population density may be very late receiving the DVB-T2 stream. Only the combination with satellite can permit a complete and fair coverage of an overall country.

“We see it as a common requirement through the digital TV deployment process to offer identical signals over terrestrial and satellite.”

Mr Raj Malik, Senior Vice President for Sales and Marketing at MEASAT, said his company was excited to once again be part of an industry first at ABU DBS, to support the first ever live over-satellite 4K Trials using HEVC.

“These trials demonstrate MEASAT’s drive to be at the forefront of new, innovative satellite services, as we work hand-in-hand with our partners to take technology from concept to application and then to businesses and the consumer,” he said.