That's right folks, the first UltraHD channel went live on January 8th launched by Eutelsat Communications in Europe.
Delivered via satellite with the resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 (4K) at 50 frames per second -- the European equivalent to 60p -- the stream is encoded in MPEG-4 with help from video compression solution provider, ATEME, and transmitted at 40 Mbps.
This is twice the bandwidth being used by today's 1080i broadcasts. That being said though, they do plan on using a more efficient codec called HEVC codec which in turn depending on the color space and other factors can use less bandwidth than today's 1080i broadcasts.
This was a complete surprise to me and even though this is a demo and has launched in Europe, it's fascinating to me that they haven't wasted anytime in broadcasting such high res this early in the game. Would you think?
Edited by VinnyS - 1/14/13 at 7:17am