Supporting the Mission with End-to-End 4K UHD Video Transmission Capabilities for Satellite Communications

Military and other government users have an emerging need for higher-quality video imagery from combat, intelligence and humanitarian missions.

The most significant challenge in using the next generation of video, known as 4K Ultra High Definition (4K UHD), often comes down to satellite bandwidth.  Providing an end-to-end 4K UHD video transmission over satellite in North America has never been achieved – until now.

Intelsat and Ericsson recently announced the successful demonstration of a true 4K UHD end-to-end video transmission over satellite to Turner Broadcasting’s facilities in Atlanta, Ga.

Here’s a diagram of how the transmission actually works.


During the demonstration, Intelsat’s Galaxy 13 satellite delivered a 4:2:2 10-bit, 4K UHD signal at 60 frames per second, which resulted in an immersive viewing experience.

The 100 Mbps video feed was encoded and decoded in real time by Ericsson, using its AVP 2000 contribution encoders and RX8200 receivers, capable of 4K UHD operations as well as HD and SD contribution at the highest quality.

For the federal government, the highest resolution video imagery soon will be available for supporting global military, intelligence and humanitarian missions.   In addition, with a greater need for satellite bandwidth and ISR connectivity, this demonstration showcases how new innovations are poised to satisfy increased demand on a worldwide scale.

As such, intelligence gathering and analysis capabilities will be enhanced and overall decision-making will be based on the clearest video available on the planet.



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