4 More Cablecos Opt for 4K via SES’ Satellites

Thanks to SES’ fleet of 4K capable satellites, cablecos are about to start feeding 4K content to subscribers that have purchased millions of 4K TVs. Image source: still from YouTube.

There is only one application that can double the amount of bandwidth that consumers need in their broadband and home networking – 4K. Everything that is done that puts more 4K TVs and other 4K devices – such as 4K Blu-ray players, 4K-capable STBs and NTBs – into the home should make companies in the broadband and home network industry smile broadly. For a long time into the future, OTT services will remain the biggest sources for 4K content as Netflix, Amazon, YouTube, Vudu, Fandango and others are already doing.

Thanks to SES’ fleet of 4K capable satellites, cablecos are about to start feeding 4K content to 4K hungry subscribers that have purchased millions of 4K TVs. That is evidenced by four more small US cablecos that have started taking demo feeds of 4K channels from SES satellites that beam seven UHD channels. Their goal is to deliver 4K channels to their subscribers over their existing DOCSIS networks – 3.0 or 3.1. The cableco that receives the 4K channels uses its DOCSIS network to transmit 4K content to 4K STBs that are connected to 4K TVs. The 4K STBs also transmit content in other resolutions to non-4K TVs – two STBs are not needed.

SES said its managed Ultra HD solution is better than OTT-delivered 4K because it’s delivered over dedicated bandwidth, which provides much higher quality viewer experience compared to current Internet-delivered 4K offerings that are susceptible to buffering and network congestion…

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