IBC 2012 – AMSTERDAM. Eutelsat is showing that its satellites are ready for Ultra HD, triple-play, digital cinema and new-generation newsgathering.
Sky Italia showcases its latest innovation; Sky on Demand. Using a MySky HD digital video recorder, viewers can store content and pause and resume viewing with maximum flexibility.?Sky on Demand is Sky Italia’s newest innovation. Launched in July, it enables subscribers to My Sky HD to have even more control over what they watch and when, with downloads proposed from an initial 1,200 titles, including films, series, documentaries, children’s programmes and sports?
The market for Ultra HD transmission has gained speed since 2008 and Eutelsat’s satellites have demonstrated their ability on multiple occasions to transport a number of channels per transponder in the Quad HDTV / 4k TV format which is expected to be the most likely common Ultra HD format. Two Eutelsat satellites are also used on a regular basis to transmit 2k and 4k feature films to over 700 cinema screens across Europe.
Full satellite triple-play: using the 77cm Tooway dish and a Ku-band LNB trained towards one of up to six TV satellites over Europe, consumers in white and grey areas can have the same triple play experience as those with access to high-speed terrestrial networks.
The satellite triple-play market is gaining traction in Europe, with Greece’s Forthnet Group and Serbia Broadband (SBB) the first operators to bundle Tooway with their pay-TV portfolio to offer triple-play with a single subscription.
Next-generation news-gathering is shown by Denmark’s TV2, who added NewsSpotter to the broadcast infrastructure deployed to send TV reports of the French presidential elections and the UK Diamond Jubilee back to studios in Copenhagen.