SES-1, along with SES-3 and AMX-18, is one of three satellites hosting North America’s leading Ultra HD distribution platform at the centre of the orbital arc.
4KUniverse will offer a mix of documentaries, sports, movies, and TV shows aimed at Millennials and Generation-X viewers.
Licensed to multiple video programme distributors (MVPDs) by Vivicast Media, it will be the fourth Ultra HD channel in less than two months to join SES’s regional Ultra HD platform, home to eight linear Ultra HD channels as of January next year.
SES has now inked distribution deals with over 30 Ultra HD channels globally, while in the US a large number of cable operators are already receiving and testing the growing line-up of SES-delivered Ultra HD channels across their systems, in preparation for the distribution of the Ultra HD content to their subscribers.
Commenting on the development, Matthew Mancinelli, founder and CEO of 4KUniverse, said: “4KUniverse represents a tremendous addition to the expanding Ultra HD content choices offered over the SES Ultra HD distribution platform serving North America.
“We have been collaborating with the SES team for months, by testing with block programming on their promotional channel – all leading up to this exciting launch of our 24/7 Ultra HD channel with cable and telecom companies across the US. Our first carriage deals will be announced shortly.”
Steve Corda, VP of business development in North America for SES, added: “SES’s Ultra HD distribution neighbourhood at the centre of the orbital arc has fast become North America’s leading home for Ultra HD content distribution.
“4KUniverse and a host of other great Ultra HD channels are part of an exciting programming line-up that will soon be available to millions of cable, IPTV and Multiple System Operator (MSO) subscribers across the US.”