SATELLITE 2016: The Promise and Perils of Ultra HD

8 March 2016 10:45 - 12:00

room Baltimore 3-5, Gaylord National Convention Center, National Harbor, MD

SATELLITE 2016: The Promise and Perils of Ultra HD

Event: SATELLITE 2016, March 7 - 10, 2016, Gaylord National Convention Center, National Harbor, MD

Type: Speaking slot with panel discussion

Speaker: Thomas van den Driessche, CCO, Newtec

Conference Track: Broadcast Forum 

Topic: The Promise and Perils of Ultra HD

Once a format in search of a market, Ultra HD is showing the early signs of broader adoption. The first company to roll out Ultra HD was not a broadcaster or satellite TV company but Netflix. DirecTV got into the game with the launch of UHD channels, and companies from BBC and Canal+ to Echostar and Eutelsat are conducting serious demonstration projects. SES CCO Ferdinand Kayser told an audience at IBC 2015 that the company expects there to be 220 UHD channels over Europe by 2025.

The stakes are high for the satellite industry, because the adoption of Ultra HD should drive greater demand for bandwidth in contribution, distribution and satellite TV, though advances in compression will inevitably limit how much bandwidth is really required.

In this panel, customers and service providers discuss what early experience with trials and deployment is telling us about the future of Ultra HD, what issues and challenges confront the market, and what we can expect in the years ahead. 

Speakers

Thomas Van den Driessche
Thomas Van den Driessche

Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Thomas Van den Driessche holds a Master’s degree in electronics and marketing from the University of Ghent. Thomas started out as a Product Manager in the broadcast and AV market and was awarded s…
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