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At The Forefront Of 4K: Intelsat, BT, Ericsson, Newtec And Sony Demonstrate Next Steps To Make True 4K UHDTV A Commercial Reality

Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I), the world’s leading provider of satellite services, along with partners BT Group Plc (NYSE: BT), Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC), Sony (NYSE: SNY) and Newtec, will demonstrate the next iteration of a true 4K Ultra High Definition Television (4K UHDTV), end-to-end video transmission over satellite to the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada during the 2014 NAB Show. The demos will take place at Intelsat’s booth located in the South Upper Hall, Booth SU 3110 and Ericsson’s Booth located at SU 721.

At NAB, Intelsat and its partners will demonstrate ecosystem readiness for the commercialization of 4K UHDTV, the sector’s most exciting new technology.

The team will conduct a live transmission of sports programming that was captured using Sony’s PMW-F55 4K cameras, 4K production switcher and SR-R1000 recorder. Replayed pictures will be encoded using Ericsson AVP 2000 Contribution Encoders, capable of 4K UHDTV operations as well as standard- and high-definition contribution. The Ericsson Encoders will be encoding the four 3G-SDI feeds in real time. The demonstration will also take advantage of MPEG-4 AVC compression technology.

After the encoding process, the 4K signal will be transmitted as a 100 Mbps video stream from BT Tower in London over the BT Global Media Network to Intelsat, via the Intelsat point of presence in New York. The signal will be carried on the IntelsatOne SM terrestrial network to Intelsat’s teleport in Riverside, California, where it will be uplinked to Galaxy 17, Intelsat’s premier regional and league sports neighborhood in the United States, using Newtec modulation equipment.

The resulting 4:2:2, 10-bit, 4K UHDTV signal at 60 frames per second will be displayed in the Intelsat and Ericsson booths at NAB 2014. A down converted HD feed, derived in London, will also be displayed. This will further emphasize how production and distribution of exceptional quality 4K images can be achieved alongside existing HD services. Both streams are being transmitted from BT Tower over the same path.

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