The NASA announced that they are going to launch NASA TV UHD, the first ever non-commercial consumer ultra-high definition (UHD) channel in North America.And NASA is partnering with Harmonic, a worldwide leader in video delivery infrastructure for this mission.
“Partnering with Harmonic gives Nasa an outlet for its UHD content, which has four times the resolution of HD and is the next iteration of digital television,” — explained Robert Jacobs, deputy associate administrator at the agency’s headquarters in Washington, DC.
Harmonic is providing NASA Television with the ability to deliver the 4K (2160p at 60 frames per second) video allowing viewers to enjoy footage on a wide range of television and internet-connected devices. NASA TV UHD video will be sourced from high-resolution images and video generated on the International Space Station and other current NASA missions, as well as re-mastered footage from historical missions.
“As NASA reaches new heights and reveals the unknown, the NASA TV UHD channel can bring that journey to life in every home. And as organizations at the forefront of innovation, together we are leading the adoption of this exciting technology.As the leader in UHD development, Harmonic provides a complete solution for Ultra HD video production and delivery, enabling content and service providers to offer better video quality at a low total cost of ownership.” — said Peter Alexander, chief marketing officer at Harmonic.
Harmonic currently is in discussions with pay TV operators to carry the channel on the satellite, cable and optical networks for consumer access. The channel also will stream on the Internet, which will require at least 13 MBps access connectivity to receive the signal and enjoy the UHD experience.The new UHD channel is expected to launch on November 1, following preliminary tests.