22 october 2014, 15:40

Tricolor TV was the first who began regular broadcasting in Ultra HD format

On 22 October 2014 the biggest Russian operator of digital television Tricolor TV began regular broadcasting of the pilot TV channel in the ultra high definition format (ULTRA HD 4K). The content in the new quality standard is demonstrated on the permanent basis in Russia for the first time. The TV channel is available to all viewers of satellite television without any extra charge.

The TV channel in Ultra HD 4K format is broadcasting with the resolution of 3840×2160 pixels with the image transmission speed of 60 shots per second. The latest encoding standard HEVC/H.265 is used for digital video signal compression.

To watch the TV channel, it is necessary to have a TV set with Ultra HD marketing code, as well as the equipment receiving signal from Eutelsat 36A/Eutelsat 36B satellites.

Alexey Kholodov
Chief Communication Officer, Tricolor TV
Tricolor TV has made just another revolutionary step. In due time, we became the first to launch the full-fledged package, consisting of over 20 HD TV channels, into commercial operation, and now, when the high definition television from Tricolor TV has already become available for 4.2 mio Russian families, it is high time to offer the users a qualitatively new television standard — ultra high definition one.
Tricolor TV has made just another revolutionary step. In due time, we became the first to launch the full-fledged package, consisting of over 20 HD TV channels, into commercial operation, and now, when the high definition television from Tricolor TV has already become available for 4.2 mio Russian families, it is high time to offer the users a qualitatively new television standard — ultra high definition one.

The image refinement in Ultra HD format is 4 times better than the image in HD format. And the frame rate is two times higher than usual, which provides the possibility of excellent image refinement and definition when viewing dynamic scenes on a big screen.

The first in Russia TV channel of ultra high definition was launched in cooperation with the Eutelsat Communications satellite communication operator. The TV channel content includes recording of an opera performance, documentary films about nature, dynamic scenes of car races allowing to fully assess advantages of the new format of UHDTV 4K and HEVC/H.265 compression codec.

Alexey Karpov
Director for Sales and Subscriber Service
According to our forecasts, already in spring 2015 mass distribution of the UHD format may begin.
According to our forecasts, already in spring 2015 mass distribution of the UHD format may begin.

Let us remind you that on 27 June 2013 Tricolor TV carried out public satellite TV broadcasting in the ultra high definition format for the first time in Russia. The premiere was conducted in cooperation with the leading representatives of TV industry Eutelsat Communications, Ericsson, «NPO Svyaz Proekt», Rohde & Schwarz DVS (DVS brand), OOO NPF «SFERA-VIDEO», LG Electronics, Inc. — in the format of closed demonstration. A 16 minute film in the format of ultra high definition (4K) about extreme sports was shot by the Russian Travel Guide (RTG) TV channel to order of Tricolor TV specially for the event. The film was demonstrated on an 84 inch TV set with the ultra high resolution Ultra HD 84LM960V of LG. Transponder 34 of Eutelsat 36A satellite was used for direct satellite transmission of UHDTV content. The cannel was formed using MPEG-4 compression codec and broadcasted with the speed of 40 MB/s, at the picture frequency of 25 shots per second with the image resolution of 3840×2160 pixels.

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