Ariane 5 sends up satellites for DirecTV, India [video] reports that two communications satellites rode an Ariane 5 rocket into space Saturday — one to beam down ultra-sharp television programming into millions of American homes and another craft to give Indian citizens expanded access to information technology.

Saturday’s launch was key to DirecTV’s foray into 4K Ultra HD television technology. For subscribers equipped with Ultra HD televisions, broadcasts from DirecTV 14 will come with four times as many pixels as a 1080p high-definition signal.

DirecTV began Ultra HD broadcasts in November, but the capacity aboard DirecTV 14 will drastically grow the company’s offering.

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