SES, ARTE Broadcasts Le Corsaire Ballet Live in Ultra HD Via Astra 19.2

SES, in collaboration with European Culture Channel ARTE, broadcast the Le Corsaire ballet live in Ultra HD from the Vienna State Opera via the orbital position Astra 19.2 degrees East. The Ultra HD live broadcast aired on April 2.

14_LeCorsaire_FirenzeThe ballet was broadcast free-to-air on UHD1 by Astra/HD+. The Ultra HD demo channel was launched jointly by HD+ and ASTRA in September 2015. The show could be received with Ultra HD screens equipped with HEVC decoders. SES Platform Services, a subsidiary of SES, managed the live-encoding and satellite uplink.

“Broadcasting in Ultra HD is becoming increasingly relevant for broadcasters, and we are delighted that ARTE has approached us to broadcast the Le Corsaire Ballet live in Ultra HD,” said Ferdinand Kayser, Chief Commercial Officer at SES. “The SES group is the ideal one-stop-shop for broadcasters when it comes to Ultra HD initiatives, because we can provide both premium satellite capacity and solutions such as a seamless end-to-end Ultra HD playout service.”

“The high resolution of Ultra HD emphasizes the visual quality of the ballet. The sets, the dancers’ movements and their costumes look very vivid from every angle. With this pilot project, ARTE underlines its position as an innovative broadcaster, delivering programs in the highest quality available to a wide audience,” said Alain Le Diberder, Program Director at ARTE.

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