Posted Fri Mar 31, 2017 at 07:30 AM PDT by Steven Cohen
The company is planning Ultra HD trials for its TV platform.
Verizon has announced a partnership with SES S.A. to trial Ultra HD delivery for the Fios platform. SES offers a satellite-based Ultra HD content solution with a growing collection of 4K channels.
"Verizon's network is uniquely positioned to bring its customers the most innovative content solutions, including 4K/UHD." said Erin McPherson, VP of Programming & Content Strategy. "We look forward to driving the technology and delivering premier video experiences through our collaboration with SES."
Under the agreement, Verizon will test and receive 4K content from SES's pre-packaged Ultra HD platform, which includes reception equipment and nine linear Ultra HD channels delivered over scalable satellite capacity. Provided through dedicated satellite bandwidth, the SES Ultra HD solution offers superior quality over current internet-based 4K platforms, which can be prone to bottlenecks, buffering, and network congestion.
"This collaborative agreement between SES and Verizon marks an important milestone in the development of our Ultra HD solution. Leading television services providers, such as Verizon, are evaluating our platform as a way to integrate scalable and dedicated satellite bandwidth into their Ultra HD launch plans," explained Steve Corda, Vice President of Business Development for SES in North America. "With more than 4.5 million video subscribers, Verizon Fios represents an exciting addition to our overall effort aimed at making Ultra HD more affordable and faster to market for TV services providers across the region."
An exact launch date for the Verizon Fios 4K Ultra HD content trial has not been announced yet. The Fios platform uses a fiber-optic communications network for TV, internet, and telephone services. Outside of Verizon, both the DISH and DirecTV satellite TV services currently offer select live 4K Ultra HD content and channels.
Source: SES via BusinessWire
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