SES, Harmonic and Broadcom have teamed up to test satellite delivery of Ultra HD content using the HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) stand- ard.

The end-to- end test used Harmonic’s Pro- Media Xpress and a HEVC decoder reference-design system, based on Broadcom’s BCM7445 device.

SES said the live demonstra- tion was the first time 3840 x 2160 content had been broadcast using HEVC, which it is claimed offers compression levels of approximately twice that of H.264/ AVC.

Previous demonstrations of Ultra HD transmissions were either in H.264 or using four HD pictures in parallel.