SES and EBU broadcast 2014 FIFA World Cup in Ultra HD

Luxembourg/Singapore, June 2014 – SES has announced that Eurovision – the European Broadcasting Union's (EBU) distributor of premium sports and news events – is broadcasting the 2014 FIFA World Cup to audiences throughout North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia in Ultra HD and HD via SES satellites.

Eurovision is distributing matches live in Ultra HD to their global network using the NSS-806 satellite and SES's teleport in Manassas. SES's NSS-7 and SES-6 spacecraft are being used to enable Eurovision to deliver matches from the 12 World Cup venues throughout Brazil to the International Broadcast Center in Rio de Janeiro.

"Eurovision and the EBU are gearing up for one of the largest broadcast operations requirements in the history of the World Cup, now including Ultra HD content. The live coverage of some matches in Ultra HD will allow consumers to catch a glimpse of the future of TV," said Paolo Pusterla, Eurovision's Head of Procurement.

"Consumers today expect higher and better image quality when watching TV. We are proud to be able to continue working with Eurovision to fulfill the ever-changing demands of broadcasters with confidence, by providing hybrid solutions to deliver coverage of this spectacular sporting event to over 3 billion people around the world," said Samantha McCloskey, Vice President of Global Occasional Use Services at SES.

Meanwhile, you can watch SES' preparations for the 2014 FIFA World Cup on Euronews and the necessary steps that are taken to ensure that millions of households receive live broadcast of all the matches as they take place.

Find out about the 5 essential steps of transmission and how it works....

1 - Camera
2 - Studio
3 - Satellite
4 - Downlink
5 - Your TV

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