Intelsat and Ericsson announced the successful demonstration of a true 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD).

This was the first transmission of a UHD signal over satellite in North America.

This proves that satellite TV can accommodate the next-generation signals as soon as broadcasters are ready to offer them.

During the demonstration, Intelsat’s Galaxy 13 satellite delivered a 4:2:2 10-bit, 4K UHD signal at 60 frames per second.

The 100 Mbps video feed was encoded and decoded in real time by Ericsson.

“4K UHD is the next evolutionary step for television broadcasting, and just as Intelsat supported the smooth transition from SD to HD, so too will we be ready to support the transition to full-time distribution in this new format,” said Peter Ostapiuk, Intelsat’s vice president of media product management.