NASA, working in partnership with media company Harmonic, is about to launch an ultra-high-definition channel that will air footage of its future space missions.
NASA has teamed up with video company Harmonic to unveil the first ever consumer Ultra HD channel in North America, and plans to bring the wonders of space straight to the living rooms of families across the continent. According to a report from Rapid TV News, the channel will be delivered in 4K definition and include live and linear 2160p60 video ambient content to a list of TV and IP-linked devices.
NASA TV UHD video will come from high-resolution images captured by the International Space Station and the Hubble Space Telescope among other ongoing missions. The channel will also play remastered footage from previous missions, footage of training procedures, and live rocket launches.
The channel will launch on November 1, 2015, and will be transmitted by the AMC-18C satellite with a North American trajectory.
Harmonic is currently in talks with TV operators that would potentially carry the channel on their satellite DTH, cable and optical networks for widespread consumer access. The channel will also be available on the internet, but users will need at least 13 Mbps access to see the signal in high definition.
Harmonic will play a key role in producing the content generated by NASA missions, with help from their Electra X3 media processor that supports resolutions up to 2160p60. The company has also been discussing the possibility of adding high dynamic range and color technologies as the channel launches, bringing even sharper definition to viewers.