Vivicast: Confident of further US UHD deployment
By Chris Forrester
June 21, 2017.
Amy Shapiro, Vivicast Media’s VP/Acquisitions, Broadcast & Syndication, speaking at the SES Ultra HD Conference in London, forecast a buoyant future for the fast-growing technology.
She told delegates that April 2016 saw DirecTV’s initial deployment of 4K/UHD channels, and Memphis-based Vivicast has since licensed a large number of titles to the pay-TV operator. “Only last week we finalised an agreement for a brand-new extreme sport series from a well-known documentary filmmaker that is specifically designed for DirecTV,” she revealed.Shapiro explained that DirecTV’s current portfolio of UHD channels comprises one movie channel, a sport channel and the ‘general entertainment’ channel which Vivicast is helping to fill.
However, at the end of 2016, Vivicast started talking to US cable and IPTV operators to target UHD programming for them, and currently have signed up more than 25 companies to a series of trials, or pulling down signals carried by SES and these equate to over 25 million potential subscribers and in discussions with operators which cover 90 per cent of all the paid households in the US.
“4K compatible set-top boxes are finally being made available in the US, and to date this has been a major hold up. From all of our discussions, I can see the potential for multiple cable and telco operators deploying 4K channels this year and I see more following suit in 2018. We at Vivicast are currently supplying seven UHD channels. I expect a major cable network to enter the market soon,” she concluded.
The business case for creating and delivering UHD and HDR contentBy Chris Forrester20 June 2017
Production companies and distributors are tapping into “considerable” demand for UHD and HDR content.
Tracking down the target interviews for this feature wasn’t easy.
Indeed, Bertrand Loyer, the Managing Director at Marseille-based Saint Thomas Productions was especially difficult to pin down for this interview, apologising profusely for “being in the Canary Islands running after whales for a shoot”.
Of course, being at the back end of a camera rig while bobbing about on a boat in the Canary Islands sunshine might not be everyone’s idea of total hardship, but as Loyer reminds us, the object of the exercise is Ultra High Definition (UHD) and that creates its own set of challenges.
”High-quality formats give us the opportunity to sell and show our programmes in territories where access has proven to be difficult” - Bertrand Loyer
Loyer’s Saint Thomas Productions is well-known to some of the most prestigious natural history and factual broadcasters on the planet, including National Geographic and the BBC.
Saint Thomas worked with the BBC’s Natural History Unit production team on key footage for Planet Earth II, including the spectacular – and headline-making - scenes where bird-hunting Wels catfish come out of the water to grab pigeons in the river at Albi, in South-west France.
The BBC’s Planet Earth II - acclaimed footage of pigeon eating fish
Loyer says that UHD, High Dynamic Range and even 8K shooting is key.
“These high-quality formats give us the opportunity to stay at the upper range of the factual offering in a very competitive international market.
”It gives us the opportunity to sell and show our programmes in territories where access has proven to be difficult in the ‘ordinary’ HDTV era.
”The VOD and OTT revolution will inevitably be the favourite media to make our shows available worldwide, so we have to stay at the cutting edge of the broadcast quality format.”
Saint Thomas Productions has a multi-discipline approach to earning revenue from its footage.Loyer says UHD has opened up new possibilities.
“We are discovering new clients (from VOD to IPTV platforms, for instance), as well as establishing new partnership with BBC Planet Earth II’s team as well as selling stock footage for feature films, reinforcing some bonds with long-term clients such as National Geographic.
“Overall, it is a question of image: our company name is a brand of quality, we could not miss the UHD revolution.”
Loyer says they produce everything in 4K/UHD RAW for television, and S3D RAW in 4K or 8K for IMAX and large-screen applications.
He said that he believes that – as the world is seeing – mainstream pay-TV broadcasters would be early adopters of UHD, and then VOD/OTT operators.
“Linear TV is under considerable pressure and clearly some broadcasters will shift high-quality programming to dedicated 4K channels. However, in my view digital terrestrial TV will, within 10 years, be supplying 4K broadcasts.”
“UHD, and in particular UHD HDR, will inevitably become the new standard, gradually replacing HD. It has a potential to accompany the demand of larger-sized screens in households, and create immersive experiences which can be shared.
”Whether you are a soccer fan or a nature lover, you want to see your favourite programme in detail which are as accurate as possible; the colour range and contrast should also match (and even surpass) the capacity of our human vision.”
Killer seals and feathered dinosaurs
Currently Saint Thomas has number of projects underway, not least focusing on so-called ‘killer’ seals, and another on deep-diving marine mammals.
But it is also heavily involved on giant screen feature films including one on snow and another, using CGI, on the recently-discovered giant feathered dinosaurs.
Loyer is not alone in predicting considerable success for the UHD sector.
Vivicast Media, a Memphis-based licensor and channel distributor, is currently supplying nine all-UHD channels to some cable and IPTV operators in the US.
President Stuart Smitherman says that the demand for UHD content – from consumers – is considerable.
“First and foremost is the sheer number of TV’s currently sold in the US that are UHD. The sales rate of UHD TV’s is about five times faster than the move from SD to HD – and the new technology is encouraging consumers to seek out UHD content.
”Although there may be some consumer confusion surrounding the difference between UHD and 4K, as the educational process rapidly unfold, consumers will demand content that shows off the new format – and their desire will no longer be limited to watching a Blu-ray disc in 4K.”
Vivicast is tapping into that demand.
“We license our channels on an individual basis rather than bundling them, reflecting the objective of cable and IPTV operators who prefer flexibility when launching 4K channels.
”At the same time, cable and IPTV operators interested in 4K channels usually want more than just one. As a result, the recent months has seen an encouraging evolution in 4K thinking by cable and IPTV operators.
”Throughout 2016, the operator consensus seemed to be: ‘there is no content,’ ‘we are not sure that 4K is going to take off,’ ‘the bandwidth is too high’ and ‘we do not have the set top box capabilities to deliver 4K.’
”In contrast, 2017 has seen the largest DTH operator in the US continuing to invest and deliver 4K content, while early adopters are commercially launching 4K channels to their customers. These developments have signalled a big shift in our discussions and questions have become far more focused on what type of content are in the channels that are offered by Vivicast.
”There is a lot more quality 4K content now available and with the current 4K channels currently being delivered in HEVC via SES satellites at 18 mb/s or less the bandwidth question is no longer such a huge deal. The STB industry has now also started to address 4K capability and these 4K STBs are starting to be offered.”
Smitherman says that UHD adoption is more a question of ‘when’ rather than ‘if’’.
“The advent of HDR – which provides picture quality that makes 4K even more spectacular – will likely follow a path similar to that of SD to HD conversion.
”As viewers become increasingly aware of 4K and HDR, they will want this image quality every day of the week across all of their channels. From my conversations with major broadcasters, there does appear to be a slight change in strategy and I think that late 2017 and into 2018 we will see a major network launch a fully programmed 4K channel, with the others following close behind.
”It is understandable that major broadcasters have shown reluctance with regard to becoming early adopters of 4K due not only to such technical issues as set top boxes in consumers’ homes but also from their previous experience with 3D a few years back.
”However, 4K does not carry with it the same obstacles as the need for glasses. Importantly, several of the larger cable companies in the US are already demonstrating a desire to offer 4K channels, anticipating the inevitable competition.
Asked whether consumers are prepared to pay extra cash for UHD, Smitherman answers a resounding ‘yes’.
“However, it is too early in the growth cycle to be more precise on what that dollar amount would look like.
”While Netflix customers in the US are already charged a few dollars more each month to view their 4K content, operators can charge an incremental fee for the set top boxes if they so desired, providing a revenue stream to cover the content costs and at the same time cover the costs of upgrading to new 4K compatible boxes.
”My hope is that cable and IPTV operators would ultimately employ a model that can offer 4K at no extra cost simply to deliver the best quality to their customers.”
Smitherman says that in a recent 4K discussion with a large North American operator regarding how they would be packaging their new 4K channels, he was pleased when they responded that they won’t be charging extra, and will make the package available to every subscriber with a 4K TV and upgrades to a 4K set top box.
“We as a cable company know that our highest RPM’s come from the clients that have the financial resources to buy multiple services from us and remain loyal, therefore we want to treat them as valued customers and show our intent to deliver the very best we can – and 4K is one of these events.”
What is perhaps remarkable is that Vivicast Media, as well as Saint Thomas Productions, and also major global players such as NHK of Japan and the BBC are also working on 8K production.
NHK’s efforts are in readiness for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo. These 8K developments may not quite be for tomorrow, but ‘never say never’ and savvy broadcasters and production companies are wise to be ready for – perhaps – the next stage.
BBC Worldwide and Vivicast Media Join to Increase CalaClassic Channel’s Line-Up
of BBC’s Most Popular Series
For Immediate Release:
MEMPHIS/MIAMI (May 2, 2017) – Vivicast Media has finalized an agreement with BBC Worldwide expanding the current programming for the LORAC Communications-managed CalaClassics Channel from its current 700 hours to encompass over 1,000 hours of the BBC’s most popular classic comedies, drama series, and factual entertainment series.
New series added to the existing agreement include classic comedy series such as Chef (S1-3), which exposes audiences to the harsh realities of restaurant management; My Hero (S1-4), which depicts the adventures of an alien superhero who falls in love with a nurse from Earth; and Friday Night Dinner (S 1-4), a truly original series about growing up but not growing away. The deal also includes factual series like the wildly popular motor series Top Gear (S2-8), and hit drama Upstairs Downstairs (S 1-2), one of the most beloved of all times, as well as special episodes of the classic BBC series, Doctor Who.
“This new agreement expands considerably the presence of BBC Worldwide’s content throughout the Caribbean and underscores the enormous popularity that British content has in this region of the world,” said Anna Gordon, Executive Vice President and Managing Director, BBC Worldwide Latin America / US Hispanic. “We are confident that this kind of agreement will soon contribute to expand the presence of the BBC brand to all platforms in the Caribbean, including Pay TV, video streaming and open television.”
“Viewer response to our BBC line-up has been outstanding, and we are excited to expand the portfolio of high-profile BBC productions as part of the regular CalaClassics schedule,” said Executive Producer,Tony Marchand.
“We are pleased to finalize an agreement with BBC Worldwide resulting in the expansion of the renowned BBC library to The CalaClassic Channel, which continues to serve as outstanding broadcast home in the Caribbean territories for BBC’s extraordinary library of classic series programming,” said Stuart Smitherman, president of Vivicast Media.
About BBC Worldwide
BBC Worldwide is the main commercial arm and a wholly owned subsidiary of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). Its vision is to build the BBC’s brands, audiences, commercial returns and reputation across the world. This is achieved through investing in, commercializing and showcasing content from the BBC around the world, in a way that is consistent with BBC standards and values. The business also champions British creativity globally.
In 2015/16 BBC Worldwide generated headline profits of £133.8m and headline sales of £1,029.4m and returned £222.2m to the BBC.
For more detailed performance information please see our Annual Review webpage: bbcworldwide.com/annual-review/.
CalaClassics is the most popular classic television service in the Caribbean, managed by Lorac Communications Inc., a fully integrated media company. Lorac is one of the largest independent media companies specializing in ownership, distribution, production and technical services in the Caribbean and Latin America. Through its offering, Lorac’s family of services engages more than 8 million viewers per day.
Lorac has established itself as a leader in the television and media space by experiencing tremendous growth and success through its brands and networks. Lorac’s top networks include the most popular weather channel and entertainment channels in the market.
About Vivicast Media:
Headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, Vivicast Media serves as a recognized leader in the global distribution of the highest quality 4K programming from world-class independent production partners. Vivicast also ranks among the top tier of worldwide distribution companies representing 24/7 linear television networks offering a full schedule line-up of 4K entertainment. As a pioneer in next-generation video technology, Vivicast was among the first to deliver linear content to the OTT market and continues its unparalleled commitment to format innovation through its distribution of 4K/Ultra HD programming to the global marketplace.
LAS VEGAS, 27 April 2017 – #C4K360 the new, immersive millennial Ultra HD channel, SES and VIVICAST Media announced today at NAB Show® two commercial agreements with cable operators in the USA and the launch of the UHD channel #C4K360 on SES-1 making the new channel available to more than 8.5 million subscribers in the 4K Ultra HD (UHD) SES trials partners.
Tailored to young audiences, #C4K360 offers Ultra HD content that features premium and high-end programmes such as Extreme sports, e-Sports, Gaming, Gameplay and Lifestyle magazines together with mega concerts & festivals. The new UHD channel, licensed across North America by VIVICAST Media, fully embraces the second screen concept offering 360° Virtual Reality premium content in addition to ultra high resolution production values, increasingly important to millennial viewers.
“#C4K360 represents an exciting source of relevant and entertaining programming for thriving millennial audiences, who are increasingly demanding Ultra HD content in both the lifestyle, sports, travel, gaming and immersive virtual reality experiences they are craving for.” said Stephane Schweitzer, CEO of #C4K360.
“Media platforms in all categories throughout the US have a huge appetite for channels that will attract the elusive millennial audience. Perfectly tailored to young adult viewers, C4K360 delivers an entertainment menu of lifestyle programming, extreme sports and mega concerts that will act like a young audience magnet -- and the channel does it all in glorious Ultra HD, along with the ability to deliver 360° Virtual Reality premium content that adds to the channel's singular millennial appeal," said Stuart Smitherman, President of Vivicast Media.
"C4K360 is a forward-thinking Ultra HD channel with its finger on the pulse of young, millennial audiences around the world," noted Steve Corda, Vice President of Business Development for SES in North America. "The SES Ultra HD solution is enabling Pay TV providers across North America to accelerate their commercial 4K Ultra HD service launches, in large part thanks to our compelling programming lineup, featuring innovative networks such as C4K360."
NAB 2017: Two MVPDs Roll Out 4K with SES, Vivicast. Marquette-Adams, Highlands Cable Group pivot out of trials
Two U.S. MVPDs, Wisconsin’s Marquette-Adams and North Carolina’s Highlands Cable Group, have moved beyond earlier trials with a commercial rollout of linear Ultra HD services.
The launch features a pre-packaged batch of UHD channels via SES’s satellite-delivery platform and in partnership with Vivicast Media, which handled the licensing rights for the 4K fare.
The UHD programming lineup features ten channels in the format: Fashion One 4K, Travelxp 4K, 4KUNIVERSE, NASA TV UHD, Insight TV, UHD1, C4K360, Funbox 4K, Nature Relaxation 4K, as well as SES’s UHD demo channel. SES is hosting the channels using a set of satellites (SES-1, SES-3, AMC-18) that provide 100% coverage of cable head-ends in the U.S., the company said. SES will demo its UHD platform at this week's show in Las Vegas at booth SU1910.
SES said more than 20 MVPDs representing an audience of nearly 10 million subs are involved in its UHD trials and deployments. Other announced partners include Verizon Communications, Frontier Communications, Buckeye Broadband, Service Electric Cable TV, enTouch Systems, Cable America, Golden West Telecommunications, MTC Cable, Aureon, GVTC Communications, KPU Telecommunications, Service Electric, Shrewsbury Community Cable, and Sjoberg’s Cable TV.
“We have delivered on our bold plan announced at NAB two years ago, which was laser-focused on enabling linear Ultra HD home delivery in half the time it took HD to reach the same television milestone in the US,” Steve Corda, VP of business development in North America for SES, said in a statement. “SES cut through the operational and technical barriers with our scalable solution delivered via satellite, which provides high quality Ultra HD and can reach over 100 million television households throughout North America."
“Vivicast Media and SES have together greatly accelerated the delivery of compelling Ultra HD TV networks to homes across the US, including the world’s first High Dynamic Range channel, Travelxp,” added Stuart Smitherman, president of Vivicast.
SES has been delivering 4K TV at 18 Mbps using HEVC coding. In an earlier interview, Corda reasoned that that bit rate squares with cable operators, because it allows them to fit two 4K TV signals into a 6MHz-wide channel.
That bit rate also enables SES to balance video quality and cost, while allowing four UHD signals to fit into a satellite transponder, and up to 16 UHD channels to be remultiplexed on a satellite receiver.
Most of the cable operators that in the pilot are delivering the signals over QAM transport to set-top boxes, but some are also considering deliver over DOCSIS networks using IP multicast technology.
DirecTV, Layer3 TV, Dish Network, and Comcast are among other U.S. MVPDs that have rolled out or are testing 4K services.
SES has been supplying test Ultra-HD transmissions over the US for some months. Vivicast Media is its partner, and Vivicast used the NAB show in Las Vegas to announce its first contracts, with a pair of multichannel video programming distributors to supply a bouquet of ten UHD channels.
Marquette-Adams of Oxford, Wisconsin and Highlands Cable Group of Highlands, North Carolina have licensed the Vivicast Media UHD bundles. SES says that a number of other cable providers are also close to launching its UHD channels. Currently, more than 20 cable operators are trialling the SES UHD offering.
Programming on the SES UHD line-up features Fashion One 4K, Travelxp 4K, 4KUNIVERSE, NASA TV UHD, INSIGHT TV, UHD1, C4K360, Funbox 4K, Nature Relaxation 4K as well as SES’s UHD demo channel. These channels are hosted on a trio of SES satellites at the centre of the orbital arc (SES-1, SES-3, AMC-18), which between them cover 100 per ent of the cable head-ends in the US.
“These historic commercial linear UHD services are being delivered to subscriber homes by cutting-edge pay TV providers, who are leveraging SES’s satellite-based UHD platform,” said Steve Corda, VP/Business Development in North America for SES. “We have delivered on our bold plan announced at NAB two years ago, which was laser-focused on enabling linear Ultra HD home delivery in half the time it took HD to reach the same television milestone in the US. SES cut through the operational and technical barriers with our scalable solution delivered via satellite, which provides high quality Ultra HD and can reach over 100 million television households throughout North America.”
Corda explained that there’s plenty of work still to do. “We have around 950 individual operators in the US and each has their own way of working. Some of them have already invested in 4K-enabled set-top boxes, but others have yet to make the move. Others are in the process of deployment, but having 10 channels available – and hopefully more to come – allows operators to initiate consumer tests and trials and to better understand the technology. Ten channels available is a major step, but we are in discussion with others. And these channels are not ‘just’ UHD but contain the world’s first all-HDR channel (Travelxp 4K) and other channels which are shifting to all-HDR production.”
“Thanks to two forward-thinking pay-TV systems, the future of 4K is beginning to unfold in the US. Vivicast Media salutes Marquette-Adams and Highlands Cable Group on becoming the first traditional cable systems in the nation to successfully meet the growing demand for entertainment delivered in next-generation 4K,” said Stuart Smitherman, President/Vivicast Media. “Vivicast Media and SES have together greatly accelerated the delivery of compelling Ultra HD TV networks to homes across the US, including the world’s first High Dynamic Range channel, Travelxp.”
“We have launched our UHD services well ahead of schedule on SES’s breakthrough solution, which has enabled Highlands Cable Group subscribers to be among the first to enjoy 4K Ultra HD television in North Carolina,” said Nin Bond, Managing Member/GP, Highlands Cable Group. “Response to our new UHD services has been extremely strong, as our subscribers can watch a tremendous line-up of UHD content on their new 4K UHD TVs.”
“We are very excited to be among the first to bring world-class Ultra HD services home to our subscribers here in Wisconsin,” noted Jerry Schneider, CEO/GM, Marquette-Adams. “Through our collaboration with SES, Marquette-Adams is looking forward to expanding our Ultra HD business with more exciting, game-changing programming and features.”
CANNES/MEMPHIS: Vivicast Media, a distributor of 4K and UHD programming and 24/7 linear networks, is making its debut as a MIPTV exhibitor.
4K programming highlights from the company include Lost Angeles, a feature film starring Oliver Pigott; Touchdown Europe, an hour-long doc about an American football team in Italy; Beyond Moscow, a travel series that explores Russia; and The Bachelor’s Kitchen, a cooking show led by a group of sports stars.
Among the 4K networks on offer are #C4K360, a lifestyle entertainment channel; 4K Universe, offering general entertainment; Travelxp 4K, a travel channel; and Nature Relaxation 4K, featuring natural scenery. There are also the high-definition networks Heroes HD, FNL, Freckle TV and Clubbing TV.
MEMPHIS/PARIS: Vivicast Media has acquired the North American distribution rights for a roster of HD and 4K documentaries, reality and lifestyle series from Paris-based distributor Balanga.
The agreement includes Bon Appetit with Gerard Depardieu, a 10×1-hour series produced in HD that stars one of France’s greatest actors as he shares his passion with culinary delights by taking viewers on a quest to discover the finest foods and most unforgettable regions across Europe. Also part of the deal are Adventures in Science, Butterfly Effect, Business Revolution and Deception.
Christophe Bochnacki, the president of Balanga, said: “We are delighted to forge our distribution partnership with Vivicast Media, a company that has made a name for itself as a leading force in delivering 4K programming to the US and international marketplace. Balanga’s original productions are currently airing throughout the international market and we look forward to introducing our programming into the U.S. and Canada.”
Stuart Smitherman, the president of Vivicast Media, added: “Under the helm of Christophe Bochnacki, Balanga has emerged as a dynamic force in bringing the highest possible quality of outstanding 4K-produced television to international programmers. We are proud to begin our association with Christophe in representing North American rights to his company’s outstanding series and documentaries.”
MEMPHIS/CHICAGO: Vivicast Media has signed on to serve as the U.S. representative for the satirical news mockumentary show WTF News America, created and scripted by Saturday Night Live and Second City TV writing alums.
WTF News America is an original comedy staple for Chicago’s WCIU-TV, which broadcast the series in summer 2016. Each week, the show presents stories about current political events in a satirical manner with a Libertarian slant. The series offers an accompanying online component that is updated daily.
WTF News America was created and directed by Mark Vadik (Cyrus, The Thirsting, A Chance in the World, Shut Up & Dance), who also serves as a writer. The head writer is Nate Herman (SNL, Second City Theater, Second City Headline News).
“We are extremely pleased to represent WTF News America to the U.S. market,” said Stuart Smitherman, the president of Vivicast Media. “Having performed brilliantly in a top U.S. market, we are excited to roll the series out nationally.”
Vadik added, “Vivicast Media has become a go-to distribution home for the independent production community, and we are thrilled to join forces with this extraordinary company. The team at Vivicast immediately recognized how the local proven performance of WTF News America can be expanded into a national success story and we look forward to launching the series on a national platform.”
October 26, 2016 02:50 AM Eastern Daylight TimeLUXEMBOURG--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SES S.A. (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) today announced the Nature Relaxation 4K channel has launched aboard its fast-growing Ultra HD distribution neighbourhood hosted by a trio of satellites (SES-1, SES-3 and AMC-18) at the centre of the North American orbital arc.
“Nature Relaxation Ultra HD TV is the latest channel to join SES’s fast-growing, premier Ultra HD distribution neighbourhood.”
Tweet thisAs part of the agreement, Vivicast Media provides multi-platform licensing of Nature Relaxation programming throughout North America. The Nature Relaxation Ultra HD channel feed originates from SES’s Woodbine, Maryland mediaport, where it is prepared and uplinked to the SES-1 satellite and distributed to cable and broadcast distribution points throughout the US and the North American region.
Nature Relaxation Ultra HD TV results from a partnership between the world’s leading HD relaxation channel NatureVision TV and the highly acclaimed nature cinematographer David Huting, who founded Nature Relaxation. The channel features more than 800 hours of beautiful, calming nature scenes, perfectly matched with soothing music designed to help viewers de-stress, relax, study or sleep. The new UHD channel captures everything from majestic mountain ranges and waterfalls to incredible canyons, enchanted forests, brewing storms, wonderful wildlife and mesmerizing sunsets around the world in stunning, high picture quality 4K.
“Nature Relaxation Ultra HD offers an unsurpassed and growing collection of video that allows viewers to escape the daily rat race of life. Just like with our NatureVision TV HD channel, audiences can simply tune in to Nature Relaxation 4K to replace their worries with the wonders of nature and benefit from watching the calming and comforting nature vignettes after a long day,” explained Jon Gorchow, CEO of NatureVision TV. “We chose SES, the world’s leading satellite operator with unrivalled expertise in global video distribution, to launch our new Nature Relaxation Ultra HD channel in North America. Relying on SES, we’re well positioned to reach the biggest audiences across the region and eventually the world.”
“Consumers across North America are buying Ultra HD TVs at such a pace that more than half of the homes in the region are expected to have at least one 4K TV by 2020. Now they want to see a full line-up of Ultra HD programming on their screens as soon as possible,” noted Steve Corda, Vice President of Business Development for SES in North America. “Nature Relaxation Ultra HD TV is the latest channel to join SES’s fast-growing, premier Ultra HD distribution neighbourhood.”
“Nature Relaxation Ultra HD is a great addition to SES’s tremendous Ultra HD line-up, offering a welcomed break from a fast-paced world with some of the finest, breathtaking views of nature at its very best,” said Stuart Smitherman, President of Vivicast Media. “Together, SES and Vivicast are enabling audiences across North America and around the world to enjoy the finest 4K programming available today.”
SES (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) is the world-leading satellite operator, with more than 50 geostationary satellites and, through its subsidiary O3b Networks, 12 medium Earth orbit satellites. Focusing on value-added, end-to-end solutions in four key market verticals (Video, Enterprise, Mobility and Government), SES provides satellite communications services to broadcasters, content and internet service providers, and mobile and fixed network operators, as well as business and governmental organisations worldwide. SES's fleet includes the ASTRA satellite system, which has the largest Direct-to-Home (DTH) reach in Europe. Through its ownership of O3b Networks, SES significantly enhances existing data capabilities, and is the first satellite provider to deliver a differentiated and scalable GEO-MEO offering worldwide. Another SES subsidiary, MX1, is a leading media service provider and offers a full suite of innovative digital video and media services.
Further information available at: www.ses.com
About NatureVision TV and Nature Relaxation 4K TV
The result of a partnership between NatureVision TV, the world’s leading HD relaxation channel, and David Huting, the leading producer of 4K nature programming, Nature Relaxation 4K TV is an ultra-high-definition relaxation channel devoted to providing viewers with soothing vignettes of nature scenes featuring journeys to some of the world’s most scenic and majestic places. For more information, visit www.NatureVisionTV.com.
About Vivicast Media
Vivicast Media is a leading source of the finest quality 4K programming and 24/7 linear networks. As a forward-thinking media company, Vivicast was one of the first companies to offer linear content geared toward the OTT market and has shown that same commitment to 4K/Ultra HD. Vivicast Media is a one-stop source of the very best the 4k content an entertainment business has to offer.