Space is vast. And watching space footage in Ultra HD is just the recipe for us to discover it in detail thanks to a new NASA Ultra HD TV channel.
Surely, some footage is already available in Ultra HD on Youtube or NASA’s own website. Still, the newly announced NASA Ultra HD TV channel would push the boundaries of space footage and television itself. The blog post announcing the exciting news states that Harmonic – international video infrastructure firm set on delivering content with cutting-edge tech and NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center of Huntsville, Alabama sealed the deal.
While TV manufacturers are stepping up efforts to bring new television sets that can support 4K Ultra HD content delivery, there is little content available to meet these demands. For this reason the hype didn’t quite pick up yet. However, NASA is convinced that is the path forward for video content.
“Partnering with Harmonic gives NASA an outlet for its UHD content, which has four times the resolution of HD and is the next iteration of digital television”,
announced Robert Jacobs, the deputy associate administrator of NASA’s Office of Communications.
The U.S. space agency already boasts an HD TV channel, but aims higher. The new non-commercial Ultra HD TV channel would bring content at an 8MP resolution directly to the comfort of our living-rooms.
Not all TV carriers will be broadcasting the NASA channel, mirroring the current state of affairs with the NASA HD channel. Still, for those who won’t be benefiting from having Ultra HD space delivered to their TV sets, NASA announced that all content will also be accessible online, free of charge.
The space agency announced that footage captured on the International Space Station will be broadcasted, alongside space footage captured from the ISS. Moreover, NASA is preparing to remaster old footage of by now historical missions. These will also be delivered in new detail and Ultra HD on the NASA Ultra HD TV channel.
NASA is conducting negotiations with a number of networks in order to bring the first non-commercial UHD channel in North America to as many homes as possible.
Verizon and Comcast aren’t yet in the loop, but the U.S. space agency hopes both carriers will offer it this opportunity.
In case they don’t and you don’t want to miss the latest space footage released by NASA in UHD, access it online. The sole requirement is that the speed of your internet connection is above 13 Mbps.
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