Samsung & SkyLife Broadcast 8K Over the Air

Samsung and Korean satellite broadcaster KT SkyLife teamed up last week to demonstrate the commercial viability of broadcasting 8K video via satellite and over the air at 100 megabits per second (Mbps), according to news reports out of Korea.

The companies used H.265 compression, a successor to the widely used H.264 standard, to broadcast 8K signals over the Ka satellite band to an antenna that received, decoded, and transmitted images in real-time to an 82-inch Samsung QLED TV through an HDMI connection.

Samsung shipped the first 8K TV in Korea last fall and sells its Q900 Series QLED 8K TVs in the U.S. in screen sizes ranging from 55 inches ($3,000) to 98 inches ($70,000).

The company has taken an aggressive stance with plans to maximize 8K sales through “close cooperation with retail partners and cementing the 8K leadership by positioning QLED 8K TVs as mainstream TVs,” according to the company’s second-quarter 2019 earnings statement.

LG is also shipping 8K TVs in Korea and will soon offer an 88-inch 8K OLED model in the U.S.

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