SES Showcases its First Broadcast of 8K Television

With four times as many pixels as 4K UHD, the 8K demonstration will be transmitted via an Astra satellite and showcased at the SES Industry Days conference

 Luxembourg, 23 May 2018 – Always at the forefront of television developments, SES will be broadcasting an 8K television signal via its satellite system for the first time during the annual SES Industry Days, held in Luxembourg on 23 and 24 May.

Relying on the new DVB-S2X standard that enables greater efficiency, the transmission will be carried out on a single 36 MHz transponder on ASTRA 3B. With a resolution of 7680×4320 pixels, the video will be encoded in HEVC and transmitted at a rate of 80 Mbit/s, which is four times higher than for a 4K signal. In addition, the test transmission will use a native IP formatted signal, providing some insights into the requirements of a future All-IP broadcast infrastructure for television.

For this demonstration, SES has partnered with Spin Digital, which developed the expertise to decode and playback 8K HEVC signals in real-time using a software solution, and also encoded the content using its HEVC encoder. In addition, SES teamed up with Sharp / UMC, which is providing the 8K screens.

The 8K content, with a frame rate of 60 frames per second and 10-bit colour depth, features native 8K camera footage provided by PSNC (Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Center) and an 8K animation (CGI) provided by Unigine Corp.

“Even though 8K remains challenging with the video codecs available today, and is several years away from introduction to consumer homes, this demonstration shows that satellites are now capable of carrying 8K signals. As we always strive to take the video experience to the next level, we are very proud to provide this exciting glimpse at the future of television,” said Thomas Wrede, VP, New Technology & Standards at SES Video. “At the same time, we continue to be very much focused on supporting our customers and partners in bringing current technologies, such as 4K UHD and HDR, to consumer homes.”

For further information please contact:

  • Markus Payer
    Corporate Communications & PR. SES
    Tel. +352 710 725 500
  • Mauricio Alvarez-Mesa
    CEO. Spin Digital

About SES
SES is the world-leading satellite operator and the first to deliver a differentiated and scalable GEO-MEO offering worldwide, with more than 50 satellites in Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) and 16 in Medium Earth Orbit (MEO). SES focuses on value-added, end-to-end solutions in two key business units: SES Video and SES Networks. The company provides satellite communications services to broadcasters, content and internet service providers, mobile and fixed network operators, governments and institutions. SES’s portfolio includes ASTRA, O3b and MX1, a leading media service provider that offers a full suite of innovative digital video and media services. SES is listed on the Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange (ticker: SESG). Further information available at:

About Spin Digital
Spin Digital Video Technologies GmbH (Spin Digital) develops high-performance video codecs for the next generation of ultra-high-quality video applications. Spin Digital software solutions enable media applications that require the latest image and video processing enhancements including very high resolution (4K, 8K, and 16K), high dynamic range, high frame rate, wide color gamut, and 360° video and virtual reality. Spin Digital core technology is a high-performance and high-quality HEVC/H.265 software codec (encoder/decoder). Based on this core technology Spin Digital has developed a solution that includes a media player, a transcoder, as well as an SDK ready to be integrated into custom applications. By using Spin Digital products media professionals can create a new generation of media applications that demand very high quality in different industry segments including 8K UHD-TV, very large screen display, and next-generation virtual reality. Spin Digital is based in Berlin, and operates in an international B2B environment, working with customers and partners in several countries and market areas.

Spin Digital at After NAB Show in Tokyo

Spin Digital presents a demonstration of high quality 8K video at the After NAB 2018 show in Tokyo.

[Tokyo, May 23rd 2018] – Spin Digital, together with TJC, will present a demonstration of 8K media playback at the AfterNAB show in Japan. The event will take place from May 23rd to May 24th at the UDX Gallery in Akihabara, Tokyo. The demonstration is presented a the TJC booth. Read more

Spin Digital at NAB 2018

Spin Digital at NAB 2018

Spin Digital Video Technologies GmbH (Spin Digital) will participate at NAB 2018 from April 9-12 at the Las Vegas Convention Center at South Upper Hall, Booth SU13612.

Spin Digital is going to present demonstrations of its HEVC software solutions including: 8Kp60 media player on a compact PC, Multi-UHD HEVC Decoder on a single PC, and HEVC Encoder for 360° video. Read more

Spin Digital at InterBEE 2017 – Tokyo

Spin Digital Video Technologies GmbH will participate at InterBEE 2017 from November 15-17 at the Makuhari Messe in Tokyo, at the booth 8105.

Spin Digital, together with Technology Joint Corporation (TJC), is going to present demonstrations of the new versions of its HEVC solutions including: 8K media player, SDK, and encoder. Read more

Spin Digital to present an HEVC 8K media player at “After NAB” in Tokyo

Spin Digital has released a complete software media player supporting 8K HEVC video and 22.2 audio. A demonstration will be presented at the “After NAB” show in Tokyo.

Berlin, Germany, May 18th 2016: Spin Digital announced today that it has released a new software media player supporting 8K HEVC video and 22.2 audio. A demonstration and product launch will be performed at the “After NAB” show  to be held in Akihabara UDX in in Tokyo, Japan, on May 19 and 20.

The demonstration will be performed at the Technology Joint Corporation (TJC) booth, and will feature video playback of 8Kp60, 4:4:4, 10-bit content, using Spin Digital Media Player software running on a PC, and connected to an 8K display from Panasonic Liquid Crystal Display Co.

Spin Digital Media Player is a complete solution for playback of ultra-high definition video in 4K and 8K resolutions. It includes Spin Digital’s HEVC/H.265 decoder, a leading high performance HEVC/H.265 decoder, and Spin Digital’s video renderer, a custom DirectX-12 video renderer capable of high quality 8K video playback.

Spin Digital’s Media Player supports real-time 8K video playback at 60 frames per second, including high quality and professional formats such as 4:2:2, and 4:4:4, up to 10-bit.

The new Media Player also supports 22.2 audio using a multi-track solution. The Media Player is based on the popular Media Player Classic software, and it supports the most common media file formats including MP4, MPEG2-TS, and MKV.

The Media Player is available now for licensing worldwide. Japanese customers can have local licensing and support through TJC, Spin Digital’s Japanese distributor.

“Having a media player supporting 8K HEVC video and 22.2 audio, all in a complete software solution running on commodity PC hardware is an important milestone for making 8K  a widespread and easy-to-use media format. We are happy to support the early adopters of 8K with our state-of-the art software video technologies.” Said Mauricio Alvarez-Mesa CEO of Spin Digital.

More information about after NAB can be found (in Japanese) at


Mauricio Alvarez Mesa – CEO

Contact and sales in Japan: Taketoshi Kariya – Sales Manager


Spin Digital at IBC 2015 in Amsterdam

Press Release: Spin Digital presents an ultra compact 8Kp60 HEVC/H.265 decoder at IBC 2015

Spin Digital presents an 8K video decoder ready for the next generation of Ultra High Definition applications that require High Dynamic Range, High Frame Rates, and Wide Colour Gamuts. Spin Digital will demonstrate its decoder supporting 8K at 60 frames per second with 4:4:4 color format and 10 bit using a single workstation.

Berlin Germany August 3rd 2015

Spin Digital, provider of ultra high performance video codecs, announced today that it will demonstrate an 8K HEVC/H.265 video decoding system that supports 8K at 60 frames per second with 4:4:4 color format and 10 bit at the IBC 2015 exhibition. The demonstration will take place from September 11-15 at the Amsterdam RAI at Hall 1 Stand 1.F13.

8K – Ultra High Definition 2 (UHD-2)
8K (aka UHD-2 or Super Hi Vision), with a 4 times higher resolution than 4K UHD, is the ultimate format for high quality video. Promoters and critics alike have widely recognized the advantages of 4K UHD over FHD, as 4K truly brings a new video experience. 8K will go far beyond 4K by delivering immersive and absorbing experiences that are currently not possible with 4K. Beyond increases in resolution, 8K (and also the so-called UHD-1 phase-2) will bring significant image quality improvements such as High Dynamic Range (HDR), High Frame Rates (HFR), and Wide Colour Gamuts (WCG). Envisioned applications are immersive video for public events and the living room, and the next generation of virtual reality devices.

Spin Digital HEVC/H.265 8K decoder
A critical component for making 8K a reality is the video codec. The codec must provide the highest compression, and at the same time be able to process the 8K data rates. Spin Digital has solved this by creating the most optimized HEVC/H.265 decoder implementation, the only one in the market able to provide high-quality 8K in real-time.

The demonstration at IBC will show a real-time decoder for 8K supporting 60 frames per second, and high quality color formats (4:4:4 and 10-bit), using a single workstation PC platform. The decoder fully supports HEVC/H.265 version 2 standard (also known as the Range Extensions), enabling not only low bitrate 8K and, but at the same time cinema-grade colour fidelity.

The main features of Spin Digital decoder are:

  • Real-time decoding of 8Kp60 4:4:4 10-bit content with more than 100 Mbit/s
  • Support for RExt profiles: 4:2:2 and 4:4:4 (and also RGB) with up to 12 bits
  • Highly-scalable and advanced multithreaded architecture
  • Extensively optimized for Intel and ARM processors
  • Optimized for minimal memory bandwidth with efficient pixel representations
  • Custom high-performance GPU rendering system based on OpenGL
  • 600% higher video processing rate than competition

The Spin Digital 8K HEVC/H.265 decoder is demonstrated on four 58-inch 4K/UHD TVs in a 2×2 setup, resulting in an 8K UHD surface just short of 120 inches.

Spin Digital HEVC/H.265 decoder is available for licensing as a C/C++ SDK for Windows, and Linux, for 32- and 64-bit. Spin Digital also offers a HEVC/H.265 encoder that supports 8K encoding with 4:4:4 and up to 12 bit formats.