NASA is teaming up with Harmonic, Inc., a company that specializes in video delivery infrastructures, to create a dedicated channel that will broadcast final frontier related content in spectacular 4K resolution. The 4K space channel is expected to launch on Nov. 1 for viewers in North America.
NASA TV UHD (Ultra High Defintion a.k.a. 4K), the channel will show content “sourced from high-resolution images and video generated on the International Space Station and other current NASA missions, as well as re-mastered footage from historical missions.”
In a press release, NASA says Harmonic is negotiating with pay TV operators to broadcast the channel on satellite, cable and optical networks.
Viewers who want to watch over the Internet will need a connection with at least 13 Megabits per second in order to stream the 4K content.
Currently, NASA TV airs space-related programming 24 hours a day on various cable or satellite providers, as well as on the Internet in HD quality. NASA TV UHD footage will have four times the resolution of full HD with a 3,840 x 2,160 resolution at 60 frames per second.