NASA’s 2015 accomplishments include getting a good look at Pluto (which is a planet again, ICYMI), discovering an Earth-like planet, and successfully securing funding to convert human waste into food. If NASA can do all of that, launching a 4K TV channel should be a piece of cake.
Partnering with Harmonic Inc., NASA’s 24-hour channel—called NASA TV UHD (Ultra High Definition meaning 4K)—will broadcast beautiful images of space in 4K resolution, 3840×2160 resolution at 60 frames a second, starting Nov. 1 in North America. Deputy associate administrator for NASA’s Office of Communications said via the space agency’s press release, “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.”
What can you expect on the channel? Video from the International Space Station, other on-going NASA excursions, and “re-mastered footage from historical missions."
Harmonic is talking to pay TV operators to run the channel on satellite, cable, and optical networks. The channel will also stream online, but you’ll need an internet connection with at least 13 Megabits per second.