Saturday, December 6, 2014

Arianespace Launches DIRECTV-14 and GSAT-16

Arianespace successfully launched two satellites into orbit: DIRECTV-14 and GSAT-16. The launch used the Ariane 5 ECA rocket.

DIRECTV 14 is a 20-kilowatt class Ka-band and reverse-band digital broadcast satellite that will be used to provide Ultra HD and other new consumer services.  It is based on the SSL 1300 platform and will deliver a very advanced beam forming network for service across the U.S. including Alaska and Hawaii and Puerto Rico. It will be positioned at 99 degrees West longitude when launched and is designed to provide service for 15 years or more.

GSAT-16, which is the 11th Indian communication satellite, was built in Bangalore, carries 12 ku, 24 C and 12 Extended C band transponders.

DIRECTV said it expects the new satellite to be in service in early second quarter of next year. Tt will be the first commercial satellite to use the Reverse Band Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) spectrum.

 “DIRECTV 14 shows our commitment to the latest in satellite technology, including the development of a full broadcast payload for Reverse Band DBS spectrum and the leading edge delivery of 4K UltraHD video services,” said Phil Goswitz, senior vice president, Space & Communications, DIRECTV.  “SSL is a strong and reliable partner and continues to play a key role in DIRECTV’s ability to deliver the best entertainment experience for its customers.”

  • Last month, DIRECTV became the first multi-channel video provider to offer 4K Ultra HD programming direct to customers’ TVs, offering a variety of new releases, popular films and nature documentaries with nearly four times the resolution of HD. Customers who have DIRECTV’s Genie HD DVR are able to watch 4K programming on supporting 2014 Samsung UHD TVs.