Eutelsat has announced the first Ultra HD channel, which is now live in Europe. The channel is delivered by satellite. It has a resolution of 3840x2160 pixels and an extreme bitrate of 40 Mb per second.<br /><br /><h3>Ultra HD demo channel in Europe</h3>The channel has been live since January 8th, 2013 and should be considered a demo channel that shows the virtues of Ultra HD.<br /><br />Images are broadcast in impressive 3840x2160 pixels at 50 pictures per second – similar to how The Hobbit was recorded. Eutelsat uses MPEG4 (H.264) compression, which lets Eutelsat reach a bitrate of 40 Mb/s. For comparison, a typical 720 HD channel uses just above 10 Mb/s.<br /><br /><p align=center><a id="thumb" href="pictures/samsungultrahd-3l.jpg" class="highslide" rel="highslide"><img class="imgresponsive" src="pictures/samsungultrahd-3.jpg" alt="Samsungâ€™s Ultra HD TV" title="Click to enlarge" /></a><br><i>The first Ultra HD channel will feed the first Ultra HD TVs</i></p><br />The high bitrate is not an indication of what we should expect from Ultra HD TV content in a few years from now, as the Ultra HD standard will most likely move to H.265 compression that is believed to halve the data requirement, which means that around 20-30 Mb/s is required.<br /><br />The Ultra HD channel is reachable through 10 degrees East via satellite Eutelsat 10A.