BeIN launch first Ultra-HD 4K satellite receiver in MENA

Published May 31st, 2016 - 04:28 GMT
beIN 4K receiver (photo: Gulf Times)
beIN 4K receiver (photo: Gulf Times)

Leading global network beIN has announced the launch of its Ultra-High Definition (UHD) 4K receiver in the Mena region.

The new beIN 4K receiver will be available in Qatar in the first week of June.

beIN will broadcast 4K matches on a dedicated channel called “beIN 4K”. 

In a statement yesterday, beIN said it is the first pay-TV platform in the region to introduce the 4K technology that is quickly taking over the mainstream video ecosystem. The new beIN receiver offers complete PVR functionality and is available in the market ahead of this year’s much awaited sports event, Uefa Euro 2016.

“Customers in the Mena region have been able to buy 4K resolution TV sets for the last couple of years.  However, until now 4K broadcast was not available in the region and hence the true potential of 4K TVs was unutilised.  With the launch of the beIN 4K receiver, as well as the confirmation of 4K broadcast of Uefa Euro matches, beIN is completing the two missing pieces of 4K entertainment in Mena,” the statement noted.

The beIN 4K UHD receiver will be able to broadcast TV signals at 3,840 pixels (horizontally) x 2,160 lines (vertically). This resolution is four times better than conventional HD resolution.

The 4K UHD receiver’s launch comes in time for football fans to be able to enjoy Euro 2016 in 4K.  beIN will broadcast the opening match, all four quarter-finals, the semi-finals and the final of Euro in 4K.  This is the first time that an event is being broadcast live in 4K in Mena.

The company has said it will also ensure a “constant supply of 4K content through collaboration with various other entertainment and sports entities”. 

Esteban, executive director of technology, said: “With the launch of the beIN 4K receiver, as well as the broadcast of eight Euro matches, beIN is clearly becoming the technological leader in the field of entertainment in Mena.”

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