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UHD broadcast FOR-A debuted a new routing switcher at NAB. The mid-sized 4RU MFR-3000 3G/ HD/SD/ASI follows on from the company’s larger MFR-5000 and MFR-8000 units and is designed for scenarios where variable input/output capabilities and mixed signal formats are used. The MFR-3000 can be expanded by eight inputs or outputs modules up to a maximum of a 64-input/64-output matrix. Operators can also use up to four inputs and four outputs for 8K facilities, as well as 16 inputs and 16 outputs at 4K, making it useful for a growing facility. The unit also offers auto signal detection and provides standard support for 3G-SDI, HD-SDI, SD-SDI, and ASI input and output. Satellite operator SES, working with Harmonic, Sony, TelVue, Superior Satellite Systems and PACSAT, demonstrated a full end-to-end Ultra HD (UHD) transmission system and delivered live and linear UHD broadcasts to a cable system at the NAB Show. A mixture of pre-produced content and live interviews were shown being sent via satellite and IP to Sony displays. The broadcasts were enabled by SES’s satellites and teleport network with Harmonic contributing its Electra X3 advanced media processor which provided live, full-frame, full-GOP UHD (HEVC Main 10 profile) encoding. ProView integrated receiver-decoders were used for satellite reception, and the NSG Exo distributed CCAP system for DOCSIS transmission. Sony provided content and 4K UHD smart TVs. www.for-a.com www.ses.com Routing