High fidelity video compression for broadcast
ATEME, a world leading provider of video compression solutions, today announced that Taiwan Broadcasting System (TBS), the public and largest free to air broadcaster of the Republic of China, selected ATEME’s Kyrion encoders to rollout HD for digital terrestrial television. This success owes to ATEME’s experience of DVB-T and the unrivalled compression efficiency of the Kyrion MPEG-4 encoders.
“ATEME proposed a very attractive solution for our project” commented Mr Chin-chang Chen, Engineering Manager, TBS. “This is a complex system, for which we need absolute reliability as a public broadcaster, at an affordable cost. ATEME’s solution came on top against all of our selection criteria.”
“We pack one HD MPEG-4 and 3 SD MPEG-2 channels in less than 15 Mbps, and yet the video quality is superb” added Mr. Chao-I Lee, who supervised the deployment of the system at the broadcasting center in Taipei on behalf of the Engineering Department of TBS. “We were also quite impressed with the fast response of ATEME’s support every time we needed their help during launch”.
“We have a very competitive offer for terrestrial broadcasters” said Kim Gravina, APAC Sales Manager, ATEME. “Our ability to deliver top quality systems at a reasonable cost is key to our success, in Taiwan and in other parts of the world.”
ATEME’s solution for terrestrial broadcasting including Kyrion encoders supports mobile, SD and HD, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4, constant bitrate and statistical multiplexing, DVB-T/T2 and ISDB-T. Frost & Sullivan recognized this success as ATEME received the 2012 Market Penetration Leadership Award for the Global Broadcast and DTT Video Encoders Market. In Taiwan, in addition to TBS, Formosa TV (FTV) also tapped ATEME for their migration to HD this year.
Founded in 2006, Taiwan Broadcasting System (TBS, Chinese: 台灣公共廣播電視集團) is a Public broadcasting group that holds 8 television channels in Taiwan. It is also the biggest of five major Taiwan Television Networks by owning 2 of them: Chinese Television System and Public Television Service. TBS is playing a key role on the road to digitization in Taiwan.
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ATEME is providing the encoding and decoding for France Televisions’ new broadcast centers in Paris as part of a major playout and distribution project in partnership with Sony Europe as the systems integrator. The new facilities, called Centre de Diffusion et d’Echange (CDE), will equip France Télévisions for TV Everywhere, with the ability to reach multiple screens over all distribution platforms including terrestrial, satellite, cable, IPTV, and also OTT (Over The Top) via adaptive streaming.
The requirement to deliver the highest quality video for both HD and SD services whatever the format led to the choice of Sony Europe, and in turn ATEME as one of the most important sub-contractors, according to Yves Le Bras, France Télévisions’ Director of Innovation and head of the CDE project. “We were looking for a single platform that would meet all our playout and distribution needs now and in the future,” said Le Bras. “As the national broadcaster it is essential that we provide the best experience possible for all screens, and Sony demonstrated they had the right technology in place. ATEME is a big part of that with the vital ability to deliver high quality video across all the formats including OTT as well as traditional broadcast.”
The CDE installation is currently taking place at two different sites in Paris, thus catering for disaster recovery. ATEME provided its Kyrion Live encoders for delivery over traditional broadcast infrastructure, and its TITAN Live for OTT, both platforms fitted with the highest performance hardware available to date and entirely future proof.
“This was a major contract win for Sony,” said Bertrand Caurier, Project Director at Sony Europe. “ATEME played a crucial role, firstly getting us involved as systems integrator, but most of all through the excellence of their transcoding technology. They are unique in being able to deliver consistent quality across all distribution platforms.”
For ATEME the project is further evidence of its status as one of the world’s elite transcoding vendors, trusted by major broadcasters and operators, both for all round engineering excellence, and ability to serve universal headends for all screens and distribution platforms, including now OTT.
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LeWeb12 (www.leweb.co) is an international conference organised by French entrepreneur Loïc Le Meur. Started in 2004 in Paris, LeWeb gathers entrepreneurs, sponsors, venture capitalists, visionaries and politicians who together shape the next future ideas of the internet and new technologies. This year the event took place from the 4th to 6th of December 2012 with the theme heading “Internet of Things”. More than 75 countries participated and many companies came to announce new products or new services. LeWeb13 will be held for the first time in London, June 2013.
FranceTelévisions, the official partner of LeWeb12 was present at this event with its futurist stand called “The Connected Home”. Presented in a form of a living room, the stand exposed new technology and innovative objects, which any household might be using in the near future.
The Sony 84 inch UHD (Ultra High Definition) TV was placed in the center of the France Télévisions “Connected home” stand, showing beautiful 4K resolution content.
The exceptional quality of the image attracted many visitors who observed the screen with amazement and admiration.
Some of the demonstrated content was prepared and encoded by ATEME. “It was a great honour for us to be present at the FranceTélévisions stand at the occasion of LeWeb12, an event allowing companies and startups to display the excellence of its talents and expertise”, said Jérôme Vieron, ATEME advanced research manager. He added, “We thank FranceTélévisions for offering us this opportunity, which allowed us once again to prove our expertise in video compression and pristine video quality.