Monthly March, 2013


High fidelity video compression for broadcast
and broadband.

Firdaouss Kouchtaf and Leonardo Gomes from ATEME supervising partners workThe ATEME partners technical training was held in Bievres, the ATEME French headquarter. Seven partners from six different countries joined this two day training and gained on operational and technical skills.

Monika Ceskova-Fourneaux, in charge of the ATEME Partner programme commented, “Our technical trainings are usually divided in two sessions – Contribution and Multi screen transcoding – where our partners learn how to master the ATEME equipment. We always limit the group to eight trainees, so that we can easily manage the hands on practical sessions where everybody gets involved. Trainings are organised twice a year around March and October.”

World’s Second Largest Public Broadcaster Selects ATEME to Support High Quality 
HDTV Feeds for Sporting Events

ATEME, the world leading video compression vendor, was awarded its first order for the breakthrough Kyrion™ DR5000 IRD (Integrated Receiver Decoder) from German public broadcaster Hessischer Rundfunk, part of ARD. The Kyrion DR5000 is ATEME’s latest hardware Integrated Receiver Decoder, dedicated to professional contribution over satellite and IP / ASI networks.

Sports Television Networks, broadcasters and Service Providers face an ever-increasing need for High Definition and a better video experience along with growing bandwidth constraints. Operators must transition from MPEG-2 to MPEG-4 technology to transport live content over limited-bandwidth Satellite and IP networks. Achieving the highest fidelity to the original source (video quality, lip synch), low latency, and total interoperability, all while minimizing costs is of paramount importance. To connect trucks, stadiums, venues and production facilities through open or private networks, over fiber or satellite links, ATEME solutions combine reliability, ease of use and the highest bandwidth efficiency. The Kyrion DR5000 is a single channel decoder with outstanding capabilities providing easy setup and fast signal lock while achieving great robustness that meet all operational requirements.

Hessischer Rundfunk (HR), part of ARD, the world’s second largest public broadcaster after the BBC, selected ATEME as a key partner for this important project because the Kyrion DR5000 incorporates the latest advances in FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) technology along with an optimized ARM processor and met all the requirements for size, weight, performance, reliability and operational simplicity.
HR will be deploying several DR5000 IRDs in the coming weeks for monitoring and decoding DVB-ASI and some digital terrestrial transmissions from mobile equipment in the field installed in cars, motorbikes and helicopters.

The IRDs, which are MPEG-4 4:2:2 10-bit capable and support the highest quality HDTV feeds, will be used largely to support regional, national and international sporting events including cycling, ironman competitions in July, the Frankfurt marathon in October and handball competitions and ski jump competitions over the following winter.

Hessischer Rundfunk’s Head of Satellite Program Distribution, Dieter Hachenberger, said: “The key reason for our choice was the high quality specifications of the device and ATEME’s ability to demonstrate the IRD’s capabilities under field conditions before we committed to buy. The DR5000 has every input and output we need, and its small size – half that of the previous DR8400 – fits easily into the limited rackspace of our SNG (Satellite News Gathering) vehicles. HR was highly impressed with the performance and robustness of the product during testing and the support it received from ATEME. Our experience with the Kyrion IRDs has always been very positive. They function without any issues in different modes and with different encoders.”

Nicolas Moreau, senior product marketing manager at ATEME, said: “The Kyrion DR5000 is the result of major technological advances by ATEME that deliver significant improvements in performance, footprint and weight compared with competitive products. This translates into a long list of objective and measurable gains when compared to the market standard product from other well known encoding vendors. These gains include a rapid boot up time of eight seconds, compared with 66 seconds from ATEME’s principle competitor and yet just half the power consumption in full 10-bit operation at 36W compared to 70W. Weight is also just half at 3.4 Kg versus 7 Kg and a greatly reduced depth of 310 mm rather than 530mm.”

ATEME is a world leading provider of HEVC / H.265, MPEG-4 / H.264 and MPEG-2 bandwidth efficient compression technology. ATEME encoding solutions are deployed widely for broadcast contribution links, distribution, multi-screen live streaming, OTT and VOD applications. More information is available at

ATEME Press Contact:
Monika Ceskova 
ATEME Corporate Marketing
T: +33 1 69 35 89 88

ATEME to Demonstrate Latest Advances in Video Compression Technology at NAB 2013

ATEME, a global leader in advanced video compression solutions will be showcasing the latest in video broadcasting compression technology at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) convention in Las Vegas, April 8-11, 2013.

ATEME will be demonstrating the industry’s most advanced High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) codec on the trade show floor. This new HEVC codec will allow broadcasters to reduce the amount of bandwidth needed to deliver video entertainment at all resolutions, all the way up to ultra high-definition TV (UHDTV).

The company will be announcing that a major U.S. sports cable programmer has adopted its Kyrion CM5000 encoder for processing some of its most important live sporting event coverage. Additionally, a new Pay TV operator in the Caribbean is about to launch its service using a turnkey video head-end centered on the TITAN transcoding platform.

The company’s latest CM5000 Encoder and DR5000 Decoder will be on display as part of the QuickSPOT service and solution in On Call Communication’s satellite uplink truck at the Las Vegas Convention Center outdoor exhibition area (booth #OE504).


•The Kyrion CM5000 modular encoding platform – Delivers all MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 AVC flavors: from Standard Definition to High Definition 1080p50/60 and from 4:2:0 8-bit processing up to 4:2:2 10-bit processing for unrivaled video quality and robustness over IP, ASI or even RF Networks with its optional built-in DVB-S2 modulator.

•The Kyrion DR5000 integrated receiver decoder – Based on ATEME’s unique FPGA design, the Kyrion DR5000 permits complete software upgradeability from SD to HD or 4:2:0 to 4:2:2, allowing broadcasters, teleport and satellite uplink truck operators, video fiber networks and video service providers across the spectrum to benefit from ATEME’s state-of-art of video compression techniques.

•The TITAN Transcoder – A carrier-grade software-based high performance video transcoding solution for live and file content dedicated to deliver the very best multi-screen video quality to TVs, tablets, PCs and mobile phones. The TITAN supports video resolutions up to the emerging 4K UHDTV and output formats including MPEG-2, AVC/H.264 and HEVC/H.265 compression standards, ensuring that TITAN is future-proof and feature-ready for the next decade of video entertainment.

When:April 8-11, 2013

Where: NAB Show, Las Vegas – Las Vegas Convention Center, South Hall (Upper) –
Booth #SU7102

What: In-person briefings and demonstrations of the newest video compression solutions for the cable, broadcast, DTH and telco industries

Contact: Kim Dearborn would be pleased to schedule a demo or briefing for you at the show

ATEME is a world leader in HEVC / H.265, MPEG-4 / H.264 and MPEG-2 bandwidth efficient compression technology. ATEME encoding solutions are deployed widely for live broadcast contribution links, fulltime distribution services, non-linear file and live video streaming solutions for OTT, IPTV and VOD applications. More information is available

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ATEME is currently working on the set-up of a new broadcast play out centre for France Televisions, the national French TV broadcaster, together with Sony Europe as the system integrator. This play out centre will provide France Televisions for TV everywhere with the ability to reach multiple screens (TV, Tablets, smart phones) over all distribution platforms including terrestrial, satellite, cable IPTV and OTT via adaptive streaming.

To read the wole story, please see the pdf. here attached.

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Benoit Fouchard, Chief Strategy Officer, ATEME, interwied by Larry Jordan from the Digital Production Buzz radio.
Listen to the full interview online

Suddenly, 4K video (video with frame sizes about 4,000 by 2,000 pixels) is being talked about everywhere. What ISN’T being talked about is that, currently, we can’t broadcast, cablecast, nor reliably download these files from the web. The file sizes are just too gigantic. Last month, the ITU standards body approved a new codec (yes, Michael) that will solve this problem: H.265 (also called HEVC). This week, we talk with Benoit Fouchard, Chief Strategy Officer for ATEME. His company is taking this new standard and turning it into products. We want to learn more about this new codec.

ATEME Establishes a Global Leadership Position in High Quality Traditional and Multi-screen Video Solutions for the Broadcast, Cable, DTH and IPTV Markets in 60 Countries

ATEME, a leading provider of video compression systems for the broadcast industry, today announced that it reached significant milestones in customer adoption and corporate growth in 2012.

The company showed an exceptionally strong financial year in 2012, demonstrating a 50 percent increase in global revenues, positive cash flow and return on equity across all product lines and international markets. The company experienced double-digit growth in North America and EMEA, and a near 100 percent increase in emerging markets including APAC and Latin America.

“ABI Research reported this month that the overall infrastructure video equipment market will grow to reach $3.8 billion dollars in 2017, up from $2.8 billion in 2012, with video encoders representing the fastest growing sub segment of the market,” said Michel Artières, CEO of ATEME. “Our corporate growth over the last year reflects the overall expansion of the market today and the strong desire from our customers for innovative solutions in the new media landscape.”

As On Demand viewing continues to grow, subscriber acquisition and satisfaction has surged for many of ATEME’s clients that offer premium VOD services, including the number one Direct-To-Home operators in America and Europe. The proliferation of viewing devices, the launch of multi-format and Over-the-Top services supporting those devices, and the continued underlying transition from SD to HD in many regions of the world have also contributed to the continued growth.

The company’s pioneering MPEG-4 4:2:2 10-bit high quality encoding technology has now become the de facto standard for high-end sports contribution applications. Major international sports events such as the London Olympics and the Euro Football Championship in the summer of 2012 led to substantial investments in broadcast contribution infrastructure, further bolstering the company’s financial metrics.

Industry analyst firm Frost & Sullivan recognized ATEME with the 2012 Global Frost & Sullivan Award for Market Penetration Leadership, as one of the few companies that have shown outstanding growth in both encoding and transcoding product lines.

Performance Highlights:
Sales to clients in over 60 countries in 2012
Generated annual revenues of $24 Million
• Accomplished a 50 percent year-over-year growth in revenues proforma
Cash positive with cash balance up $2M compared to last financing round in Q2 of 2010
Increased company head count to 105, with the majority supporting the company’s R&D efforts into HEVC/H.265 and other leading-edge video compression developments; planning to add another 30 employees in 2013
Hired industry veteran Mike Antonovich as general manager of the Americas
Established regional operation centers in Miami, USA for the Americas region and Seoul, Korea for the Asia Pacific region to provide closer in-market sales support, customer engineering, repair and logistics services
• Strengthened the Company’s product portfolio through continuing development of its KYRION line of hardware encoders and its TITAN line of file and live content transcoding software for multi-screen delivery.

ATEME is a world leading provider of HEVC / H.265, MPEG-4 / H.264 and MPEG-2 bandwidth efficient compression technology. ATEME encoding solutions are deployed widely for broadcast contribution links, distribution, multi-screen live streaming, OTT and VOD applications. More information is available at

ATEME Press Contact:
Monika Ceskova ATEME Corporate Marketing T: +33 1 69 35 89 88 E:

Kim Dearborn Nadel Phelan, Inc. T: +1-831-440-2407 E:

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Femin John, ATEME Technical Director for APAC

Femin John, ATEME Technical Director for APAC, will present the “Developments in UHDTV” at the opening of the ABU Digital Broadcasting Symposium on Wednesday 6th of March in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.

For free registration, click here

The ABU (Asia Broadcasting Union), has more than 220 member broadcasters large and small spread across the region’s 58 countries, from Turkey in the west to Samoa in the east, and from Russia in the north to New Zealand in the south.

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