Monthly May, 2013

NEWS & EVENTS

High fidelity video compression for broadcast
and broadband.

Led by Orange Labs, the 4EVER consortium will undertake a major challenge from June 1st to June 9th during the French Tennis Open: the live broadcasting of the tournament in HD using the new HEVC codec end-to-end.

A technical feat: live HD HEVC broadcasting for delivery to multiple screens
At Roland-Garros 2013, 4EVER will provide demonstrations of multi-screen delivery (TV, PC and tablet) using the new video encoding standard HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding). Published in January 2013, this standard is intended to replace the current MPEG-4 AVC standard. It allows the delivery of an equivalent quality of experience with half the bandwidth, thus offering prospects of HD delivery to more terminals.

From June 1st to June 9th, the daily schedule of televised games will be fed to an HEVC live experimental end-to-end delivery chain including encoding, streaming, decoding, and display. Using IPTV, DVB-T2 and internet delivery networks, the matches will be broadcast to PCs, TVs and tablets, in high-definition, for viewing in France Télévisions’ public spaces (RGLab),and in the technical area of Orange and in a showroom in Rennes.

This will be the first public demonstration of an end-to-end HEVC delivery chain, incorporating both the encoding and decoding in real time. It is also an opportunity to highlight the technological benefits brought by HEVC for the viewing of sports events in high-definition on multiple devices, including tablets.

4EVER: a collaborative research project
The 4EVER consortium (for Enhanced Video ExpeRience), initiated in 2012, includes nine industrial and academic French partners. Organized as a collaborative project, it is supported by the French Ministry of Industry, three competitiveness clusters, local authorities and the European Regional Development Fund. A three-year project (2012-2015), 4EVER’s purpose is to advance French research in the fields of HEVC and Ultra High Definition TV.
For more information about the 4EVER project:http://www.4ever-project.com/

About Orange
France Telecom-Orange is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators with sales of 43.5 billion euros in 2012 and has 170,000 employees worldwide at 31 March 2013, including 104 000 employees in France. Present in 32 countries, the Group has a total customer base close to 230 million customers at 31 March 2013, including 172 million mobile customers and 15 million broadband internet (ADSL, fibre) customers worldwide. Orange is one of the main European operators for mobile and broadband internet services and, under the brand Orange Business Services, is one of the world leaders in providing telecommunication services to multinational companies.
With its industrial project, “conquests 2015”, Orange is simultaneously addressing its employees, customers and shareholders, as well as the society in which the company operates, through a concrete set of action plans. These commitments are expressed through a new vision of human resources for employees; through the deployment of a network infrastructure upon which the Group will build its future growth; through the Group’s ambition to offer a superior customer experience thanks in particular to improved quality of service; and through the acceleration of international development.
France Telecom (NYSE:FTE) is listed on NYSE Euronext Paris (compartment A) and on the New York Stock Exchange.
For more information (on the internet and on your mobile): www.orange.com, www.orange-business.com,www.orange-innovation.tv or to follow us on Twitter: @presseorange.
Orange and any other Orange product or service names included in this material are trademarks of Orange Brand Services Limited, Orange France or France Telecom.

ATEME was present at the Radio TV Forum show in Rome, Italy on the 28 & 29 of May, 2013; Stand M12, and in the outside area E5.

Maurizio CORAZZINI, ATEME sales regional Manager, demonstrated theTITAN Software transcoding for Multi-Screen delivery which was met with great success and the Kyrion solution for Contribution and Distributionwhich was evenly very popular.

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World Premiere of New Technology at Roland-Garros 2013 Tennis Tournament


PARIS – 24 May, 2013 – The French Tennis Federation (FFT) andFrance Télévisions, the official broadcaster and executive producer of the Roland-Garros Tennis Tournament, are pleased to jointly inaugurate the new “Ultra High Definition” television format during this 2013 edition of the French open.

This new format, also called ’4K’, delivers an image four times superior to the current high definition TV. As was the case seven years ago for High Definition, it is again at Roland-Garros that this “world first” will take place during the second week of the tournament, with the live multi-camera capture of the competition on the Philippe Chatrier court.

This innovation, a major step for live television production, will be visible in a showroom of France Télévisions, located on the ground floor of the Philippe Chatrier court in the RG LAB. RG LAB visitors will be able to experience the quality of 4K images in either live viewing or replay. Experts will be available on site to answer questions from the public about this new technology.

Always committed to innovation, the FFT and France Télévisions are very proud to be once again presenting the latest technological developments in television on the occasion of the Roland-Garros tournament. For this project, the FFT and France Télévisions have joined forces with AMP VISUAL TV for image capture, ATEME for the digital compression of the signal and EUTELSAT for satellite broadcasting.


About the French Tennis Federation: www.fft.fr
With over 1.1 million federation members, tennis is by far France’s most practised individual sport, and the French Tennis Federation has the second highest number of members out of all of the country’s federations. Founded in 1920, the FFT is recognised as promoting public interest. This “association loi 1901” (non-profit, voluntary association) has been given the mission of promoting, organising and developing tennis in France.
The French Tennis Federation is the only sports federation in France to organise a global-scale event every year: the Roland-Garros tournament, one of the four Grand Slams. The FFT has: 1.1 million members; 5 million players; 8,500 clubs in France; 400,000 competitors, 2 million official matches and 100,000 voluntary directors.

About France Télévisions: www.francetelevisions.fr
France Télévisions is France’s number one audiovisual group with five national channels (France 2, France 3, France 4, France 5 and France Ô), plus a strong regional and overseas network. As the core French TV offering, it captures more than one-third of the audience in France. Boasting a range of complementary, distinctive channels, the group offers a diverse range of programming, allowing viewers to choose from satellite, DTT, ADSL, Internet, mobile phones, tablets, smart TV, etc. In this fast-changing environment, the number of different media is constantly increasing together with different types of usage. France Télévisions anticipates and adapts to new technologies in order to better satisfy viewers’ expectations and needs.

About AMP Visual TV:www.ampvisualtv.tv
AMP VISUAL TV provides technical services for TV filming in outside locations (video-mobile resources) or in studios. As a specialist in High Definition filming, RF broadcasting and 3D filming, the Group is acknowledged for its expertise in the fields of sports, live shows, reports, special operations as well as variety, games or entertainment shows. With 20 studios, 22 Outside Broadcast vans – one of the largest fleets in Europe – and 6 “flight case” studios, AMP Visual TV’s more than 400 employees produced 14,500 hours of content last year.

About ATEME: www.ateme.com
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.

About Eutelsat Communications: www.eutelsat.com
With capacity commercialised on 31 satellites delivering reach of Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia, significant parts of the Americas and the Asia-Pacific, Eutelsat Communications is one of the world’s leading satellite operators. As of 31 March 2013, Eutelsat’s satellites were broadcasting more than 4,600 television channels to over 200 million cable and satellite homes in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The Group’s satellites also provide a wide range of services for TV contribution, corporate networks and fixed and mobile broadband markets. Headquartered in Paris, Eutelsat and its subsidiaries employ over 780 commercial, technical and operational professionals from 30 countries.

02 May 2013; ATEME commented on benefits of the new HEVC codec in the TVB Europe monthly magazine

HEVC to make contribution to efficiency by David Fox

Tuesday, 7th of May 2013 – Gustavo Bevilacqua Dutra, ATEME Field Application Engineer for Brazil, was invited to speak about the new 4k video compression codec – HEVC (High Efficiency Video Encoding) at a Post-NAB conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil. This conference, organised for the 7th time by one of the main broadcast magazine in the country – Panorama Audiovisual, was received with a great success by professionals engaged in the television production and other manufacturers interested in this subject.

The key point of the discussion was centered around the 4K and its operation on both sides: the production (capitation, workflow) and transmition.
Gustavo explained how HEVC allows broadcasters to reduce the bandwidth needed to deliver Ultra High Definition Television (UHDTV – 4K). His presentation covered new functionalities of the HEVC and its high efficiency compared to H.264 for high and low bitrate.
The audience was fascinated with the video quality in 900kbps@HEVC on an iPad screen, and many relevant questions concerning this new standard were asked.

ATEME workshop in Korea, 2013On the 23trd and 24th of April 2013, ATEME and its Korean partner TNMTech organised an educational workshop taking place in Seoul, Korea. More than 20 different clients gathered for this event and were excited to learn the new ATEME Technology.

The workshop was split in two parts.

The first part was presented by Nicolas Moreau, ATEME Senior Product Marketing Manager, who spoke about the latest solutions for the contribution market, introducing the new Kyrion CM5000 encoder and the new Kyrion DR5000 decoder. He was very proud to announce the ATEME partnership with COWEAVER and the availability of the DS3 Interfaces in the ATEME encoders and decoders.

The second part was introduced by Jérôme VIERON, ATEME Advanced Research Manager who presented the HEVCcoding and its advancement for 4KTV, by demonstrating a 4K content encoded in HEVC and shown on 4KTV.

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