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Largest Operator of Mobile Satellite Uplink Vehicles in Europe Selects Kyrion Encoder/Decoders

SIS LIVE SNG VehiclePARIS, Nov. 19, 2013ATEME, a global leader in advanced video compression solutions for the broadcast industry, announced today that SIS LIVE, Europe’s largest operator of Satellite News Gathering (SNG) vehicles, has selected ATEME’s Kyrion encoders and decoders to equip 18 new Ka band vehicles with the latest compression technology for its clients, ITN & ITV, two leading UK-based news and content providers.

KEY FACTS:
Kyrion CM5000™ meets all SIS LIVE criteria. Chosen for its state-of-the-art built-in modulation, the Kyrion not only saves space in the vehicle compared to external modulators, but also allows operators to reduce “roll-off factors.” This mode of satellite modulation, also known as “smaller guard intervals,” will soon be standardized under DVB-S2x, maximizing the effective bandwidth of satellite transponders.
The CM5000 front panel and web interfaces meet all operational expectations with quick access to configuration menus and immediate settings ensuring a fast transmission start, as well as a built-in confidence monitor that effectively removes the need for a separate monitor in the vehicle.
SIS LIVE operates the largest fleet of mobile satellite uplink vehicles in Europe. Since its first live non-sport broadcast of the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989, SIS LIVE has become a major force in the uplink and SNG markets. From a handful of vehicles SIS LIVE’s fleet has expanded to approximately 128 uplink trucks and additional flyaway units.
SIS LIVE covers over 100,000 hours of satellite links each year for worldwide events. The company has contracts in place with many leading broadcasters such as BBC, ITN, ITV, Sky News and Sky Sports News. SIS LIVE delivers 80 percent of the UK’s live news contribution feeds and offers service levels in excess of 99.8 percent uplink availability.

David Meynell, managing director SIS LIVESupporting Quote:
David Meynell , managing director , SIS LIVE, said:

“We are excited to have the opportunity to work with ATEME in providing ITN & ITV with state-of-the-art encoding and decoding equipment. The Kyrion line of products exceeded our expectations, met all of our criteria and overall was judged the best technical and commercial fit for this uplink vehicle project.”

About ATEME:
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 www.ateme.com.

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by Anais Painchault, Field Applications Engineer

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