Monthly May, 2014

NEWS & EVENTS

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Date : 30 May 2014

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Pay TV network in MENA looks to ATEME technology to encode video content

logo OSNPARIS – May 27, 2014 – ATEME, a global leader in advanced video compression solutions for the broadcast industry, today announced that OSN has selected ATEME’s TITAN software transcoding solution to encode premium content for Video-on-Demand (VOD), in support of a new high-end VOD service launched this spring.

News Facts:

  • TITAN KFE is a multi-codec/multi-format file-based video transcoding software solution. TITAN KFE maximizes the video quality and bandwidth efficiency of content for delivery to television, mobile and Internet. It can transcode any mezzanine file to MPEG-2, H.264 and HEVC for VOD, push-VOD, catch-up TV and adaptive streaming services.
  • TITAN KFE is now in production in the Dubai Media City headquarters of OSN in the United Arab Emirates.
  • OSN is the leading pay-TV network in the MENA region offering Western, Arabic, South Asian and Filipino entertainment. OSN is home to over 140 channels of value entertainment, offering viewers in the MENA region exclusive access to blockbuster movies, top rated series, sports, documentaries, news, kid’s entertainment and live talk shows.
  • OSN boasts the most comprehensive portfolio of exclusive rights from all the major Hollywood film studiosincluding Warner Brothers, Paramount, Fox, Disney, Sony, MGM, Universal and DreamWorks and offers access to the world’s leading television brands including the Disney Channel, Sky News, Discovery Network and National Geographic.

Supporting Quote:

Paul Green, broadcast engineering manager, OSN said:

OSN is continuously increasing its non-linear and digital offerings to customers in direct response to consumer demand within the region. As we prepared to expand our premium Video-on-Demand service, on our award winning OSN Plus HD hybrid set top box, we sought a solution that would provide our customers with the best possible video quality.

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.

ATEME Press Contacts:

Dorota Bouskela
ATEME Corporate Marketing
T: +33 1 69 35 89 88
E: press@ateme.com

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

by Adi Itzhaki, Regional Sales Director

ATEME booth at ANGACOM

ATEME booth at ANGACOM

A noticeable trend for the last couple of years continues and little by little, the ANGA COM Exhibition becomes a less of a pure Cable show, and more about Broadcast, Broadband, Cable & Satellite. As a result, this year’s ANGA COM ended with an amazing figures : 17,000 participants and 450 exhibitors. ATEME was amongst them with a range of participants on its stand starting from sales and pre sales teams supported by marketing and executive management.

We had meetings with visitors from 40 countries (!), a combination of end users, partners, system integrators, large service providers, journalists, analysts, technology partners and … competitors. We showed demos of our latest MPEG-4 and withZixi technology and we saw a great number of people interested in our HEVC demo comparing to H.264.
Our 4k HEVC demo was one of the highlights of our stand and whoever passed by our booth had to pause and take a look at the amazing sequences on display.

visitors discovering LiveSphere

We also demonstrated our LiveSphere 360° which drew the attention and caught the interest of participants.

Our German partner CS Consult & Service supported us on the stand which was very busy with a majority of our visitors from Germany.

In short, it was a very good show, a place to be for sure for those willing to find interesting opportunities all over Europe. Thanks to all, for making it truly successful.
Adi Itzhaki,
Regional Sales Director

with first demo channel broadcasting in HEVC at 50 frames per second

Paris, 26 May 2014 – Eutelsat Communications (NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL) is scaling up its Ultra HD activity with the launch of Europe’s first demo channel encoded in HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) and broadcasting at 50 frames per second with 10-bit colour (one billion colours – HEVC Main 10 profile). These three parameters are key for creating a favourable economic environment for Ultra HD and delivering consumers the most rewarding viewing experience on new-generation home displays.

The new channel has been launched at Eutelsat’s HOT BIRD video neighbourhood which provides Direct-to-Home reach of Europe, the Middle East and North Africa.
The channel is also the first that can be received direct by consumers using the latest “4k TV” displays equipped with DVB-S2 demodulators and HEVC decoders.
Ultra HD content, encoded by ATEME that is now broadcasting in Eutelsat’s newest channel includes extracts of a performance in the Royal Chapel at Versailles of Monteverdi’s Vespers conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
The filming was co-produced by Wahoo Production and Château de Versailles Spectacles with the participation of France Télévisions, using eight cameras operating at 50 frames per second.

Supporting Quote:

Michel Chabrol, Director Marketing Innovation and Digital Cinema at Eutelsat, said:

The launch of this new channel is another milestone taking us closer towards the roll-out of commercial 4k channels that will propel broadcasting into a new era. Immense progress has been made with partners in the broadcasting chain since the launch in January 2013 of the first demonstration Ultra HD channel on a Eutelsat satellite. HEVC encoding combined with 50 frames per second and 10-bit colour are the next step the industry has been waiting for and we are delighted to demonstrate its performance via the HOT BIRD satellites.

About Eutelsat Communications

Established in 1977, Eutelsat Communications (NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL, ISIN code: FR0010221234) is one of the world’s leading and most experienced operators of communications satellites. The company provides capacity on 36 satellites to clients that include broadcasters and broadcasting associations, pay-TV operators, video, data and Internet service providers, enterprises and government agencies. Eutelsat’s satellites provide ubiquitous coverage of Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia-Pacific and the Americas, enabling video, data, broadband and government communications to be established irrespective of a user’s location. Headquartered in Paris, with offices and teleports around the globe, Eutelsat represents a workforce of 1,000 men and women from 32 countries who are experts in their fields and work with clients to deliver the highest quality of service.
For more about Eutelsat please visit www.eutelsat.com

Eutelsat Press Contacts:

Vanessa O’Connor Tel: + 33 1 53 98 37 91 voconnor@eutelsat.com

Frédérique Gautier Tel: + 33 1 53 98 37 91 fgautier@eutelsat.com

Marie-Sophie Ecuer Tel: + 33 1 53 98 37 91 mecuer@eutelsat.com

German Television News Station, N24, utilizes ATEME Technology in Live Broadcasts around the world

SATCOM vehicleCOLOGNE, Germany – May 21, 2014 (ANGACOM, Kölnmesse, Hall 10.2, Booth #K19) , ATEME a global leader in advanced video compression solutions for the broadcast industry, announced today that SATCOM, a German service provider for satellite transmission and outside broadcast (OB) vans, has selected ATEME’s Kyrion encoders to upgrade its satellite news-gathering (SNG) and OB vehicles from SD MPEG-2 to HD MPEG-4.

News Facts:

  • SATCOM provides turnkey solution for live news production – SATCOM is a market leader in the field of remotely managed SNG vehicles, operating and selling fleet solutions across Europe. The company provides customers, such as TV news station N24, with a turnkey solution known as SATCOM easyLINK™.
  • Television news station N24 depends on reliable, foolproof equipment –N24 is a German-based leading TV news channel, part of the Axel Springer SE media group that broadcasts live coverage to Germany, Austria and Switzerland. News journalists operate their own SNG vehicles and rely on SATCOM easyLINK for direct operations with remote support from SATCOM.
  • Kyrion CM5000 modular encoder integrated into news vans –SATCOM chose Kyrion,ATEME’s high performance contribution and distribution encoder, for its interoperability, reliability, low delay and future proof technology. It has upgraded five vehicles thus far with plans to convert additional vans throughout 2014. The CM5000 permits complete software upgradeability from SD to HD or 4:2:0 to 4:2:2 10-bit.

Supporting Quotes:

Thomas Becke, CEO, SATCOM, said:

Our customers rely on us to provide them with state-of-the-art equipment that allows them to produce high-quality, live video production. By integrating ATEME’s CM5000 encoders into our turn-key solutions, we are able to deliver reliable, easy-to-use production equipment.

Joerg-Rainer Utech, Broadcast Technology Director, N24

SATCOM easylink with ATEME’s encoders has become an integral part of our operational set up, and our editors just love the simplicity of the system. This is why we chose it to cover the world cup in Brazil, where we will dispatch two vehicles and hope to report on the successes of our national team.

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.

ATEME Press Contacts:

Dorota Bouskela
ATEME Corporate Marketing
T: +33 1 69 35 89 88
E: press@ateme.com

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

2 SAT Europe Uses Kyrion CM5000 to Cover Both European Football Championship Final Games

2 SAT TruckCOLOGNE, Germany – May 20, 2014 (ANGACOM, Kölnmesse, Hall 10.2, Booth #K19) – ATEME, a global leader in advanced video compression solutions for the broadcast industry, announced today that 2 SAT Europe (2 SAT), a provider of professional satellite connections around the world, will utilize Kyrion CM5000 encoders to provide transmission services for the two finals of the European football championships.

News Facts:

  • Netherlands-based 2 SAT has equipped its fleet of satellite uplink vehicles with ATEME’s Kyrion CM5000 encoders, supporting up to 4:2:2 10-bit, the highest quality format available today and the default for premium sports transmissions.
  • 2 SAT vehicles are frequently involved in the coverage of major sporting events including Tour de France, athletics, skating and football.
  • 2 SAT will utilize ATEME’s modular hardware encoding platform to service both European football championship final games, live from Torino, Italy (May 14) and Lisbon, Portugal (May 24).

Supporting Quotes:

Bas Giskes, CEO, 2 SAT, said:

We adopted ATEME’s encoders four years ago and have been very satisfied with their reliability. The picture quality is second to none and allows us to offer our services to the most demanding clients across Europe.

Michel Artières, CEO, ATEME, said:

We are avid sports fans at ATEME. Being involved in these prestigious events through our partner 2 SAT means a lot to our team members. We know that quality images contribute to the emotion that is shared by audiences and we like to think we have modestly contributed to those unique moments.

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.

ATEME Press Contacts:

Dorota Bouskela
ATEME Corporate Marketing
T: +33 1 69 35 89 88
E: press@ateme.com

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

Discover Mike Antonovich’s perspective

Jason Dachman is managing editor at SVG who covers a wide spectrum of sport-production and technology topics. He interviewed Mike Antonovich about ATEME’s role in advancing 4K/Ultra HD, HEVC and about the future of video.

In this discussion they analyze the most sports-relevant applications and how HEVC 4K is developing in the sports andmedia market.

  • Mike considers HEVC having a more immediate impact on HD compression and transmission. He sees there is plenty of opportunity to employ HEVC to do a much better job with today’s television and talks about its impact on the market.
  • They talk about ATEME 4K projects, about the LiveSphere 360-degree demo. He thinks it has some wonderful second- and third-screen opportunities for people who want to be able to visualize the “you-are-there” experience.
  • They discuss the difficulties of audiences becoming HEVC compatible.
  • Finaly Mike is making a fearless forecast that by the end of the year, we are going to see a major league with an OTTplay using HEVC.

If you are interested in reading the entire interview, pls click on the link to the SVG blog here.

Technology workshops in Spain

ATEME workshop in GaliciaFor the last couple of months, Xavier Levasseur, ATEME’s EMEA Sales Director and Charlie Bercier, Pre-Sales Engineer have always been on the field organizing workshops for ATEME’s Spanish customers. Just back from Madrid, they embarked for Santiago for another exciting training session. But let’s start from the beginning.

In March, broadcasting companies, cable operators and regional networks attended ATEME’s Madrid workshop organized by Tmediatin collaboration with ATEME. Benefits and functionalities of HEVC video compression format were demonstrated in front of all attendees, as well as its capability of expanding resolutions up to 4 Kdecreasing bandwidth.
Participants were reminded of characteristics and differences between different codecs, advantages and differences between IPTV versus OTT and ins and outs of contribution. ATEME products, such as encoding hardware solutions and latest software encoders Titan KFE, MPEG2/MPEG4 and HEVC, were presented to show the basics of ATEME products.

A few weeks later, another workshop took place, this time in Santiago in Galicia. The aim of the meeting was to investigate the new professional video compression format HEVC and new OTT trends. Entitled ’Technologies of compression and their applications’, the event attracted broadcasters, operators and a few institutional organizations.
The workshop started with the presentation of the latest developments in the environment of contribution, of the advantages and differences between IPTV versus OTT, as well as the presentation of current MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 formats,foundations of the new HEVC codec.The key attraction of this training was the codec already available that we do think will drive tomorrow workflow ecosystem with considerable bandwidth savings. The comparison between H264 & HEVC was impressive to illustrate that trend. This workshop was completed by a demo where attendees could attest the differences between the different codecs and get to know coding solutions hardware, as well as the new Titan KFE transcoding software.

Those two workshops were attended with a great deal of interest.
We have been able to see that through the abundant online coverage in several blogs and professional publications.
We are now ready to extend the momentum to other regions!

by Tim Jackson, VP, Media and Distribution Platform Sales

Gustavo Marra presenting at the Cable Show 2014Just three weeks after wrapping up the NAB Show in Las Vegas, ATEME was in Los Angeles for the annual gathering of cable operators from around the world.

  • Primarily a US event sponsored by the National Cable Television Association, it does attract a large number of international attendees. ATEME exhibited as part of the CableNet pavilion organized byCableLabs and was the hub of advanced digital technology at the show.
  • In addition to productive visits and meetings with cable operators and other MVPD (multi-channel video program distributor) companies, several cable programmers stopped by to see the latest ATEME HEVC and AVC compression technology and our excitingLiveSphere 360-degree immersive video experience. ATEME’s Director of Applications Engineering for the Americas, Gustavo Marra, and I also presented LiveSphere as part of the Imagine Park demonstration stage which showcased the future of television.
  • 4K is starting to garner some interest in the US cable community, and ATEME’s involvement with Homechoice of Korea for the launch of the world’s first dedicated 4K channel generated a lot of discussion and interest at the show.

The Cable Show rotates venues each year, and next year the show will be in Chicago in early May – we hope to see everyone there!

blog entry by Xavier Gentric, Director of Sales EMEA

People participating in workshop in BerlinBeing close to its partners is essential to ATEME. This is why the sales team accompanied by marketing and presales is travelling around Europe presenting our products and getting customer feedback. Five weeks ago, on Thursday, 7th May at the initiative of our German partner CS Consult GmbH, another workshop took place, this time in Berlin hosted byBetamobil, German TV service provider.

The workshop was focused on the contribution market, describing its compression aspect (legacy + new codecs), but also covering hot topics such as specific networks and umbrella/NMS software. It consisted of helping clients and customers to discover the benefits of ATEME solutions.

Nicolas MOREAU our Contribution Product Marketing Manager, ran most of the show supported by Firdaouss KOUCHTAF (Presales engineering) and Xavier GENTRIC (EMEA sales).

The audience was mainly from the Berlin-Leipzig-Dresden area, but surprisingly also from Switzerland and Bremen. These attendees were DSNG operators, terrestrial network operators, telcos, broadcasters and System Integratorss., accounting for a total of eleven companies and twenty-five people.

The workshop consisted of several presentations as well as demonstrations and Q&A session.

It was a very interesting workshop from many perspectives, such as academic study, future trends and perspectives, and new applications. We would like to express our thanks to Betamobil for kindly hosting us, as well as to CS for the efficient organization !

by Claude STOFFEL, Director Contribution Sales

C.Stoffel presentation at WBU ISOGThe International Satellite Operations Group (ISOG) was founded in 1985 and furnishes a global forum for members of the World Braodcast Unions (WBU). The goal of WBU-ISOG is to evaluate and realise solutions for all operational matters pertaining
to the transmission of media from various sites and to work with different organisations to accomplish this.

The latest WBU-ISOG Spring forum took place last week ( April 29th- May 1st). This time it was organized in Tokyo by Japanese national broadcasterNHK. This forum includes discussions and panels on various topics such as remote IP contributions, best practices for managing IP / file storage solutions, satellite transmission interferences, the introduction of Ultra HD, New HEVC codec and DVB S2extention standard.
In addition to these operational topics, a dedicated session was focused on the opportunity or threat of OTT content delivery and services for broadcasters and the presentation of NHK plan for the introduction of UHD 8K television in Japan.

One hundred delegates were present during the forum and once again ATEME as an ABU ( Asian Broadcasting Union) member participated actively in this Spring session with a presentation from Eunsook Wi, APAC regional mamanger, on theOTT market environment and head-end infrastructure. Claude Stoffel, Director Contribution Sales presented ATEME’s road-map on HEVC codec, the introduction which will impact quality and bandwidth saving of live transmission of Ultra HD signals.

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