End-to-End UHD Satellite Broadcast Transmission using Versatile Video Coding (VVC)

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Versatile Video Coding (VVC) is the latest video coding technology, jointly developed by experts from ISO/IEC MPEG and ITU-T VCEG, forming the Joint Video Experts Team (JVET). VVC improves HEVC compression efficiency by 50%, and addresses all video formats (VR-360°, 3D, 4K, 8K, HDR). Its versatility enables to cover a wide range of applications, from broadcast to OTT delivery.

ATEME has partnered with SES,VideoLabs and IETR for the first end-to-end UHD satellite broadcast transmission using the new Versatile Video Coding (VVC) standard.

In this trial, the UHDTV source is encoded with VVC, and encapsulated in MPEG-TS using ATEME video processing platform. The streams are modulated using DVB-S2 and broadcasted by SES on Astra 2E transponder, covering the whole Europe. The signal is demodulated and forwarded on IP to a VLC player that display the video thanks to the real-time openVVC decoder developed by IETR. This trial illustrates industry readiness for first deployment of VVC-based video services, demonstrating complete interoperability across the value chain. Several standards under final stage of development have been implemented in this experiment, including MPEG-TS and VVC.

For those interested in testing the bitstreams, an experimental player is available upon request, please contact innovation@ateme.com

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