Thomson touts HEVC ultra HD trial

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    Thomson Video Networks will point to a significant trial of the HEVC codec for ultra HD transmission at IBC, conducted by satellite transmission operator HISPASAT. With a strong presence across Europe and South America, the operator is deploying Thomson’s VS7000 to deliver HEVC-encoded Ultra HD content to air via its HISPASAT 1E satellite platform. At IBC2013, HISPASAT will demonstrate live Ultra HD video streams using the Thomson Video Networks technology.

    “This demonstration plays an important role in our plans to promote the deployment of the most cutting-edge compression and delivery formats — giving our customers the ability to offer their viewers the absolute highest-quality viewing experience,” said Ignacio Sanchis, chief commercial officer at HISPASAT. “We are hoping to create awareness within our customer base and deliver live Ultra HD streams that can be used in many different ways, such as demonstrating interoperability among manufacturers of TV sets and set-top boxes.”

    Driven by Thomson Video Networks’ MediaFlex video operating system, the ViBE VS7000 is one of the first worldwide implementations of HEVC, which roughly halves the bit rate for a given video quality compared with H.264/MPEG-4. Thomson Video Networks has been participating in a proof-of-concept trial with HISPASAT that is just ending, demonstrating how its technologies can be part of an ecosystem to drive future commercial Ultra HD services based on HEVC compression. The ViBE VS7000 will provide 4K file transcoding in HEVC, and Thomson Video Networks’ Sapphire transport stream server will play out the Ultra HD HEVC-encoded content. The open-source GPAC or VLC HEVC-enabled media players will decode the HEVC content for display on TV sets.


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