Satellite operator Eutelsat and video compression specialist V-Nova will be launching a new satellite-delivered studio-quality HD contribution solution at IBC which claims to replicate typical fibre-based video contribution links, including full colour resolution and individual frame compression.
The two companies say the new product will enable broadcasters to contribute studio-quality feeds, while benefiting from editing capabilities in any location. The system leverages V-Nova’s PERSEUS Pro technology to enable 80 Mbps of HD 4:2:2 10-bit video feeds to be uplinked by off-the-shelf, quick-deployment flyaway antennas, routed through a standard 36 MHz transponder on Eutelsat’s global satellite fleet.
The joint announcement from the two partners follows what they describe as an ‘exhaustive’ quality assessment of the use of PERSEUS Pro via Eutelsat satellites against reference compression standards normally used for fibre contribution. This adopted recognised broadcast industry metrics and used independent third-party support.
In a statement, V-Nova and Eutelsat said the exercise “validated the superior quality of PERSEUS versus legacy contribution codecs at rates typical of satellite delivery, completing previous assessments which had demonstrated an average 30% bandwidth gain of PERSEUS Pro versus JPEG2000.”
Michel Azibert, Eutelsat’s Chief Commercial and Development Officer, said the new joint solution would offer broadcasters and video service providers “a true alternative to fibre,” which required “no concessions on quality”.