France also played at the Copa América
Juan Pablo Conti ©RapidTVNews | 04-10-2011 French-based video compression specialist Ateme has revealed that its Kyrion contribution technology played a central role during the Copa América soccer tournament held in Argentina back in July.
Live feeds of the South American sporting event were relayed in high definition (HD) broadcast quality to European and North American fans hoping to get a glimpse of Leo Messi playing in his native country.
To do just that – the relaying bit, not the dribbling – the Wholesale division of Telecom Argentina contacted local systems integrator LADE Profesional, which in turn recommended and supplied encoders and decoders engineered by Ateme.
Specifically, the French company provided Telecom with its Kyrion CM4101 encoders and DR8400 decoders, which support MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 up to 4:2:2 10-bit compression, as well as HD resolution up to 1080p60.
Prior to the rollout, the products were subjected to a series of field trials set up by a Telecom Argentina's operations team.
Alfredo Musitani, product manager for video broadcasting and special services at Telecom Argentina, said: "We wanted to offer the best possible picture quality to our clients (broadcasters, satcasters and other holders of a distribution licence), while investing in future-proof technology."
Raúl Rivera, Ateme's director of sales for Latin America, said this was the first time that high-definition MPEG-4 4:2:2 10-bit technology had been deployed for the transmission of premium sports content in the region. However, he predicted it wouldn't be the last: "For sure, more projects will follow," he said.