EBU retains NTT video encoders with an eye on London 2012

Louise Duffy ©RapidTVNews | 01-12-2011

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has retained NTT Electronics' HVE9100S video encoder for the migration to AVC/H.264 of its video contribution network.

HVE9100S is a multi-formats AVC/H.264 & MPEG-2 HD/SD contribution encoder, using state-of-the-art core ASIC designed in-house by NTT Electronics.

More than 200 NTT encoders are already in operation on the EBU Network, and the new deployment will allow the EBU a major migration to AVC/H.264 for 2012 sporting events like the London Olympics.

Paolo Pusterla, head of strategy and business development and procurement at EBU Network & News, said: "Following extensive testing we have selected the HVE9100S as the primary encoder for the coming major events including the London Olympics."

Graham Warren, EBU director of Network & News, added, "We believe the most essential factor for the EBU and its members in terms of operation is the reliability and stability. The quality of HVE9100S has been already proved in the past coverage of big events such as the Vancouver Olympics and the 2010 FIFA World Cup."

Hisashi Kasahara, MD and head of the digital video equipment department at NTT Electronics, said: "We have worked with the EBU, starting from the 2008 Beijing Olympics, and ever since then, we have been able to deliver the cutting edge technologies to global viewers. We will continue to lead the market with our never ending improvement policy to satisfy broadcasters and viewers demands in HD quality."