Pascale Paoli-Lebailly | 13-09-2013
Italian DTH satellite pay-TV provider Sky Italia is planning a trial demonstration of UltraHD content delivery using the high efficiency video coding (HEVC) compression capabilities of Thomson Video Networks' ViBE VS7000 encoding/transcoding platform.
Sky Italia chose the ViBE VS7000 to create a real-world environment for end-to-end UltraHD delivery, from content acquisition and transcoding in HEVC to delivery and display on 4K television sets.
"HEVC is the wave of the future for UltraHD and 4K content delivery, but until very recently this type of demonstration was not possible because there were no viable solutions for creating a real-world workflow in an actual production environment," Massimo Bertolotti, head of engineering and innovation, Sky Italia commented in a release.
Thomson Video Networks' ViBE VS7000 video system, one of the first implementations of the emerging HEVC compression standard, is designed to lower operators' OPEX for delivery of a wide range of convergent TV services including Web TV and OTT, as well as traditional IPTV and cable applications.
The ViBE VS7000 will provide 4K file transcoding in HEVC, and Thomson Video Networks' Sapphire stream server will play out the UltraHD HEVC-encoded content for display on Ultra HDTV sets.