CES 2014: ATEME expands UltraHD interoperability with HEVC

Michelle Clancy | 08-01-2014

ATEME, which provides video compression solutions for the broadcast industry, has expanded its cooperation with manufacturers of UltraHD TV and 4K-capable set-top boxes, to help along interoperability using the new high efficiency video coding (HEVC) standard ahead of the first deployments scheduled for 2014.

ATEME's TITAN encoders support HEVC with compression efficiency for resolutions up to 4K, in Main or Main-10 profiles. TITAN Live encodes linear channels up to HD from an uncompressed source (HD-SDI), or a compressed service (IP); TITAN's HEVC output may be streamed over-the-top (OTT) using significantly less bandwidth than with H.264/MPEG-4.

Also, AVC TITAN File is an offline video transcoder supporting up to 4Kp60 resolution and frame rate; it enables UltraHD video on demand (VOD) services for connected TVs and set-top boxes, with bitrates ranging from 10Mbps (4K cinema content at 24 frame per second) to 20Mbps (4K high motion sports at 60 fps).

ATEME is also working with manufacturers of UltraHD TV sets, systems-on-chip (SoC) and STBs to ensure the interoperability of TITAN with their most advanced decoding solutions for UHDTV and HEVC. 4K TV sets presented at CES, such as those from LG Electronics, embed HEVC decoding capabilities that match, or will match, the formats supported by HDMI 2.0, including 60 Ultra HD frames per second with ten-bit colour depth, and are fully compatible with the TITAN encoder.

TITAN has also been successfully tested with Broadcom's UltraHD video decoder SoC, the BCM7445, and STBs based on this SoC, the company said.

"In order to leverage the efficiency of the new HEVC codec in the field, ATEME and its industry partners are fully engaged in providing the thorough interoperability testing required by service providers and programmers," said Jérome VIERON, advanced research manager at ATEME. "In 2014 we will see the first pilot services using HEVC for UHDTV and OTT video. This year's CES show demonstrates the maturity and support of the standard in an increasing number of decoding or viewing devices."