Envivio enables 4K first at French Open Tennis
| 27 May 2014
In what is a major win for the video processing and delivery firm, Envivio has revealed its part in enabling French DTT provider TDF's 4KTV broadcast of the French Open tennis tournament.
The project is said to be the world's first transmission of its kind using HEVC (H.265) compression, and the 4K video is being distributed is encoded at 50 frames per second using Envivio Muse Ultra HD encoding software on Envivio G5 appliances. Coverage of various matches from the Centre Court will be broadcast by TDF in DVB-T2 format to TNT France's national DTT service, and will be viewable on compatible Panasonic 4KTVs as well as other compatible 4K television sets. This will include TV sets at the RG Lab on France Televisions' booth as well as at French Tennis Federation's facilities on the Champs de Mars near to the Eiffel Tower transmission facility.
Commenting on the project, Alain Komly, deputy director at TDF, said: "Envivio has provided an outstanding contribution for the debut of live 4K HEVC video transmissions over a DTT network at the French Open tournament. The sharpness and rich quality of the video is absolutely stunning, and we are excited to present this emerging technology for the first time in France."
"The French Open is one of the most prestigious sporting events in the world, and we are extremely pleased to provide the compression technology for this world-first, over-the-air broadcast in 4K/UltraHD, in partnership with TDF and TNT," added Julien Signès, Envivio's president and CEO.