ATEME demos live end-to-end UltraHD delivery chain
| 12 June 2014
Video compression solutions provider ATEME has revealed that it used the recent Roland Garros tennis championship to demonstrate carrier-grade 4KTV/HEVC video encoding/transcoding.

At the 2014 French Open tournament, ATEME used its TITAN product to address the challenges of setting up a live UltraHD channel at 50 frames per second from capture to encoding and broadcast to 4KTV screens. ATEME partnered with France Télévisions, Eutelsat and the French Tennis Federation (FFT) to broadcast live, via satellite, the 2014 French Open event on an UltraHD (3840x2160) channel.

During the event, TITAN Live received live video feed from the event's 4K cameras via its 3G-SDI inputs, encoding with the HEVC codec and delivering a full single 4Kp50 stream below 30Mpbs. The feed was then uplinked on Eutelsat EUT 5WA satellite. Eutelsat's unencrypted ON AIR satellite UltraHD channel was received throughout Europe and viewed on Panasonic, Sony and Samsung 2014 generation 4KTV sets throughout the event.

Programmes were also available onsite in the tournament's RG Lab on UltraHD TVs and Champ-de-Mars. ATEME also captured content via LiveSphere, its 360° video broadcast solution designed to provide an immersive experience for consumers on second screens which will be available in late 2014 or early 2015.

Commenting on the demo, Michel Artières, ATEME founder, president and CEO, said: "[We are] committed to the advancement and implementation of 4K and HEVC. By combining our technology with that of our partners, we are extremely proud to have successfully demonstrated a live end-to-end delivery chain at this prestigious event."