Dalian Tiantu 4KTV channel opts for Thomson encoding and playout

DetailsEditor | 29 March 2015

As it launches its new 4K linear channel, Dalian Tiantu Cable Television Network has chosen Thomson Video Networks streaming and server technology for high-efficiency video coding (HEVC) encoding and playout.

Dalian Tiantu Cable TV's new channel will offer Ultra HD TV pictures at up to 50 frames per second (FPS) and in 10-bit colour and in scoping its first 4KTV offering, the company issued a requirement for what it called 'the most advanced' HEVC encoding and playout technologies available for a variety of programmes.

To satisfy Dalian Tiantu's needs, Thomson Video Networks says that its ViBE VS7000 and Sapphire MPEG stream server create 'an affordable yet powerful' platform to take advantage of the full power of HEVC encoding, enabling the cable provider to deliver 'pristine' 4K-picture quality with maximum bandwidth savings.

As opposed to the more costly option of processing the content in baseband and then performing live encoding, programmes are encoded offline by the ViBE VS7000 and then played out in the compressed domain by the Sapphire system. The Thomson solutions are integrated with the Gefei automation system, giving Dalian Tiantu Cable TV operators control over encoding and playout via what is said to be a unique Chinese-language GUI.

"With its new 4K channel, Dalian Tiantu Cable TV is blazing a trail for the next generation of broadcasting in China," said Tony Berthaud, vice president, Asia-Pacific sales, Thomson Video Networks . "[The Thomson systems are] working in concert to create HEVC content at any frame rate and any resolution up to Ultra HD."