Eutelsat Broadcasts Live Ballet in UHD to France

FRANSAT, Eutelsat’s satellite TV bouquet in France, has this month broadcast the Vienna Opera ballet “Le Corsaire” live in Ultra High Definition (UHD), in partnership with Arte channel. The broadcast was enabled with the help of technology from Paris based transcoding vendor ATEME.

The show was available in France, as well as the rest of Europe, Mediterranean region and Middle East, via the satellite HOT BIRD. In parallel the satellite signal was transcoded by IRT using ATEME’s TITAN encoder for UHD DASH OTT real-time delivery on Arte’s hybrid HbbTV portal for smart TVs. DASH packetization was supported by an Anevia NEA LIVE Advanced Origin server that directly fed the Akamai content delivery network (CDN) worldwide.

Through TITAN, ATEME played a major role encoding the content in UHD 50fps 10bits using the HEVC codec. TITAN is a virtualized software-based encoder-transcoder, designed for cable, DTH, and OTT. It supports HEVC, H.264 and MPEG-2 codecs, with resolutions from mobile devices to 4K-UHD. ATEME describes it as a high density solution that delivers the best video quality at minimum bitrates. It was also designed for easy integration with any ecosystem, reducing time-to-market and OPEX, according to the company.

“IRT is always looking for innovative partners,” said Rainer Schaefer, general manager, media services and platforms, IRT. “Using pure software solutions running on COTS (Commercial off the shelf) hardware — whilst also achieving excellent picture quality — provides the flexibility and cost-effectiveness we need. On top of that, TITAN is a future-proof solution, with a path to 4K-UHD HEVC, HDR and BT.2020 color space, demonstrating its ability to evolve to suit future UHD formats.” 

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