Harmonic Provides Contribution and Distribution Infrastructure for Student Games in Taiwan

Chinese Television System (CTS) chose Harmonic to supply the video contribution and distribution infrastructure for its broadcast coverage of the 29th Summer Universiade, the “Olympics” for university students, running from August 19-30th in Taipei, Taiwan.

The Universiade is organized by the International University Sports Federation (FISU) as a worldwide multi-sports event for university athletes. Harmonic is providing a complete package for transmitting live HD video content, as well as HEVC-encoded UHD during the grand opening and closing ceremonies, from the various sports stadiums and facilities in Taipei back to its international broadcast center for IP network distribution to television stations. Harmonic says this will feature ultra-low latency transmission, although without defining exactly what this means.

"Harmonic's solutions support our entire workflow — from content reception and decoding to encoding and delivery over IP networks — ensuring pristine video quality and no delay," said Joe Lee, deputy manager at CTS.

Harmonic's technology enables CTS to capture video at the front end of the broadcast chain and deliver it in UHD at high-resolution and high-frame rate. CTS is using a complete workflow package solution from Harmonic that includes the ViBE CP3000 contribution encoders, ViBE CP6000 contribution platforms, ViBE 4K UHD encoders, and ProView integrated receiver-decoders (IRDs). This supports HEVC UHD and AVC HD 4:2:2 10-bit compression and decompression, aiming to minimize latency as well as quality loss within the contribution workflow.

Harmonic sees this as an important contract win improving its visibility in the fast-growing Asian market for UHD equipment. Harmonic cited a forecast by Global Industry Analysts predicting that annual UHD TV shipments will pass the 100 million mark globally by 2020, with Asia-Pacific representing the largest market by then on account of its fast expanding middle class which is set to account for 60% of the world’s total by 2030. 

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