Imagine Communications and BT Demo UHD Contribution Using Tico

Imagine Communications is collaborating with BT’s Media & Broadcast division on a claimed industry-first demonstration of TICO compression for contribution. The solution might be used for live UHD content.

TICO compression, developed by IntoPix and now supported by the TICO Alliance, offers visually lossless performance at up to 4:1 compression. Imagine Communications was an early supporter of TICO on its Selenio media processing platform.

At IBC, BT is demonstrating a typical use case for the technology, using the Selenio implementation. It will show how multiple live UHD feeds from English Premier League stadiums can be transported over fibre to production hubs with no compromise in image or audio quality. This allows broadcasters to add production value, such as multiple feeds, commentary cameras and on-site studios, and more. The demonstration, hosted on the BT stand, incorporates the Selenio MCP solution into a bespoke fibre cabinet developed by BT for remote broadcast applications over its terabit fibre network.

Mark Wilson-Dunn, Vice President of BT Media & Broadcast, said: “We’re constantly innovating with partners to deliver a world-leading service to our clients. Our high-capacity fibre network, controlled remotely at the touch of a button, and combined with Imagine’s Selenio MCP solution, will allow production studios an unparalleled level of flexibility with their broadcasts.

Mark Senecal, VP of product management at Imagine Communications, added: “This is a hugely important demonstration. The lightweight, low-latency nature of TICO makes it ideal for live broadcasting when you cannot compromise either quality or reliability. This demonstration is a game changer for the live remote broadcast industry.”

Imagine Communications will be demonstrating several products from its Selenio portfolio at IBC, including the Selenio Network Processor, an IP-capable processing solution optimized for handling uncompressed UHD signals based on the SMPTE ST-2110 specification.

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