TV Provider TDF Tests Popular NRJ HITS Music Channel in 4K Using Envivio HEVC Video Software
South San Francisco, CALIF., July 15, 2014 – French fans of artists like Pharrell Williams can now watch music videos in Ultra HD with four times the resolution of current HD TV for eye-popping clarity and color richness never seen before. Envivio (NASDAQ: ENVI), a leading provider of software-based video processing and delivery solutions, announced today that its 4K Ultra HD compression technology is being used by French broadcaster TDF to transmit programming in Ultra HD TV for NRJ HITS - the leading French music channel - distributed over the national digital terrestrial television (DTT) service. This ongoing DTT video transmission uses HEVC (H.265) compression over DVB T-2 delivered in 4K.
Hot on the heels of its successful live 4K broadcast of the French Open tennis tournament in France for TDF, national regulator CSA has authorized TDF to broadcast Ultra HD TV over the DTT network using the DVB-T2 standard from the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The 4K video already being distributed is encoded at 50 frames per second using Envivio Muse™ Ultra HD encoding software on Envivio G5 appliances.
Christophe Cornillet (NRJ Group Broadcast expert) commented, “We are so ‘happy’ to be the first to transmit music videos in Ultra HD. The stunning 4K video resolution makes our music videos look like they are popping right out of the screen which delights our viewers and brings great energy to our network overall. We can’t wait for everyone to see this. Our vision is that UHD is the future of television.”
“Envivio successfully debuted live 4K HEVC video transmissions over a DTT network for us at the French Open tournament, and our confidence in Envivio continues to grow with this transmission of Ultra HD content from NRJ HITS,” said Alain Komly, deputy director at TDF.
“Wrapping up our successful broadcast of the World Cup, this transmission is yet another example of the technical power of our video processing software for over-the-air broadcast in 4K Ultra HD, and we are proud to work in partnership with TDF and NRJ using this emerging technology,” said Envivio’s Chief Technology Officer Jean-Pierre Henot.
Envivio’s award-winning Muse video processing software has been fine-tuned for 4K to provide the best video quality possible, while leveraging the efficiency of HEVC to optimize bandwidth efficiency. Envivio Muse Ultra HD is a high-quality live or file-based video encoding/transcoding solution that offers a new TV experience for end-users desiring to watch ultra-high quality programming on Ultra HD compatible devices. Muse Ultra HD can encode up to 4K video resolution (four times HD resolution) in up to 60 frames per second, offers a larger color range with the new BT 2020 standard and can be encoded in eight or 10 bits. Ultra HD resolution offers significant value to operators looking to deliver premium video services, such as high-profile sports events, in the best possible quality.
Envivio Muse software is designed to support both live and on-demand 4K compression in HEVC format. The HEVC standard reduces bandwidth consumption compared to MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) by 30 to 50 percent, improving the video experience and reducing cost of operations for both Ultra HD big-screen services and existing mobile or over-the-top TV services.
The pioneer in software-based video processing solutions, Envivio powers multi-screen and pay TV services for millions of viewers from more than 300 content and service providers around the globe. Visit www.envivio.com to learn more.
About NRJ HITS
NRJ HITS (subsidiary of NRJ Group , see : http://www.nrjgroup.fr/index_en.html and https://www.facebook.com/NRJHITSLACHAINE ) is the first music channel in France over cable, satellite and ADSL. The channel offers a program with 100% music clips all the time, live concerts and new hits. Thus, because of the reputation of the NRJ brand and its expertise in music programming, NRJ HITS became the first music channel in 2010 far ahead of MTV and other national music channels.
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