ATEME: 10-Bit Accuracy a Must for Sky Italia’s Video Backbone

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PARIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–New multi-class contribution network taps ATEME’s compression technology

“The efficiency of the ATEME MPEG-4 4:2:2 10-bit compression allows SKY Italia to increase the number of channels transmitted while keeping the same backbone. Extra capacity will always be available on short notice by simply moving services to a higher compression efficiency”

ATEME announced today that the new IP video network deployed by SKY Italia between Rome and Milan will use its contribution encoders and decoders for enhanced quality and bandwidth efficiency. The multi-channel service will span over 4 Points of Presence initially, and will be used for content exchange across sites, primary distribution, and disaster recovery.

A true multi-class service, the network integrated by CVE for SKY Italia is based on 10 Gbps and 2 Gbps circuits supporting low delay uncompressed video feeds on the optical layer, together with JPEG2000 and MPEG-4 compressed feeds over IP. All these services maintain a consistent 10-bit accuracy for video coding, thus avoiding any colour gradient distortions from the transmission. “The efficiency of the ATEME MPEG-4 4:2:2 10-bit compression allows SKY Italia to increase the number of channels transmitted while keeping the same backbone. Extra capacity will always be available on short notice by simply moving services to a higher compression efficiency” says Massimo Bertolotti, Head of Platform Engineering and Innovation at SKY Italia.

Quality and reliability were paramount criteria in SKY Italia’s selection of ATEME, which came after extensive tests. “During this trial period, and throughout the deployment, the support of our local partner CVE was instrumental in convincing SKY Italia and meeting all their expectations. We are delighted to be working with such a professional partner and look forward to the next projects” says Michel Artières, CEO of ATEME.

About SKY Italia
Launched in 2003, News Corporation’s SKY Italia (www.sky.it) has grown rapidly to become the leading pay-TV platform in Italy with 4,920,000 subscribers as of March, 2011. SKY Italia offers more than 190 channels, of which 36 in HD, including movies, sports, news, entertainment and programs for children.

About CVE
Communication Video Engineering (www.cve-italy.com) specializes in the installation, commissioning and support of turnkey systems for broadcast and post-production. With offices in Rome and Milan, CVE’s technical staff cover the whole Italian territory and support any kind of project or equipment.

About ATEME
ATEME is a world leading provider of MPEG-4 / H.264 and MPEG-2 bandwidth efficient compression technology. ATEME encoding solutions are deployed widely for broadcast contribution links, distribution, multi-screen live streaming and VOD applications.

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