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French Open to serve up 4K world first

Envivio’s 4K Ultra HD compression technology is being used by French broadcaster TDF for live streaming of the French Open 2014 tennis championship to compatible 4K TV sets in France. This represents the world’s first digital terrestrial television (DTT) broadcast video transmission delivered in 4K, using HEVC (H.265) compression.

Coverage of various matches from the Centre Court will be broadcast by TDF in DVB-T2 format to TNT, the national DTT service, and will be viewable on compatible Panasonic 4K TVs as well as other compatible 4K television sets. This will include TV sets at the RG Lab on France Televisions’ booth as well as at French Tennis Federation’s facilities on the Champs de Mars near to the Eiffel Tower transmission facility. The 4K video being distributed is encoded at 50 frames per second using Envivio Muse Ultra HD encoding software on Envivio G5 appliances.

“Envivio has provided an outstanding contribution for the debut of live 4K HEVC video transmissions over a DTT network at the French Open tournament,” says Alain Komly, deputy director at TDF. “The sharpness and rich quality of the video is absolutely stunning, and we are excited to present this emerging technology for the first time in France.”

 

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