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ATEME encoders, decoders for Sky Italia IP video network

30 June 2011

The new IP video network being deployed by SKY Italia between Rome and Milan will employ ATEME contribution encoders and decoders. The multi-channel service will span more than four ‘Points of Presence’ initially, and will be used for content exchange, primary distribution and disaster recovery.

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 10-bit accuracy for video coding, thereby avoiding any colour gradient distortions from the transmission.

The ATEME technology was selected for the major project following an extensive process of testing.

Massimo Bertolotti, head of platform engineering and innovation at SKY Italia, commented: “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.”

Michael Artières, CEO of ATEME, added: “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.”

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