Envivio and GlobeCast have reached a deal with Orange to deliver high-quality MPEG-4 television broadcasts to its mobile TV subscribers in France. The new solution, based at GlobeCast's Paris technical operations centre, features the Envivio mobile TV headend - comprised of 4Caster M2 encoders and the 4Manager network management system, writes Sharon Lock.
By deploying the H.263/H.264 Envivio mobile TV headend, GlobeCast will be able to provide Orange with the highest quality live television and radio services to any mobile device, from GPRS to HSDPA, in its subscriber network. For GlobeCast, this represents an essential upgrade of its Orange-dedicated headend, which will allow the 61 television and 16 radio channels currently delivered by GlobeCast, to be distributed in a very high-quality, low-bit rate format.
Subscribers to Orange's mobile TV services will benefit from a clear improvement in picture quality and quality of service. The Envivio mobile TV headend features a multi-rate, multi-resolution and multi-standard encoder that outputs eight simultaneous profiles from a single video input. For Orange, this means a much greater interoperability among a wide variety of handsets, with multiple profiles generated from one input. Orange is a subsidiary of France Telecom and keeps 88.6 million mobile customers across 23 countries in touch.