IBC 2017: Eutelsat, V-Nova team for ‘unique’ HD studio-quality video contribution solution | Satellite | News | Rapid TV News
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As part of a plan to offer the broadcast community what it says is a long-awaited alternative to fibre in terms of quality and bandwidth efficiency, Eutelsat is teaming with V-Nova to launch a new satellite-delivered studio-quality HD contribution solution.

eutelsatvnova 11sepTo be launched at IBC 2017, the solution uses V-Nova’s Perseus Pro technology to replicate typical fibre-based video contribution links, including full colour resolution and individual frame compression, and combines them with satellite delivery that adds, says Eutelsat, the benefits of ubiquity and flexibility. This, say the partners, will allow broadcasters to contribute studio-quality feeds, essential to maintain what they say is pristine quality, and also to benefit from editing capabilities from any location. These features are combined with compression that enables 80Mbps of HD 4:2:2 10-bit video feeds to be uplinked by off-the-shelf flyaway antennas and routed through a standard 36 MHz transponder on Eutelsat’s global satellite fleet.

Eutelsat and V-Nova have also completed a quality assessment of Perseus Pro via Eutelsat satellite capacity versus reference compression standards normally used via fibre. The assessment, using recognised broadcast industry metrics and with independent third-party support, is claimed to have validated the quality of Perseus compared with legacy contribution codecs at rates typical of satellite delivery, completing previous assessments which had demonstrated an average 30% bandwidth gain of Perseus Pro versus the JPEG2000 standard.

“The innovation we are presenting at IBC this week with V-Nova gives broadcasters and video service providers a true alternative to fibre and ensures that no compromises need be taken for studio-quality HD contribution of premium sports, cultural and news events,” said Michel Azibert, Eutelsat chief commercial and development officer. “In working with V-Nova we can offer players in the broadcast industry a cost-effective and easy-to-deploy solution that makes no concessions on quality.”

Added V-Nova CEO and co-founder Guido Meardi: “I am delighted to see the results of the hard work of our combined teams, following the coverage of UEFA Euro 2016 and the extensive tests of the past year. This solution proves that our compression technology, Perseus, is a truly cross-media codec, bringing tangible benefits across multiple markets including satellite contribution. We are proud of our relationship with Eutelsat, and look forward to working together to help broadcasters and operators bring higher quality services to consumers”.