EBU to test HEVC rivals as compression battle heats up

Public broadcasters organisation the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has commissioned the University of Applied Sciences of Wiesbaden to carry out a subjective evaluation of competing video compression technologies following growth of interest in the Alliance for Open Media’s AOMedia Video 1 (AV1) codec and the Joint Exploration Model (JEM), developed by the ISO and ITU. […]

NTV+ completes MPEG-4 switch

Russian pay TV operator NTV+ has completed the migration of its service from MPEG-2 to the MPEG-4 format. According to the pay TV provider, the move will free up satellite capacity, enabling it to extend its offering with the addition of new HD channels. NTV+ has provided a hardware verification page on its website to […]

CSA confirms plans for public channels in HD after MPEG-4 switch

French media regulator the CSA has confirmed that public broadcaster France Télévisions’ France 3, France 4, France 5 and France Ô channels will be able to air in HD and that flagship channel France 2 and cultural channel Arte will cease broadcasting in standard-definition when the country migrates its digital-terrestrial services to MPEG-4. Responding to […]

TF1 and M6 disappointed as CSA names HD DTT candidates

French broadcasters TF1 and M6 have expressed disappointment that their proposed joint teleshopping channel has failed to secure a place in media regulator the CSA’s list of successful candidates for new HD digital-terrestrial frequencies. The pair said that their project would have delivered something new in France, would have allowed French small and medium-sized enterprises […]

United Group upgrading to MPEG-4, DVB-S2 with Eutelsat

United Group, the Western Balkans-based cable and satellite service provider that operates the Total TV pay TV service, has extended its long-term agreement for capacity on the Eutelsat 16A satellite. Total TV serves a base of about 1.5 million subscribers in Serbia, Slovenia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Macedonia. In addition to securing capacity […]

Nevion to introduce new media gateway

Media transport specialist Nevion will launch its NX4600 H.264/AVC Media Gateway at IBC. Designed primarily for contribution networks, the NX4600 will offer H.264/MPEG-4 AVC encoding and decoding and is the latest addition to Nevion’s range of media gateways. The NX4600 is designed to bring together Nevion’s experience in real-time delivery of professional-quality and secure video-and-audio-over-IP […]

TV4 Sport in HD

Swedish broadcaster TV4 has begun broadcasting its TV4 Sport channel in HD on the country’s digital-terrestrial platform.  TV4 Sport HD will be available to digital-terrestrial pay TV operator Boxer’s subscribers. The channel is broadcast in MPEG-4 and the DVB-T2 format.

Encoder and transcoder market expected to boom

Professional encoder and transcoder channel shipments are expected to grow by 25% over the next four years, with over 140,000 channels being shipped in 2017, according to a report by IHS. According to the report, revenues for encoders and transcoders will grow at a slower rate of about 9% as chassis density increases and per-channel […]