SatNews] Today's broadcasters are challenged to deliver more content and multi-format services in the most cost-effective, bandwidth-efficient manner possible, without compromising the consistently high HD picture quality that viewers expect on every platform and device.
At the 2014 NAB Show, Thomson Video Networks will demonstrate several innovations that enhance the viewer experience while maximizing available bandwidth and video quality. Innovations on display will include the company's Ultra HD playout solution powered by HEVC compression; premium broadcast video compression systems for direct-to-home (DTH), cable, ATSC, ISDB-Tb and DVB-T2 terrestrial TV with the enhanced version of Thomson Video Networks' XMS™ Network Management System; new innovative fixed and mobile contribution solutions; increased density and flexibility of encoding/transcoding for multi-screen, IPTV, and OTT services; and a world-class HEVC solution for live and file-based delivery.
New Thomson Video Networks HEVC Compression Drives Ultra HD Playout Solution
Visitors to the 2014 NAB Show will see the North American debut of Thomson Video Networks' own HEVC technology, which is built on the emerging HEVC compression standard that will pave the way for broadcasting in the upcoming ultra high-definition picture format. At the show, Thomson Video Networks will demonstrate an HEVC playout system, powered by the ViBE™ VS7000 HEVC encoder and the Sapphire MPEG stream server, which enables broadcasters to run Ultra HD content on their networks.
Premium Video Quality Compression Solutions for Direct-to-Home, Cable, and Terrestrial TV
- At the 2014 NAB Show, Thomson Video Networks will showcase its versatile ViBE™ EM4000 eight-channel SD/HD premium encoder that enables broadcasting in a single 1-RU chassis, with new compression innovations for both MPEG-2 and MPEG-4. As a complete DVB-S2, QAM, ATSC, and DVB-T2 compression system for HD live content, the ViBE EM4000 is a premium encoding solution with the highest density in the industry. For DTH satellite, cable, and terrestrial platforms, the ViBE EM4000 encoder reinforces the company's long-standing commitment to offer broadcasters world-class performance and reliability, even in bandwidth-constrained networks.
New Service Plan Management and Scheduling to Simplify Video Headend Operation
- At the 2014 NAB Show, Thomson Video Networks is showcasing TimePlanner, a new application that is part of the XMS™ Network Management System. Based on a powerful profiling engine that enables the description of any item from a complete headend down to a program's component, TimePlanner automatically schedules complex service plan changes without any human intervention, such as applying modifications to a large number of channels, changing channel line-up, or managing recurring clear/scrambled transitions. TimePlanner also features a brand new graphical user interface to further simplify the day-to-day work for video headend operation teams.
New Innovative Fixed and Mobile Contribution Solutions
- As part of its dedication to the mobile contribution market, at the 2014 NAB Show Thomson Video Networks will showcase a new DVB-S/S2/DSNG satellite modulator board for the ViBE™ CP6000 premium multi-channel video platform. The new board features the latest technology developments in modulation optimization, such as ultralow roll-off to boost satellite bandwidth efficiency. Also at this year's show, Thomson Video Networks will release the ViBE CP6100 — the new compact platform designed as a half-rack chassis to target space-constrained applications such as live event coverage with OB vans, DSNG cars, or flyaways. The ViBE CP6100 offers a small-footprint solution without compromising video quality or feature set.
Unique Centralcasting ATSC, ISDB-Tb and DVB-T2 Workflow Solutions
- ViBE™ CP6000: The encoding/decoding platform enables high-quality contribution links between the stations and the central hub.
- ViBE™ EM4000: The premium ATSC encoding platform generates efficient VBR transport streams for each individual station.
- Sapphire: The transport-stream-based "channel-in-a-box" is used for EAS, graphics, and local content insertion, as well as disaster recovery in case of a loss of connectivity with the central hub.
- NetProcessor: The remultiplexing platform performs the final grooming of the local ATSC transport stream.
ViBE™ VS7000 Offers New Increased Density and Flexibility for Multi-Screen and OTT Delivery
- Also at this year's show, Thomson Video Networks will showcase new support for Encoder Boundary Point (EBP) and Event Signaling and Management (ESAM) standards in the ViBE VS7000. These standards now enable straightforward integration of the ViBE VS7000 into OTT ad insertion ecosystems, simplifying ad-driven OTT business models.
Finally, Thomson Video Networks will demonstrate both real-time and offline HEVC encoding on the ViBE VS7000 platform, using MPEG-DASH packaging, to tablets, smartphones, and connected TVs.