Telenor taps TVIPS JPEG2000 for EuroCup transmission

T-VIPS AS JPEG2000-based solutions
were chosen by Telenor for the contribution and primary distribution
of Euro 2008 soccer championship SD and HD video for TV 2 Norway, TV
2 Denmark and TV4 Sweden.

T-VIPS’ JPEG2000-based solutions, the
TVG415 and TVG430 Video Gateways, compressed and encoded the HD and
SD video streams in Vienna prior to being transmitted over fibre to
the TV 2 Norway playout centre in Bergen, TV 2 Denmark playout in Odense
and the TV4 playout in Stockholm. At these playout centres, the JPEG2000
video streams were decoded by TVG415/430s prior to being produced
and adapted for end-user distribution. Telenor Satellite Broadcasting
selected T-VIPS’ JPEG2000-based solution for the European Championships
following the successful use of T-VIPS JPEG2000-based equipment for
the transport of HD UK Premier League football from London to Sweden.
“JPEG2000 is now a mature technology
which enables broadcasters to transport HD video efficiently and at
high quality,” says Svein Br ten, Senior System Architect DVB, Telenor
Satellite Broadcasting. “Over the last 12 months we have carried out
extensive lab tests with T-VIPS which demonstrate that the JPEG2000
compression scheme provides lower latency, better final picture quality
for the consumer, without the artefacts that may appear when cascading
MPEG compressions in the contribution and distribution chain. The T-VIPS
contribution solutions enabled us to provide high quality HD Euro 2008
feeds. This was particularly important to our clients, as good quality
HD coverage of major sporting events is increasingly used by broadcasters’
marketing teams to persuade consumers to either switch platforms or
to upgrade to HD.”

“Telenor Satellite Broadcasting tells
us that our TVG415/430 JPEG2000 video gateways have enabled Scandinavian
broadcasters to provide consumers with the best possible picture quality
throughout the tournament,” says Johnny Dolvik, CEO, T-VIPS. “The
technical advantages of JPEG2000 combined with the simple plug and play
operation of the our TVG415/430s meant that Telenor’s preparation
for the tournament ensured that the Euro 2008 video feeds provided to
its clients were of the highest possible standard.”

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