CCTV taps On2 Flix Engine to publish video for Olympics

CCTV will use On2
Technologies Flix Engine to encode and publish video coverage of the Beijing
Olympics on its domestic web site
CCTV will deliver an exclusive video on demand service using On2 VP6-based
Adobe Flash video across its network of more than 1000 servers; bringing 24/7
accessibility of the 2008 Beijing Olympics to China’s internet users.
Channel 5, dubbed the
“Olympic Channel” earlier this year, is spearheading the move to On2
VP6 based Flash video for CCTV. By using On2’s Flix Engine, CCTV will benefit
from the latest encoding tools for the format which deliver up to a 40%
performance improvement over legacy VP6 encoders, and are particularly
effective for encoding fast movement sequences characteristic to sports
“Our bandwidth costs
are very high as we need to support a large number of concurrent downloads, and
this will inevitably increase during the Olympics,” says Mr. Shan
Xiaolei, Director, Technology Management Commission, CCTV. “On2
have helped us quickly address this problem by contributing the Flix Engines we
need to publish our sports coverage in TrueMotion-based Flash video.”
By using On2 technology,
CCTV is able to reduce the bandwidth needed to deliver high quality web video
by as much as 40%. Following this initial collaboration, CCTV intends to expand
the use of On2’s solutions to deliver video across multiple screens.
“We are pleased to
provide CCTV with the technologies they need to deliver a high quality VOD
service in time for the Olympics,” says Eero Kaikkonen,
Chief Marketing Officer, On2 Technologies. “We see this as the beginning
of a long term partnership that will see our two companies working together to
lay the foundation of web TV in China.”

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