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September 08, 2009

ATEME's Kyrion File Encoder Solution Selected by DIRECTV

By Raju Shanbhag, TMCnet Contributor

ATEME’s H.264 video compression solution has been selected by DIRECTV, the world’s largest Pay-TV service. With this agreement, DIRECTV aims to provide high quality on-demand video services to its customers.

DIRECTV will be using ATEME's Kyrion File Encoder solution to streamline its tapeless content production process. The Kyrion CM4101 encoder and DR8400 decoder provide highest quality of encoding, according to the company. Kyrion CM4101 uses latest generation compression engine to insure thru native support of incoming video at 50 percent low bit rate compare to legacy codec solutions. Also, the products are IP and ASI Network outputs compliant.

This agreement will help DIRECTV to automate the encoding of its video content. This makes the whole process seamless and puts DIRECTV in more control over how and when this content is delivered to its subscribers. From full HD quality down to low resolution applications, DIRECTV can also accelerate content delivery to customers for any type of assets.

“We are excited to be playing a key part in the delivery of DIRECTV’s on-demand video service,” said Michel Artières, CEO of ATEME, in a release. “Our experience in developing advanced video compression solutions means that we can offer our customers efficiencies for delivery of their content, enabling them to regain more value from the content they hold.”

DIRECTV hosts a library of more than 5000 SD and HD titles for its on-demand services. This includes content delivery via satellite and broadband internet access. With DIRECTV, customers can enjoy on-demand movies in 1080p, the same resolution as Blu-ray Disc, which provides the best HD picture quality available today.

In May 2008, the company released its new VSIP4 H.264 video security solution. Featuring a 4-channel IP video/audio encoder and DNA technology, this new solution offers H.264 video quality for security situations including highways, airports, public transportation systems, and urban surveillance. Because of to DSP based programmable and upgradeable architecture, VSIP4 benefits from ATEME’s H.264 compression technology to optimize video quality.

Raju Shanbhag is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Raju’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Patrick Barnard