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Envivio Serves Up Some 4K Action

Envivio is taking a big swing at Ultra HD/4K.

The video tech specialist said its 4K compression platform is being used by French broadcaster TDF for live coverage and streaming of this year’s French Open tennis tournament. Envivio said the digital terrestrial television (DTT) broadcast coverage in the format will be delivered using HEVC (H.265) compression, which is about 50% more efficient than H.264/MPEG-4.  

TDF will tap Envivio’s gear, including its Muse Ultra HD encoding software on Envivio G5 appliances, for its coverage of various matches from Center Court, which will be broadcast in DVB-T2 format to TNT, the national DTT service.

The broadcast will be viewable on compatible Panasonic 4K TVs and other Ultra HD sets, including those on hand at the RG Lab on France Televisions’ booth and the French Tennis Federation’s facilities on the Camps de Mars, which is situated near the Eiffel Tower transmission facility.

Envivio said its Ultra HD gear and software can encode 4K in up to 60 frames per second, the rate generally viewed as a requirement for fast-action live, sports content.

"Our Muse video processing software has been fine-tuned for 4K to provide the best video quality possible, while leveraging the efficiency of HEVC to optimize bandwidth efficiency,” said Julien Signès, Envivio's president and CEO, in a statement.