ATEME powers TV Azteca 4K-UHD live broadcast chain from Atlanta

TV Azteca, the Mexican multimedia conglomerate owned by Grupo Salinas, broadcast the football match between the Mexican national team and Paraguay on May 28, live in Ultra High Definition (UHD). The match was played in Atlanta, USA and the broadcast took place via satellite and terrestrial network, in partnership with ATEME, which provided the digital compression of the signal. The UHD signal was encoded at 20 Mbps, in HEVC Main10 profile and in realtime using ATEME’s TITAN solution to power satellite and terrestrial delivery.

TITAN is a virtualised software-based encoder-transcoder designed for cable, DTH, DTT and OTT. This high-density solution delivers high video quality at minimum bitrates. ATEME’s ‘building block’ approach provides full flexibility as software modules can be combined as needed: any input/output, any codec, any resolution, from an encoder to a video headend in a box. TITAN can run on any commercial off-the-shelf server, in any environment, removing all infrastructure constraints and reducing time-to-market and OPEX.

“Innovation and highest standard of operation are the foundations for driving TV Azteca´s leadership to the next level,” said Pedro Carmona, technology director for TV Azteca. “These two foundations were fulfilled by ATEME: the first one by using a future-proof solution, with a path to next UHD formats, and the second one by having a pure software solution running on COTS hardware, which provides all the flexibility we need.”
Robert Oaxaca, country manager for Mexico at ATEME, said: “Again, this is a new 4K reference in ATEME portfolio, with this project following a number of UHD live transmissions and channels deployed all around the world. ATEME provides proven and flexible solutions for live and file-based workflows, and also the dedicated team of experts to ensure the full integration and the time-to-market.”

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