Vivaro Media chooses Appear for live decoding of content from Paris 2024 to Latin American broadcasters

Appear has been chosen by Vivaro Media to support live contribution for broadcasters in Latin America for the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris. Vivaro Media, which provides solutions for the global transport of live audiovisual content to broadcasters and service providers across Latin America, will deploy Appear’s award-winning X Platform to decode more than 30 HD channels during the competition.

Appear’s X20 Platform delivers market-leading flexibility, density, and cost-efficiency to many of the world’s leading media brands. For the 2024 summer sporting event, Vivaro Media will use the X20 to deliver signals using technologies such as 2022-7, 2110 and NMOS to major broadcasters in Latin America, ensuring millions of fans remain connected and entertained during the event. This advanced platform replaces Vivaro Media’s existing SDI equipment, providing cutting-edge IP protocol capabilities. The deployment builds on a longstanding relationship between Appear and Vivaro Media, with Appear most recently providing live encoding and multiplexing services for the 2023 Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile.

Carlos Jurado, senior director for sales engineering and operations, Vivaro Media, said: “Live sporting events are enjoyed by billions of fans globally every year, who expect perfect broadcast coverage. Our positive experience with the Appear X20 and X10 Platform, gives us the confidence to further use it in more applications within our network and to deploy it in services for our customers in premium live events worldwide. The X20’s ability to adapt to our evolving requirements, its compact design, and its flexibility to manage most protocols and interfaces, were key factors in our decision. We are confident that our continued partnership with Appear will enhance our broadcast operations’ efficiency and sustainability, setting new standards for live event coverage.”

Luis Perez, sales director LATAM, Appear, said: “Vivaro Media choosing Appear to support its upcoming live coverage of this world-renowned sporting event is testament to the market leading capabilities and reputation of our X Platform. Our ongoing collaboration with Vivaro Media ensures Latin American sports fans will enjoy an unparalleled viewing experience during the tournament. Investing in the X20 Platform reflects Vivaro Media’s commitment to delivering the most resilient, adaptable, and secure live media processing – perfectly suited for a global audience. We look forward to helping Vivaro Media become more efficient and sustainable in its broadcast operations while delivering second-to-none, quality coverage.”

The operational resilience and cost efficiency of the X20 Platform empowers broadcasters and service providers to facilitate live contribution, with advanced remote production and distribution workflows globally. Integration with industry standards such as HEVC/AVC, ST-2110, JPEG XS, NMOS, and high capacity SRT, combined with a diverse array of processing functionalities, Network Address Translation (NAT), and firewall features, ensures a comprehensive and efficient solution for content delivery.

To increase the flexibility of the X20 Platform, Appear has designed the modules the chassis is populated with to have software defined functionality. This means that when the sporting event is over, Vivaro could, for instance, change decoder modules to encoders, or vice versa, making it much easier for Vivaro Media to use the X Platform on future projects.

The X20 Platform integrates with Appear’s Ecx110 modules for HEVC ultra-low latency encoding and decoding, significantly reducing energy consumption and power usage while maintaining uncompromised quality. It delivers ultra-low latency, HD, and UHD compression with SDI and ST-2110 uncompressed I/O at scale. Customers can choose from a 1RU or 2RU short-depth chassis for increased flexibility.

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