AMC Networks chooses ATEME for primary distribution

AMC Networks International Central Europe, a subsidiary of AMC Networks, has selected the ATEME TITAN transcoding solution to improve video quality and optimise connectivity between its video headend and service providers carrying AMC channels.

AMC Networks International CE has also deployed the ATEME Kyrion encoder and decoder to set up a contribution link between Prague and Budapest. ATEME will ensure close and local support of this infrastructure with its partner Silicon Computers Ltd.

TITAN is a virtualised software-based encoder-transcoder designed for cable, DTH, DTT and OTT. As a pure software encoder, it does not make any assumption on the underlying hardware, and can run in any environment, removing infrastructure constraints. This software modularity provides full flexibility for virtualisation deployments and service enhancements: any input/output, any CODEC, any resolution, from an encoder to a video headend in a box.

The Kyrion encoder and decoder have been designed for contribution over fibre, OTT and satellite, with advanced features such as ultra-fast-boot. Covering main and multi-screen applications, they offer integrated Automatic Repeat Request (ARQ) to avoid he loss of packets. Kyrion contribution encoders and decoders are future-proof and can now be upgraded with the HEVC codec via a simple software upgrade. Both ATEME products are based on ATEME’s 5th Generation STREAM compression engine, which delivers the highest video quality at minimum bitrates.

“AMC Networks International CE is a renowned premium channel provider: our portfolio includes AMC, Sport1, Sport2, Minimax and other top-quality channels,” said Imre Kiss, Senior Broadcast System Engineer at AMC Networks CE. “As part of our transition to the all-IP COTS-server-based headend, we looked for a software solution with high video quality to support our premium content, as well as high density. ATEME TITAN enables us to meet our CAPEX and OPEX targets, without compromising on video quality.”

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