NAB 2017

NAB 2017: ATEME Powers AMC Networks International CE Primary Distribution

ATEME (SU4410) has announced that AMC Networks International Central Europe, a subsidiary of AMC Networks, has selected the ATEME TITAN transcoding solution to improve video quality and optimize 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.

TITAN is a virtualized software-based encoder-transcoder designed for cable, DTH, DTT, and OTT. As 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 virtualization 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 fiber, OTT and satellite, with advanced features, such as ultra-fast boot. Covering main and multiscreen applications, they offer integrated Automatic Repeat Request (ARQ) to avoid the loss of packets. Kyrion contribution encoders and decoders are future-proof and can 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,” says Imre Kiss, senior broadcast system engineer, 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.”

Says ATEME Sales Manager Christophe Deffontaines, “ATEME was selected by AMC Networks International CE also for its interoperability with third parties’ products and solutions. Combined with our global experience in technical deployments, it led to a smooth and seamless integration with AMC Networks International CE’s eco-system, reducing both time-to-market and OPEX costs.”

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