IBC 2017

IBC 2017: Nevion integrates TICO compression into Virtuoso software-defined media node

Add Nevion to the rapidly increasing list of TICO-enabled equipment manufacturers and solution providers. Submitted as SMPTE RDD35, TICO is an advanced, visually lossless compression technology designed to be the standard for moving live content efficiently over IP networks. Nevion is adding TICO capabilities as a media function to its Virtuoso software-defined media node. Virtuoso provides real-time IP adaptation, compression, protection, monitoring, aggregation and signal processing functionality, which can be changed and upgraded through software.

The new Virtuoso media function enables TICO UHD/4K encoding and decoding for transport over 10GE/IP or 3G-SDI video links, with a visually lossless 4:1 compression ratio and a latency of a few milliseconds. The Virtuoso solution offers multi-channel bidirectional TICO UHD/4K compression in a compact 1RU media server.

“We are seeing a growing interest in UHD/4K in live production amongst our customers,” says Johnny Dolvik, Chief Product and Development Officer at Nevion. “One of the big challenges for broadcasters and service providers is the bandwidth required to transport UHD/4K video signals. TICO compression enables them to transport pristine quality video using the same bandwidth as currently used for uncompressed 3G high definition with a minimal effect on latency. So adding TICO to Virtuoso’s existing JPEG 2000 and H.264 compression capabilities made a lot of sense for Nevion.”

“Nevion’s decision to extend its technology portfolio for the Virtuoso platform with TICO compression capability, marks yet another important step in facilitating the adoption of the new UHD/4K workflows by the broadcast industry,” says Gael Rouvroy, intoPIX CEO and founder. “Whether implemented on the new IP networks or existing 3G-SDI infrastructure, broadcasters will enjoy superb video quality transport with virtually zero latency.”