World Cup 2018

Harmonic UHD Video Processing Aids Medianet With Live Broadcasts of International Soccer Tournament in Russia

Harmonic announced that Medianet has deployed a UHD contribution and video processing solution from Harmonic for broadcasting sports events. Using Harmonic’s solution, Medianet is delivering live UHD coverage of one of the biggest global soccer tournaments, taking place in Russia from June 14 to July 15, with exceptional video quality at low bit rates.

“Delivering one of the world’s most-watched sports events in UHD allows us to be distinctive, providing viewers with sharp detail and eye-catching images of every memorable moment,” says Ahmed Shakeeb, CTO at Medianet. “Relying on Harmonic’s solution, we can deliver a superior user experience, attract new subscribers and make history in bringing UHD broadcasts to the Maldives.”

Harmonic’s RD9000 UHD contribution decoder receives Medianet’s feed of live sports events over an IP link and decodes the content before it is re-encoded in UHD using the company’s Electra video processing platform. Harmonic’s UHD solution utilizes the HEVC codec to ensure increased bandwidth efficiency and an immersive, high-resolution experience for viewers.

“Medianet chose our UHD turnkey solution because it delivers amazing video quality,” says Tony Berthaud, vice president of sales, APAC, at Harmonic. “Any time one of our customers plays the role of pioneer in a project, we’re excited to be a part of that. Helping Medianet deliver live UHD content to the Maldives represents a leap forward in video distribution in the region.”

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