ATEME, the world leading video compression vendor, was awarded its first order for the breakthrough Kyrion™ DR5000 IRD (Integrated Receiver Decoder) from German public broadcaster Hessischer Rundfunk, part of ARD. The Kyrion DR5000 is ATEME’s latest hardware Integrated Receiver Decoder, dedicated to professional contribution over satellite and IP / ASI networks.
Sports Television Networks, broadcasters and Service Providers face an ever-increasing need for High Definition and a better video experience along with growing bandwidth constraints. Operators must transition from MPEG-2 to MPEG-4 technology to transport live content over limited-bandwidth Satellite and IP networks. Achieving the highest fidelity to the original source (video quality, lip synch), low latency, and total interoperability, all while minimizing costs is of paramount importance. To connect trucks, stadiums, venues and production facilities through open or private networks, over fiber or satellite links, ATEME solutions combine reliability, ease of use and the highest bandwidth efficiency. The Kyrion DR5000 is a single channel decoder with outstanding capabilities providing easy setup and fast signal lock while achieving great robustness that meet all operational requirements.
Hessischer Rundfunk (HR), part of ARD, the world’s second largest public broadcaster after the BBC, selected ATEME as a key partner for this important project because the Kyrion DR5000 incorporates the latest advances in FPGA (Field Programmable Gate Array) technology along with an optimized ARM processor and met all the requirements for size, weight, performance, reliability and operational simplicity.
HR will be deploying several DR5000 IRDs in the coming weeks for monitoring and decoding DVB-ASI and some digital terrestrial transmissions from mobile equipment in the field installed in cars, motorbikes and helicopters.
The IRDs, which are MPEG-4 4:2:2 10-bit capable and support the highest quality HDTV feeds, will be used largely to support regional, national and international sporting events including cycling, ironman competitions in July, the Frankfurt marathon in October and handball competitions and ski jump competitions over the following winter.
Hessischer Rundfunk’s Head of Satellite Program Distribution, Dieter Hachenberger, said: “The key reason for our choice was the high quality specifications of the device and ATEME’s ability to demonstrate the IRD’s capabilities under field conditions before we committed to buy. The DR5000 has every input and output we need, and its small size - half that of the previous DR8400 - fits easily into the limited rackspace of our SNG (Satellite News Gathering) vehicles. HR was highly impressed with the performance and robustness of the product during testing and the support it received from ATEME. Our experience with the Kyrion IRDs has always been very positive. They function without any issues in different modes and with different encoders.”
Nicolas Moreau, senior product marketing manager at ATEME, said: “The Kyrion DR5000 is the result of major technological advances by ATEME that deliver significant improvements in performance, footprint and weight compared with competitive products. This translates into a long list of objective and measurable gains when compared to the market standard product from other well known encoding vendors. These gains include a rapid boot up time of eight seconds, compared with 66 seconds from ATEME’s principle competitor and yet just half the power consumption in full 10-bit operation at 36W compared to 70W. Weight is also just half at 3.4 Kg versus 7 Kg and a greatly reduced depth of 310 mm rather than 530mm.”
ATEME (ateme.com) is a world leading provider of HEVC / H.265, MPEG-4 / H.264 and MPEG-2 bandwidth efficient compression technology. ATEME encoding solutions are deployed widely for broadcast contribution links, distribution, multi-screen live streaming, OTT and VOD applications.