H2B2VS demonstrator at the “Loading the Future 2013” event in Rennes

With Ultra Project, the future of Ultra HD is designed in Brittany (France)

Rennes, the 23rd of October 2013Images & Réseaux (a French competitiveness cluster based in northwest of France) with its ImaginLab experimentation platform and a DVB-T2 network powered by French broadcaster TDF, has launched a collaborative Research & Development project named « Ultra », which brings together a dozen players from the ICT sector. This collaborative project aims to enable the transmission and the reception of Ultra HD content and develop new consumers usages. The partners are working together on the future of digital television all along the video chain, from encoding and real time transcoding to decoding, including transport and broadcasting. French authorities, like the CSA , DGCIS and CGEIET await such initiatives in order to define DTTV for the 2015-2020 period.

FROM DEMONSTRATION TO COMMERCIAL SOLUTIONS

After a first survey on user perception during the event « La Traviata sur écran(s) », Images & Réseaux and its partners want to demonstrate with the « Ultra » project the state of the art for the transmission and the reception of this new type of content. The « Ultra » project will focus on 2 demonstration targets:

  • The first one is based on Ultra HD sequences, with a quality that fits with the limits of the technical specification of the first UHDTV TV sets currently available on the retail market.
  • The second is based on the transmission of an HD channel in HEVC (real time transcoding of a French DTTV program).

The primary goal of the consortium is to demonstrate such solutions in an environment which is close to an operational network, in order to highlight the strategic positioning of the partners on this emerging worldwide market. Indeed, first commercial Ultra HD channels are expected for 2015.

“The ImaginLab platform and its DVB-T2 network make such demonstrations possible: it is one of the very rare innovation platforms in France and Europe that provides the requested environment and know-how to insert new workflows in real broadcasting” said Michel Corriou, ImaginLab Project Manager.

The « Ultra » project takes the best of the contributions of other collaborative projects labelled by Images & Réseaux, especially the Eureka/Celtic+ H2B2VS project, the FUI -13 Austral and the 4EVER projects and the FUI-14 OptiSaT2 project.

The system demonstrations will take place during the “Loading the Future 2013” awards ceremony organized by Images & Réseaux on the 14th November in ESC Rennes, School of Business, campus. The event will go on with a workshop including keynotes on these new challenges for Digital TeleVision.

WHAT’S NEW FOR THE END USER?

The new Ultra HD format aims to improve user experience with a better video quality. The picture resolution is quad HD and raises user immersion into to a life-like level with realistic details and true colours.
About HEVC new compression standard adoption, it is one of the pre-requisites to commercial Ultra HD channels’ deployment and, thanks to a dramatically reduced requested bandwidth, it is also meant to optimize current HD programs transmission on various existing and future networks.

See the 1st step of the French Terrestrial demonstrator

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