IBC2013: Teleste at the Forefront of Future Television

The European Research Initiative Celtic-Plus Investigates the Hybrid Distribution of TV Programmes and Services with Major Media Technology Companies

TURKU, FINLAND – 20 August 2013 – Teleste, an international technology group specialised in broadband video and data communication systems and services, has joined forces with major media technology companies from five European countries to participate in an industry-driven Celtic-Plus research project: H2B2VS – HEVC Hybrid Broadcast Broadband Video Services. The project investigates the hybrid distribution of TV programmes and services over broadcast and broadband networks, focusing on key factors that will significantly impact the delivery of multimedia contents in Europe. The project will be carried out during the period 2013-2015 and it is coordinated by Thomson Video Networks.

Lack of bandwidth is becoming a major problem for the development of future television. The new video formats, such as 3D and Ultra-HD, are bogged down by the limited transmission capacity of the current broadcast (terrestrial, satellite, cable) and broadband (ADSL, fibre, mobile) networks and video compression standards. Meanwhile, the consumer demand for new services is increasing heavily as the number of TV sets connected to the Internet is expected to grow to more than 500 million by 2016. The lack of sufficient bandwidth slows down the development of new value-added services associated with broadcast programmes, while in broadband networks it causes difficulties in guaranteeing quality of service to all subscribers.

The ultimate answer for meeting future bandwidth demands lies in FttH. However, the journey to FttH will take some time because FttH is far too expensive in almost all network upgrade scenarios, except for completely new buildings and newly built areas.

The H2B2VS project addresses the challenge; it focuses on the hybrid distribution of TV programmes and services in broadcast and broadband networks while making use of the new video compression standard: High Efficient Video Codec (HEVC). The new standard increases network capacity by providing up to a 50% better compression ratio than is available with current technologies; while utilising the hybrid networks helps developing new attractive services for consumers without the need for huge investments.

The project aims to propose solutions that will ensure the best quality of experience for end-users and drive the development of new video streaming services and future commercial products. During the project, Teleste will be closely involved in exploring content transport and synchronization between broadband and broadcast transmission in cable networks.