NTT Electronics’ MPEG-2 Solution Enables Live Broadcast of Tour de France in HD

NTT
Electronics Corporation
has developed a
variety of image compression technologies. Recently, SFP (Societe Francaise de
Production), which is the largest production studio in

France and
broadcasts numerous sports events, purchased HD MPEG-2 Encoder/Decoder H5000
Series for live broadcasting of sports events.

SFP will
be using their newly purchased NTT Electronics’ HD MPEG-2 Encoder/Decoder H5000
Series to HD broadcast the Tour de France, the largest cycling road race in the
world, scheduled to be started from July 7. SFP has already been using NTT
Electronics’ HD MPEG-2 Encoder/Decoder H3000 Series since last year, when they
used it to broadcast the French Open, one of the four largest international
tennis tournaments in the world, live in HD.

Rudy
Dendleux, SFP Development Director, makes the following comment. “SFP is now
able to broadcast sports events live in HD thanks to NTT Electronics’
Encoder/Decoder. I think viewers will love the exciting HD images of the Tour
de France this system will allow us to transmit, thanks to the incredible
fluidity and stability of the images.”

SFP has
purchased two products: HD MPEG-2 HD Encoder HE5000 and MPEG-2 HD Decoder
HD5000. These models are the successor to the popular, compact, high-quality
half-rack size H3000 series, and are compliant with European RoHS regulations.
These models support 1080i, 720p, 480i and other image formats, and permit up
to 2 system/8-channel audio encoding. These models are even more user friendly
than before, with an optional BISS-1/E Scrambling(1) function to improve
scrambling for satellite transmission, HTTP menu(2) to improve online ease of
use, and SNMP function(3) to improve maintenance. These models are ideal for
sports broadcasting, with a 1U height, compact half-rack size, DC 12V operation
and portable 4kg (8.8lb) weight. NTT Electronics also offers the H5100 series
with redundant AC power supply.