TUŠ TELEKOM Selects Envivio Convergence Encoding Solution to Deliver IPTV Services

Envivio
Inc., the technology provider of IP video convergence encoding solutions from
mobile to HD, announced it is providing a Convergence Generation video
headend for TUŠ TELEKOM’s live standard definition (SD) and high definition
(HD) IPTV services in

Slovenia.
TUŠ TELEKOM will expand its existing SD IPTV service to 108 channels, add 6
channels of HD content, and migrate from MPEG-2 to a more efficient Envivio
MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) encoding solution.

The Convergence Generation solution chosen by TUŠ TELEKOM features the 4Caster
C4 multichannel video compression system and the 4Stream satellite TV to IP
gateway. The C4 encoder is built around a software compression architecture
that allows operators to reconfigure service offerings, add product features,
and update encoding performance without having to change hardware. 4Stream is
an IP-based service gateway that allows MPEG-2 content downlinked from
satellite to be delivered to the C4 compression system over a local IP network.
This all-IP, all-digital processing of content eliminates the need for
traditional intermediate analog or digital video and audio interfaces between
MPEG-2 decoders and MPEG-4 encoders, resulting in reduced cost and improved
picture quality.

“While Envivio was one of several vendors that showed us high quality video
encoding products, the software based compression architecture of their C4
offered a unique level of flexibility. It was the only encoder we saw that
included significant video compression enhancements on the product development
roadmap, enhancements that would allow us to improve the encoding performance
in the future without requiring expensive and disruptive hardware changes,”
said Andras Pali, CTO of TUŠ TELEKOM. “The all-IP architecture of the headend
is also very appealing. Routing and switching the video signals in IP is very
efficient, cost effective and fits perfectly in to our operational
environment.”

“We are very proud to have been selected by TUŠ TELEKOM against some strong
competition to deliver their first MPEG-4 AVC based IPTV services,” said Julien
Signčs, President and CEO of Envivio. “Many customers, like TUŠ TELEKOM, are
beginning to realize that the vast majority of high end encoders in the market
today have almost identical compression performance. This is because they all
use exactly the same underlying, hardware-based architecture. However, the
software-based architecture used by Envivio offers the same performance as the
competition today, yet provides the ability to improve that performance in the
future through software, not hardware, upgrades.”