Canal+ Taps Envivio for Football Encoding

Envivio’s 4Caster HD30
video encoders have been purchased by CANAL+ for use in mobile trucks and at the CANAL+ broadcast center in
Warsaw, Poland to support contribution of live high definition (HD)
football programming over both fiber and microwave links. CANAL+
recently won the rights to televise live football for the next three
years.

“Live HD football is one of the most eagerly anticipated items of
programming for CANAL+ viewers and we want it to meet their
expectations. Video quality and low latency were therefore our top
concerns, as these will most directly influence our audience’s
satisfaction,” said Jaroslaw Kordalewski, Technical Director for CANAL+
Poland. “Side-by-side testing showed us that the Envivio HD30 combines
excellent video quality with the lowest latency we found for both low
and high video bit rates.”

The 4Caster HD30 HD encoder enables broadcasters to contribute HD video in the same satellite bandwidth they currently use for
SD contribution with end-to-end
latencies as low as 300 milliseconds. The company says the use of advanced DVB-S2 modulation means that broadcasters can
cover local sports events in HD for the same per minute price they
typically pay for SD feeds encoded using MPEG-2.

A number of additional features were of critical importance to the
CANAL+ evaluation team. The HD30 has built-in two way voice intercom
capability as a standard feature to provide easy communication between
stadium and playout center staff. The system can be easily and
completely configured via a web-based interface or from the system’s
front panel which gives operators access to all features and settings.

Kordalewski continued, “Of course, broadcasting from the field is
particularly demanding on equipment. The Envivio HD30 proved to be
rugged and reliable—an excellent fit for OB operations.”