ATEME Codecs On Board 2 SAT Europe SNG Trucks

ATEME announced that 2 SAT Europe bv, a provider of professional satellite connections around the world, has chosen ATEME, a provider of H.264 video compression products, to upgrade its digital satellite news gathering (DSNG) fleet. The upgraded trucks are currently booked to cover multiple high profile events including the MotoGP Grand Prix, a series of 18 motorcycle races across 14 countries taking place from April to November this year.

“Our trucks are travelling across the whole of Europe for all kinds of sports and live events, so we have to select technology that is very broadly accepted,” says Bas Giskes, 2 SAT’s chief executive. “Following the contract award for the Moto GP coverage, we decided to modernize our equipment and we were looking for a solution offering flexibility in terms of codecs, compatibility with the receivers used by our clients, and that our operators could use easily. We had a positive experience during early trials of the Kyrion contribution pair from ATEME. So we moved ahead and it’s all good. The pictures look great and our operators love the gear.”

The Kyrion codecs will enable 2 SAT trucks to fulfil all satellite transmission requirements from MPEG-2 SD to MPEG-4 HD, 4:2:0 and 4:2:2, 8-bit and 10-bit, at any bitrate, all with the utmost picture quality and full redundancy.