ATEME Kyrion powers Formula 1 for RTL Group

ATEME has announced that Cologne Broadcasting Center Gmbh (CBC), a provider of video networking services and part of RTL Group, has chosen the Kyrion encoder and decoder, for its contribution link to stream the Formula 1 Championship throughout Germany. The ATEME Kyrion encoder and decoder are the perfect match for sport, particularly racing, due to their ultra-low latency mode below 100ms.

The Kyrion encoder and decoder have been designed for contribution over fiber, OTT and satellite, with advanced features such as ultra-fast-boot. Covering main and multi-screen applications, they offer integrated Automatic Repeat reQuest (ARQ) to avoid the loss of packets. The ATEME encoder is based on ATEME’s 5th Generation STREAM compression engine, which delivers the highest video quality at minimum bitrates. Kyrion contribution encoders and decoders are future-proof and can now be upgraded with HEVC codec via a simple software upgrade.

“Viewing experience in terms of video quality and latency is very important to us, especially for major sports such as Formula 1, as it gathers millions of viewers at each race,” says Gerd Meyer, senior broadcast engineer at CBC. “We conducted a comprehensive evaluation of several solutions, but ATEME always reached the top. With ultra-low latency mode and pristine H.264 video quality, ATEME Kyrion encoder and decoder were proven to be the best option we had to reach our ambition and ensure reliability of the stream delivery.”

Rémi Beaudouin, vice president of marketing at ATEME, says: “The Kyrion has become synonymous with major sports event distribution. The Kyrion encoders are streaming thousands of hours of sporting events worldwide, from baseball, soccer, regional games, to the Olympics. With the Kyrion ultra-low latency and high video quality, viewers are truly living the event.”

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