V-Nova powers first UHD broadcast of El Clásico


V-Nova, a leading provider of video compression solutions, has announced that its Perseus technology was deployed by Mediapro’s Overon for visually lossless contribution of the November 21 El Clásico soccer match in La Liga between Real Madrid and Barcelona, which was played at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, Spain.

The Perseus-powered contribution link was a critical part of this first ever Ultra HD transmission of the El Clásico.

The Mediapro-managed project saw Ultra HD live footage encoded at the stadium by a V-Nova Perseus-powered P.Link solution and contributed visually lossless content with ultra low latency at 240Mbps over a 1Gbps telco fiber connection to the Movistar Master Control Room (MCR) in Madrid. At the MCR, a P.Link server decoded the signal, which was then distributed to Canal+ Liga viewers in Spain and France.

V-Nova’s Perseus is an advanced video compression technology that enables operators to differentiate their products, increase market penetration, and provide otherwise undeliverable services. Perseus shifts the entire video bit-rate-quality curve to enable UHD quality video at HD bit rates, HD at SD bit rates, and SD video at sub-audio bit rates.

“Operators and broadcasters wishing to deliver live sports in Ultra HD to their viewers today can only realistically do so by using their current contribution data links in a more effective way. As a reliable, compatible and interoperable upgrade to the existing infrastructure, Perseus low-latency visually lossless contribution solutions offer service providers, operators and broadcasters the ability to deliver new Ultra HD services to paying customers economically and in record time – often within weeks – while also being ready for future additional upgrades such as HDR,” said Guido Meardi, V-Nova CEO and co founder. “In contrast to legacy compression technologies, that require building new networks and compromising on latency, Perseus-based solutions offer a true paradigm shift.”

“Live sports, especially football, present a challenging use case for broadcasters when it comes to compression. The fact that V-Nova’s Perseus-powered P.Link contribution solution was chosen to broadcast Barcelona vs Real Madrid, one of football’s greatest duels, is a tribute to Perseus’s superior performance and robustness. We are deeply proud to work with industry leaders like Mediapro on this historic first Ultra HD transmission of El Clásico to football fans around the world,” added Achtmann, V-Nova executive chairman and co founder.

November 27, 2015

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