Tata Sky chooses Elemental Technologies for 4K video service

MUMBAI: Direct-to-home (DTH) operator Tata Sky has chosen Elemental Technologies’ software to process Ultra HD live linear content in high-efficiency video coding (HEVC/H.265) for delivery to Tata Sky 4K-ready set-top boxes.


Elemental Technologies is a supplier of software-defined video solutions for multiscreen content delivery. Selected by Tata Sky based on its reliable delivery of high-quality live 4K content in HEVC, Elemental is the sole video processing software selected for the subcontinent's first commercial 4K service delivered to end-users.


A joint venture between the Tata Group and 21st Century Fox, Tata Sky deployed the latest 4K service and set-top boxes in advance of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 tournament currently underway in Australia and New Zealand. Software-based Elemental Live systems perform real time processing of Tata Sky 4K content in HEVC at 60/50fps for linear streaming to Tata Sky 4K STBs.


“We pride ourselves for being at the forefront of technology and delivering world class TV experiences to our viewers. The Tata Sky 4K service is an example of not only keeping up with changing times, but in fact giving our viewers a pioneering technology that the world would follow. The seamless integration between Ericsson and Elemental HEVC compression technology for live 4K streaming enables us to reinforce our technology and industry leadership positions, further adding to our delighted subscriber base,” said Tata Sky CEO and managing director Harit Nagpal.


“Tata Sky has selected Elemental video processing to bring 4K content programming to the India market. We are proud to provide Tata Sky with our software-defined video solutions to deliver unbeatable picture quality,” added Elemental Technologies senior vice president worldwide sales Dan Marshall.


The new generation 4K UHD Tata Sky STB is capable of delivering Ultra HD picture quality and Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 surround sound. Viewers can enjoy 8.3 megapixel (3840x2160) video, which is approximately four times the pixel count compared to the current HD standard, offering far greater clarity and more vivid colors on screen. In addition to 4K content, the set-top box also showcases standard definition (SD) and HD TV channels.


Elemental will also showcase its suite of software-defined video solutions at the NexTV Summit in Mumbai on 7 April, 2015.

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