South Korea’s Homechoice Network, launched the UMAX Channel, as the first UHD (Ultra High Definition) cable channel in the world! Broadcasting in 4Kp60 (2160×3840 pixel resolution with 60 frames per second) on April 10, 2014- The Homechoice Network chose TITAN for its exceptional video quality and compatibility! TITAN is ATEME’s next generation TV Head-End, a real-time multi-channel/format encoder/transcoder for multi-screen delivery of linear channels and video-on-demand. Homechoice selected TITAN for its proven compatibility with embedded decoders in today’s most popular TV brands.
The initial launch of UMAX will include 40 original programs, a mix of films, documentaries and animation, the channel schedule will run from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m. KST. Homechoice plans to increase its offering to 100 programs by the end of 2014. For the customers, there will be no set-top box required with the HEVC decoding since the capabilities are already built into all UHDTV compatible televisions – by downloading an application to decrypt UMAX onto customers smart televisions – As well as, cable television subscribers across South Korea will have access to the most recent UHD content provided by UMAX! Note: There will be no cost to subscribers of UMAX since it is funded and distributed by all South-Korean MSOs like: CJ Hellovision, C&M, T-Broad and HCN and is available at no additional charge to subscribers for 2014!
“With the integration of HEVC capabilities into UHDTV television sets, and a cable channel that will provide consumers with the capability to enjoy this advanced technology today, cable programmers around the world will be watching the launch of UMAX with great interest. We are proud to be a part of the worldwide launch of the first 4K cable channel.” stated Eunsook Wi, APAC regional manager.
*The TITAN File is a carrier-grade software-based multi-screen video transcoding solution. Leveraging ATEME video processing expertise, TITAN File improves the video quality and bandwidth efficiency of the content delivery to TVs, smartphones, tablets, consoles and PCs over managed networks and the Internet. Virtually any mezzanine file can be simultaneously transcoded with the fastest possible turnaround in MPEG-2, H.264 and HEVC for VOD/push-VOD services and adaptive streaming. Key Features: MPEG-2/H.264/HEVC up to 4K/UHDTV in TS/MP4/ABR ; Support of any mezzanine file / Blazing fast processing speed / Built-in supervision with redundancy management / Web GUI, REST API and SNMP interfaces. Benefits: Produces pristine video quality at the lowest bitrates / Large scale throughput for mass production / Increases operational efficiency of file-based workflow / Smart HW and SW design with minimal footprints / Convergent platform equally adept at live transcoding.
*TITAN File includes up to 18 hot plug blades per 7-RU chassis, each including 2 Intel® Xeon® processors, and an optimized hardware architecture that lowers power consumption. TITAN File is a ”green” technology for saving space and energy, and also a ”smart” technology for reducing OPEX. TITAN File features high scalable and flexible design that makes it a ”mission-proof” platform well suited to your present and future content delivery requirements.
The TITAN file output includes the Built-in M-Wrapâ„¢ packager which provides Any combination of MPEG-2 TS, MP4, Apple® HLS v5 (draft 11) and Microsoft® Smooth Streaming with playlists/manifests. As well as, DRM Apple® HLS content protection Microsoft® PlayReady. The Video Codecs include: YUV 4:2:0, 4:2:2, MPEG-4 AVC / H.264, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 ASP, DV, DVCPRO25 / 50, DVCPRO HD, AVCIntra 50/100, Cineform® AVI, Sony® XDCAM50/IMX 30/40/50, Avid® DNxHD. The Media Containers are: .TS, .MPG, .AVI, .MOV, .MXF OP1a / OP1b / OP3c / OPAtom / P2 HD, .WAV, .DDE, .AIFF, .MP4, .AC3, .LXF, .GXF. Audio Codecs include: PCM, MPEG-1 Layer II, AAC-LC, AAC-HEv1, AAC-HEv2,DD / DD+, Dolby® E
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