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2 SAT Europe upgrades SNG trucks with ATEME codecs

ATEME announced today that 2 SAT Europe bv, a provider of professional satellite connections around the world, has chosen ATEME, a leader in 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.

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.

Bas Giskes, 2 SAT’s chief executive, commented: “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. 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.”