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T-VIPS Equips Forthnet’s New HD Video Transmission Service

· Forthnet selects T-VIPS TVG450 JPEG2000 Video Gateway for IP video transport across Greece
· T-VIPS solution chosen for its flexibility and HD capabilities
· Nova to be first to use video transport service for broadcast of Greek Super League Football

Oslo, Norway – T-VIPS, a global leader in professional video contribution and distribution solutions, today announced that its TVG450 JPEG2000 Gateway solution has been chosen by Forthnet, the largest private broadband and satellite service provider in Greece.

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The system delivers high quality IP transport solutions and will be used for the implementation of Forthnet‘s new business service; “TV Circuits On Demand?. Forthnet’s new service will transfer video content from stadiums or any other fixed locations across the country over its FO network to the Nova media center in Athens. Nova is a Forthnet owned satellite and terrestrial broadcaster. Forthnet will also be using T-VIPS Connect to manage the contribution network. The solution was delivered in close cooperation with T-VIPS’ Greek Partner OmniWave Ltd and was chosen after extensive field trials.

“We are extremely happy to have been chosen by Forthnet to provide our IP-based video transport solution for the implementation of the new “TV Circuits On Demand? service that will be used, in the first phase, for the broadcast of Greece’s premier football league,? said Johnny Dolvik, CEO, T-VIPS. “Exciting projects such as this are very satisfying to work on and demonstrate that we deliver efficient technologies that also provide the flexibility to handle future broadcaster needs. Given our wide experience in sports video transport we bring both best-in-class technology and expertise to the project and look forward to ensuring football fans enjoy fantastic coverage of Greece’s best soccer action.?

Nova is a digital satellite PayTV platform owned by Forthnet Group. The Group constitutes of Forthnet, the largest private broadband company in Greece, as well as Forthnet Media Holdings and Multichoice Hellas (Nova), the largest private providers of radio-television subscription services in the country. Nova offers Greek subscribers an array of international and domestic SD and HD programs, including live broadcasting of Greek Super League football games, and the majority of popular Greek TV channels. The Group now holds the broadcasting rights for TV, internet, mobile and radio transmission, covering the territories of Greece, Cyprus and Albania, and all sixteen Super League teams.

“The TVG450 JPEG2000 Gateway solution will allow Forthnet to transport video over IP in an extremely cost effective way whilst ensuring the soccer coverage remains of the highest quality,? said Mr. Dimitris Papazafeiropoulos, CTO of Forthnet. “It is a great advantage that the solution is future proofed, providing us with an upgrade path for 3D and 3G/1080p video when the time is right. In addition, the flexible configuration capability of the TVG450, allowing simultaneous use as both an encoder and decoder, provides us with an extremely powerful solution for our live broadcasts?.

TVG450 Video Gateway
Designed for real-time contribution and distribution of broadcast quality video over IP networks, the TVG450 enables transmission of compressed HDTV and SD television over Gigabit Ethernet and provides increased density, with up to 1 3G-SDI, 2 HD-SDI or 4 SDI channels in each unit. TVG450 takes advantage of the unmatched quality of JPEG2000 compression combined with the inherent flexibility of IP to offer broadcasters an efficient, affordable and scalable solution for studio quality high definition video contribution. TVG450 is compact, cost-effective, supports lossless and visually lossless compression and has user-friendly configuration and control. Key features include:

· 10 bit, 4:2:2 video quality
· Support for multiple JPEG2000 compressed video channels
· Frame-by-frame encoding which increases resiliency
· Very low delay (< 60 ms)
· Robust transmission of HDTV signals
– Flexible Forward Error Correction
– Error concealment
– Ethernet and IP QoS settings.

For further information: David Bramley, Platform PR, Tel: +44 (0)20 7486 4900, Email: david@platformpr.com

About T-VIPS AS
T-VIPS, a global leader in professional video transport solutions for contribution, distribution and Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT), offers a comprehensive portfolio of powerful, efficient and intelligent solutions for processing and transporting high-quality video. T-VIPS’ close involvement in video standards bodies, leadership in JPEG2000, expertise in IP and transport stream multiplexing, processing and monitoring results in state-of-the-art technology that makes complex TV network operations simpler and preserves the integrity of high-end video streams.
T-VIPS solutions are utilized in many demanding applications, including 1080/60p, 3DTV, alternative content for digital cinema, live HD sports and news back-haul, and the transport of HDTV programming over IP networks. T-VIPS is leading the IP-based video network revolution by empowering high-profile network operators, broadcasters and post-production customers in over 50 countries with innovative solutions that deliver significant operational and financial benefits. The privately-held company is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with Americas’ headquarters in New Jersey. For further information, visit: www.t-vips.com

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