T-VIPS Selected by TV2 to Add Extra Dimension to Norway’s First 3D TV Football Coverage

T-VIPS, a global leader in professional video contribution and distribution solutions, today announced that its TVG450 JPEG2000 Gateway solution was chosen by TV2, Norway’s largest commercial television station, to provide transport of video for Norway’s first live 3D broadcast coverage of Tuesday night’s Norway v Cyprus football match from the national football stadium Ullevaal in Oslo.

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“When it comes to broadcasting live sports, it is vital to remain at the forefront of technological advancements and for this reason we are delighted to be working with T-VIPS, a cutting-edge company that has real 3D expertise,” said John Inge Brattetveit, CTO, TV2. “The TVG450 JPEG2000 Gateway solution enables TV2 to broadcast top quality 3D video content cost-effectively and provides advanced technology to sync the left and right eye pictures, critical when broadcasting in 3D.”

The TV2 owned OB Team recently took delivery of a 3D-ready Outside Broadcast truck, the only one of its kind in Scandinavia, which was used to produce the broadcast. Five 3D cameras were set up within the stadium to provide true 3D images. The first national 3D broadcast took place yesterday, 11 October 2011, during a qualifying match for the 2012 UEFA European Football Championship between the Norwegian and Cypriot national football teams. The 3D video was available to both satellite and cable customers of Canal Digital.

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T-VIPS pioneered 3D video transport over JPEG2000 in 2009 when it was trialed for a live Korean surgical video transmission. It has since been involved in a number of live 3D projects including Opera in Sweden and most recently the IAAF World Athletics championships in Korea.

“We have extensive global experience working in live sport and 3D transmissions and it’s a real pleasure to be working on such an innovative project on our home turf,” said Johnny Dolvik, CEO, T-VIPS. “T-VIPS is dedicated to providing innovative video transport solutions and ensuring top class TV viewing experiences. Our pioneering 3D video transport solution helped OB Team provide TV2 viewers with the next best thing to being at Norway’s 3-1 victory last night.”

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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.

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