MediaKind is working with New Digital Technology to enable the delivery of high-quality recorded 4K content for Beijing Radio & Television’s (BTV) winter sporting events channel, which launched towards the end of 2020.
The company provided a range of encoding and decoding solutions, supporting BTV in enabling the first provincial level 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) channel broadcast on satellite in China. The entire project was carried out and on-air in less than three months.
The MediaKind solution includes the AVP 4000 HEVC encoder, MK RX1 multi-codec multi-service professional decoder and AVP 1000 stream processor. It is integrated into New Digital Technology Group’s (NDT) iSwiftMedia an end-to-end multi-vendor NMS (Network Management System), OSS (Operational Support System) and orchestration software solutions for the broadcast, satellite, cable, telco and mobile industry.
Wang Tong, president, NDT, said: “We were delighted to enable the official launch of Beijing Radio & Television’s 4K UHD Channel on 30 December 2020, and deliver coverage of exciting archive winter sporting events to viewers across China. We entrusted MediaKind to provide the coding, compression and 4K transmission of this exciting sporting content based on its rich pioneering heritage of building pure hardware solutions that deliver reliable, high-quality viewing experiences. The integration of our technologies enabled our IP-baseband hybrid architecture to power the broadcasting master control, ensuring BTV’s exciting 4K UHD channel went online smoothly and onto the screens of thousands of households nationwide.”
The MediaKind solution adopts the HEVC coding compression standard to direct content across Gehua Cable’s large-scale network, while the AVS2 coding compression standard is adopted to facilitate satellite distribution. The last stage output enables stream fault detection and automatic switching. The system link supports embedded audio and Dolby related standards to meet the application requirements of Dolby Digital (AC-3), Dolby Digital Plus (E-AC3). The whole system is equipped to continue running satellite channels’ broadcast demand during emergency maintenance. The satellite receiving system can receive UHD signals with special encryption methods at home and abroad.
Narayanan Rajan, VP, global channel partner sales, MediaKind, said: “We are delighted NDT chose MediaKind to build a high-quality, standards-based workflow for the delivery of 4K UHD archived winter sports content for BTV’s channel. NDT is a leading solutions provider across China and works with major national networks, so it was a fantastic opportunity to work together ahead of a major winter sporting event in Beijing next year. MediaKind prides itself on providing highly advanced solutions that enable best-in-class features to captivate audiences worldwide.”