By >Akihabara News Team
Softbank and Fujitsu team up to deliver World Cup Matches in HD to Japanese TV
All the 64 matches of the Word Soccer Tournament in South Africa from June 11, 2010 will be delivered in HD on Japanese TV using Fujitsu’s IP-9500 video codec equipment and Softbank Telecomm’s International video transmission service. In order to ensure a 24-hour live, uninterrupted transmission, there will be two dedicated routes, over the Atlantic and Indian Oceans hence allowing the usage of one as back-up line in case of a problem.
With the advent of terrestrial digital broadcasting around the world, there is increasing demand for broadcasters to inexpensively transmit high-quality, high-definition video. This is particularly true with international transmissions, which require long-haul transmissions over costly lines. As a result, services that provide high-quality video at low bit rates are in demand.
The announced video transmission service for broadcasters who run communications satellite platforms is built around Fujitsu’s IP-9500(1) video transmission device, which uses H.264(2) video encoding technology for efficient compression while preserving high image quality. This permits fast transmission across 14,000 km from South Africa to Japan using limited bandwidth, resulting in significantly lower line costs.
With its experience in transmitting live feeds of international sporting events, including the world’s largest soccer tournament in 2002 and 2006, as well as the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, SOFTBANK TELECOM is expanding its video transmission operations to fully leverage the existing global network infrastructure. Video data for all the matches taking place in the upcoming soccer tournament in South Africa will be consolidated at the International Broadcasting Center in Johannesburg, from where it will be transmitted over two routes over the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. By ensuring the availability of two dedicated lines, the signal can be quickly repaired by switching to a backup line in the event of brief errors or breaks, thereby allowing for uninterrupted long-distance transmissions 24 hours a day.
In addition, Fujitsu’s proprietary H.264 compression algorithm, which uses the 4:2:2(3) chrominance format, enables footage of fast-moving sports like soccer to be broadcast without sacrificing quality, ensuring that viewers at home can enjoy realistic and thrilling videos of world-class soccer matches.
Fujitsu and SOFTBANK TELECOM will bring together their know-how in video broadcasting to deliver the sense of realism and thrill to Japanese viewers of the upcoming soccer tournament in South Africa.