Eurosport Chooses New ViBE™ CP6000 Contribution Platform From Thomson Video Networks


RENNES, France — Sept. 7, 2012 — Thomson Video Networks today announced that Eurosport has chosen the new ViBE™ CP6000 for a contribution system the broadcaster is building during 2012. Located over five sites in France and the U.K., the new system will be shared between Eurosport and its owner, TF1 Group, which operates Europe’s largest private television channel. The system is based on 12 links transporting MPEG-4 HD 4:2:2 at 8 or 10 bits. The Eurosport network provides coverage of European and international sporting events to 59 European countries and 10 in Asia, in 20 different languages.

Thomson’s new ViBE CP6000 contribution platform suits Eurosport’s deployment needs perfectly. The platform’s multichannel capability, including a mix of encoders and decoders in a single chassis, offers significant system cost savings. The main site of the Eurosport system includes five encoders and three decoders. A standard solution would require an 8RU chassis with power consumption of 600W, while the CP6000 solution fits into a 2RU chassis, with a consumption of 300W. The CP6000 embeds the latest video encoding technology, allowing additional encoder or decoder channels to be added easily via software license upgrades.


The CP6000 is a very good fit for our needs as we build this new system. Its modularity and the density it provides make it very attractive for our requirements,” said Pascal Crochemore, chief technical network manager, Eurosport. “Thomson Video Networks is a very responsive partner, and has been able to meet our requirements at short notice and with a high-quality solution.”

Developed as a multiformat system for broadcasters, video carriers, network operators, and telecoms, the ViBE CP6000 provides high-quality transport of live HD and SD content over IP or satellite contribution networks. Offering a far greater density than comparable products, the CP6000’s capacity of up to eight HD channels in a single chassis is a key advantage for live broadcasters, saving space and lowering energy consumption.

This is a landmark first installation for the ViBE CP6000, which received its official launch at the 2012 NAB Show,” said Christophe Delahousse, president of Thomson Video Networks. “We are very pleased by the reaction to the product from a significant broadcaster like Eurosport, where premium video quality is paramount. It is a strong endorsement of the CP6000 concept and its benefits.”

Based on a standard, high-performance backplane throughput to address future applications, the ViBE CP6000 architecture is a future-proof contribution platform designed to optimize customer investment and minimize the cost of ownership. It is ready for 3Gbps SDI applications (1080p50/59.97), and its dual-channels-per-module architecture targets 3D applications. Hot-swappable modules allow for instant exchange without disturbing channels in use, a feature that is key to the system’s easy setup, expansion, and maintenance.


Thomson’s new ViBE CP6000 goes far beyond an encoder or a decoder — it is an innovative contribution platform designed to provide significant customer benefits.


About Eurosport

Eurosport, the N°1 pan-European TV channel, is broadcast in 20 languages reaching 123 million homes across 59 countries. Eurosport HD, the high definition simulcast of Eurosport, was launched in 2008 and is today available in 39 and 20 languages, offering over 2,500 hours of native HD broadcast. Eurosport 2 is one of the fastest-growing TV channels in Europe, reaching 50 million households in 16 languages across 47 countries. Eurosport 2 HD was launched in August 2009 and offers extensive coverage of premium properties such as Bundesliga football. Eurosport Asia-Pacific reaches 15 countries in the region. Eurosportnews is a 24-hour news channel providing up-to-date sports TV news transmitted worldwide.


About Thomson Video Networks

From the very onset of digital TV broadcasting, the Thomson name has been synonymous with supplying expertise, quality, and reliability to the world’s leading broadcasters. Since delivering the world’s first large-scale direct-to-home satellite system, Thomson Video Networks has been a global leader in compression systems for satellite, terrestrial, cable, IPTV, mobile TV, and Web streaming. The company helps its customers deliver superior quality video to anything from small handheld devices to large 3D HD screens, with the lowest bandwidth to ensure a profitable business model. A trusted supplier to more than 20 percent of the active channels deployed worldwide, with a global support presence and a reputation for delivering quality at every stage, Thomson Video Networks offers the experience and range of products to meet every need, from hybrid multiformat compression systems to contribution links for content exchange networks.

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