Providing a glimpse into Europe’s HDTV future, BBC Broadcast transmitted an MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 HD test channel simultaneously from its Broadcast Center in West London to the RAI Exhibition and Congress Centre in Amsterdam during IBC2005.
Received and displayed at several locations on the exhibition floor, the specially crafted HD signal carried a variety of programs, including sports, drama, arts, nature and current affairs programming, designed to show off the visual appeal of high definition.
The test channel was broadcast using the Eutelsat EUROBIRD 1 satellite. Transmission from the Broadcast Center to Amsterdam was made possible with help from systems integrator TSL, and equipment from Axon, Miranda, Omnibus, Pro-Bel, Snell & Wilcox, Trilogy, JVC, Omneon Video Networks, Pixel Power, Screen Subtitling Systems, Tektronix and Vistek.
TANDBERG Television supplied MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 AVC HD encoders and professional receivers, with connectivity and uplinking provided by Siemens.
Eutelsat provided a full transponder on EUROBIRD 1, and MPEG-4 HD receivers were supplied by Pace Micro Technology and Eldon Technology.
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