Sky Italia to Demonstrate Ultra HD Content Delivery via Thomson Video Networks' HEVC Encoding Solution

    Sky Italia to Demonstrate Ultra HD Content Delivery via Thomson Video
                       Networks' HEVC Encoding Solution

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RENNES, France, September 13, 2013

RENNES, France, September 13, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

Sky Italia, Italy's leading DTH satellite pay TV provider, is planning a trial
demonstration of Ultra HD content delivery using the High Efficiency Video
Coding (HEVC) compression capabilities of Thomson Video Networks' ViBE™ VS7000
encoding/transcoding platform. Sky Italia chose the ViBE VS7000 to create a
real-world environment for end-to-end Ultra HD delivery, from content
acquisition and transcoding in HEVC to delivery and display on 4K television
sets.

"HEVC is the wave of the future for Ultra HD and 4K content delivery, but
until very recently this type of demonstration was not possible because there
were no viable solutions for creating a real-world workflow in an actual
production environment," said Massimo Bertolotti, head of engineering and
innovation, Sky Italia. "This has changed now that Thomson Video Networks is
shipping its ViBE VS7000 with the ability to encode live and file-based
content in HEVC."

Thomson Video Networks' ViBE VS7000 video system, one of the first
implementations of the emerging HEVC compression standard, is designed to
lower operators' OPEX for delivery of a wide range of convergent TV services
including WebTV and OTT, as well as traditional IPTV and cable
applications.Featuring the exclusive MediaFlex video operating system, the
ViBE VS7000 video system combines Thomson's renowned next-generation
compression platform with live, broadcast-quality encoding; innovative video
preprocessing; and faster-than-real-time file transcoding.

The ViBE VS7000 will provide 4K file transcoding in HEVC, and Thomson Video
Networks' Sapphire stream server will play out the Ultra HD HEVC-encoded
content for display on Ultra HDTV sets.

"Sky Italia is the perfect partner with which to demonstrate to our joint
customers and the media industry that Ultra HD is a technology whose time has
come," said Christophe Delahousse, president of Thomson Video Networks. "As
this demonstration will show, the advanced 4K HEVC encoding capabilities of
our ViBE VS7000 make it the ideal platform for media companies as they adapt
their operations for HD and Ultra HD content delivery on the full range of
devices and networks."

About Sky Italia

Sky Italia is the Italian pay TV platform wholly owned by 21st Century Fox.
Born in 2003, its customer base has grown very quickly, and by June 2013 the
subscribed families had reached 4,760,000. Sky currently offers more than 180
thematic and pay-per-view channels, with a rich offering of movies, sports,
news, entertainment, and kids programming. Sky was the first Italian
television service to broadcast in HD and live in 3D, and it offers a pack of
60 HD channels and one channel entirely dedicated to 3D programs. Moreover, My
Sky HD makes it possible to easily record one's favorite programs and to
access the Sky On Demand service, and with Sky Go, subscribers can watch a
wide selection of Sky's channels and on demand content on the move.

For more information, please visit the website http://www.sky.it.

AboutThomsonVideo Networks

A global leader in advanced video compression solutions, Thomson Video
Networks helps media companies, video service providers, and broadcasters
deliver superior video quality at the lowest-possible bandwidth for
contribution, terrestrial, satellite, cable, IPTV, and OTT services. Through
Thomson Video Networks' ongoing commitment to innovation, customers are able
to leverage emerging technologies, such as the new HEVC compression standard,
for the efficient delivery of new video services. This includes multi-screen
applications supporting every platform from small handheld devices to large TV
screens. Picture the Possibilities: Visit http://www.thomson-networks.com.

Photo Link:http://www.wallstcom.com/ThomsonVN/ViBEVS7000.zip
Photo Caption: ViBE™ VS7000 Multi-Screen Video System

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Photo Caption: Sky Italia Logo

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Contact: Agency Contact: Laila Bishay, Wall Street Communications, Tel:
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Crystèle Trevisan, Corporate Communications Director, Tel: +33-2-99-28-52-05,
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