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Elemental Unveils Japan’s First Real-time 4K / HEVC Transmission with K-Opticom

  Elemental Unveils Japan’s First Real-time 4K / HEVC Transmission with
  K-Opticom

 Provides live video streaming of Osaka Marathon 2013 for delivery over telco
               leader’s optical fiber network to 4K TV display

Business Wire

PORTLAND, Ore. -- October 23, 2013

Elemental Technologies, the leading supplier of video solutions for
multiscreen content delivery, today announced that K-Opticom Corporation, a
comprehensive telecommunications operator in Japan, will use Elemental video
processing for the country’s first live 4K Ultra HD high-efficiency video
coding (H.265/HEVC) transmission. Elemental^® Live systems will power
real-time video streaming of the Osaka Marathon on October 27 in a
K-Opticom-designed trial workflow.

Elemental Live systems will power Japan's first real-time 4K/HEVC transmission
of the Osaka Marathon ...

Elemental Live systems will power Japan's first real-time 4K/HEVC transmission
of the Osaka Marathon for telco leader K-Opticom. Run is Sunday Oct. 27.
(Photo: Business Wire)

A subsidiary of the Kansai Electric Power Company, Inc., K-Opticom (K-OPT)
provides high-quality fiber optic services for the Kansai Region of Japan,
including the prefectures of Kobe, Kyoto and Osaka, which together comprise
the second most populated area in Japan after greater Tokyo.

“With resolution four times that of HD, demand for 4K content on high-quality,
large-format screens is increasing,” said Mr. Takao Fujino, President of
K-Opticom. “The advanced K-OPT optical fiber network combined with the power
and flexibility of Elemental’s software-based architecture is vital to meeting
this demand and to enabling this unprecedented experimental transmission.”

The Japanese telco is using Elemental Live systems to provide HEVC encoding of
4K/59.94p material acquired from Sony PMW-F55 CineAlta 4K cameras located at
the midpoint and finish line of the racecourse. Each camera will be mounted
with an AJA Ki-Pro Quad, which will send source content to Elemental systems
via live 3G-SDI interfaces.

Elemental video processing systems will encode live content in real-time HEVC
at 4Kp30 and stream video over K-OPT optical fiber networks to an NTT Docomo
decoder with final rendering on an 84-inch Sony 4K Bravia TV. The public will
be able to view 4K live coverage of the marathon in a special K-OPT exhibit
located at the Intex (International Exhibition Center) Building 2 in Osaka.

“The stunning images and high quality of 4K are best showcased at a
world-class sporting event like the Osaka marathon,” said Keith Wymbs, VP of
marketing for Elemental. “Elemental’s award-winning H.265 codec makes it
possible to smoothly transmit 4K images across wideband networks provided by
operators like K-Opticom.”

Elemental Live provides real-time encoding for linear pay TV broadcast as well
as live streaming to new media platforms. The system is designed to integrate
seamlessly into an end-to-end workflow, eliminating configuration complexity
and optimizing video for multiscreen viewing.

K-OPT has acted as the presenting sponsor for the Osaka Marathon for three
consecutive years, providing FTTH network technologies and support for the
event’s social portal and mobile device applications. This year, the telco has
also developed the event’s official application, accessible via the marathon
website and on iOS and Android devices.

About K-Opticom

K-Opticom Corporation is a comprehensive telecommunications operator providing
fiber-optic Internet services. Founded in 1988 and based in Osaka, Japan, the
company operates as a subsidiary of Kansai Electric Power Co. Inc. K-Opticom
leverages its powerful EO™ Hikari (Everywhere Optical fiber-optic) network,
which is deployed across the Kansai area, to enrich consumer lives and provide
state-of-the-art business support. With approximately 1.4 million subscribers
for its award-winning consumer services reported at the end of 2012, K-Opticom
is actively developing life improvement services for mobile and connected
devices. To learn more, please visit www.k-opti.com

About Elemental

Elemental Technologies is the leading supplier of video solutions for
multiscreen content delivery. Founded in 2006 and headquartered in Portland,
Oregon, the company pioneered the use of graphics processors to power adaptive
video streaming over IP networks. Providing unmatched solutions for more than
300 leading media franchises worldwide, Elemental helps pay TV operators,
content programmers, film studios and sports broadcasters bring video to any
screen, anytime – all at once. The company has offices in the United States,
the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Singapore and Brazil. To learn more, please
visitwww.elementaltechnologies.comand follow@elementaltechon Twitter.

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Contact:

Elemental Technologies
Laura Barber, +1-503-703-3638
laurab@elementaltechnologies.com
or
Elemental Technologies - Japan
Kay Kao Yamashita
+81-090-1999-8980
kayy@elementaltechnologies.com
 
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