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KBS taps ATEME to enable multiscreen video quality

KBS operates a wide range of platforms to deliver nationwide terrestrial service including four terrestrial and two satellite channels, plus seven radio and four DMB channels. For KBS, providing a reliable broadcast service is particularly crucial due to its position as the most trusted media brand in Korea and its audience’s reliance on its news service during times of emergency.

“ATEME’s Kyrion encoders easily met our stringent set of business requirements – which is testament to their stability,” explained KBS media planning team manager, Su-ho Park. “In particular, the optimum video quality of the MPEG-2 HD technology has significantly strengthened our service offering to the Korean public.”

ATEME says that KBS’s infrastructure update brings several benefits. First, it enables what it claims as “outstanding” video quality and a surround-sound audio experience thanks to multi-channel audio support. Second, ATEME said that it would enable KBS to streamline its video/audio flows as well as its operations by combining three pieces of legacy equipment into just one encoder. Third, the technology provider claimed the deployment of its kit would bring the stability and reliability introduced by SMPTE-310 configuration, while remaining compatible with KBS’ existing ATSC system and moreover ensure the best live broadcasting experience for Korea’s viewers with the lowest latency possible.

“The Korean broadcasting industry is rising up to the challenge of changing viewer expectations,” added ATEME Korea sales director Boyang An. “For example, it has been at the forefront of adopting NextGen TV. It’s an exciting time for the industry and we are delighted to have this opportunity to help KBS ease their operations and provide viewers across Korea with an outstanding video quality through our Kyrion encoders.” Rapid TV News

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