— Satellite provider SES, in partnership with Harmonic and Broadcom, says facilitated the first Ultra HD transmission in the new HEVC standard live from an ASTRA satellite at 19.2 degrees East. The HEVC standard features as much as 50-percent encoding efficiency improvement compared to previous test broadcasts in MPEG-4 AVC (H.264), SES adds. The end-to-end demonstration used Harmonic’s ProMedia Xpress and a HEVC decoder reference-design system based on Broadcom’s BCM7445 device for receiving HEVC encoded Ultra-HD television transmission. The signal was broadcast in DVB-S2 using a data rate of 20 Mbit/s. In a statement, Thomas Wrede, SES vice president/Reception Systems, said, “We are convinced that the HEVC standard will become the option of choice for TV operators broadcasting Ultra HD content and expect the industry to develop prototype Ultra HD receivers in the coming months.”

Bright House Networks Business Solutions is supporting non-profit Tampa Bay WaVE, which focuses on helping entrepreneurs turn ideas into growing technology ventures, by donating a 200-Mbps, high-capacity, highly-survivable-fiber Dedicated Internet Access connection. The data services were set up at the group’s FirstWaVE Venture Center, a 16,000-sq.-ft. technology hub that operates as a result of a grant won from the U.S. Department of Commerce last year; it serves some 100 startups. Comments Craig Cowden, Bright House senior vice president/Network Engineering and Operations, and Enterprise Solutions, "Tampa Bay WaVE’s mission aligns with our goals to help promote business growth and success by investing in the innovative technology of the future."

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