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SEPTEMBER 2017 15

Imagine Communications and BT collaborate on UHD contribution demonstration at IBC 2017 

AMSTERDAM, September 15, 2017 – Imagine Communications, empowering the media and entertainment industry through transformative innovation, is collaborating with BT’s Media & Broadcast division on an industry-first demonstration at IBC2017 (Amsterdam RAI, 15 – 19 September). The two companies will show how visually lossless, low-overhead TICO compression can be used to increase the efficiency of contribution (backhaul) circuits for demanding live UHD content.

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SEPTEMBER 2017 15

TICO-powered 4K over 10Gbe with DELTACAST and GRASS VALLEY @ IBC 2017

Amsterdam, September 15, 2017 - This year again, DELTACAST will showcase its TICO products on the TICO ALLIANCE booth 10D31 at IBC 2017 in Amsterdam.

This product will be connected to the GRASS VALLEY IPG-3901, from which it will receive 4K/UHD video over a 10GbE connection, to be visualized on a 4K screen.

MARCH 2017 03

Village Island releases world-wide the VICO-4, the "4K over single 3G-SDI" appliance empowered by TICO.

Tokyo, JAPAN – March 21, 2017 – Village Island, a video equipment supplier and integrator head-quartered in Japan, announces VICO-4 from the VICO series enabling UHD smart transport and powered by TICO, the revolutionary high-efficiency compression engine from intoPIX.

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MAY 2016 02

PANASONIC AND DELTACAST JOINTLY DEMONSTRATED TICO AT NAB 2016

Ans, May 02, 2016 - PANASONIC and DELTACAST have built a full video chain together, including 4K acquisition, TICO compression, SDI Transport, 4K TICO decompression and 4K display. This demonstration at the technical room of PANASONIC at NAB (#N205) showed a perfect interoperability test between PANASONIC and DELTACAST of their TICO equipment.

MAR 2016 14

COBALT DIGITAL SIGNS ON TICO ALLIANCE

Cobalt Digital has joined the TICO Alliance, a consortium of vendors and others, supporting TICO compression for use in IP-based live television ecosystems, the company said today.

The TICO compression and video-over-IP standards are intended to make it possible for the industry to update existing SDI-based workflows to IP and Ultra HD 4K without a complete operational overhaul.

Joining the alliance gives Cobalt access to the TICO technology. The company said it can quickly integrate TICO into its high-density FPGA-based hardware platforms. Cobalt TICO solutions will be available as openGear modular cards and as units in Cobalt’s BBG-1000 stand-alone systems, the press release said.

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LEADER Electronics Corporation has announced that is has joined the TICO Alliance – a move it said was part of its commitment to ensure that its hardware and software solutions conform to the IP-based data-exchange formats increasingly being used in broadcast television, radio and professional audio.

TICO technology allows UHD streams to be sent efficiently and with low latency while preserving high image quality. To support transportation of UHD TV streams across an IP network or the existing 3G-SDI infrastructure, new smart, fast and light compression is needed. 10 gigabit/s Ethernet or 3G-SDI networks are widely deployed and operated cost-effectively within the broadcast environment.

Implementing visually lossless compression up to 4:1, TICO enables the mapping of a 4K/UHD 2160p60 stream over a single 3G-SDI link. Up to three streams of 2160p60 can be transmitted simultaneously over 10 gigabit/s Ethernet,

TICO provides extremely low latency, preserves video quality across multiple generations of encoding/decoding, fits into compact FPGA devices and runs efficiently in software. This technology is designed to enhance live IP systems by increasing efficiency and reducing cost for both HD and 4K/UHD video.

LEADER'S European Regional Development Manager, Kevin Salvidge, said: "As well as being a trusted partner to broadcasters, LEADER is future-proofing its test and measurement products. We are allowing broadcasters to migrate from the traditional SDI world to the brave new IP world at their own pace, with a test and measurement products that operate in either or both infrastructures."

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FEB 2016 18

Bluefish Joins the TICO Alliance

Bluefish444, manufacturer of the industry's highest-quality uncompressed 4K/2K/HD/SD SDI video cards, announced it has become a member of the TICO alliance. The TICO lightweight 4:1 compression scheme, known as SMPTE RDD35, will allow Bluefish444 customers to access uncompressed quality video at one quarter of the bandwidth, to be transported over existing SDI infrastructure and emerging IP technologies.


"With TICO lightweight compression our customers will be able to provide products capable of delivering 4K 60fps video over a single 3G SDI cable, infrastructure which is already well established globally," states Tom Lithgow, Bluefish444 Product Manager.


"Making our customers solutions, which are based around Bluefish444 SDI IO hardware, compatible with TICO compression allows for the building of end to end Bluefish444 SDI solutions and also provides interoperability with other TICO compatible products."


The Epoch | 4K Neutron, Epoch | 4K Supernova and Epoch | 4K Supernova S+ cards will benefit from the TICO alliance, with Bluefish444 aiming to provide a number of new and exciting opportunities throughout 2016.


Some of the benefits of TICO compression to Bluefish444 customers include:

* A mezzanine compression scheme that is visually lossless at a ratio which can provide considerable bandwidth savings across multiple transports and technology platforms.

* Supported across existing 3G SDI Infrastructure, as well as emerging video over IP technology platforms.& A small footprint in both FPGA resources and in Software encode and decode operations.

* Backed by IntoPIX and implemented with the important goal of interoperability with existing and emerging technologies.


"By joining us, Bluefish444 will accelerate the transition to 4K and IP in broadcast and media facilities, promoting interoperability and a seamless transition. The TICO Alliance is glad to welcome Bluefish444 as a new member." said Jean-Baptiste Lorent, manager of the TICO Alliance.


Bluefish444 is committed to providing technology that solves tomorrow's technical hurdles today, ensuring customers sound investments in Bluefish444 hardware. Bluefish444 plans to integrate TICO throughout 2016.

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DEC 2015 11

intoPIX Honored With The Prestigious IABM Peter Wayne Award for TICO lightweight compression

Belgium – 11 December 2015 - intoPIX has been presented with the prestigious IABM Peter Wayne Award for Design and Innovation for TICO lightweight compression.

With this game changing technology, intoPIX and broadcast equipment vendors are easing the transition to IP and UHDTV 4K in Live production workflows while ensuring interoperability with existing SDI infrastructures.

The Peter Wayne Award for Design & Innovation was inaugurated by the IABM in 1990 in memory of a former deputy chairman of the association and recognizes new products and technologies that offer a significant contribution to the broadcast and media industry. Judged by a panel of renowned specialists, the award has become highly sought after as recognition of outstanding technical achievement. intoPIX was selected for this accolade from a list of 18 nominated companies.

"We are honored to have won this award", says Gael Rouvroy CTO at intoPIX. "It is a recognition of our technology contribution to ease the transition to UHDTV and IP-based infrastructures”.

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OCT 2015 12

Media Links Joins TICO Alliance

12 October 2015, Stansted UK: Media Global Links Co., Ltd. (MGL), has announced it has joined the TICO Alliance; the growing coalition of companies united to set the bar for next generation UHD/4K infrastructure by establishing TICO compression in the new IP-based Live ecosystem.


The TICO Alliance was founded in April 2015 and brings together leading Broadcast equipment manufacturers, OEM providers, broadcasters, electronics brands and technology companies. The group is working to establish the TICO lightweight compression technology in the new IP-based Live production ecosystem that allows users to seamlessly leverage the existing SDI-based workflows to 4K/UHD without the cost of a complete renewal. Membership is open to any company active in the Broadcast industry.


John Dale, Director, Media Global Links said: “As more broadcasters explore the use of IP video, the alliance’s efforts have become part of a larger trend set by a variety of industry players to find better approaches for delivering IP video. Media Links is pleased to be part of this evolution.“TICO is promoting an approach using lightweight compression that it believes will ease the move to 4K and IP within broadcast production facilities,” continues Dale. “It looks like the TICO Lightweight Compression could enable some compelling new solutions for managing UHD links within and outside the studio while providing a great balance between performance and cost.”
Other existing Alliance members include Altera Corporation, Artel Video Systems, Belden Grass Valley, Embrionix, Deltacast, EVS Broadcast Equipment, Image Matters, Imagine Communications, Keisoku Giken, Macnica Americas, Nevion, Ross Video, Tektronix, and Xilinx.

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JUN 2015 30

Tektronix Joins TICO Alliance for Smoother Path to 4K/UHD



SEP 2015 03

EVS joins the TICO Alliance, working to develop a new video compression standard

EVS, the leading provider of live video production systems, today announced that it has joined the TICO Alliance, which is working to establish a new visually lossless (up to 4:1) video compression standard that enables /UHD transport over existing SDI infrastructures as well as 10 GigE IP production and contribution networks.


EVS’ move to join the growing consortium is in line with its “IP4Live” IP-based approaches to live video infrastructure and open solutions that supports interoperability between technology providers and optimisation of existing customer infrastructures to meet new production standards.The TICO Alliance, which includes broadcast technology industry leaders such as Grass Valley, Imagine Communications, Artel Video Systems, Embrionix, intoPIX, and Ross, is supporting new UHD streams in existing systems and networks using available pipeline bandwidth with the lowest latency, smallest complexity and highest-quality preserved image quality.“With the steady transition to IP and the need to move /UHD and even higher resolutions and frame rates in the future, precise compression is essential to next-generation video production and distribution,” said Benoit Fevrier, CTO, EVS. “TICO is an important step in this evolution and we’re committed to developing the standard and to the larger IP-based live ecosystem.”Since January 2015, a Registered Disclosure Document (RDD) is under specification at defining TICO compression and mapping over active 3G-SDI and IP Networks (RTP). Developed by intoPIX, TICO compression technology is designed specifically for high bandwidth video transfer - HD to /8K Ultra HD - over IP.

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Adds Support for Emerging TICO Compression Technology that Will Ease the Challenge of Moving 4K/UHD Content over Current Infrastructures

BEAVERTON, Ore., June 30, 2015 - Tektronix, an industry-leading innovator of video quality monitoring solutions, today announced that it has joined the TICO Alliance, bringing additional industry support to efforts by the newly formed alliance to ease 4K/UHD adoption challenges. TICO is a new lightweight compression technology that provides visually lossless compression up to 4:1 and enables 4K/UHD content to be transported over existing SDI infrastructure as well as 10 GigE IP production and contribution networks.

To support transport of UHDTV streams across an IP network or existing 3G-SDI infrastructure, a new smart, fast and light compression is needed. Announced at NAB 2015, the TICO Alliance is a coalition of leading broadcast technology companies working to promote the use of TICO compression in 4K/UHD workflows.

"By joining the TICO Alliance, we are continuing to demonstrate our leadership in enabling the transition to 4K/UHD and IP," said Charlie Dunn, general manager, Video Product Line, Tektronix. "TICO compression technology effectively balances quality, bit rate and latency to keep data rates for 4K content below 10G. As with other compression technologies, it will be critical to monitor quality at every step of the workflow."

Tektronix offers the broadcast industry's most complete portfolio of solutions for ensuring picture and sound quality, including expanded options for 4K analysis and monitoring. These include comprehensive 4K monitoring using WFM/WVR8000 Series Waveform Monitors and Rasterizers, a recently expanded line-up of 4K-capable file-based analysis solutions, 4K picture quality analysis and 4K video distribution network monitoring.

TICO provides extremely low latency (limited to just a few pixel lines), preserves video quality across multiple generations of encoding/decoding, fits into the smallest cost effective FPGA devices and runs efficiently in software. The technology is designed to enhance live IP systems by increasing efficiency and reducing cost for both HD and 4K/UHD video. Developed by intoPIX, TICO has been submitted to SMPTE for publication as a Registered Disclosure Document (RDD) for the benefit of the broadcast and media industry. Members of the TICO Alliance are closely collaborating with intoPIX on the SMPTE RDD draft document

"TICO compression technology has the potential to ease the transition to the next generation infrastructure needed for 4K today as well as High Dynamic Range, High Frame Rate and 8K content in the not too distant future. However, for this technology to be successful, it must have backing from across the broadcast industry ecosystem," said, Jean-Baptiste Lorent, marketing manager of TICO Alliance. "The addition of Tektronix to our group is critically important because it means that broadcasters will be able to ensure the quality of TICO compression streams throughout production and contribution workflows."

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SEP 2015 10

Grass Valley is First to Offer 4K 1-Wire Capability for Cameras and Switchers

Lightweight, lossless TICO compression opens doors for streamlined workflows


MONTREAL, September 10, 2015 — Broadcasters around the world are focused on the exciting opportunities for enhanced content and efficiency offered by 4K and IP solutions, but are struggling to deal with the increased infrastructure required to handle the signals. At IBC 2015, Grass Valley, a Belden Brand, is unveiling a suite of products that provide support for 4K 1-wire transmission. Rather than requiring four 3G wires to carry an HD or 4K signal, the Grass Valley solutions use the award-winning TICO 4:1 visually lossless compression from intoPIX to carry a high-quality signal across a single wire.


"A number of manufacturers are talking about compression solutions to simplify the transmission of high-end video and audio signals, but because TICO is extremely low latency and requires minimal hardware for processing, we believe it is the best fit for live production workflows. That's why we chose to implement TICO compression in our IP solutions first," said Mike Cronk, senior vice president of strategic marketing, Grass Valley. "Also important to Grass Valley was intoPIX's work to submit TICO as an RDD to SMPTE. We are committed to a standards-based approach, and are happy to see industry adoption of TICO growing among other broadcast equipment suppliers."


As a key part of Grass Valley's "Glass-to-Glass" IP solution, 4K 1-wire connectivity allows the transmission of 4K signals using industry-standard 10 GigE connections, which avoids the need to use cumbersome and error-prone four quad signals (4 x 1080p), while also offering the flexibility and power of IP infrastructures. Importantly, Grass Valley offers both 4K 1-wire IP connections and traditional SDI connections on its products, making it easy for users to create hybrid IP/SDI workflows until they are ready to fully commit to IP at some time in the future.


The first two product families to provide seamless integration for 4K 1-wire with TICO compression are LDX 86 cameras and K-Frame switchers.
With the move to video-over-IP, there's a demand to integrate camera base stations into IP infrastructures, while also retaining SDI connectivity for use in hybrid IP/SDI environments. At IBC 2015, the XCU HD/4K IP camera base station for the LDX 86 series cameras will be available with TICO compression to provide 4K 1-wire transmission. This extra capability will be delivered via a free firmware upgrade to the existing XCU HD/4K IP base station, and will provide broadcasters with full 4K for live production with reduced cabling, faster and easier set-ups, as well as greater reliability. This makes 4K and HD a more practical proposition for live production, and will allow easy linking between the base station and a video-over-IP studio infrastructure. The base station also has traditional coax connectors for SDI plus audio, and communication and control interfaces to simplify migration, while the patented cradle design makes it easy to switch between baseband and IP infrastructures on the fly as needed.


Kayenne and Karrera K-Frame video production centers are modular, powerful and scalable, reducing the complexity of today's production workloads while providing the flexibility to meet future demands. With the addition of 4K 1-wire IP connectivity for K-Frame switchers at IBC 2015, Grass Valley is enabling production workflow in IP in either 4K/UHD or HD. The TICO 4K 1-wire implementation is ideal for production applications because it is visually lossless even after multiple codec passes, and it creates far less delay than other compression formats. The K-Frame video processing engine is ideally suited to transitional, hybrid IP/SDI environments, as it can handle IP and SDI video formats seamlessly.


"4K 1-wire is a game-changer for our industry. It's all about giving customers choice and making the best technology available to help them provide the best service possible to their clients," noted Cronk. "We know that broadcasters have legacy investments and we want to be sure the investments they make with us will integrate smoothly into their environments and grow with them. Open standards are a very important part of driving the industry forward for the benefit of all."
All 4K 1-wire solutions will be previewed at the Grass Valley booth (1.D11) at IBC.

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