Chinese video streaming website Tencent Video is preparing to expand beyond its original digital video business and into live production and distribution, requiring upgrades to handle new types of content creation for live and sports programming. Because mainland Chinese internet users are becoming more willing to pay for premium content, rivalry in the online video market has led some of the platforms to use exclusive content as a competitive strategy.
Tencent Video has over 457 million mobile monthly active users and 43 million subscribers, doubling in less than a year, and features video content on China's biggest television maker, TCL Corporation.
The extra bandwidth required by the move to Ultra HD will probably result in extra costs and complexity. One approach to mitigate this could be using compression. However, most compression systems require additional processing power and cause delay, making them unsuitable for live production. TICO, a lossless compression scheme created by intoPIX in 2013, may be the answer, and a wide variety of manufacturers have now joined the new TICO Alliance to support the codec’s use over SDI and IP-based infrastructures.
Why this matters : Your 3G-SDI still smells too new to consider replacing it. This is a way to use 4K signals in your existing infrastructure.
ALEXANDRIA, VA.—Despite the fact that HD broadcasting is relatively recent, and most people in the U.S. bought their first HDTV only in the past seven years, there is growing pressure to shoot, produce and distribute programming in 4K resolution. There are already a couple episodic TV shows available for viewers in 4K, and more are on the way. Of course, big sporting events will also be shot in 4K, but there are a number of reasons why broadcasters can’t yet deliver 4K to viewers.
One reason has to do with the broadcast infrastructure inside every TV station and network control facility.
For all of last year’s talk about distributing 4K television to home viewers, there has been little real progress on making it a reality. The only place 4K technology is being used regularly is in some sports production and in the making of premium television programming.
Makuhari Messe, interBEE 2018, 14th November 2018: Tokyo-based broadcast equipment manufacturer Nippon Control System Corporation (NCS) has joined the TICO Alliance as new member.
Multi-member demonstration, TICO moving to JPEG-XS standardization and new member Adeas round up show news
RAI Amsterdam, 14th September 2018: The TICO Alliance announced today that it will be displaying multiple technology demos with several members on their booth at IBC 2018 (Hall 10 D31), September 13th to 18th, RAI Amsterdam.
IBC 2017 – AMSTERDAM — September 15, 2017 — The TICO Alliance today announced that Appear TV - world class designer of equipment for delivery of professional video services - has joined the TICO Alliance to support interoperability for Broadcast IP migration.
At IBC 2017, TICO Alliance solutions meet the increasing demand for higher resolutions such as 4K and 8K and play a vital role in accelerating the SDI to IP industry migration.
Las Vegas Convention Center, 24th April 2017: Aperi, Axon, Cesnet, Icron and Pronology have recently
joined the alliance in the last few weeks. The growth of supporters and promoters of TICO continues in
2017; as new companies opt for the TICO Alliance and deliver TICO interoperable products and as more
broadcasters are adopting the tool in their workflows.
The addition of the new members demonstrates the growing acceptance worldwide of TICO compression as suitable technology for lightly compressed IP transmission in Live Production.
The rapidly growing membership reflects the importance of TICO® to ease the move to 4K and IP within Broadcast Production facilities.
The new TICO compression technology will ease the challenge of moving 4K/UHD over current SDI infrastructure and IP Networks