Thursday April 3, 2014 0 commentsBROOMFIELD - Level 3 Communications Inc. (NYSE: LVLT) today announced it has teamed up with Portland, Ore.-based Elemental Technologies, a leading supplier of software-defined video solutions for content delivery to any device, to conduct demonstrations of the world's first real-time 4K Ultra HD video stream in MPEG-DASH using high-efficiency video coding.
With four times the resolution of 1080p HD, 4K video content presents a challenge to traditional compression approaches such as MPEG-2 and advanced video coding in terms of bandwidth needed to deliver a smooth and immersive viewing experience, Level 3 said.
The HEVC implementation allows for delivery of 4K content at bitrates equivalent to HD content, the company said, and pairing it with MPEG-DASH enables a universal adaptive bitrate streaming solution that works on any platform.
Level 3 said its content delivery network provides the performance and scalability to transmit the 4K video, which will be encoded and packaged by Elemental.
The combination gives programmers and pay-TV operators a turnkey, scalable way to deliver 4K content simultaneously to viewers across the globe, the company said.
"Level 3 is proud to play an integral role in the first demonstration of these exciting video broadcast technologies used together," said Mark Taylor, Level 3 VP of media and IP services.
"The combined Level 3 and Elemental workflow demonstrates the viability of real-time 4K streaming services for content programmers and distributors,' said Keith Wymbs, Elemental's CMO.
The 4K demonstrations will be available at this year's National Association of Broadcasters Show, April 7-10, in Las Vegas.