Turner Sport deploys HE4000

Case study
Sports Coverage

Turner Sports contributes and transportes their entire Ryder Cup program over the Public Internet using our patented SafeStreams Technology.
VidOvation, our Master US Distributor, provided support and services all along the project.

Customer challenges

Turner Sport’s main challenge of the project was to provide reliable IP transport via an unmanaged network.
They were seeking a means to transport 16 contribution feeds from Paris to Atlanta and 4 return program feeds from Atlanta to Paris via the public Internet.

Broadcast engineers and operators are always looking for better, more efficient ways to contribute and distribute video. It’s especially true for sports broadcasters and live-TV producers, who regularly deal with backhauling live, high-action, multi camera, multi source video and audio. The challenge is maintaining perfect video genlock and lip sync across multiple cameras.

Our solution

Robust and reliable transmission

The system included a total of five HE4000 (4 channels HD or single channel UHD HEVC encoders) with supporting StreamHub receivers, decoders and transcoders. To save costs, Turner Sports utilized a 1 Gb per second un-managed public Internet connection. The HE4000 is ideal for real-time delivery of live 4K UHD or HD content over unmanaged IP networks. The compact, half-RU encoder combines 10-bit and 4:2:2 HEVC encoding with the latest generation of SafeStreams Technology to deliver live video over IP at low latencies and bit rates. AVIWEST’s enhanced HEVC can save customers more than 65% on their data costs when used over bonded cellular compared to typical H.264.

The SafeStreams Technology provided them with a robust and reliable transport via the unpredictable public Internet.

A far less costly alternative to traditional telecom or satellite connections, the HE4000 sends video through the public internet or unmanaged networks, which are practically free. Bonded cellular capability can be added to the HE4000 using the optional QUAD CellLink active antenna.

Key figures
  • 16 Contribution feeds from Paris to Atlanta
  • 4 Return Program feeds from Atlanta to Paris
  • IP Transport over The Public Internet
  • HE4000 4 Channel HD or 1 UHD Encoder
  • StreamHub 4 Channels HD or 1 Channel UHD Decoder
  • Encoders & 1 StreamHub in Paris
  • 1 Encoder & 4 StreamHub’s in Atlanta


The best customer experience

Thanks for your support throughout this project.
Not only was the AVIWEST gear great, the VidOvation support was excellent. Looking forward to doing more in the future.

Turner Operations

“With technology from AVIWEST and support from VidOvation, the network’s coverage went off without a hitch, and we were able to save them significant costs on contribution and distribution in the process. Not only did the gear perform beyond the network’s expectations, but our support before and during its coverage was excellent.
We’re looking forward to helping this network and others put the AVIWEST gear to use in more live sports broadcasts in the months ahead.” said Jim Jachetta, executive vice president and chief technology officer at VidOvation

Customers’ benefits

  • Eliminate satellite, fiber, and telecom costs
  • Synchronous backhaul of multiple live feeds with perfect genlock and lip sync
  • No dropped packets
  • Greater speed and agility
  • Low latency



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