The future of Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) is expected for 2018. Higher definition, lower bitrate, more channels and new services are part of the expected improvements. After the recent standardization of HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) in January 2013, video compression has the right tool to prepare this evolution. However, in the early stages this new standard will only provide new contents if the right transcoders are designed: it will be straightforward to transcode and probably upscale the current HD videos, from H.264 to HEVC.

As content productions, including Digital Cinema industry and broadcast contribution networks are using different profiles, codecs (e.g. JPEG 2000, XAVC…) and colour spaces, it will be necessary to develop adapted conversion tools. This is the aim of this project led by the Consortium.

Three of the Parties are SMEs, working on the fields addressed by the project (Digital Cinema, Broadcast, Security, and Video Archive). All three have major interests in the future of Digital Terrestrial Television, as product manufacturer, content provider or even TV operator.

As the spinal cord of the project is HEVC, academic partners were chosen considering their knowledge in the standard and their unique point of view for the new services the SMEs want to design. EPFL is one of the MPEG active layers and plays a leading role in attention modelling. MUL has a wide experience of video indexing. IMT is among the main contributors regarding video compression and quality assessment.


Text detection, MULTITEL
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