The Big Ten Network has chosen T-VIPS’ JPEG2000-based TVG430 HD Gateways for the contribution of live sports, including basketball, volleyball and hockey over IP networks to its headquarters in Chicago. The Big Ten Network is the first nationally distributed television network dedicated to covering one of the nation’s premier collegiate conferences, and is a joint venture between subsidiaries of the Big Ten Conference and Fox Cable Networks.
Our partnership with the Big Ten Network builds upon the success we have achieved in sports broadcasting and illustrates the clear advantages of our JPEG2000-based video gateways. Having seen the advantages of our TVG430s, including the cost-effectiveness, ease-of-use of and flexibility. the Big Ten Network continues a full roll-out in its network. T-VIPS not only enables Big Ten Network to take advantage of cost-effective IP networks, but also ensure that the quality of contributed video is high. For example, unlike transport solutions based on a MPEG codec, T-VIPS JPEG2000 solutions support 10-bit video, minimize latency and have industry leading error resiliency characteristics.
The Big Ten Network televises more than 350 live events every year, the vast majority in high definition, as well as studio shows, original programming and classic games and is available to more than 75 million homes in the U.S. and Canada. The Big Ten Conference, the nation’s oldest, is comprised of 11 world-class universities located in eight states around the Midwest.
“Big Ten Network Engineering and Fox NEO performed an extensive technical evaluation along with field trials at the Universities. The high video quality and error-resiliency over an IP network of the T-VIPS TVG430 made it a stand-out solution for our sports contribution,” says Mike Wilken, Chief Engineer for the Big Ten Network. “The TVG430 has made the production of our Student Union events economical while maintaining the highest HD quality.”