The R&S AVHE100 offers an “extremely sophisticated” redundancy concept. Its many reliability features ensure especially high fail-safety for round-the-clock operation.

ZDF upgrades to DVB-T2 with Rohde & Schwarz technology

Public German broadcaster ZDF has selected Rohde & Schwarz’s AVHE100 encoding and multiplexing solution with HEVC technology from the Fraunhofer HHI for its headend implementation.

R&S said the transition to DVB-T2, including switching off DVB-T, was accomplished without a single hitch in just one night.

The R&S system handles the central signal processing as well as encoding and multiplexing for the new DVB-T2 network. It uses the new HEVC codec to deliver the best video quality at the lowest possible data rate.

This system solution provides real-time HEVC encoding of resolutions up to 4K/Ultra HD (UHD) at up to 60fps. The integrated HEVC encoder was developed by the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute (HHI), which also played a major role in the development of the HEVC standard.

According to R&S, the key advantage for this successful application is the integrated Fraunhofer HHI HEVC coder, which enables the R&S AVHE100 to offer the best picture quality on the market for HEVC-coded content.

ZDF has confirmed this in numerous quality and stability tests against established competitors. Another advantage is the statistical multiplexing that makes optimal use of the available bandwidth to provide viewers with outstanding picture quality.

Reportedly, ZDF was impressed with the system design, which includes a uniform user interface that is straightforward and easy to use, yet extremely powerful. R&S garnered another point in its favour with the special Dolby audio implementation that exactly meets ZDF requirements.

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