Tuesday, May 22, 2007

Free Extends IPTV Coverage with MPEG-4

Free in France has extended the availability of its free IPTV offering to subscribers using MPEG-4. Free has been encoding its video offering with MPEG-2 at 3.5 Mpbs. It now encodes 18 channels with MPEG-4 AVC at 1.7 Mbps, which permits its subscribers with lower speed connections to receive video content. These 18 channels are the free to air TNT digital terrestrial channels available in France. Free is using MPEG-4 AVC encoders from Ateme, a company with headquarters in France.

Free is getting the promised factor of two improvement going from MPEG-2 to MPEG-4 AVC. This improvement permits Free to increase the number of its subscriber that can receive video services.

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