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Often smaller than a shoebox, this new breed of encoders consume about 30-40 watts — roughly a third of the power of a typical laptop — and provide broadcasters, TV stations, and even military units with a straightforward process for streaming high-quality video from the field back to headquarters using lower bandwidth needs than ever before. As a result, compact HEVC encoders allow streaming applications to reduce network bandwidth costs by up to 40-percent, lower infrastructure investments by removing peripheral software and hardware components associated with techniques such as bonding and meshing, and streamline workflows by simplifying the need for specialized devices that reconstruct distributed data packets as they arrive at headquarters. For customers without any bandwidth constraints, HEVC can also have a major impact by allowing the increase of video quality using the same fixed bandwidth used by legacy H.264 systems. Imminent Benefits As the demand for field reporting and live offsite transmissions continues to increase, viewers will further expect access to content anywhere, anytime for events unfolding in real time. In the short term, HEVC technology provides broadcasters with significant cost savings for streaming high quality video remotely. Instead of turning to software-based video clients or camera solutions with reduced frame rates, the efficient video compression standard enables higher quality broadcasting from field deployments with the eventual ability to achieve 4K quality in just a few years. Primarily reserved for sports, 4K will soon see a wider adoption rate by broadcasters until it pervades the entire broadcast spectrum — creating an even greater need for efficient video transport solutions regardless of content type or feed location. KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 103 JULY 2015 | 61