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Live From the Eiffel Tower: Envivio Powers Transmission of NRJ HITS France in Ultra HD TV Over Digital Terrestrial Television

TV Provider TDF Tests Popular NRJ HITS Music Channel in 4K Using Envivio HEVC Video Software

SOUTH SAN FRANCISCO, CA--(Marketwired - July 15, 2014) - French fans of artists like Pharrell Williams can now watch music videos in Ultra HD with four times the resolution of current HD TV for eye-popping clarity and color richness never seen before. Envivio (NASDAQ: ENVI), a leading provider of software-based video processing and delivery solutions, announced today that its 4K Ultra HD compression technology is being used by French broadcaster TDF to transmit programming in Ultra HD TV for NRJ HITS -- the leading French music channel -- distributed over the national digital terrestrial television (DTT) service. This ongoing DTT video transmission uses HEVC (H.265) compression over DVB T-2 delivered in 4K.

Hot on the heels of its successful live 4K broadcast of the French Open tennis tournament in France for TDF, national regulator CSA has authorized TDF to broadcast Ultra HD TV over the DTT network using the DVB-T2 standard from the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The 4K video already being distributed is encoded at 50 frames per second using Envivio Muse™ Ultra HD encoding software on Envivio G5 appliances.

Christophe Cornillet (NRJ Group Broadcast expert) commented, "We are so 'happy' to be the first to transmit music videos in Ultra HD. The stunning 4K video resolution makes our music videos look like they are popping right out of the screen which delights our viewers and brings great energy to our network overall. We can't wait for everyone to see this. Our vision is that UHD is the future of television."

"Envivio successfully debuted live 4K HEVC video transmissions over a DTT network for us at the French Open tournament, and our confidence in Envivio continues to grow with this transmission of Ultra HD content from NRJ HITS," said Alain Komly, deputy director at TDF.

"Wrapping up our successful broadcast of the World Cup, this transmission is yet another example of the technical power of our video processing software for over-the-air broadcast in 4K Ultra HD, and we are proud to work in partnership with TDF and NRJ using this emerging technology," said Envivio's Chief Technology Officer Jean-Pierre Henot.

Technical Background

Envivio's award-winning Muse video processing software has been fine-tuned for 4K to provide the best video quality possible, while leveraging the efficiency of HEVC to optimize bandwidth efficiency. Envivio Muse Ultra HD is a high-quality live or file-based video encoding/transcoding solution that offers a new TV experience for end-users desiring to watch ultra-high quality programming on Ultra HD compatible devices. Muse Ultra HD can encode up to 4K video resolution (four times HD resolution) in up to 60 frames per second, offers a larger color range with the new BT 2020 standard and can be encoded in eight or 10 bits. Ultra HD resolution offers significant value to operators looking to deliver premium video services, such as high-profile sports events, in the best possible quality.
Envivio Muse software is designed to support both live and on-demand 4K compression in HEVC format. The HEVC standard reduces bandwidth consumption compared to MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) by 30 to 50 percent, improving the video experience and reducing cost of operations for both Ultra HD big-screen services and existing mobile or over-the-top TV services.

The pioneer in software-based video processing solutions, Envivio powers multi-screen and pay TV services for millions of viewers from more than 300 content and service providers around the globe. Visit www.envivio.com to learn more. 

About NRJ HITS

NRJ HITS (subsidiary of NRJ Group, see: http://www.nrjgroup.fr/index_en.html and https://www.facebook.com/NRJHITSLACHAINE) is the first music channel in France over cable, satellite and ADSL. The channel offers a program with 100% music clips all the time, live concerts and new hits. Thus, because of the reputation of the NRJ brand and its expertise in music programming, NRJ HITS became the first music channel in 2010 far ahead of MTV and other national music channels.

About TDF

Backed by our 6,690 sites, our ultra-high speed network, our technical platforms, our know-how and our customers, the future begins now. Our business consists of connected DTT, video-on-demand, catch-up TV, web media, ultra high speed connections, datacenters. Our goal is to support you so that you look forward to tomorrow. Welcome to the world connected by TDF. www.tdf.fr

About Envivio

Envivio (NASDAQ: ENVI) is the leader in software-based video processing and delivery solutions for any screen, with over 300 content and service provider customers worldwide. Envivio solutions remove the boundaries of traditional television and enable operators to increase their revenues, by providing viewers with best-in-class video quality and a compelling, personalized experience. Envivio is headquartered in South San Francisco, California and has offices worldwide including France, England, China, Singapore and Japan. Visit www.envivio.com for more information.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including statements about the anticipated benefits and features of Envivio's products. Actual results may vary materially due to a number of factors including, but not limited to, the risk that, capital spending in our target markets decreases or is delayed, we are unable to maintain profitability, our relationship with our channel partners is disrupted, as well as other risks that are detailed from time to time in Envivio's SEC reports, which can be found at www.sec.gov. Envivio is under no obligation to (and expressly disclaims any such obligation to) update or alter its forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

This information is intended to outline our general product direction, is not a commitment, promise or legal obligation to deliver any material, code, or functionality, and should not be relied on in making a purchasing decision. The development, release, and timing of any features or functionality described for our products remains at our sole discretion. Envivio reserves the right to modify future product plans at any time. These new software options may be purchased separately when and if available.

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