eyeIO technology readies new Sony Media Player with true 4K UltraHD titles at remarkably low bandwidth
PALO ALTO, CA. – May 30, 2013 – Eye IO, LLC (eyeIO) announced today its UltraHD compression encoding technology has been licensed by Sony Pictures to enable the studio to offer the first-ever 4K UltraHD content delivered to the home.
Owners of Sony Electronics 4K UltraHD TVs will be able to enjoy a selection of 4K movies delivered to their sets via Sony’s 4K media player, which launches this summer. eyeIO’s core video technology efficiently processes, compresses and encodes the enormous 4K source files into a format that requires significantly less bandwidth, making distribution more efficient and conserving storage space on devices as well as bandwidth costs.
“We are honored to play an integral part in the first commercial, worldwide use of 4K UltraHD with Sony Pictures,” said Rodolfo Vargas, CEO of eyeIO. “We are confident that eyeIO’s capabilities are perfectly matched with Sony’s commitment to high quality viewing experiences as well as creating and delivering captivating content to enhance the viewing experience of audiences everywhere.”
“From the cinema to the home, Sony Pictures Technologies strives to deliver the audience an experience that is as close as possible to the filmmaker’s original vision. eyeIO’s technology makes it practical to deliver movies to the home in unprecedented 4K quality, and we are proud to partner with them on this groundbreaking launch,” Chris Cookson, President, Sony Pictures Technologies added.
The assets encoded at eyeIO’s Palo Alto headquarters are full 4K UltraHD, 3840×2160 resolution and include support for extended gamut color (xvYCC). eyeIO’s certified, 4K UltraHD offering has been perfected over the course of the last two years, offering a simplified workflow, ultra-high quality at incredible speed to improve cost efficiency and establish a standard for the industry at large.
Films available at launch include Bad Teacher, Battle: Los Angeles, The Bridge on the River Kwai, The Karate Kid (2010), Salt, Taxi Driver, That’s My Boy, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Other Guys and Total Recall (2012). For more information on Sony’s 4K UltraHD TVs, visit www.sony.com/4K.
EYE IO, LLC (eyeIO) is a privately held, Palo Alto based startup developing breakthrough H.264 and H.265 solutions that represent the culmination of years of progressive research in next generation TV video delivery. eyeIO H.264 first and second-generation technology enables cloud-based video engines, on-demand video services and over-the-top (OTT) providers to deliver premium video over today’s global Internet infrastructure at greatly reduced costs and higher fidelity. With more than 107 billion video frames encoded to date and reaching over 35 million end viewers worldwide, eyeIO enables its customers to deliver the highest, most consistent video quality to thousands of connected devices worldwide, including tablets, smart televisions and 4K, UltraHD TVs with unsurpassed playback speed, device compatibility and production stability. Visit www.eyeio.com to learn more. eyeIO’s Digital Cinema HD Video Quality is THX® certified.
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THX® Certified eyeIO video compression technology raises the standard delivering outstanding Digital Cinema picture quality at ultra-low bandwidth over the Internet
PALO ALTO, CA. – Jan 31, 2013 – Eye IO, LLC (eyeIO) today announced its leading video compression encoding technology is the first in the encoding and streaming industry to attain THX® certification, signifying a major achievement of the highest standards of quality and performance in digital video at record low-bandwidth.
As the leader in certification of world-class digital cinemas, premium audio systems, 3D and 4K/Ultra HD TVs, and blockbuster movies, THX identified eyeIO as a company sharing its dedication to progressing the delivery of professional content without compromise of fidelity or video quality and as a trailblazer in HD and Ultra HD Internet video streaming technology. As such, eyeIO becomes the first in the video streaming industry to receive the new THX Digital Cinema Encoder certification, a rigorous testing program that employs sophisticated, state-of-the-art digital picture quality analysis where THX golden-eye experts validate the video output of a professional grade encoder.
With the excitement in the industry over Ultra HD, H.265 and the next-generation TV, the ability to deliver THX Digital Cinema HD quality over the Internet is groundbreaking. The term “HD quality” for Internet streaming has been heavily debated, and broadly marketed, with no real consensus on exactly how to measure or validate true Digital Cinema HD quality other than possibly comparing the experience to Blu-ray picture—until now. Digital Cinema publishers can now expect their professional productions to be seen in true 1920x1080p high definition and be assured that their viewers will see their content as intended through eyeIO’s THX® Certified video compression.
“We are extremely impressed with eyeIO’s encoding technology performance and the consistent results it produces, delivering amazing picture quality,” said Chris Golson, senior director, business development, THX Ltd. “Until now, evaluation of quality has been unreliably subjective as is often affected by inappropriate setups. eyeIO is paving the way for higher quality digital video performance, and we are pleased to be a part of it by establishing a new professional benchmark for outstanding Digital Cinema HD video over the Internet.”
The new THX Digital Cinema HD Video Encoder certification program tests 46 critical data points in six major categories using evaluation test material developed by the top seven Hollywood studios to produce a score that objectively assesses picture quality. A THX score of 90 on a scale of 100 is considered ‘THX Excellent Quality’ and eyeIO’s H.264 First-generation encoder was able to produce an exceptional 95.528 score at an Internet streaming bitrate of 5.8 Mbps—an astonishing performance metric in today’s professional digital media.
“eyeIO’s technical team is deeply honored by the THX certification of its H.264 Internet video delivery technology and the standard it will set for the industry,” said Rodolfo Vargas, CEO of eyeIO. “For too long, the industry has referred to ‘HD’ video with no trustworthy and comprehensive method for validating true, professional high-quality digital cinema 1080p HD. We are hopeful that through our work with THX, we will be able to define a new level of quality for digital cinema HD video content broadcasting.”
eyeIO will keynote at the Seventh International Workshop on Video Processing and Quality Metrics for Consumer Electronics (VPQM) conference sponsored by Intel. The THX certified technology will be showcased and discussed by CEO Rodolfo Vargas on Friday, February 1st, 2013.
EYE IO, LLC (eyeIO) is a privately held, Palo Alto based startup developing breakthrough H.264 and H.265 solutions that represent the culmination of years of progressive research in next generation TV video delivery. eyeIO H.264 first and second generation technology enables cloud video engines, on-demand video services and over-the-top (OTT) ventures to provide premium video over today’s global Internet infrastructure at a low record cost bandwidth and operation. With more than 98 billion eyeIO frames encoded today, it enables its customers to deliver the highest consistent video quality to connected devices worldwide, including tablets, smart 3D TVs and Ultra HD TVs with unsurpassed playback speed, device compatibility and production stability. Visit www.eyeio.com to learn more.
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New product suite achieves new levels for ultra-low-bandwidth Internet video – enabling delivery of full HD 3D, StudioHD, and UltraHD (4K Video)
PALO ALTO, CA – December 20, 2012 – Eye IO, LLC (eyeIO) today unveiled its second-generation technology raising the bar for Internet video quality. Improving production speed and efficiency, the expanded product suite includes Studio HD, Full-HD 3D as well as UltraHD (4K video). eyeIO utilizes a revolutionary, artificial intelligence approach to consistently deliver market standard based high-quality video. The next-generation eyeIO software suite builds on the breakthrough technology that was first unveiled in February 2012 and has been successfully tested for interoperability on hundreds of H.264 devices.
Compared to its first generation, eyeIO’s next generation of H.264 software encodes 45% faster and reduces bitrates by an additional 26% while integrating Studio-level profiles that improve video data on several fronts by more than 50%. eyeIO HDRes now provides super-fast playback and even clearer, crisper images. eyeIO’s 3D suite is available with MVC, frame-sequential or frame-packing options for seamless deployment worldwide on connected Smart 3D TVs and 3D-enabled players and consoles.
The eyeIO engine operates automatically and elastically, locally or in the cloud, and reduces infrastructure costs and operational complexity while achieving a new level of production stability. To date, more than 65 billion video frames have been produced with a record of zero software crashes. The suite comes with extensive industry-standard APIs for easy, flexible integration and a rich real-time reporting capability.
With today’s announcement, eyeIO’s advanced capabilities extend to meet the growing needs of HD video providers to increase their audience reach, video delivery efficiency, and picture quality while ultimately reducing cost.
“Today, eyeIO delivers the future of television and sets new benchmarks for quality and bandwidth. We are excited to offer these innovative solutions to bring stunning HD television to viewers around the world.” said Rodolfo Vargas, CEO and CTO of eyeIO, “We are delivering today what other technologies promise for tomorrow—without their associated costs or performance penalties, and more importantly without compromising interoperability with millions of installed devices. Our goal is the best TV experience ever—anywhere, anytime on any connected device.”
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Eye IO, LLC (eyeIO) is a privately held, Palo Alto-based startup developing breakthrough solutions that represent the culmination of years of research in video technology. eyeIO technology enables content providers, over-the-top (OTT) entrepreneurs, and network operators to deliver premium digital video over the current Internet infrastructure at exceptionally low bandwidths worldwide. It enables its customers to reach the complete universe of connected devices, including tablet, smartphones and smart TVs with unsurpassed quality.
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Ultra-low-bandwidth encoding technology provides higher quality video experience
for streaming service customers worldwide
PALO ALTO, CA – February 1, 2012 – Today EYE IO, LLC (eyeIO) makes its official debut as an Internet video streaming technology provider, announcing its first commercial license agreement with Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX), the leading global internet subscription service for movies and TV shows.
“eyeIO provides a straightforward solution for accommodating the rapidly growing demand for video delivery around the world by alleviating the overwhelming bandwidth currently required to stream video,” said Rodolfo Vargas, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of eyeIO. “Our future could not look more promising as eyeIO continues to challenge the commonly accepted limits of Internet video delivery and enables everyone connected to the Internet to enjoy high quality video no matter where they are.”
With more than 20 million streaming members in 47 countries and territories, Netflix has revolutionized entertainment by providing instant and unlimited access to tens of thousands of hours of movies and TV shows. eyeIO technology helps Netflix deliver the high quality streaming experience Netflix members love.
“Delivering a high quality video experience is top priority for Netflix,” said Greg Peters, Vice President, Product Development of Netflix. “eyeIO technology is an important part of the technology we use to improve video quality and overcome bandwidth challenges presented by Internet infrastructure.”
eyeIO video encoding is fully compliant with existing standards, making high quality video available anywhere in the world, on any connected device. The technology can be deployed as either a cloud or local solution and the enhanced video can be viewed without a custom video player or equipment modification.
eyeIO was founded by an all-star lineup of technology experts: Charles Steinberg, former CEO of Ampex Corporation and former President of the Business and Professional Products Company of Sony Electronics (NYSE: SNE); Robert C. Hagerty, former Chairman and CEO of Polycom (NASDAQ: PLCM); and Rodolfo Vargas, former Senior Program Manager of Video at Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) and former Co-Chairman of Video Streaming and Internet Interactivity at the DVD Forum.
About Eye IO
EYE IO, LLC (eyeIO) is a privately held, Palo Alto-based startup developing breakthrough solutions that represent the culmination of years of research in video technology. eyeIO technology enables Internet content providers and network operators to deliver premium digital video of the highest quality to consumers over the current infrastructure at exceptionally low bandwidth. It enables its customers to reach and address the complete universe of connected devices, including mobile phones and smart TVs, with unsurpassed quality.
Mary Kay Crocker
(650) 763-8736 ext. 700