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Technicolor Intros Backwards-Compatible HDR Solution

LOS ANGELES -- Technicolor (Euronext Paris: TCH; OTCQX: TCLRY) committed to enabling HDR across all aspects of content creation and distribution, announced today the immediate availability of its new High Dynamic Range (HDR) single-layer solution for testing by key ecosystem partners. The solution, which is compatible with MPEG HEVC standards, creates a video which benefits from improved compression efficiency over unprocessed HDR files. It is also backwards compatible with legacy Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) displays. With a focus on collaboration and open platforms to foster innovation for the future of digital storytelling, Technicolor’s HDR single-stream solution will ease the burden on the ecosystem until adoption of next-generation TVs is complete.

The Technicolor HDR single-layer solution enables the coding and delivery of HDR content in a single stream to accurately display the content regardless of the display type. Designed for broadcasters, pay-tv operators and OTT streaming services looking to migrate to HDR video, it allows for the storage and delivery of one video file, which plays back on legacy SDR TVs and new HDR TVs coming to market. The solution comprises an HDR pre-processing step, which will work with any HEVC compatible video encoder and a post-processor on devices after the video decoder.

Technicolor has submitted the solution for standardization to the Motion Picture Experts Group (MPEG).Testing is already underway with providers of hardware video decoders for devices, including Marvell Technology Group Ltd, MStar Semiconductor Inc, and STMicroelectronics. On the encoding side, a first implementation has been achieved with the new ViBE 4K UHD HEVC encoder from Thomson Video Networks, demonstrating how rapidly the Technicolor HDR technology can be deployed.

Technicolor’s latest 4Kp60 UHD High Frame Rate HDR set-top box, as demonstrated during INTX 2015, already incorporates the solution to enable cable, satellite and IPTV operators to deploy HDR enabled set-top boxes now, and avoid the need to replace consumer premise equipment as their customers upgrade to HDR TVs.

Technicolor (Euronext Paris: TCH; NYSE: TCH)

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