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ViXS Partners With SES for World's First End-to-End Satellite Broadcast of Ultra HD 4Kp60 Using 10-Bit HEVC

LUXEMBOURG --(Marketwired - April 02, 2014) - SES Industry Days -- ViXS Systems Inc. (VXS.TO), a pioneer and leader in media processing solutions, today announced that the ViXS XCode 6400 decoder is a key technology component of SES' end-to-end satellite broadcast of UHD 4Kp60 content encoded in the HEVC Main10 standard and demonstrated during the 7th SES Industry Days in Luxembourg. SES, the leader in satellite-based premium content distribution, will dedicate a satellite channel to broadcast live content in brilliant detail, using commercially available equipment for encoding, decoding and television display. This demonstration sends a clear message to the European pay television market that UHD is ready for deployment now.

"SES is excited to show Ultra HD in 10-bit HEVC at 60 frames per second at our Industry Days, and we knew we needed the best technology in the world for a stunning demonstration," said Thomas Wrede, VP Reception Systems, SES. "By choosing ViXS, we were confident our conference delegates would have a great experience and recognize that SES has the infrastructure and respective industry partners to make their Ultra HD launch plans a reality."

"ViXS is delighted to partner with SES on this important demonstration of live Ultra HD content," said Sally Daub, President and CEO, ViXS Systems Inc. "SES is taking a leadership position in driving UHD content to market, and ViXS is establishing itself as the de facto choice for 10-bit HEVC decoders to support UHD deployments."

ViXS' XCode 6400 4Kp60 HEVC 10-bit decoder, as well as a range of professional and consumer HEVC silicon solutions, is in commercial production now with immediate availability.

ViXS CTO, Indra Laksono will speak at SES Industry Days in Luxembourg April 3, 2014 on the topic of UltraHD, HEVC and Higher Fidelity video with higher dynamic range.

About ViXS Systems Inc.

ViXS is the pioneer and market leader in designing revolutionary media processing semiconductor solutions for the broadcasting and consumer electronics industries, with over 437 patents issued and pending worldwide, numerous industry awards for innovation, and over 29 million media processor shipments to date. ViXS is driving the transition to Ultra HD 4K across the entire content value chain by providing professional and consumer grade chipsets that support the new High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) standard up to Main 10 Profile, reducing bandwidth consumption by 50% while providing the depth of color and image clarity needed to take advantage of higher-resolution content. ViXS' XCodePro 3xx family is ideal for Ultra HD 4K infrastructure equipment, and the XCode 6xxx family of system-on-chip (SoC) products to achieve unprecedented levels of integration that enable manufacturers to create cost-effective consumer entertainment devices.

ViXS is headquartered in Toronto, Canada with offices in Europe, Asia and North America. VIXS, the ViXS® logo, XCode®, XCodePro™, XConnex™ and Xtensiv™ are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of ViXS. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. For more information on ViXS, visit our website: www.vixs.com.

About SES

SES is a world-leading satellite operator with a fleet of 56 geostationary satellites. The company provides satellite communications services to broadcasters, content and internet service providers, mobile and fixed network operators and business and governmental organisations worldwide.

SES stands for long-lasting business relationships, high-quality service and excellence in the broadcasting industry. The culturally diverse regional teams of SES are located around the globe and work closely with customers to meet their specific satellite bandwidth and service requirements.

SES (EURONEXT PARIS: SESG) (LUXEM:SESG) holds participations in Ciel in Canada and QuetzSat in Mexico, as well as a strategic participation in satellite infrastructure start-up O3b Networks. Further information under: www.ses.com