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February 2010 TV Technology deals

May 06, 2010

Merrick Kingston Merrick Kingston Associate Director, Research & Analysis, Digital Media & Video Technology

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Set-top box deals



DTH operator M7 Group, which operates in the Benelux countries through its CanalDigitaal, TV Vlaanderen, and TeleSat brands, has selected Pace to support its HD service launch. Pace will supply M7 with an MPEG-4, HD box immediately, while a digital-video-recorder (DVR) equipped HD box will follow. Both STBs will feature Nagravision conditional access, and OpenTV middleware.




UK IPTV set-top box manufacturer Amino has secured deployment of its digital video recorder (DVR) set-top boxes (STBs) with the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE - Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad) to support the launch of IPTV services. The launch will take place in H1 2010, and Amino will ship its A125, A130M and A530 DVR (digital video recorder) STBs phased over the next two years.



Samsung will supply set-top boxes (STBs) to CanalSat DTH pay-TV operations in France. The hybrid IP/DTH HD boxes are WiFi-enabled, and will allow Canal+ subscribers to access linear HD content, and on-demand services via their broadband connection.

Conditional access Deals




Spanish broadcast infrastructure firm Arbertis Telecom has selected Irdeto's conditional access (CA) system for its Premium DTT platform. Irdeto CA will allow the Spanish network operator to secure both pay-TV multiplexes, and individual channels requiring encryption. The implementation of the CA system will further allow downloadable, over-the-air security updates to the set-top box.




Korean DTH pay TV operator SkyLife has selected Nagravision's NAGRA Media ACCESS conditional access (CA) system to secure its new HD platform. In addition to SkyLife's use of Nagra CA, the operator is in the process of migrating its SD subscribers into HD tiers.




On Digital Media has chosen NDS' VideoGuard CA to secure its DTH service in South Africa. The MPEG4, DVB-S2 service will launch in Q2 2010.



Network infrastructure Deals




Pace Networks has secured two new deployments of its MultiDweller mini-headend in the UK and Brazil. The UK deployment will be in South Yorkshire through broadband provider Thales UK, while the Brazilian deployment will be through Visionbyte. MultiDweller is a small, rack-mountable unit which allows operators to deliver data, linear tv, and interactive services to apartment blocks and multiple dwelling units (MDUs) without disrupting existing, in-building coaxial wiring.



Portuguese cable operator ZON Multimedia has chosen Alcatel for the supply of gigabit, passive-optical-network (GPON) optical line terminals. The GPON network hardware - along with the shipment of subscriber optical gateways - will allow ZON to deploy an FTTH network. This optical network will be used to extend the reach of ZON's broadband, HD video, and on-demand services to areas not currently covered by the HFC network.




BigBand networks will begin supplying Edge QAMs to Chinese MSO Beijing Gehua Cable. The Edge QAMs will allow Gehua Cable to deliver both HDTV video and DOCSIS-delivered broadband.


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