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March 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


Amino has secured deployment of its high definition (HD) IPTV set-top boxes (STBs) with US telco Mahaska Communication Group (MCG). The deal will see Amino's A130 and A130M HD, MPEG-4 STBs, along with the A530 HD DVR, replace Mahaska's current line-up of SD STBs; the new models will run Minerva middleware.



Malaysian DTH operator Astro has chosen Pace's HD, MPEG-4 DS830N STB for its HD service launch. The hybrid, ethernet-enabled DS8030N will subsequently allow the operator, if it so wishes, to support over-the-top (OTT) delivery of on-demand content.


Conditional access Deals


Swiss middleware and conditional access (CA) system provider Nagravision has secured two deployments of its CA system. Polish DTH operator Cyfrowy Polsat has signed a 10-year extension agreement governing - and cementing - its use of Nagravision CA; Brazilian TV network and broadcaster Globo has selected Nagra CA to secure its launch of a DVB-S2 service, which will offer end-user secure access to its, and its broadcast affiliates, programming.



Verimatrix has secured three CA deals for its VCAS conditional access system. US DTH operator ABS-CBN International, whose bouquet brings to US shores a host of Filipino content, has selected VCAS to secure its MPEG-4, DVB-S offering; in New Zealand, telco TelstraClear will use VCAS to secure its hybrid DVB-C/IP offering; Polish telco WIST will use VCAS to ensure the integrity of its linear IPTV, on-demand, and network digital video recorder (nDVR) offering.



Viaccess will supply its IPTV CA system to Belgian IPTV systems integrator Alpha Networks; Viaccess CA will be used to ensure the integrity of the integrator's IPTV service launch, under its Billi telco brand.

Middleware Deals



The US' Pioneer Telephone has selected Minvera's iTVManager middleware platform for its IPTV service; iTVManager will allow the telco to manage VoD and whole-home DVR in its IP network.


-Orca Interactive

In conjunction with the Viaccess-Billi Belgian deal Orca will supply its RiGHTV client middleware, to control and enable video-on-demand (VoD) and DVR across the Billi network.


Network infrastructure Deals


Harmonic has secured a number of deals for its EdgeQAMs and encoders. In China, Harmonic will ship its multichannel encoders to Changzhi TV cable and Hunan Cable Group, and will ship EdgeQAMs to Changzhi.  In the MENA region, pay-DTH operator OSN has selected Harmonic's multichannel encoders for deployment in the headend.



Harris will supply Egyptian public broadcaster ERTU with very-high frequency (VHF) and ultra-high frequency (UHF) digital transmitters, which will be used to cover Cairo and the Matruh region. Under the deal, Harris will ship four 10kW UHF transmitters, and three 5kW VHF transmitters.



UK electronics manufacturer Pace will deploy its Multidweller mini headend to South African systems integrator Space Television Group. The deal will allow South African pay-TV operators easier access to previously off-limits, coax-wired multi dwelling units (MDUs).



Ohioan cable operator Massillon Cable will deploy Motorola's SG4000 optical nodes and GX2 optical headend has part of their HFC network refurbishment. The 1GHz-compliant optical hardware will allow Massillon to segment further its service groups, thereby increasing the average bandwidth dedicated to every household passed, and making room for HD and on-demand services.


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