Harmonic, the worldwide leader in video delivery technology and services, today announced that TV Today Network, a leading breaking news channel in India, has deployed a comprehensive contribution and distribution (C&D) solution from Harmonic for DVB-S2 digital satellite newsgathering.
“Today, the demand for high-resolution video content is high, and it’s important that we have a reliable, cost-effective contribution and distribution approach for covering live events,” said Mrityunjoy Pal, general manager, broadcast at TV Today Network. “Harmonic’s C&D solution enables us to capture and encode HD content in MPEG-4 from a very compact footprint. Since deploying Harmonic’s solution we’ve opened up a significant amount of additional usable satellite bandwidth while maintaining superior video quality.”
India is driving the growth for pay-TV broadcasters in the Asia-Pacific region, accounting for 65 percent of the regional revenue, according to new research from Media Partners Asia (MPA). Using Harmonic’s ViBE® CP3000 contribution encoders and ProView™ 8100 integrated receiver-decoders (IRDs), TV Today Network can take advantage of the burgeoning revenue opportunities by capturing pristine video at the front end of the broadcast chain and delivering it over satellite with ultra-low latency. A cornerstone feature of Harmonic’s C&D solution is low-latency encoding, which helps eliminate awkward pauses during handoffs between TV Today Network’s field and studio talent.
“When it comes to live and breaking news operation, reliability and fast coverage are critical,” said Tony Berthaud, vice president of sales, APAC at Harmonic. “Harmonic provides an end-to-end C&D solution that sets the benchmark for performance and video quality, assuring that TV Today Network can quickly satisfy viewer demand for news in crystal-clear HD.”