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Sun Direct partners Harmonic to add 80 HD channels

DTH operator Sun Direct (Sun) has taken up a new HEVC media processing solution from video delivery services, Harmonic, which will enable it to entertain its viewers with 80 extra HD channels.

Using Harmonic’s Electra X2 encoder and Prostream multiplexer, Sun can stream extra channels from existing four transponders at low bitrates.

“Today’s television viewers want exceptional video quality and a broad selection of channels. When we looked into expanding our HD service offering, we needed to partner with an expert in satellite deployments and encoding efficiency,” said Sun Group CTO S Kannan. “Harmonic enables us to deliver more channels using the same amount of transponder space so that we can focus on increasing subscriber satisfaction and revenue growth.”

The Electra X2 uses encoding to improve video quality while its integration with ProStream enabling Sun to increase bandwidth efficiency. The ProStream processor maximises transponder savings, supporting up to 100 statmux services per platform. Sun’s entire system workflow is IP-based and controlled by Harmonic’s NMX network management system.

“Sun Direct plans to roll out additional HD STBs this year, and Harmonic is leading the way in helping the operator capitalise on the associated higher subscription rates. They primarily chose Harmonic for outstanding encoding efficiency, pristine video quality and our long-term and continued deployment support,” said Harmonic APAC vice president sales Tony Berthaud.


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  1. When they start providing more channels using this technique?

  2. Tatasky will also follow this path.

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