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Videocon Broadband, Hungama Join hands In Punjab


hungama-digitalDigital entertainment firm Hungama and Videocon have joined hands to offer on-demand entertainment services on the latter’s broadband network. With this association, Videocon’s internet service provider Connect broadband users across the cities of Punjab will be able to stream and download unlimited music, movies, videos and games at or chose the bundled offering of Hungama Play and Hungama Music apps along with their broadband plans through a single sign in and enjoy the benefits across all platforms.

“We are excited to partner with Connect Broadband the largest broadband service provider in Punjab and bring our on-demand entertainment services for their consumers. Across our destinations – Hungama Play, Hungama Music, we offer the biggest entertainment catalog and an extensive Punjabi catalog of movies, songs and music videos. With this partnership we bring to Punjab the best in entertainment and data with an unmatched experience,” said Siddhartha Roy, CEO –

Hungama has forged similar partnerships in India with ACT Fibrenet, MTNL, BSNL, Hathway, Tata Photon and Sri Lanka Telecom.

“We have joined hands with Hungama in a bid to do more for our customers and to provide them with more content and more entertainment. It is an attempt to go that extra mile for our loyal customers and to do a little more that we can, to keep them entertained, happy and satisfied. We want our customers to rely on us for content, speed, connectivity and of course entertainment,” said Arvind Bali, CEO – Connect Broadband.

Hungama’s diverse library of over 3.5 million content pieces includes some of the biggest Bollywood, Hollywood and regional films including popular Punjabi titles Vaapsi, Channo Kamli Yaar Di, Dildaariyan, Hero Naam Yaad Rakhi, Jatt & Juliet and many more. In addition, Hungama’s platform also houses a vast music library spanning decades of Indian and international hits along with fun and immersive games.

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Eutelsat And Facebook Choose Hughes JUPITER System For Africa Broadband


Eutelsat-And-Facebook-Choose-Hughes-JUPITER-System-For-Africa-BroadbandEutelsat Communications and Facebook have selected Hughes Network Systems to supply its JUPITER System for launching Arica broadband services.

With the selection of the JUPITER System, along with high-gain Ka-band spot beam capacity provided by Spacecom’s AMOS-6 satellite, Eutelsat and Facebook are assembling a dedicated infrastructure that will extend cost-effective broadband to areas of Sub-Saharan Africa beyond reach of fixed and mobile terrestrial networks. The AMOS-6 satellite is due to enter service in early 2017.

The JUPITER System configuration purchased by Eutelsat includes three gateway stations, two centralized data centers, a comprehensive network management system and an initial number of user terminals.

For Facebook, the system will support its Express Wi-Fi project, intended to expand connectivity to underserved locations by working closely with operators, Internet service providers, and local entrepreneurs. Eutelsat will employ the system as a key platform to drive growth of premium consumer and professional Internet connectivity services in Sub-Saharan Africa.

“We evaluated all major broadband system vendors before selecting Hughes. Their decades of experience in satellite technology and the JUPITER System’s proven capabilities made it our preferred choice for this exciting venture with Facebook,” said Laurent Grimaldi, CEO of the new broadband company created by Eutelsat to steer its African broadband vision and business.

“Internet access is synonymous with economic and social development in today’s digital economy,” said Ramesh Ramaswamy, senior vice president, International at Hughes.

“We are proud to be part of this important initiative to close the digital divide in Sub-Saharan Africa — connecting people to information and resources that can transform their lives for the better,” added Ramaswamy.

The foundational technology is the powerful JUPITER System on a Chip (SoC), a custom-designed VLSI (Very Large Scale Integration) processor employing a multi-core architecture and enabling more than 100 Mbps of throughput on every terminal in the JUPITER family.

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Swisscom Deploys Nokia Solutions For Ultra High Definition IPTV


Swisscom-Deploys-Nokia-Solutions-For-Ultra-High-Definition-IPTVSwisscom has deployed Nokia 5910 Video Services Appliance (VSA) to deliver Swisscom TV 2.0 service, including 4K Ultra High Definition to subscribers.

The 5910 VSA includes Fast Channel Change and Retransmission. Fast Channel Change reduces the time to change channels to less than one second while Retransmission prevents video and audio distortion to give viewers a sharpened picture with crystal clear sound.

The 5910 VSA is middleware independent, and operates across a wide range of access technologies and digital rights management systems. It is capable of handling standard definition, high definition and 4K ultra high definition (UHD) channels.

Swisscom’s more than 1.3 million IPTV subscribers already benefit from Nokia Fast Channel Change, and they will now be able to enjoy the same superior experience when live UHD streams become available.

Anthony Berkeley, EMEA and Asia Business Development VP, Video, Nokia said, “Video subscribers demand the highest-quality experiences available, and we have partnered with Swisscom to meet those expectations. We are delighted that our video platform technology will now help Swisscom solidify TV 2.0 as best in class with first to market 4K UHD Live TV.”

Peter Fregelius, head, TV Development & Technology, Swisscom Schweiz said, “We are investing into our infrastructure to deliver the best experience for Ultra-High-Definition content. The solution provided by Nokia is a cornerstone of this infrastructure. It will enable our customers to enjoy individual games of the European Football championship in 2016 on Schzwei in 4K UHD with exceptional picture and sound.”

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NBC Olympics Selects Cisco IP Video For 2016 Rio Olympics

Rio Olympics – Cisco

NBC-Olympics-Selects-Cisco-For-2016-Rio-OlympicsNBC Olympics has selected Cisco IP video contribution and distribution solutions for Rio Olympics to take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from August 5 to 21, 2016.

The announcement was made today by Craig Lau, vice president, Information Technology, NBC Olympics and Dave Ward, CTO, Engineering and chief architect, Cisco.

Cisco will help with on-site production by streamlining the management and publishing of video content to consumer devices using solutions from the Cisco Media Blueprint, along with premium network protection. Cisco Media Blueprint is a new applications and converged IP infrastructure approach for producing, storing, distributing and securing broadcast media content. It is based on open standards and is directly supported by many of the media industry’s key software providers.

“Cisco is helping us transform how we scale the massive amounts of video content for events like this, for delivery to more distribution channels. As we continue to transition from SDI to IP in our network operations, we are able to better manage our workflows with precise timing and synchronization,” said Craig Lau.

“With a pervasive and highly secure IP network, they can better scale video transport in the production environment to deliver all types of content, including more HD to the tens of millions of people watching on different types of devices,” said Dave Ward.

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IRISH TV Selects Tata Communications


IRISH-TV-Selects-Tata-CommunicationsIRISH TV, Ireland’s first ever International TV channel has tied up with Tata Communications to bring the network’s content directly to North American viewers for the first time.

Using Tata Communications’ Media Ecosystem platform, IRISH TV will provide a rich content experience and on-the-go access to 40 million Irish residents in the US with international expansion plans to other regions in the near future.

“We needed a global network that was flexible, reliable and would deliver a seamless, high-quality experience to our audiences. We’re excited to partner with Tata Communications to launch this new distribution capability and open up greater possibilities to the services we can provide in the future,” said Pierce O’Reilly, founder and CEO, Irish TV.

IRISH TV will leverage Tata Communications’ end-to-end managed over the-top (OTT), playout services and connectivity to deliver content in an intuitive app format. This will make the network’s unique mix of local and Irish productions available to North American viewers across multiple formats such as iOS devices, Android, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Google Chromecast, Apple TV and SMART TV’s. Viewers will be able to access exclusive local content from every county in Ireland and Irish communities across the UK and the United States.

“It was important for us to have a connectivity partner that would not only help us launch our television offering in North America but also around the world,” said Pierce O’Reilly, founder and CEO, Irish TV.

“We needed a global network that was flexible, reliable and would deliver a seamless, high-quality experience to our audiences. We’re excited to partner with Tata Communications to launch this new distribution capability and open up greater possibilities to the services we can provide in the future,” added Pierce O’Reilly.

The Tata Communications Media Ecosystem combines traditional video contribution services with IP-based connectivity to create a flexible and innovative global media platform. The ecosystem enables seamless global transport and management of content as a cloud-based managed service and supports global media distribution requirements, OTT and mobility applications.

“By harnessing the power of our Media Ecosystem, IRISH TV will be ideally positioned to reach the vibrant market of Irish nationals and Irish Americans living in the US,” said Rangu Salgame, CEO, Growth Ventures and Service Provider Group, Tata Communications.

“Our unparalleled OTT platform and video distribution capabilities, underpinned by our global fibre network, enable IRISH TV to bring its new audiences the best viewing experiences, anytime, anywhere, on the device of their choice,” added Salgame.

IRISH TV has a plethora of content revolving around Irish culture, creating national and local content in all 32 counties in Ireland and in Irish communities abroad in London and Manchester with rapid expansion across the United States in New York, New Jersey, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, Washington DC, Austin and Los Angeles‎, among others.

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Ericsson Wins Captioning Services Contracts With ABC And SBS

ABC – Ericsson

Ericsson-Wins-Captioning-Services-Contracts-With-ABC-And-SBSEricsson has signed multi-year access services contracts with Australian public service broadcasters, ABC and SBS.

Ericsson has signed a new contract with the ABC to deliver live and file based captioning across its television network of ABC, ABC2, ABC3 and ABC News 24.

Ericsson and SBS are also continuing their partnership with the extension of a captioning contract for an additional three years. Ericsson will continue to provide both live and file based captions for SBS TV.

Noel Leslie, chief technology officer, SBS said, “Our commitment to servicing diverse multicultural communities is at the heart of SBS and this captioning agreement allows us to use the best available technology innovations to ensure all Australians can access SBS television.”

Thorsten Sauer, head, Broadcast and Media Services, Ericsson said, “We are very proud to be selected by both ABC and SBS to provide captioning services for their TV networks. We believe that television should be accessible to everyone and our ongoing investment in technology and innovation reflects our continued commitment to delivering the very highest levels of service and quality to both our customers and their audiences. Drawing on a blend of our expertise and technical innovation, our aim is to ensure that we deliver the high standards of captioning that audiences expect, particularly when it comes to higher accuracy, lower latency and the availability of captions on all platforms.”

In November, Ericsson announced a multi-year news captioning contract with ANC, Australia’s leading 24-hour multi-channel, multi-platform news service provider. As part of the contract, Ericsson provides captioning services for SKY NEWS-produced bulletins on Qantas flights.

Ericsson’s closed captioning business is one of the largest in the world, with hubs in Australia, the UK, France, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands and the US. Ericsson has been providing captioning services for over 30 years and delivers over 230,000 hours of captions every year, more than 100,000 of which are live. It is also the world’s largest provider of TV audio description and sign-language translation.

Ericsson’s real-time platform supports live captioning in various languages for broadcasters around the world by using speech-to-text, newsroom integration and rapid offline content preparation.

The enterprise-level, schedule-driven software platform, which was developed in-house, uses the best possible speech recognition and stenography technologies to power Ericsson’s live captioning services. It allows multiple captioners to prepare and deliver real-time services for clients while maximizing re-use of the caption data after it has been broadcast – for example, by helping to power content discovery and enrich archive search. The platform is currently being used to deliver live captioning services for major broadcast clients around the world.

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Broadcasting To Collaborate On Infrastructure Sharing & STB: RS Sharma

RS Sharma – TRAI

Broadcasting-To-Collaborate-On-Infrastructure-Sharing-And-STB:-RS-SharmaTaking lessons from the evolution of the telecom industry, RS Sharma, chairman, TRAI urged broadcasting stakeholders to actively collaborate on issues like infrastructure sharing and STB (set-top boxes).

Speaking at the inaugural session RS Sharma acknowledged the challenges and opportunities as the country witnesses the fourth phase of Digital Addressable System (DAS).

“TRAI is not here to promote legacy systems in cable TV where a structural monopoly exists. With the objective of providing the right of choice to the consumers, we will allow the march of technology. At the same time, for healthy growth of the sector, it is crucial to strike the right balance between all the stakeholders through a constructive dialogue,” commented Sharma.

“Today 5-6 telcos are willing to share one mobile tower showing how sharing and competition can go hand in hand. This can materialize in the broadcasting space as well. While TRAI has no plans to make infrastructure sharing mandatory, it may tweak the existing licensing system to provide support to the stakeholders who are interested in the idea,” added Sharma.

India Forum 2016, this year’s edition of CASBAA’s annual look at the fast-evolving Indian broadcasting industry examined the ripple effect of the country’s digitization initiative.

CASBAA’S CEO Christopher Slaughter set the tone by establishing the relation between the digitization of the cable TV system in India and prime minister Narendra Modi’s Digital India campaign.

CASBAA India Forum 2016 saw participation of industry representatives including SK Gupta, principal advisor, Broadcast & Cable, TRAI; R Jaya, joint secretary, Broadcasting, ministry of information & broadcasting; UK Srivastava, principal advisor, NSL, TRAI; Nikhil Gandhi, VP and head of Revenue, Disney India Media Networks; Nicholas Daly, MD, Eutelsat UK; Jagdish Kumar, MD and CEO, Hathway; Anthony D’Silva, CEO – Media, Hinduja Group; Archana Anand, business head, dittotv; Gaurav Gandhi, COO, Viacom18 Digital Ventures; Romil Ramgariha, chief business officer, BARC India; Naveen Jhunjunwala, COO, BBC Global News; Nitin Bawankule, industry director, Google India; Anita Bose, COO, Madison Media Plus; T Gangadhar, MD, MEC; Pradeep Paramesweran, CEO, DEN Networks; Himanshu Patil, COO, Videocon d2h; Paul Brown Kenyon, CEO, MEASAT; Gaurav Kharod, country manager – India Intelsat and others.

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STMicroelectronics Powers 100 Mn Set-Top-Boxes In Indian Homes


STMicroelectronics-Powers-100-Mn-Set-Top-Boxes-In-Indian-HomesSTMicroelectronics today announced that it has shipped its 100 millionth chipset for digital cable and satellite set-top-boxes (STB) in India.

“This key milestone highlights STMicroelectronics’ strong engagement in India and the competitiveness of our SoC portfolio that has been recently expanded with a new generation of innovative HD and Ultra-HD devices,” said Ted Grauch, vice president, Global Marketing, Consumer Product Division, STMicroelectronics.

ST’s products have set high standards in the Indian digital STB market for their quality, performance, high reliability, and total cost of ownership. With superb image quality, ST solutions greatly improve the end-user experience for linear and on-demand Pay-TV services.

Raising the bar in entry and mid-range broadcast set-top boxes and Internet Protocol (IP) clients, the Liege3 SoC family is composed of satellite variants (STiH337/STiH332), cable-market products (STiH372), and IPTV set-top-box devices (STiH307/STiH302).

Addressing the satellite markets, the STiH337/STiH332 SoCs implement a new DVB-S2X demodulation scheme enabling service operators to leverage compression-efficiency improvements brought by the HEVC technology. This results in the enhancement of S2X spectral efficiency for optimal use of the satellite transponder capacity.

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Ericsson To Acquire FYI Television

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Ericsson-To-Acquire-FYI-TelevisionEricsson today announces its intention to acquire FYI Television, the premier entertainment metadata and rich media content supplier based in Grand Prairie, Texas.

The acquisition, which is subject to customary closing conditions, will strengthen Ericsson’s already industry-leading position in broadcast and media services. FYI Television accumulates and distributes TV entertainment content and linear scheduling data from over 9,000 TV networks daily, aggregating the information into customized formats for various digital, media, content, analytics and print clients for use on their connected devices such as tablets, phones, desktops, internet portals and gaming consoles.

Combining FYI Television’s US-market expertise in metadata, conversion and integration services with Ericsson’s leading position in these areas in Europe will create a powerful global force in content discovery. Whether viewers are watching linear or on-demand video, Ericsson will ensure they can discover content whenever – and wherever – they search for it; and always in the right format.

Magnus Mandersson, executive vice president and head, Global Services, Ericsson said, “Combined with our capabilities in TV platforms and content discovery, we will be able to help our customers to improve the video experience and identify new revenue opportunities. FYI Television’s expertise and customer base in the US is a great complementary fit for Ericsson and will be an integral part of our growth strategy. It will strengthen our position as one of the leading providers of media services in the world.”

FYI Television’s employees will join Broadcast & Media Services, part of Ericsson’s Global Services, with the acquisition expected to close in Q1 2016.

Earlier this year, Ericsson established a US broadcast and media services hub based in Atlanta, Georgia. The company currently provides closed captioning services to broadcasters around the world from this hub, with plans to roll out video description services over the coming months.

Every day, people on all continents watch television programs prepared, managed and broadcast by more than 2,500 Ericsson staff based in Europe, the Middle East, Asia Pacific and the US.

Ericsson is the largest provider of content discovery services in Europe, delivering metadata, images, search and recommendations on more than 3,000 TV channels in over 30 languages. Every year, Ericsson Broadcast and Media Services distributes more than 2.7 million hours of programming in more than 90 languages for more than 500 TV channels worldwide. In addition, we provide more than 200,000 hours of captioning each year – 80,000 hours of which is live.

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ISRO Planning To Launch 8 Satellites On One PSLV


ISRO-To-Launch-8-Satellites-On-One-PSLVISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) is planning to launch 8 satellites on one PSLV (polar satellite launch vehicle).

Addressing a session on “Future Satellite Programme” in 103rd Indian Science Congress at the University of Mysore, Dr M Annadurai, director, ISRO said, “ISRO is planning to launch eight micro satellites on a single PSLV in future.”

“In this new global era where everything is becoming smaller in size and smarter in application ISRO is also trying to reduce the size of satellites to the extent possible. The vehicle configuration for PSLV of 400 Km Space Shuttle Orbiter (SSO) is 1,200 kg. The number of micro satellites that can be carried in single mission is eight, each weighing about 120 kg with total payload capacity of 960kg,” added Annadurai.

He pointed that present domestic satellite communication is dominated by fixed satellite services and DTH Services and the future service growth areas will be communication satellites for Internet, multimedia and personal communication services and DTH high definition TV services.

Thematic missions such as tele-medicine and tele-education, bandwidth on demand services, e-Governance, secured communications and satellite aided navigation are expected to grow added Annadurai.

He stressed the need for production of space systems to meet the huge demand for satellites and also to strengthen basic research and development.

This will boost the increased participation of Indian industries in space programme in areas of electronic systems, mechanical systems, assembly, integration and testing of satellites.

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