Thursday, July 24, 2008

SES ASTRA Selects Harmonic's Electra 7000 Encoders

ASTRA Platform Services GmbH (APS), a subsidiary of SES ASTRA , has selected Harmonic's DiviCom Electra 7000 high definition (HD) encoders and DiviTrackIP statistical multiplexing for a network upgrade designed to substantially enhance and expand its HD MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) service.

APS operates one of Europe's most modern satellite broadcast centers, transmitting over 200 television and audio channels to subscribers throughout Europe from its headend in Germany.

SES ASTRA is Europe's leading satellite broadcaster, delivering services to more than 117 million direct-to-home and cable households. Harmonic's high performance encoding and IP-based statistical multiplexing solutions enable APS to combine multiple MPEG-4 AVC HD channels in a single pool, resulting in more efficient use of network capacity and reduced operational complexity. In addition, APS is now able to multiplex standard definition (SD) and high definition channels together in a shared statistical multiplex pool, resulting in greater flexibility and scalability of the channel line-up.