Zon chooses Appear TV Scrambling and

Multiplexing for Satellite Infrastructure


Oslo, Norway – 30 September, 2013

Appear TV, a leading global provider of next-generation head-ends for broadcast and IP television, today announced that its scrambling and multiplexer solutions have been deployed at ZON Multimedia, Portugal’s leading pay-TV operator and content provider.

The installation, which is scheduled to go live in late 2013, is being managed by Satcab, the Appear TV Portuguese business partner.

“The flexibility and high-density of the Appear TV scrambling solution made it an ideal choice as the scrambling solution for our upgraded satellite broadcast infrastructure,” says José Pascoal, planning and engineer director, ZON. “We already use Appear TV head-ends for our RF network, so we understand the advantages of the company’s modular design philosophy. We look forward to Appear TV’s scrambling and multiplexing solutions playing an important part in our state-of-the-art infrastructure upgrade.”

The project is fully redundant (1+1) and has been fulfilled through populating Appear TV chassis’ with Appear TV designed and manufactured high-density scrambling and multiplexing modules. The chassis’ are situated at the ZON main head-end. Four statistical multiplexers input to the scrambling modules that encrypt the ZON satellite TV offering secured with Nagra Aladin Conditional Access after which the multiplexers process PSI/SI and re-multiplex the Transport Stream.

“Our flexible head-end architecture meant that we could easily meet ZON’s specific requirements for a bespoke scrambling and multiplexing solution,” said Carl Walter Holst, CEO, Appear TV. “I’m delighted that we are able to extend our relationship with ZON and look forward to the Appear TV solutions going live for this mission critical task delivered by our highly professional, long term business partner Satcab.”

The Appear TV scrambling module is compatible with major CA systems and supports both AES and DVB CSA scrambling algorithms. The module can be supplied with customer specified inputs and outputs, making it one of the most powerful scrambling solutions on the market. It can be integrated with any CA system supporting simulcrypt interface and supports scrambling of all common video encoded formats including MPEG-2 and H.264 in both SD and HD resolutions. The scrambler has a dedicated Ethernet interface towards the CA server, is fully DVB Simulcrypt compliant and enables scrambling of up to 850 Mbit/s and 250 services per chassis. The scrambler can be combined with any of the available input, descrambling or output modules, enabling operators to manage services from reception to streaming from one chassis with a single user interface.

Appear TV’s multiplexer is a powerful digital multiplexing solution for operators launching or expanding their digital service offering. The advanced multiplex software simplifies engineers’ deployment and operational routines. Developed with digital cable, terrestrial, satellite and broadband operators in mind, the multiplexer performs full analysis of source PSI/SI and PSIP tables, with automatic regeneration of all tables as required. The high capacity multiplexer has a throughput of 850 Mbit/s and each output card supports 250 services in CBR, CVBR or VBR formats.

This multiplexer solution offers high performance IP, ASI, DVB-C, DVB-T/T2 and DVB-S/S2 output modules for direct insertion of digital services into a cable, terrestrial, satellite or broadband network. The product provides a multiplexing architecture with full digital-modulation and up-conversion and DVB-C, DVB-S/S2 and DVB-T/T2 output modules that deliver clearer signals and simplify future project rollouts. Ease of configuration makes the Appear TV multiplexer the ideal solution for deployments requiring aggregation of services from multiple sources, service processing and preparation for modulation over broadcast networks.

For further information please contact Appear TV at info@appeartv.com

About Appear TV

Appear TV is based in Oslo, Norway. The company produces world-class equipment that enables operators to deliver professional broadcast services to millions of users around the globe. The company is dedicated to developing reliable, revenue-generating and innovative solutions for operators looking to deliver real-time content to the home. Appear TV head-ends are designed for modularity, high density, and flexibility. www.appeartv.com