Sea TV Bases New MSO Infrastructure on Thomson Compression Technology 




RENNES, France — Sept. 1, 2011 — Thomson Video Networks today announced that Sea TV Network has chosen Thomson technology as the platform for its multi-system operator (MSO) operation in north India. The Agra-based MSO will roll out its new infrastructure, which will broadcast over 200 SD and HD channels, during the summer of 2011, in a bid to cement a dominant position in the area’s rapidly expanding cable market.


Sea TV Network’s installation of systems from Thomson Video Networks at its digital cable headend includes the ViBE SD EM1000 and the ViBE HD EM3000 encoders, together with the NetProcessor 9030 under the umbrella of Thomson’s XMS management system. Local integration services for the project are provided by Thomson distributor Modern Communication and Broadcast Systems Pvt. Ltd. (MCBS), a leading Indian firm that has specialized in the cable and satellite sector for 25 years.


“The Thomson encoders, the 9030 multiplexer, and the XMS management system work together to produce a combination of quality and efficiency other vendors could not match,” said Neeraj Jain, Sea TV Network’s managing director. “The technical advantages, upgrade path for future growth, and a high-calibre support operation made Thomson the right partner to help us build a superior platform for success.”


In addition to providing services to multiple cable TV operators in the city of Agra and surrounding areas, Sea TV Network will also operate its own news, religious, and cultural channels. 


Combined with the Thomson NetProcessor transport stream processor and XMS network management system, the EM1000 and EM3000 form a complete and highly streamlined system, allowing broadcasters to deliver more channels within the same fixed bandwidth. The Thomson ViBE EM3000 HD MPEG-2/MPEG-4 AVC encoder sets the standard for high-definition encoding for satellite and terrestrial broadcast, and content aggregation applications. Increased depth and picture clarity in HD content can be achieved at bit rates as low as 4 Mbps through the advanced preprocessing featured in Thomson’s efficient video compression architecture. 


“The digital media market in India is highly competitive, with operators working extremely hard to establish an advantage that will attract new subscribers,” said Tony Berthaud, director of sales and services, APAC, for Thomson Video Networks. “Sea TV Networks saw a clear superiority in the picture quality with the Thomson encoders, and the overall efficiency of the system will deliver the best ROI as Sea TV expands over the years.” 




About Sea TV Network

Sea TV Network Limited (Sea TV) is an India-based company, which is engaged in providing multi-system operator (MSO) services to various local cable television (TV) operators in Agra city. Sea TV also has its own local channels and programs. The local channels mainly focus on Agra city, including Uttar Pradesh State news, events and information. The channels are broadcast free of charge to the TV subscribers of Sea TV. The Company’s channels include Sea News, Sea Jinvani and Sea Bhakti. Sea News is a 24-hour news channel of Agra City. Sea Jinvani channel is dedicated to the followers of Jain religion. Various types of religious programs, such as Pravachan, Satsang, short stories on the various Jain tirths, and devotional songs are broadcast through this channel. Sea TV channel telecast local cultural programs, sport meets, annual functions, and various other programs. Sea Bhakti is a 24-hour religious channel.


About Thomson Video Networks

From the very onset of digital TV broadcasting, the Thomson name has been synonymous with supplying expertise, quality, and reliability to the world’s leading broadcasters. Thomson Video Networks builds on this great heritage by providing unique and innovative video delivery solutions for a premium viewing experience. Since Thomson Video Networks delivered the world’s first large-scale direct-to-home satellite system, the company has maintained the same philosophy: to provide the best possible picture quality across any network, to any device. As a worldwide leader in compression systems for satellite, terrestrial, cable, IPTV, mobile TV, and Web streaming, Thomson Video Networks is helping its customers deliver superior quality video to anything from small handheld devices to large 3D HD screens, with the lowest bandwidth to ensure a profitable business model. A trusted supplier with more than 20 percent of the active channels deployed worldwide, a global support presence, and culture of delivering quality at every stage, Thomson Video Networks boasts the experience and range of products to supply every need, from hybrid multiformat compression systems to contribution links for content exchange networks.


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