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Canal Satélite Digital Expands HD Services With Compression System From Thomson Video Networks

The NetProcessor 9030 is an MPEG multiplexer, scrambler, and IP streamer housed in a 1RU chassis

Thomson Video Networks (formerly the digital headend division of Grass Valley) announced today that Canal Satélite Digital, a division of Sogecable and Spain's leading provider of satellite broadcasting services, has expanded its installation of Thomson Video Networks infrastructure to support the addition of two new HD transponders.

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Canal Satélite Digital, which broadcasts more than 100 channels under the Digital+ brand, has installed new Thomson ViBE EM3000 HD Encoders and NetProcessor 9030 multiplexers at its facility in Tres Cantos, Madrid. The new compression system was installed with on-site start-up services from Thomson, which provided seamless integration with the broadcaster's existing XMS network management system.

The award-winning Thomson ViBE video encoding range, through its extensive and efficient use of MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 compression standards, sets the benchmark for delivering premium picture quality to all screen types and over all networks — from large 3D screens to portable devices. Based on the most advanced video compression engine on the market today, the ViBE EM3000 premium MPEG-4/2 HD encoder establishes a new standard for HD encoding, alongside extensive Dolby surround sound, offering the full benefits of MPEG-4 AVC compression. With the ability to use all available compression toolsets, including true High Profile, the encoder allows operators to broadcast high-quality HD content at bit rates as low as 4 Mbps.

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The NetProcessor 9030 is an MPEG multiplexer, scrambler, and IP streamer housed in a 1RU chassis. It provides a powerful solution for receiving, customizing, and transmitting a set of digital services. Its unprecedented integration of MPEG processing features and network interfaces dramatically reduces the amount of equipment required in the field.

"It's pleasing that Canal Satélite Digital continues to grow and add new premium services for its subscriber base," said Christophe Delahousse, president, Thomson Video Networks. "The ViBE EM3000 and NetProcessor 9030 offer the broadcaster a proven solution that delivers exceptional picture quality with ultra-low bandwidth consumption — the recipe all broadcasters seek to follow for business success."

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. The Thomson Video Networks philosophy, since delivering the world's first large scale direct-to-home satellite system, has always been the same — to provide the best possible picture quality across any networks, to any devices. 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 high-definition 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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