Broadband Briefs for 01/13/09

Tue, 01/13/2009 - 7:00am

German provider deploys Harmnic’s encoders 
By Mike Robuck

Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Harmonic said today that Astra Platform Services GmbH (APS), a subsidiary of the Luxembourg-based satellite service operator SES Astra, has selected its advanced video processing platform to support APS' digital free-to-air television service for Kabeldienstleistungs GmbH (KDL), a service provider to independent and private cable operators in Germany.

Harmonic said that independent cable operators currently serve several million German subscribers, and with APS' infrastructure upgrade, KDL can now provide up to 22 additional digital free-to-air channels being delivered from APS and SES Astra to the cable subscribers via the cable headends.

Harmonic's IP-based, MPEG-2, standard-definition (SD) DiviCom Electra 5000 encoders were picked by APS for this project.

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