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Maxisat upgrades to Motorola’s MPEG-4 gear

Mon, 05/24/2010 - 8:35am
Brian Santo

Maxisat is equipping its new IPTV headend with equipment from Motorola that will upgrade the Finnish service provider’s MPEG-2 to MPEG-4 transcoding and MPEG-4 encoding capabilities.

Maxisat is providing over-the-top services on 2 Mbps broadband, so bit-rate efficiency is critical.

Maxisat’s IPTV headend will include Motorola’s standard-definition MPEG-4 video encoder, which combines receiver functions with advanced encoding technology to deliver both constant and variable bit rate video services at low bit rates.

As part of the headend upgrade, Motorola has qualified its CherryPicker application platform and Apex high-density edge QAM (previously deployed with Maxisat) to support DVB SimulCrypt conditional access.

This will enable Maxisat to secure its content on multiple delivery platforms, as any third-party conditional access will be able to communicate with the CherryPicker and Apex for video and audio encryption, Motorola said.

Tommi Blom, executive director of Maxisat, said: “Our over-the-top solution is one of the first in Europe to utilize over 90 digital channels for our customers to choose from. This all is delivered over the Internet to any connection over 2 Mbps broadband in Finland. Motorola’s headend solutions demonstrate superior video quality and cost-effectiveness, giving us confidence in our purchasing decision. This implementation will enable us to offer high-quality IPTV services with superior bandwidth utilization.”

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