Harmonic Inc.  has announced support for HD 1080p encoding at 24 frames per second (fps) on its MPEG-4 AVC (H.264) encoder, the DiviCom Electra 7000.
Seven of the 10 largest satellite operators worldwide currently utilize Harmonic's compression systems, and the majority of these customers have selected the Electra 7000 to power their HD H.264 services.
Harmonic will showcase its H.264 compression technology for 1080p at 60 or 50 fps at IBC2007 .
Additionally, Manthan Broadband Services , a cable provider in India, has implemented a video headend solution from Harmonic for its new digital cable TV service in Kolkata. The operator has more than 800,000 subscribers.
The systems deployed include DiviCom Ion multi-channel MPEG-2 encoders, the Broadcast Network Gateway (BNG) edgeQAM for QAM modulation and scrambling, and NMX Digital Service Manager for end-to-end monitoring and control of the video service.
“With the bandwidth-efficient Harmonic encoders, we are able to deliver 15 services in a single QAM and achieve this goal without impacting the video quality,” said Gurmeet Singh, director of Manthan.