Thai telco CAT Telecom has selected a range of video encoders from Canadian firm Digital Rapids to power linear and on-demand content on its innovative new IPTV platform ‘e-entertainment’.
The CAT e-Entertainment service gives participating content providers a complete platform – including ingest, encoding, delivery and middleware – for creating and delivering their content to viewers across a broad range of IP-based viewing platforms.
The Digital Rapids encoders transform each source video feed into multiple simultaneous outputs for IPTV multicast; over-the-top (OTT) delivery to set-top boxes (STBs); and mobile and Web streaming.
CAT Telecom has also selected multi-encoder management software from Digital Rapids to provide centralised management, automation, remote monitoring and scheduling of the video encoders.
In 2009 the telco approved the roll-out of a nationwide optical fibre network at a cost of THB 6bn (US$ 200mn), aiming to reach 400,000 homes in the areas of Bangkok, Samut Prakan, Nonthaburi, and Pathum Thani.