French TV operator CANAL+ has deployed Thomson Video Networks’ ViBE EM4000 HD/SD encoder to power the migration of its entire CANALSAT satellite offering to an all-HD delivery infrastructure based on the H.264 codec.
Working in tandem with Thomson Video Networks’ NetProcessor multiplexer/video processor, Amethyst III high-density redundancy switch, and MediaFlexSUITE network management system, the ViBE EM4000 provides premium eight-channel compression density together with broadcast-quality upscaling for the new all-HD service.
“The migration of CANALSAT to an all-HD offering is a significant milestone for our company. It was critical that we deploy encoding technology that could provide powerful upscaling capabilities, high density, and features for DVB subtitles and Dolby E transcoding. The ViBE EM4000 is the perfect fit for our requirements,” says Frederic Vincent, EVP technology and information systems, CANAL+ Group. “And as a long-time Thomson Video Networks customer, we knew we could count on them to provide outstanding support and product development to meet our needs.”