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India’s Sea TV chooses Thomson Video Networks

Video compression specialist Thomson Video Networks has been chosen by Sea TV Network to deliver headend equipment for its cable operations in north India.

The Agra-based MSO will roll out its new infrastructure, which will broadcast over 200 SD and HD channels, during the summer of 2011.

In addition to providing services to multiple cable TV operators in the city of Agra and surrounding areas, Sea TV Network will also operate its own news, religious, and cultural channels.

Sea TV Network’s installation of systems from Thomson Video Networks at its digital cable headend includes the ViBE SD EM1000 and the ViBE HD EM3000 encoders, together with the NetProcessor 9030 under the umbrella of Thomson’s XMS management system. Local integration services for the project are provided by Thomson’s distributor Modern Communication and Broadcast Systems (MCBS).

“The Thomson encoders, the 9030 multiplexer, and the XMS management system work together to produce a combination of quality and efficiency other vendors could not match,” said Neeraj Jain, Sea TV Network’s managing director. “The technical advantages, upgrade path for future growth, and a high-calibre support operation made Thomson the right partner to help us build a superior platform for success.”

Tony Berthaud, director of sales and services, APAC, for Thomson Video Networks, said: “The digital media market in India is highly competitive, with operators working extremely hard to establish an advantage that will attract new subscribers. Sea TV Networks saw a clear superiority in the picture quality with the Thomson encoders, and the overall efficiency of the system will deliver the best ROI as Sea TV expands over the years.”

Thomson Video Networks will be exhibiingt at IBC on Stand 5.A17