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TalkTalk taps Harmonic for integrated IPTV offering

TalkTalk's YouView box

TalkTalk’s YouView box

UK telco TalkTalk has chosen Harmonic to deliver an integrated headend solution from Harmonic to help deliver its IPTV services.

TalkTalk will use Harmonic’s Electra 9200 universal multiservice encoder and ProStream 9100 with ACE stream processor and transcoder to deliver live and VoD content and an increased channel lineup to subscribers’ set-top boxes.

Harmonic’s Electra 9200 will provide MPEG-4 AVC encoding of video content for TalkTalk’s IPTV services, while ProStream with ACE can transcode up to 60 SD MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 AVC broadcast services.

“YouView from TalkTalk is Britain’s fastest growing TV service. To deliver our growing range of content to more than a million subscribers, we needed an IPTV headend solution that would increase our encoding efficiency and support future growth,” said Naresh Raj, broadcast systems team leader at TalkTalk Group.

“Harmonic’s integrated video processing solutions provide outstanding video quality while lowering our capital and operating expenses through density and scalability. Relying on a unified headend from Harmonic, we have the flexibility to support additional subscribers and add more channels as our market requirements change.”