Pascale Paoli-Lebailly ©RapidTVNews | 10-09-2011

Thomson Video Networks has announced that Canal+ Overseas has begun a migration to its TV technology for its digital head-end serving Indian Ocean territories.

The newly equipped platform, located in Boulogne, near Paris, will be rolled out by November 2011, transmitting 90 SD and H-D channels, all encoded in MPEG-4 format.

Canal+ Overseas is replacing its existing infrastructure with a combination of Thomson Video Networks products.

"The new platform we are creating, based on the ViBE encoder range, will be a highly efficient long-term solution for expanding our HD services over the next few years" said Catherine Carde, technical director of distribution for Canal+.

Canal+ Overseas is a subsidiary of French pay-TV operator Canal+ Group, and the largest French-language operator in the French Overseas Territories and Africa. It provides more than 300 channels to viewers in the Caribbean, Indian Ocean, and Pacific regions.