Japanese DTH operator aims for Perfect VOD solution

Editor ©RapidTVNews | 23-05-2012

SKY Perfect JSAT Japan’s largest direct-to-home (DTH) satellite service provider with more than 3.7 million subscribers, has embarked upon a technology refresh to support a major upgrade of its video on demand (VOD) services.
SKY Perfect JSAT is the result of a merger in October 2008 between JSAT Corporation, SKY Perfect Communications and Space Communications. The core operating company of the SKY Perfect JSAT Group claims to have become the largest satellite operator in Asia offering the largest multi-channel pay-TV business in Japan.

Supporting the “Buy Once, Watch Anywhere” service that it launched in December 2011, the new over-the-top (OTT) service is designed to allow subscribers to view live and on-demand content, including sports, movies and TV programming, on IP-connected devices including TVs, PCs, tablets and smartphones.
Explaining what new abilities the new set up could present, Masahiko Aoki, Acting General Manager, Engineering & Operations Group of SKY Perfect JSAT said: “We can now offer premium programming including J-League football, UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League matches that our viewers can enjoy anytime, anywhere, on any device.”
To achieve this aim, the operator has deployed Envivio 4Caster Gen III encoders powered by Envivio Muse software, for the SKY PerfecTV! On-Demand video service. The encoders will perform formatting, transcoding and packaging in Apple HTTP Live Streaming (HLS) and Microsoft HTTP Smooth Streaming (HSS) formats for multiscreen viewing. SKY Perfect has also implemented the Envivio 4Manager network management system for monitoring and control of the converged headend.