India's YOU SCOD18 to launch new channels with Thomson convergent video system

Louise Duffy ©RapidTVNews | 27-06-2012

YOU SCOD18, one of the leading cable TV MSOs in Mumbai, has installed Thomson Video Networks' ViBE VS7000 convergent video platform to launch HD channels and OTT services to customers in the Mumbai area.
YOU SCOD18 is a joint venture between YOU Broadband & Cable India and leading cable TV distributors in Mumbai. YOU Broadband, based in Mumbai, offers high-speed data, voice, and video services to residential, corporate, and SME customers in 13 of India's major cities. YOU SCOD18 plans to launch HD, OTT channels, and value-added services including audience metering/TV viewership, catch up TV, and video on demand (VOD) in the near future. The company chose Thomson's ViBE VS7000 fully integrated IP video system for its superior image quality and the combination of encoding and multiformat capabilities it offers in a convenient package.
YOU SCOD18's director, N K Rouse, said: "The ViBE VS7000 provides a very strong combination of high-quality encoding with robustness and versatility in a unit that makes it easy to launch and develop both cable and Internet-based media services."
Built for convergent applications such as Web TV and over-the-top services delivery, traditional IPTV, and IP/cable, the ViBE VS7000 benefits from 15 years of Thomson's best-in-class video quality and compression innovation. The platform combines support for all major audio/video codecs, the latest adaptive streaming formats, and a resilient IT platform for native redundancy and scalability. With its live broadcast-quality encoding and faster-than-real-time file transcoding, the ViBE VS7000 is optimised for versatility and easy operation, providing a flexible way to customise workflow to meet the needs of every application.
Supporting video resolutions up to 1920x1080 in progressive and interlaced modes, the ViBE VS7000 is scalable for input channels and output profiles, with multiple output formats per channel. Advanced video and audio pre-processing, automatic loudness control, integrated load balancing and failover, centralised Web-based operation, and SOAP/Web services support for external interfacing make the ViBE VS7000 a fully-featured solution for convergent applications.
Tony Berthaud, APAC sales and field service director for Thomson Video Networks, said: "YOU SCOD18's rapid launch of its new services for cable and OTT illustrates the ease with which content owners can reach audiences through multiple delivery chains using the versatile ViBE VS7000. Designed specifically for convergent video applications, the ViBE VS7000 substantially reduces the challenge operators face when building a multiformat offering."