Zon goes with Appear TV in satellite infrastructure upgrade

Editor | 30-09-2013

In the latest of the recent upgrades across its estate, Portugal's leading pay-TV operator and content provider ZON Multimedia has upgraded its satellite broadcast infrastructure

The deployment, which is scheduled to go live in late 2013, is being managed by Satcab, Appear TV's Portuguese business partner, and is using scrambling and multiplexer solutions from headend provider Appear TV. The products met ZON's requirements for a bespoke scrambling and multiplexing solution mainly due to their flexibility and high density, revealed Josť Pascoal, planning and engineer director, ZON. "We already use Appear TV headends for our RF network, so we understand the advantages of the company's modular design philosophy. We look forward to Appear TV's scrambling and multiplexing solutions playing an important part in our state-of-the-art infrastructure upgrade."

The scrambling and multiplexing modules' chassis are situated at the ZON main headend. Four statistical multiplexers input to the scrambling modules that encrypt the ZON satellite TV offering secured with NAGRA Aladin conditional access after which the multiplexers process PSI/SI and re-multiplex the transport stream.

The scrambling module is said to be compatible with all major CA systems, supporting both AES and DVB CSA scrambling algorithms. The module can be supplied with customer specified inputs and outputs, and can be integrated with any CA system supporting simulcrypt interface and scrambling of all common video encoded formats including MPEG-2 and H.264 in both SD and HDTV resolutions. The scrambler has a dedicated Ethernet interface towards the CA server, is fully DVB Simulcrypt compliant and enables scrambling of up to 850 Mbit/s and 250 services per chassis.