Televisa upgrades satellite contribution with NovelSat

Gabriel Miramar-Garcia | 21-01-2014

Mexico-based Televisa will upgrade its entire satellite contribution network with NS3000 satellite modems from NovelSat. The move is an upgrade to prepare for the Mexican broadcast rights for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, as well as to better support its video links to the US where it distributes a broad range of Spanish-language programming.

In the future, Televisa expects to continue to increase its offering of HD content and UltraHD 4K for live and recorded content.

Televisa first implemented NovelSat NS1000 Modulators and NS2000 Demodulators in 2012 to replace equipment in its contribution network. Based on the success of those implementations, Televisa is now upgrading the entire contribution network with NovelSat NS3000 Modems, including in their DSNGs, flyaways and contribution stations.

"Televisa saw that by increasing the data rate over our existing satellite bandwidth, NovelSat NS3 technology dramatically improves the quality of our HD video contributions," said William Aguirre, Televisa's director of satellite operation. "At Televisa, we embrace innovation. When a new technology also significantly improves the quality of our signals, it makes it all the more attractive."

The NovelSat gear more than doubled the amount of video that Televisa was able to deliver per MHz compared to their existing equipment based on the DVB-S standard, it said. Whereas Televisa was delivering up to 5Mbps over 4MHz with DVB-S, with the NovelSat NS3000, the Televisa data rate reaches 11.4Mbps.

"Challenges facing satellite broadcasters in Mexico and all over Latin America include very limited, costly satellite bandwidth and transmission quality that does not consistently support the quality that HD broadcasts require," the company said. "By streaming more high quality video through existing satellite bandwidth using NovelSat equipment, Televisa expects to improve the quality of HD video content contribution, without using more bandwidth."