Broadcom video codec to power Tata Sky's UltraHD STB

Rebecca Hawkes
| 30 July 2014

Broadcom's high efficiency video codec is to power the first generation UltraHD set-top box (STB) being deployed next year by Indian direct-to-home (DTH) provider Tata Sky and media technology company Technicolor.

Broadcom's high efficiency (HEVC) enabled chipsets provide the compression and higher throughput required to introduce UltraHD subscriber hardware and content. The Broadcom BCM7252 UltraHD system-on-a-chip dramatically improves coding efficiency and reduces video bandwidth usage by 50%, the company claims.

"We are committed to delivering an innovative and world class TV viewing experience. With the arrival of HEVC technology, our subscribers will soon be some of the first in the region to experience the live-action quality that only UltraHD can provide," said Harit Nagpal, managing director & CEO, Tata Sky.

"As UltraHD TVs continue to become more affordable and UltraHD content becomes more widely available, we anticipate increased subscriber demand for Ultra-HD-capable set-top boxes."

Georges Laplanche, senior vice president, Technicolor APAC, connected home division, added: "By leveraging Broadcom's advanced UltraHD devices with integrated HEVC compression technology, we can deliver 4K resolution at a frame rate of 60 frames-per-second while substantially reducing the bandwidth required for video transmission, and providing the advanced features and capabilities needed to enable the ultimate home viewing experience."