F7 Broadcast welcomes Harmonic contribution

DetailsRebecca Hawkes | 16 January 2015

India's F7 Broadcast network has chosen contribution technology from Harmonic for coverage of live events and news across its six TV channels.

Using Harmonic's Ellipse 3200 contribution encoders and ProView 7100 integrated receiver-decoders (IRDs), F7 has changed its video delivery standard from DVB-S/MPEG-4 to DVB-S2/MPEG-4. The transition optimises video quality, increases bandwidth efficiency and lowers operating costs.

"Today's viewers have an insatiable appetite for live news. They want to know what's happening, while it's happening, on a variety of devices. In order to provide 24/7 news coverage, we needed a contribution solution that would guarantee superior bandwidth efficiency and video quality for multiple channels," said Naveen Goel, executive vice president, IT, Broadcast and Engineering, F7 Broadcast Pvt Ltd.

"We are using Harmonic's solutions in all DSNG [digital satellite news gathering] vehicles to send live feeds from regional locations back to the main headend in Noida. We are very impressed with the cost savings and video quality improvements they provide."

Harmonic's Ellipse 3200 contribution encoders provide HD MPEG-4 AVC encoding at 4:2:2 chroma subsampling and 10 bits, to give viewers the highest video quality available.