Astro taps Thomson to drive multiscreen platform

DetailsJoseph O'Halloran | 24 March 2015




Aiming to deliver additional channels for business expansion, Astro has deployed Thomson Video Networks encoding and video processing solutions to drive its new multiscreen unified compression system platform.
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Aiming to deliver additional channels for business expansion, Astro has deployed Thomson Video Networks encoding and video processing solutions to drive its new multiscreen unified compression system platform.


THomsonWith a base of more than 4.3 million residential customers representing just over three-fifths of Malaysian TV households, Astro offers more than 184 TV channels including 48 HD channels delivered via DTH satellite TV, IPTV, and over the top (OTT) platforms. Over the past six years, Astro has deployed 18 DTH transponders with Thomson Video Networks solutions and now uses the NetProcessor multiplexer/video processor for all IPTV streaming services.

The new MUCS platform will deliver content via DTH (VBR MPEG-2 and H.264), IPTV (CBR H.264), and OTT for Southeast Asia's largest pay-TV operator. To enable operation, Astro will use Thomson's ViBE EM4000 premium HD/SD broadcast encoder, NetProcessor multiplexer/video processor, Amethyst III redundancy switch, and XMS network management system. Also, with the new solutions installed in Astro's main DTH broadcast centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, the MUCS platform will extend an existing Thomson Video Networks deployment for the OTT service Astro on the Go.

"We chose the Thomson Video Networks solutions after a very comprehensive and intensive tender process in which we evaluated a number of compression technology vendors," explained Astro vice president of platform technology Poh Kee Seng. "The Thomson solutions were an ideal match to our requirements, especially with regard to the ability to deliver content on multiple platforms."