Canal+ Group has opted for a Thomson Video Networks encoder to migrate its Canalsat offer to HD.

Commenting on the development, Frederic Vincent, EVP technology and information systems, Canal+ Group, said: “The migration of Canalsat to an all-HD offering is a significant milestone for our company. It was critical that we deploy encoding technology that could provide powerful upscaling capabilities, high density, and features for DVB subtitles and Dolby E transcoding. The ViBE EM4000 is the perfect fit for our requirements.

“And as a long-time Thomson Video Networks customer, we knew we could count on them to provide outstanding support and product development to meet our needs.”

Eric Louvet, VP, worldwide sales and field services, Thomson Video Networks, added: “With its global footprint and industry leadership in premium content, themed networks and pay-TV offerings, Canal+ Group is the perfect customer — and the Canalsat migration is the perfect project — with which to demonstrate the efficiencies and cost savings of our ViBE EM4000’s new upscaling function.

“Media enterprises like Canal+ understand that the ability to broadcast in HD is not only a key differentiator, but it’s critical to meeting viewer demand for premium picture quality. With its seamless ability to upscale SD sources and encode HD MPEG-4, in addition to its industry-leading channel density and streamlined management of DVB subtitles, the ViBE EM4000 is the ideal solution for these requirements.”

Canalsat’s new all-HD offer went live at the beginning of this month.