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Indian TV Group Reliance BIG TV Selects Thomson Headend System for Massive Deployment of 300 TV Channels over Hybrid Networks


Paris (France) / Amsterdam (Netherlands) – Reliance BIG TV, a new venture of India’s largest private company Reliance, is to launch 300 high-definition and standard-definition channels, as well as 50 radio channels, using a complete head end system from Thomson (Euronext Paris: 18453; NYSE: TMS), the worldwide leader in video solutions.

Reliance has selected Thomson’s innovative solutions for launching and managing a hybrid distribution network of satellite direct to home (DTH) and IPTV over broadband, for high-definition (HD) and standard-definition (SD) video services throughout India. Using Thomson’s video head ends, Reliance is able to optimise its distribution network to launch a large number of channels, ensure excellent quality of service, and reach more viewers.

“This is an ambitious project and launching such a large bouquet of channels, including HD channels, over a dual-distribution network is a challenging proposition which Reliance Big TV is uniquely qualified to meet. Viewer quality expectations are high and satellite bandwidth over India is limited,” said Mr. Arun Kapoor, Chief Executive Officer, Reliance BIG TV. “We selected Thomson’s solutions as they indisputably offer best-in-class performance for picture quality and compression capacity.”

"Our solutions have been specifically developed to reply to the pain points encountered by operators when choosing their systems for delivering video – notably quality of service, return on investment and network distribution optimisation for delivery of bandwidth heavy services such as HD.” said Didier Trutt, Senior Executive Vice President of the Systems Division within Thomson.

At its launch in later this year Reliance BIG TV will offer 300 HD and SD television channels, making it the first to launch HD video services in India. Reliance is offering its customers a choice of satellite or broadband delivery platforms. To do this cost effectively demands a flexible head end which can manage both DTH and IPTV platforms simultaneously and transparently.

Thomson has supplied Reliance with a complete video headend for hybrid networks, including its market-leading compression solutions featuring the Thomson ViBE Multi-channel MPEG-4 SD encoders, ViBE Premium MPEG-4 encoders for HD video, XMS monitoring equipment, and NetProcessor repurposing and multiplexing solutions. In addition Thomson is supplying full engineering, consulting and support services, including integrating the headend with Reliance’s existing equipment.

Thomson has also supported Reliance in creating a redundancy system on a larger scale, providing two separate uplinks which are 1,000 kilometers apart to protect viewing enjoyment being disrupted by exceptional weather factors such as monsoons.

Network agnostic, Thomson’s solutions are the heart of some of the world’s largest deployments of IPTV, Triple Play, VoIP and Mobile TV. Thomson is unique in being able to offer a complete end-to-end solution for deployment of video and triple play services – from transmitters, video head ends and video on demand servers, to service platforms and consumer premises equipment.


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About Thomson: the worldwide leader in video solutions
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