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VideoPropulsion, MultiVirt woo Indian LCOs with low-cost headend

MUMBAI: Wisconsin-based VideoPropulsion Interactive Television and New Delhi-based MultiVirt India are offering a low-cost headend, Vpro-S, for local cable operators (LCOs) in India. The headend has the capacity of delivering 240 channels.

The integrated headend appliance is capable of selectively receiving up to 200 channels of free-to-air (FTA) programming via DVB-S2 satellite, and then re-modulating the programmes over QAM on a COAX network to DVB-C set-top boxes (STB).

The system has been designed for LCOs to optionally merge up to 40 of their own local programmes into the COAX cable plant multiplex via an Ethernet port on the appliance. The locally supplied content is encoded into MPEG2 or H.264, and then transmitted to the VideoPropulsion QAM, where it is combined with up to 200 FTA channels for delivery over the cable network to the subscribers’ STBs.

Additional options and upgrades include the ability to do hardware transcodes of any of the programmes to or from MPEG2 or H.264, as well as the ability to encrypt any of the programmes using a variety of conditional access schemes such as Conax, Novel-SuperTV, Cryptoguard, Irdeto and more.

“Our new VPro-S Headend represents an exciting new opportunity for us to provide a large segment of CATV markets in India with a powerful and affordable solution,” said MultiVirt founder and director Rakesh Gupta. “We are gratified to offer this high-density, low-priced product in support of the final phases of the digitation of television services in India.”

“Our ongoing partnership with MultiVirt showcases our ability to solve large-scale digital television problems quickly and cost-effectively. We are delighted to participate in India’s ambitious future,” said VideoPropulsion founder, chairman and chief scientist Carl Pick.