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Videocon d2h selects Broadcom for its new HD DVR

MUMBAI: Broadcom Corporation, a global innovation leader in semiconductor solutions for wired and wireless communications, has said that direct-to-home (DTH) service provider Videocon d2h has selected Broadcom’s integrated satellite set-top box (STB) system-on-a-chip (SoC) device to power their latest high-definition (HD) universal serial bus (USB) digital video recorder (DVR).

Broadcom’s BCM7358 HD satellite STB SoC enables Videocon d2h to accelerate deployment of HD satellite STBs to subscribers throughout the region while reducing design complexity, size and overall system cost.

Designed to address consumer demand for pay TV programming, Videocon d2h’s HD USB DVR is capable of recording content on a USB storage device and offers enhanced digital picture quality with optimum 1080p resolution. The Videocon d2h HD USB DVR is powered by Broadcom’s BCM7358 single-channel 1080p HD advanced video coding (AVC) satellite receiver chip, featuring a high-performance CPU and graphics engine, Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) connectivity support and advanced security functionality.

“The silicon innovation that Broadcom provides has been a key factor in our continued success in delivering rich content to our growing subscriber base,” said Videocon d2h CEO Anil Khera. “We’re leveraging a variety of Broadcom STB silicon throughout our portfolio and plan to extend our manufacturing capabilities to meet the needs of other cable operators in the region.”

“The Indian television market is undergoing a major transition, and operators such as Videocon d2h are leading the charge in dramatically improving the quality and variety of content delivery,” said Broadcom India senior director of business development Rajiv Kapur. “As an established leader in STB silicon innovation around the world, Broadcom is delivering the technology required for a growing number of consumers to enjoy more sophisticated features such as HD-quality content, digital video recording and on-demand services.”

According to IHS, STB industry revenue will reach a record $22.8 billion in 2015, driven largely by growth in emerging markets and subscriber demand for HD content1. “As pay TV operators move to accommodate changes in delivery platforms and formats, including the adoption of HD, STB shipments will continue to rise, hitting record levels for the next few years,” said IHS technology director for connected home research Daniel Simmons. “Technology-based service differentiation is becoming increasingly important for pay TV operators in emerging regions, as these markets begin to mature and saturate. Transitioning subscribers from SD to HD at minimal cost will be critical for driving further pay TV growth in emerging markets.”

Videocon d2h offers 500 channels and services. It also boasts 27 Asli HD and 239 regional channels and services. For the first time in India, the company has successfully previewed 4k Ultra HD DTH services. It offers India’s first 1,000 GB HD DVR and is the first DTH service provider to offer radio frequency remote control.