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Tata Sky upgrades platform to Ericsson’s AVP 4000 System Encoder

MUMBAI: Tata Sky has upgraded and expanded its entire direct-to-home (DTH) platform to the AVP 4000 System Encoder video compression platform. This will enable it to increase the bouquet of channels it offers to subscribers while maintaining the quality of viewing.

Tata Sky MD and CEO Harit Nagpal said, “For Tata Sky, it is of utmost importance to consistently deliver a high quality viewing experience to our subscribers. The Ericsson AVP 4000 System Encoder allows us to enhance picture quality, offer increased volumes of channels and content and launch new services, such as OTT, on the same platform.”

Ericsson head of Region India Chris Houghton added, “Ericsson is committed to helping its customers overcome the challenges of satellite spectrum scarcity and meet increasing quality expectations of Indian consumers. The AVP 4000 System Encoder is designed to overcome today’s bandwidth and delivery constraints by providing the necessary flexibility, velocity and agility to deploy new services within an extremely competitive landscape.”

Ericsson is the leading provider of video compression solutions in the Indian satellite broadcast and DTH arena with four out of the seven DTH operators being based on its video compression technology.

In March this year, Ericsson supported Tata Sky to launch the commercial 4K video service in the subcontinent. Customers subscribing to the 4K service could watch video up to four times the resolution of the standard high definition (HD) video currently available.

Ericsson predicts that total mobile video traffic over the next six years (2015-2020) will be more than 17 times that of the last six (2009-2014). With availability of more content for an ever-increasing number of video-enabled devices, it is critical to maximise video delivery over available bandwidth and multiple networks.