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Multichoice readies DVB-H for Africa

25 May 2006

Multichoice Group, the largest satellite broadcaster in Africa, has selected Grass Valley DVB-H to provide the headend and service platform for the delivery of 20 television and radio services to mobile devices. Multichoice sees offering compelling content to mobile handsets as an important part of widening its offer to its customers.

Grass Valley will provide Argos H.264 mobility encoders, Opal IP encapsulators and the Smartvision Mobility TV service platform to perform the content aggregation, video compression and encapsulation, generation of the the Electronic Service Guide and service delivery. Grass Valley’s Smartvision Mobility solution handles content provisioning, terminals management and service delivery.

The system for Multichoice will first cover the Durban, Cape Town, Pretoria and Johannesburg regions in South Africa. Multichoice intends to quickly promote its new mobility service by providing live content from the FIFA World Cup.

"Grass Valley supplied Multichoice with its DVB-S satellite delivery platform, and we turned to them again for a turnkey solution for DVB-H," said Gerdus van Eeden, chief technology officer at MultiChoice."After thorough evaluation of various solutions on the market, it was a no-brainer: superior picture performance of its H.264 encoder, advanced service management with SmartVision, and full compatibility with our Irdeto conditional access software.

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