Italy’s Telespazio will deploy Ericsson’s AVP 4000 system encoder for HD content distribution to viewers worldwide. Ericsson has signed an agreement with the Finmeccanica/Thales company to expand Telespazio’s current service offering to include MPEG-4 AVC HD and SD channels, while maintaining existing MPEG-2 SD channels at premium quality within the existing content distribution infrastructure.
The Ericsson AVP 4000 system encoder will give Telespazio sufficient bandwidth to introduce new content distribution services. Ericsson’s solution is powered by its first professional video processing chip and will provide compression capabilities to Telespazio, allowing it to introduce new HD and SD services.
“In order to consistently deliver the high quality content in high definition that we know our subscribers want, it was imperative that we upgraded our existing content distribution infrastructure,” said Michele Aita, platforms engineering manager, Telespazio. “Ericsson was the natural choice, as we were able to leverage our existing legacy platform to minimise costs, while launching additional MPEG-4 AVC SD and HD premium channels. The superior overall picture quality for premium content offered by Ericsson’s solution gives us an edge over our competitors, enabling us to maximise our revenue basis over the coming years.”
Ericsson’s AVP family of video processors offers broadest capability on a single platform across all applications, from SD to HD, 1080p50/60, 3DTV and Ultra High Definition TV (UHDTV), and all codecs, including MPEG-2, MPEG-4 AVC and JPEG2000, with 4:2:0 and 4:2:2, 8-bit and 10-bit all supported.