The UK telecommunications provider TalkTalk, looking to cost-effectively deliver high-quality live and VOD content and an increased channel lineup to subscribers' set-top boxes, has announced the use of an integrated headend solution from Harmonic to help deliver its IPTV services.
TalkTalk will utilise Harmonic's Electra 9200 universal multiservice encoder and ProStream 9100 with ACE stream processor and transcoder, which both feature a highly dense and scalable architecture, in their YouView IPTV service.
"YouView from TalkTalk is Britain's fastest growing TV service. To deliver our growing range of content to more than a million subscribers, we needed an IPTV headend solution that would increase our encoding efficiency and support future growth," said Naresh Raj, broadcast systems team leader at TalkTalk Group.
Raj added that by using a unified headend from Harmonic, TalkTalk would have the flexibility to support additional subscribers and add more channels as their market requirements change.
Harmonic's Electra 9200 provides high-quality, low-bandwidth MPEG-4 AVC encoding of video content through a high-density design that supports up to eight HD output services per chassis, thereby reducing capital and operational expenses.
The system includes powerful integrated audio encoding tools and enhanced serviceability via hot-swappable dual power supplies, fan assembly, compression modules, and processing cards – increasing the telco’s video quality, reliability, and operational efficiencies.
TalkTalk is looking to maximise cost efficiencies by use of the ProStream 9100 with ACE. The system is marketed as the industry's highest density processing and transcoding solution, with the ability to transcode up to 60 SD MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 AVC broadcast services.
Europe is not the only market Harmonic is currently targetting with their new solutions. “We see significant growth opportunities in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, as service providers in these markets look to improve upon the production and delivery of broadcast and multiscreen services in order to the meet increasing consumer demand for more content on a variety of devices,” said Ian Graham, vice president of sales, EMEA, Harmonic.
“Utilising an integrated headend solution from Harmonic, operators can cost-effectively deliver additional live and VOD content, with superior video quality. The recent deployment of Harmonic’s Electra 9200 universal multiservice encoder and ProStream 9100 with ACE stream processor and transcoder for TalkTalk’s YouView service is a great example of the efficiency and scalability that can be achieved with a Harmonic headend," he added.