Jordan Media City (JMC), a privately owned media company based in Amman, Jordan, has chosen an end-to-end headend solution from Harmonic to support its direct-to-home (DTH) satellite service.
JMC is using Harmonic's ProView integrated receiver decoders (IRDs), Electra X2 advanced media processors, ProStream 9100 with ACE stream processors and transcoders, and NMX Digital Service Manager to manage its entire DTH workflow, from channel acquisition to reception, descrambling, encoding, transcoding, multiplexing and scrambling.
By providing JMC with a high-density, scalable video infrastructure solution that features the latest technologies for DVB-S2, MPEG-4 AVC and statistical multiplexing, Harmonic has increased the media company's bandwidth efficiency, improved video quality and decreased its operating expenses.
"Video quality is a key differentiator for media companies. Yet, the prospect of delivering better video quality, using less bandwidth, is only achievable through the support of a trusted video infrastructure provider," said Hani Al-Khararbeh, teleport manager, Jordan Media City.
He continued: "Harmonic offers a complete headend solution for DTH service delivery, accommodating all of our specific requirements, including ease of operation at a low total cost of ownership. Through broad support of industry standards and formats, as well as advanced capabilities like variable bitrate encoding and statistical multiplexing, the new headend enables us to deliver excellent video quality at low bit rates."
Ian Graham, vice president of sales for EMEA at Harmonic, added: "JMC is one of the largest media hubs in the Middle East, with the ability to playout and uplink television channels from all over the world. As new SD and HD channels are added to the JMC lineup in the future, bandwidth efficiency will be essential."
Graham continued: "Using an end-to-end headend solution from Harmonic, JMC can deliver more channels than ever before, with better video quality. By providing JMC with an affordable solution for DTH service delivery, and flexibility to migrate to future codecs like HEVC, Harmonic will enable the media company to stay competitive in this growing market."