Global Media expands DTH satellite service with Thomson MPEG-4 technology

Columbian direct-to-home satellite TV platform Global Media has added 10 new digital channels through more efficient use of its bandwidth by using Thomson ViBE H.264 MPEG-4 transmission equipment.

New Thomson ViBE encoders and Thomson NetProcessor equipment have recently been installed at Global Media's headend facility in Medellin, Colombia, to manage the audio and video elements supporting 10 SD channels using MPEG-4 compression. The systems also tightly integrate with conditional access software from Irdeto. A Thomson eXtensible Management System (XMS) is providing control the entire system.

The Thomson NetProcessor will be used as a multiplexer and will allow Global Media to insert local content, advertising, logos, IDs and emergency messages into the various channels as necessary.

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