Harmonic Powers Airtel’s DTH HD Experience

Compression headend system aims to improve HD offerings
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SAN JOSE, CALIF.—The India-based direct-to-home arm of global telecommunications provider Bharti Airtel, Airtel Digital TV, has announced it is utilizing a compression headend system from Harmonic to improve its HD viewing experience. The deployment of Harmonic technology allows Airtel to expand its DTH HD portfolio to more than 50 premium channels.

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Electra X2

The headend system is led by Harmonic’s Electra X2 advanced media processor, allowing high-quality, low-bandwidth MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 encoding of SD and HD video content for live DTH services. With the Harmonic PURE compression engine, the Electra X2 supports a range of video formats and codecs for satellite delivery, including HEVC.

The Electra X2 processors will be integrated with Harmonic’s ProStream 9100 stream processor and ProView 7100 integrated receiver-decoder, and controlled by Harmonic’s NMX video network management system.