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Televisa Selects ETL Systems

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MEXICO CITY—Televisa, one of the leading media companies in Latin America and operator of a direct-to-home satellite pay television system in Mexico, has chosen ETL Systems’ RF distribution equipment for its ground segment upgrade. 

ETL Systems, designers and manufactures of RF distribution equipment, were chosen to replace and upgrade Televisa’s existing 64 x 64 matrix that has become obsolete as their operation had grown.

In order to receive signals from multiple satellites, Televisa required a bigger matrix to then distribute these signals to all integrated receiver decoders (IRDs). 

Following multiple tests, Televisa selected ETL’s Harrier 128x128 matrix for the upgrade, as it met Televisa’s minimum capacity requirements of 72x80 and gave them an option to expand in the future.  

The size (10U) of the Harrier chassis was also beneficial as they were limited on available space. 

Commenting on the project Amar Achaibou, Amfar director general explained that “the response from ETL software when the matrix lost power was much faster than the competition, as was the stability of the signal after passing through the matrix. ETL also offered a free lifetime support guarantee, so should we encounter any issues we can rely on their support. Both of these factors are incredibly important to us, as we pride ourselves on offering a great service for consumers.”

“We were also impressed by the different options of input/output modules, the architecture of the matrix and its modular design,” he continued. “During the demo period the whole team used the software, praising the intuitive and user-friendly interface, as well as the alarm reports.” 

The project was the acquisition of one piece of equipment - ETL’s L-Band matrix 72x80, which will be used in the Rx site of the broadcaster, news, feeds own programming for monitoring. All satellite traffic that comes to the facility needs to pass through this piece of equipment, making reliability and redundancy crucially important.

Local integrator Amfar were also involved with the project, helping with the logistics to import and deliver equipment to Televisa and also some support of the equipment.

George Winslow

George Winslow is the senior content producer for TV Tech. He has written about the television, media and technology industries for nearly 30 years for such publications as Broadcasting & Cable, Multichannel News and TV Tech. Over the years, he has edited a number of magazines, including Multichannel News International and World Screen, and moderated panels at such major industry events as NAB and MIP TV. He has published two books and dozens of encyclopedia articles on such subjects as the media, New York City history and economics.