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J:COM Chooses Ericsson for Next-Gen TV JAPAN’S CABLE SYSTEM OPERATOR, J:COM, has selected Ericsson’s MediaFirst TV Platform to enable an enhanced and personalised multiscreen TV experience to its 3.7 million subscribers. The basic design phase will commence in Q4 2017, and the companies will solidify the development agreement subsequent to this. The service will provide J:COM subscribers with new features, including a personalised TV experience on all screens, and the ability to watch live TV and access content on demand on any device. Ericsson will deploy RDK in J:COM’s set-top boxes and a conditional access system to enable delivery of Ultra HD content. This will deliver additional monetisation opportunities such as more effective content recommendation services courtesy of Ericsson’s data analytics. Hirohiko Imura, President, J:COM, said, “Consumers have more choice than ever before and it is therefore imperative that we stand out from the crowd to remain competitive in an ever-cluttered TV landscape. We believe a seamless and personalised TV Everywhere service will enable J:COM to create that distinction. By deploying Ericsson MediaFirst TV Platform we will have access to a range of uniquely intelligent, high performance solutions that will help us transform our television offering and strengthen our position at the forefront of TV innovation.”

Angel Ruiz, Head of Media Solutions, Ericsson, said, “Ericsson’s award-winning MediaFirst TV Platform will enable J:COM to power a next generation TV experience that is available seamlessly across all screens both inside and out of the home, and tailored to meet the needs of each individual subscriber. By leveraging the benefits of virtualisation and cloud technologies we can help J:COM increase its subscriber base and benefit from new and more flexible business models. This is the first step in a long-term partnership which we look forward to growing with J:COM over the years to come.” Ericsson MediaFirst TV Platform is a software-defined, media-optimised cloud-based TV platform. MediaFirst TV Platform provides a converged multiscreen experience including pay-TV in-home, TV Everywhere and OTT services. It embraces all content sources and delivery networks and is integrated onto the RDK, enabling operators to benefit from the common underlying software of the RDK while retaining the ability to differentiate their customer facing TV experience. It also provides analytics tools enabling operators to target relevant content and promotions to viewers, increasing revenue opportunities and reducing churn. Visit

AsiaSat and MMB Deliver ‘Sophia TV Asia’ to APAC ASIA SATELLITE TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMPANY LIMITED has been selected by global satellite service provider, Milano Media Broadcast, and its client, Sophia TV Asia, to broadcast into the Asia-Pacific region on AsiaSat 5.

in Asia, bringing fresh content to viewers, and remain encouraged by AsiaSat

Sophia TV Asia is an independent, non-profit radio and television station that has enjoyed great popularity in Europe, Africa, and South America. With its service commencing free-to-air on AsiaSat 5 in C-band, Sophia TV Asia has gained access to an audience of over 800 million households via terrestrial networks, pay-TV platforms or direct home reception in Asia and Australasia.

said Barrie Woolston, Chief Commercial Officer of AsiaSat.

“Our program content deals with the most diverse spheres of life from the perspective of high ethical moral, given for the peoples of all cultures. We are very pleased to have first-rate distribution services from MMB and AsiaSat, making our content accessible by TV networks and audiences across the Asia-Pacific,” said Stefano Delù, legal representative of Sophia TV Asia.

5’s ability to draw new global satellite service partner like MMB, serving international broadcasters exceptional coverage and expansive penetration,” ‘Sophia TV Asia’ is free-to-air on AsiaSat 5 with the following parameters: • Orbital location: 100.5°E • Transponder: C11H • Downlink frequency: 4040 MHz • Downlink polarisation: Horizontal • Transmission standard: DVB-S2 • Compression standard: MPEG-4

“We are excited to have partnered AsiaSat to bring Sophia TV Asia’s program content to Asia. We look forward to helping Sophia TV Asia grow its viewership further with AsiaSat 5’s unique advantage in neighbourhood and penetration,” said Luca Bondini, Chief Executive Officer of MMB.

• Modulation: 8PSK

“We are very happy to be able to work with MMB to launch Sophia TV Asia

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• Symbol rate: 29.72 Msym/sec • FEC: 5/6


Taiwan Broadband Deploys Second Harmonic Cable TV Video Delivery


HARMONIC HAS ANNOUNCED that Taiwan Broadband Communication (TBC) recently deployed a second Harmonic headend to support its CATV service. Using a combination of Harmonic’s video encoders, multiplexers and playout system, TBC delivers 120 HD and 64 SD channels to subscribers.

superior video quality to subscribers by utilising advanced motion estimation,

“We’ve experienced significant growth over the last few years, and adding another headend was necessary to ensure the best viewing experience for our subscribers. While selecting a technology provider, the key requirements were video quality, flexibility, and load balancing between the main and second headend,” said Jimmy Chen, CEO at Taiwan Broadband Communication. “Ultimately, we chose Harmonic because of exceptional video quality, stability, and an end-to-end solution that supports features such as local playout to boost our subscriber loyalty and revenue.”

downstream programs for local ad insertion and branding.

At the heart of the headend is Harmonic’s video encoding platform, which increases SD/HD MPEG-4 AVC encoding efficiency and enables TBC to deliver

refined multi-pass encoding and preprocessing capabilities. The encoders are integrated with Harmonic’s multiplexing systems and Spectrum XE playout system, which provides TBC with a cost-effective solution for regionalising “Harmonic is the expert in delivering crystal-clear video quality and helping operators better monetise their offerings via regional and local program insertion functionalities,” said Tony Berthaud, Vice President of Sales, APAC, at Harmonic. “Our turnkey solutions offer a complete framework for ad insertion, allowing TBC to gain a competitive edge in the marketplace and generate extra revenue. I am thrilled that Harmonic has been selected by TBC for their second head-end, confirming our long-term cooperation based on mutual trust.” Visit

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