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June 17, 2009

Indonesia Pay TV Service Provider Selects TANDBERG Television Encoders

By Anil Sharma, TMCnet Contributor

Indonesia’s newest pay TV service provider, AORA, has selected TANDBERG Television (News - Alert) encoders and multiplexing for over 50 channels of standard-definition content, which are broadcast in MPEG-4 AVC over satellite.

According to TANDBERG Television officials, AORA will be using the company’s PREKOR dynamic pre-correction system for satellite modulation.

AORA, the satellite pay TV platform owned by PT Karyamegah Adijaya, was launched in August 2008 initially with a 10 channel introductory service and exclusive Indonesian rights to the 2008 Beijing Olympics and Barclays Premier League football.
AORA is the first Pay TV operator in Indonesia to utilize MPEG-4 AVC.

“After being granted a broadcasting license under the new licensing regime, AORA has moved quickly to acquire premium rights and use satellite to help increase the penetration of Pay TV,” said Ongki P. Soemarno, CEO of AORA.

Soemarno said that the TV service provider wants to deliver the best television experience in Indonesia and is confident that the TANDBERG Television solution will provide the picture quality and bandwidth conservation needed to achieve this.

He said that the TANDBERG Television system will also allow the company an easy expansion to HD services with only software changes on the compression system.

“AORA is an aggressive Pay TV company determined to make an impact in the Indonesian market so we are proud they have selected TANDBERG Television for their headend requirements”, said Dario Choi, EVP and general manager of TANDBERG Television Asia-Pacific.

Choi said that as a new satellite service they are able to exploit the bandwidth efficiencies of MPEG-4 AVC encoding for standard-definition TV. The PREKOR dynamic pre-correction system will help AORA gain maximum performance from the two satellite transponders it is using, he said.

TMCnet recently reported that Vietnam Multimedia Corporation (VTC) has selected TANDBERG Television to provide the encoding, multiplexing and modulation for ten high-definition and 32 standard-definition channels that are simultaneously played out over satellite and digital terrestrial networks.

VTC combines MPEG-2 SD and MPEG-4 AVC HDTV channels in the same TANDBERG Television Multiplexer Transport Stream and the content is modulated using DVB-S2 for satellite and DVB-T for digital terrestrial television. VTC is the first pay TV operator in Vietnam that is providing MPEG-4 AVC HDTV.

Anil Sharma is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anil’s articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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