Orbit goes hard on Pay TV

Orbit TV is starting to buy in the hardware that it needs to set up its new Pay TV system. Harmonic has been named prime contractor for the system, and the company is to supply its head-end compression system.

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By  Mike Bayman Published  May 4, 2001

Orbit TV is starting to buy in the hardware that it needs to set up its new Pay TV system. Harmonic has been named prime contractor for the system, and the company is to supply its head-end compression system.
"We chose Harmonic as system integrator based on their experience, high-quality DiviCom MPEG-2 encoders and their headend equipment. It was very important to us that they have a proven track record of integrating their equipment with the other suppliers," said Ghassan Itani, Executive Vice President of Sales & Marketing, Orbit. "We want the finest products for our network and we want them integrated in a seamless manner, in the shortest possible time."
Orbit is due to start delivering over 150 channels of video and radio programming in July this year via its digital to home system. The digital-to-home (DTH) system is DVB compliant and uses transponders on both the Arabsat 2A and Nilesat 102 satellites.
The system has a footprint that covers more than 23 countries in the Middle East and North Africa. Orbit provides a wide selection of entertainment and information in English, Arabic and French, geared toward an audience of highly educated, well-traveled and affluent professionals for whom culture, entertainment, and up-to-date information have become a necessity.
Orbit's claimed goal is to provide subscribers with the world's most advanced fully digital, multi-channel, multi-lingual, interactive pay television service.

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