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Multichoice to deliver mobile service with Grassvalley products

Multichoice Group, Africa’s largest satellite broadcaster, has chosen Grass Valley to provide the headend and service platform for the delivery of 20 television and radio services to mobile devices, using the DVB-H system.

Multichoice Group, Africa’s largest satellite broadcaster, has chosen Grass Valley to provide the headend and service platform for the delivery of 20 television and radio services to mobile devices, using the DVB-H system. Multichoice is planning to offer content to mobile handsets as part of its efforts to widen its offer to customers.

Grass Valley will provide Argos H.264 mobility encoders, Opal IP encapsulators and the Smartvision Mobility TV service platform to enable content aggregation, video compression and encapsulation.

“Grass Valley supplied Multichoice with its DVB-S satellite delivery platform, and we turned to them again for a turnkey solution for DVB-H,” says Gerdus van Eeden, chief technology officer at MultiChoice. “After thorough evaluation of various solutions in the market, we decided this was the best as we saw superior picture performance of its H.264 encoder, very advanced service management with SmartVision, and full compatibility with our Irdeto conditional access software. This coupled with the reliability of the Grass Valley ViBE DVB-S platform, which is already in operation at Multichoice, made our choice easy. We will pioneer DVB-H as we pioneered DVB-S, and to achieve this we renewed our partnership with Grass Valley.”

The new system will initially cover Durban, Cape Town, Pretoria and Johannesburg. Multichoice intends to promote its new mobility service by providing live content from the FIFA World Cup Soccer 2006.

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