Convergence India 2014: Indian broadcast satellite operator taps Entropic and Inverto Digital

At the Convergence India 2014, Entropic, a semiconductor solutions vendor for the connected home, and Inverto Digital Labs, a provider of broadcast reception and streaming products, said an Indian direct broadcast satellite (DBS) operator has deployed Inverto’s Quad Unicable multi-switch based on Entropic’s Channel Stacking Switch (CSS), the EN5288.

Entropic did not disclose the name of the DBS operator in India.

Inverto’s Quad Unicable multi-switch enables the DBS operator to enhance TV viewing experiences of Multi-Dwelling Unit (MDU) subscribers by enabling multiple tuners and viewing locations off a single-cable run from the trunk system that already exists in the building.

Al Servati, vice president, Marketing, Entropic

In addition, Inverto’s Unicable multi-switch with Entropic CSS technology enables the DBS operator to reduce satellite installation costs by sending multiple video streams from multiple satellites into and around the home — over a single-cable feed.

This simplified cabling approach allows the operator to deploy set-top boxes (STBs), with multiple tuner capabilities, in multiple rooms, without adding additional cabling by using the existing single-cable run from the MDU’s trunk.

The new multi-switch leverages the industry standard CENELEC EN50494, which facilitates delivery of broadcast programming to a maximum of eight STBs over a single coaxial cable. This allows operators who have incorporated the standard into their STBs ahead of deployment to future-proof subscribers’ in-home networks allowing seamless deployment of DVR and multi-room solutions — at any time — with CSS products.

Gil Laifer, senior director of Products, Inverto Digital Labs. “By implementing our Unicable products with Entropic’s advanced CSS technology, operators can increase average revenue per user, improve subscriber satisfaction and have the ability to reduce churn.”

Al Servati, vice president, Marketing, Entropic, said: “Deploying our technology with long-term partner Inverto in the India satellite market is proof that service providers recognize the opportunity to deliver more entertainment and increase service offerings — all through the simplified single-cable approach.”

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