Satnews Daily
December 21st, 2016

Electra™ X2 Empowers DTH Teleport

A new teleport offering for DTH by Ukrkosmos, the state appointed operator of SATCOM systems in the Ukraine, has selected a Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) video compression solution to support this endeavor.

Harmonic's Electra™ X2 advanced media processor provides high-quality, low-bandwidth MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 AVC variable-bitrate encoding of SD and HD video content for live DTH services, enabling Ukrkosmos to deliver more channels with superior video quality. Due to several factors, including increased DTH delivery costs, the satellite TV industry is looking to adopt more efficient video delivery approaches, such as shared capacity via teleports. Harmonic's Electra X2 media processor boosts video compression efficiency for Ukrkosmos operators.

Harmonic's Electra X advanced media processor.

Powered by the Harmonic PURE Compression Engine™, the Electra X2 media processor supports a variety of formats and codecs, including the next-generation HEVC codec, providing Ukrkosmos with a flexible and bandwidth-efficient solution. With the Electra X2 solution, Ukrkosmos can control multiple encoding and playout operations from a single interface. Reducing the number of discrete boxes in the broadcast chain reduces network complexity, resulting in an operation that is easier to set up, manage and maintain.

According to Yuri Balychev, the first deputy general director at Ukrkosmos, Harmonic's Electra X2 media processor offers bandwidth efficiency, exceptional video quality and scalability giving customers the means to drive new revenue-generating services now and in the future.