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StarTimes to Use Entropic’s EN5288 CSS for Satellite Pay-TV in Africa

By | September 3, 2014
      Entropic CSS chip.

      An Entropic CSS chip. Photo: Entropic

      [Via Satellite 09-03-2014] StarTimes has implemented Entropic’s EN5288 Channel Stacking Switch (CSS) in the company’s new single-cable Low Noise Block (LN) down-converter and Multi-switch support for Digital Video Recorders (DVRs). The Entropic solution creates an end-to-end single-cable run satellite solution from StarTimes’ LNB and Multi-switch products to its set-top devices. The analog CSS sends video streams from multiple satellites into a household using a single-cable feed. Operators can deploy three-tuner DVRs in multiple rooms within a household without needed extra cabling.

      According to Entropic, the technology speeds up the installation of in-home satellite systems by simplifying DVR and Set-Top-Box (STB) upgrades. StarTimes will begin offering the Entropic-enabled solution as part of its Direct Broadcast Satellite (DBS) service deployments in Africa. Based in China, StarTimes currently has 23 registered companies in Africa.

      “The DBS market in Africa is beginning to mature with Pay-TV viewers now interested in DVR services and more high definition channels,” said Al Servati, vice president of marketing at Entropic. “In working with StarTimes, we are enabling operators in Africa to more efficiently and affordably deliver advanced TV services to multi-tuner DVRs throughout the home, while also preparing operators for future home networking demands by consumers.”