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Ukrkosmos Selects Harmonic Video Compression Solution to Grow Channels

By Juliet Van Wagenen | December 15, 2016
Harmonic’s Electra X2 Advanced Media Processor. Photo: Harmonic

Harmonic’s Electra X2 Advanced Media Processor. Photo: Harmonic

[Via Satellite 12-15-2016] Ukrkosmos, the state-appointed operator of satellite telecommunications systems in Ukraine, has selected a video compression solution from video infrastructure provider Harmonic to support its new teleport offering for Direct-to-Home (DTH) service delivery. Harmonic’s Electra X2 advanced media processor provides high-quality, low-bandwidth MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding (AVC) variable-bitrate encoding of Standard Definition (SD) and High Definition (HD) video content for live DTH services, enabling Ukrkosmos to deliver more channels with what the company believes will be better video quality.

“Our new teleport service is unique to the marketplace, as it allows local DTH operators to use several satellites simultaneously, based on factors such as capacity and geographical location. To get the most out of the teleport’s bandwidth, we needed to partner with an expert in video compression solutions,” said Yuri Balychev, first deputy general director at Ukrkosmos.