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Reliance and Thomson Tie-up for 300 HD Channels

Reliance and Thomson Tie-up Reliance Big TV has tied up with Thomson, a provider of video solutions, to launch 300 high-definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) channels and 30 radio channels in India later this year.

Big Tv will use the complete head end system from Thomson to launch the HD service and manage a hybrid distribution network of satellite direct to home (DTH) and IPTV over broadband.

With this, Reliance is expected to optimize its distribution network to launch a large number of channels, ensure excellent quality of service, and reach more viewers. Thomson head end will manage both DTH and IPTV platforms simultaneously and transparently.

Arun Kapoor, chief executive officer, Reliance BIG TV, said, "This is an ambitious project and launching such a large bouquet of channels, including HD channels, over a dual-distribution network is a challenging proposition which Reliance Big TV is uniquely qualified to meet. Viewer quality expectations are high and satellite bandwidth over India is limited."

Thomson has supplied Reliance with a complete video headend for hybrid networks, including its compression solutions - Thomson ViBE Multi-channel MPEG-4 SD encoders, ViBE Premium MPEG-4 encoders for HD video, XMS monitoring equipment, and NetProcessor repurposing and multiplexing solutions.
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