To increase satellite bandwidth capacity, Televisa, Latin America’s largest media company to upgrade its entire contribution network with NovelSat NS3000 modems
Boston, MA – 21 January, 2014 – Mexico-based Televisa, the largest media company in the Spanish-speaking world, announced today that they will upgrade their entire satellite contribution network withNS3000 satellite modems from NovelSat. In addition to retaining the Mexican broadcast rights for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, Televisa is a major Mexican broadcaster with video links to the US where they distribute a broad range of Spanish language programming.
NovelSat NS3000 Satellite Modem
These bandwidth-intensive activities demand costly satellite time, representing a significant operating expense. To support their growth trend, Televisa first implemented NovelSat NS1000 Modulators andNS2000 Demodulators in 2012 to replace equipment in their contribution network. Based on the success of those implementations, Televisa is now upgrading the entire contribution network with NovelSat NS3000 Modems, including in their DSNGs, flyaways and contribution stations.
The NovelSat gear more than doubled the amount of video that Televisa was able to deliver per MHz compared to their existing equipment based on the DVB-S standard. Whereas Televisa was delivering up to 5Mbps over 4MHz with DVB-S, with the NovelSat NS3000, the Televisa data rate reaches 11.4Mbps.
Challenges facing satellite broadcasters in Mexico and all over Latin America include very limited, costly satellite bandwidth and transmission quality that does not consistently support the quality that HD broadcasts require. By streaming more high quality video through existing satellite bandwidth using NovelSat equipment, Televisa expects to improve the quality of HD video content contribution, without using more bandwidth.
“Televisa saw that by increasing the data rate over our existing satellite bandwidth, NovelSat NS3 technology dramatically improves the quality of our HD video contributions ,” said William Aguirre, Televisa Director of Satellite Operation. “At Televisa, we embrace innovation. When a new technology also significantly improves the quality of our signals, it makes it all the more attractive.”
NovelSat NS3 technology built into NS3000 modems lets Televisa transmit two HD video channels over a 9 MHz pipe. Compared to the next best solution which can handle just a single HD channel over 6 MHz, NovelSat NS3 makes a compelling case. What’s more, using NovelSat modems, broadcasters can also use the same carrier for video, data and voice. Televisa takes advantage of this flexibility to control and communicate with remote DSNGs from the home studio without allocating extra satellite bandwidth.
“Televisa has made a strategic decision to adopt NovelSat NS3 technology for their entire contribution network. That says a lot for the benefits that NovelSat is delivering to Televisa,” said Ron Barak, NovelSat VP Americas. “In addition to being the largest media company in Latin America, Televisa also has a reputation for innovation. These are some of the reasons that we consider this a very important deal for NovelSat.”
In the future, Televisa expects to continue to increase their offering of HD content and Ultra High Definition TV (4K UHDTV) for live and recorded content. NovelSat NS3 figures to play an important part in that strategy.
About Grupo Televisa
Televisa is the largest media company in the Spanish-speaking world based on its market capitalization and a major participant in the international entertainment business. It operates four broadcast channels in Mexico, produces and distributes 16 pay-TV brands for distribution in Mexico and the rest of the world, and exports its programs and formats to the U.S. through Univision and to other television networks in over 50 countries. Televisa is also a major participant in Mexico´s telecommunications industry. It has a controlling interest in Sky, Mexico’s leading direct-to-home satellite television system and in several cable and telecommunications companies: Cablevisión, Cablemás, TVI, and Bestel. Through its cable investments, Televisa offers video, voice, and broadband services. In addition, Televisa has a 50 percent equity stake in Grupo Iusacell S.A. de C.V., Mexico’s third largest mobile telecom provider. Televisa also has interests in magazine publishing and distribution, radio production and broadcasting, professional sports and live entertainment, feature-film production and distribution, the operation of a horizontal internet portal, and gaming. In the United States, Televisa has equity and debentures that, upon conversion and subject to any necessary approvals of the FCC, would represent 38% on a fully diluted basis of the equity capital in Univision Communications Inc. (“Univision”). Univision is the leading media company serving the Hispanic market. www.televisa.com
NovelSat is a technology company dedicated to providing the next-generation modulation standard for satellite communications. NovelSat NS3™ technology – encompassing ultra-high end modulators, demodulators, modems and ASICs – essentially replaces DVB-S2 as the industry standard. NovelSat delivers the fastest data rates, the widest pipe and the most compelling ROI. That means you get the best performance at the lowest costs, resulting in the highest profits. Learn more about the rapidly-growing list of global broadcasters, communications service providers, defense contractors and systems integrators already maximizing satellite capacity with NovelSat NS3 at www.novelsat.com
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