Cyfrowy Polsat offers Echostar PVRWednesday, October 28th, 2009
Cyfrowy Polsat, the Leading Polish Satellite Operator and One of the Largest Digital TV Operators in Europe, Launches Two New Products Supplied by EchoStar Europe to Further Develop Its High Definition and Digital Video Recording Services
STEETON, UK — EchoStar Europe, the leading supplier of added-value, connected device solutions to the digital TV industry, announced today that it has commenced supply of two new products to Cyfrowy Polsat, the leading Polish DTH operator, for the development of its high definition (HD) service. The DSB-7200 HD set-top box (STB) has already been made available to Polish consumers and the DVR-7400 HD digital video recorder (DVR) has now been launched on the Cyfrowy Polsat service, providing consumers with the benefit of a personalised digital TV experience, coupled with high quality HD pictures.
“As the leading satellite operator in Poland, it is important that we are able to deliver an advanced portfolio of services to enable us to attract new customers and satisfy existing subscribers — we see HD and DVR as being instrumental to this goal”, commented Dominik Libicki, CEO of Cyfrowy Polsat. “We have been working with EchoStar Europe for a number of years and they continue to support us with high quality, cost effective products to enable us to launch new services and stay ahead of the competition”.
The DSB-7200 HD is the latest solution from EchoStar Europe and has been specifically developed for digital satellite TV operators who wish to offer a platform that is optimised for future service development. The STB enables the reception of both standard definition and HD services, broadcast in MPEG-2 and MPEG-4/advanced video coding (AVC) formats. It includes an electronic program guide (EPG), parental lock and a user friendly ‘channel search and sort’ function to simplify cataloguing of chosen events.
Added-value features of the new platform include a USB and an Ethernet port to support future high-bandwidth two-way services. The flexible on-board tuner is compatible with DVB-S, DVB-S2, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 video standards and operates with the DiSEqC™ protocol. This latest product is equipped with an optical digital audio output enabling the transmission of surround sound and provides a secure connection to an audio amplifier. The unit is being supplied through Cyfrowy Polsat’s network of retailers for lease.
In addition, Cyfrowy Polsat is now offering its customers the benefits of a fully integrated HD-DVR, the DVR-7400 HD. This state-of the art unit is enriched with a second HD tuner and a 320GB hard drive. In addition to having access to channels in high quality HD, consumers will also be able to record programmes, pause live television and watch one programme whilst recording another, to create a convenient and personalised television experience.
“We are delighted to expand our cooperation with Cyfrowy Polsat in supplying them with two new high definition products”, commented Rick Smith, VP Sales and Marketing, EchoStar Europe. “As with any other market, high definition offers the consumer the opportunity to get the most out of their television viewing experience and the addition of digital video recording creates the ultimate in convenience. We feel that this is an exciting time for Polish consumers and strongly believe that this new service will be highly successful”.