VTC Selects TANDBERG Television for HD and SD Playout to DTT and Satellite

Monday, June 15th, 2009 
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Vietnam Multimedia headend enables simultaneous encoding and multiplexing for hybrid network

HONG KONG — TANDBERG Television, part of the Ericsson Group (NASDAQ:ERIC), announced today that Vietnam Multimedia Corporation (VTC) has selected TANDBERG Television to provide the encoding, multiplexing and modulation for ten high-definition and 32 standard-definition channels that are simultaneously played out over satellite and digital terrestrial networks. The Vietnamese broadcaster and platform operator combines MPEG-2 SD and MPEG-4 AVC HDTV channels in the same TANDBERG Television Multiplexer Transport Stream and the content is modulated using DVB-S2 for satellite and DVB-T for digital terrestrial television. VTC is the first pay TV operator in Vietnam that is providing MPEG-4 AVC HDTV.

“Because we play out many channels to DTH and DTT at the same time, we needed a flexible headend solution to ensure this is achieved in the most efficient way,” comments Le Anh Dung, Director of R&D Center at VTC. “TANDBERG Television has delivered this and provides the high picture quality at low bit rates needed for satellite and especially for digital terrestrial television.”

“VTC is a leading broadcaster and platform operator in Vietnam with an innovative hybrid network solution,” comments Dario Choi, Vice President and General Manager of TANDBERG Television Asia-Pacific. “We are delighted to work with them on this important project. Digital terrestrial television is now established in the market and audiences will appreciate the picture quality VTC can deliver.”