Thai DTH operator Next Step chooses Ateme for encoding

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Neal Romanek
November 10th 2016 at 12:30PM : By Neal Romanek

Ateme's Titan solution is being used to encode and transcode more than 40 channels

Next Step Selects ATEME's TITAN to Power the First HEVC DTH Service in Thailand

Thai multichannel DTH operator and distributor Next Step is using Ateme's Titan encoding solution. Next Step is the owner of Thai channels Freeview HD and Good TV, a new HD DTH, free-to-air, satellite TV platform.

Ateme has provided Next Step with a complete video headend, including a software-based Titan Live combined with a multi-function Titan transcoder. Titan will encode and transcode SD and HD content to H264 and HEVC formats for Next Step’s satellite direct-to-home (DTH) TV offering in Thailand.

The Titan solution is being used to encode and transcode more than 40 channels with the aim of allowing Next Step to add more channels in a bandwidth efficient way in the future.

Titan is a virtualised software-based encoder-transcoder, designed for cable, DTH and OTT. It supports HEVC, H.264 and MPEG-2 codecs, with resolutions from mobile devices to 4K-UHD. Ateme's Titan Live product is a distribution solution, encompassing encoder, transcoder, multiplexer, statmux, packager and origin. 

“After testing several solutions, the bandwidth efficiency and impressive video quality offered by Ateme's Titan made a crucial difference,” said Amornphat Chomrat, managing director of Next Step. “Their solution matched perfectly with our installed equipment and our whole ecosystem. We found Titan to be the right choice in terms of video quality and rapidly adopted it.”

“We’re thrilled to be working with Next Step on their first major DTH HEVC headend project," Yoann Poizeau, VP sales APAC of Ateme, said. "They will be able to provide, through satellite distribution, unparalleled video quality at minimum bitrate and rapidly answer the demand for high quality content in the region.”