Bharti Uses Broadcom SoC for DTH TV Service

by CXOtoday Staff    Dec 16, 2008

Bharti Airtel has selected Broadcom’s integrated satellite set-top box (STB) system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions to power its direct-to-home (DTH) TV services - Airtel digital TV. This marks Broadcom’s first commercial satellite product launch in India.

With an exploding interest in DTH TV services, India’s burgeoning pay-TV market potential is expected to include 90 million subscribers by 2012, according to In-Stat market research.

To satisfy the growing market potential and demand in India for satellite TV, Bharti Airtel selected the Broadcom BCM7454 standard definition (SD) satellite STB solution with integrated H.264, MPEG-4 and VC-1 video decoding, and the Broadcom BCM4505 integrated satellite tuner and demodulator front-end solution. DVB-S2 technology, provides 30 % greater capacity when compared to the DVB-S standard and allow Bharti Airtel to offer additional services, channels, and on-demand and interactive content within the same transponder allocation, said Broadcom.

Both the BCM7454 satellite STB SoC and BCM4505 satellite receiver are currently being deployed in set-top boxes to Bharti Airtel customers nationwide, marking the company’s foray into satellite TV services.

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