All video streams on the direct2home platform are now being encoded with High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) and High-Efficiency Advanced Audio Coding (HE-AAC) for the audio stream.
Telekom Austria notes that for this major transition to be achieved, the DTH pay-TV operators in the two countries running their services on direct2home had to exchange the complete install base of their set-top-boxes with HEVC-ready ones.
It adds that the direct2home platform, along with its local pay-TV partners in Czech Republic and Slovakia, are now the first HEVC DTH platforms in Europe.
Commenting on the development, Stanislav Georgiev, head of media broadcasting, Telekom Austria Group, said: “We announced the launch of our white-label direct2home platform exactly four years ago during IBC. Being the newcomer in the industry has had its own advantages. It has allowed us to adopt agile business models and partner with the most innovative and advanced technology vendors. Now, four years later, we are proud to announce that we operate the first HEVC DTH platform in Europe, we enable five DTH pay-TV operators on direct2home and host more than 1 million records on our multi-tenant Conditional Access System”.
Telekom Austria Group’s HEVC platform is based on the Electra X2 Advanced Media Processor technology from Harmonic.