Broadcom Corporation, a global semiconductor solutions provider for wired and wireless communications, has announced that Videocon d2h, an Indian direct-to-home (DTH) satellite service provider, has selected Broadcom’s integrated satellite set-top box (STB) system-on-a-chip (SoC) device to power their latest high definition (HD) universal serial bus (USB) digital video recorder (DVR).
Broadcom’s BCM7358 HD satellite STB SoC enables Videocon d2h to accelerate deployment of HD satellite STBs to subscribers throughout the region while reducing design complexity, size and overall system cost.
Designed to address consumer demand for pay-TV programming, Videocon d2h’s HD USB DVR is capable of recording content on a USB storage device and offers enhanced digital picture quality with optimum 1080p resolution. The Videocon d2h HD USB DVR is powered by Broadcom’s BCM7358 single-channel 1080p HD advanced video coding (AVC) satellite receiver chip, featuring a high performance CPU and graphics engine, Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA®) connectivity support and advanced security functionality.
According to IHS, STB industry revenue will reach a record $22.8 billion in 2015, driven largely by growth in emerging markets and subscriber demand for HD content1. “As pay-TV operators move to accommodate changes in delivery platforms and formats, including the adoption of HD, STB shipments will continue to rise, hitting record levels for the next few years,” said Daniel Simmons, IHS Technology Director for Connected Home research. “Technology-based service differentiation is becoming increasingly important for pay-TV operators in emerging regions, as these markets begin to mature and saturate. Transitioning subscribers from SD to HD at minimal cost will be critical for driving further pay-TV growth in emerging markets.”
“The silicon innovation that Broadcom provides has been a key factor in our continued success in delivering rich content to our growing subscriber base,” said Anil Khera, Videocon d2h CEO. “We’re leveraging a variety of Broadcom STB silicon throughout our portfolio and plan to extend our manufacturing capabilities to meet the needs of other cable operators in the region.”
“The Indian television market is undergoing a major transition, and operators such as Videocon d2h are leading the charge in dramatically improving the quality and variety of content delivery,” said Rajiv Kapur, Broadcom India Senior Director of Business Development. “As an established leader in STB silicon innovation around the world, Broadcom is delivering the technology required for a growing number of consumers to enjoy more sophisticated features such as HD-quality content, digital video recording and on-demand services.”
Videocon d2h offers 500 channels and services. Videocon d2h also has 27 Asli HD and 239 regional channels and services on its platform. Videocon d2h for the first time in India has successfully previewed 4k Ultra HD DTH services, offers India’s first 1000 GB HD DVR and is the first DTH service provider to offer radio frequency remote control.
The Videocon d2h HD USB DVR is now available to India subscribers. The Broadcom BCM7358 satellite STB SoC is currently available.