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Tata Sky partners with Broadcom to provide consumers with MPEG-4 capable set-top boxes

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Tata Sky has announced its partnership with Broadcom, where the chipmaker will provide the DTH operator with MPEG-4 Standard Definition set-top boxes (STB) that will be powered by its SoCs. This partnership will help Tata Sky in converting all its existing MPEG-2 standard STBs to the newer technology.

“The move to MPEG-4 is a major milestone for our company and a significant benefit to our subscribers,” said Harit Nagpal, Tata Sky CEO.  “We selected Broadcom’s satellite set-top box devices because their best-in-class integration, performance and energy-efficiency enable us to meet the needs of our subscribers while also reducing power and energy requirements in the home.”

Tata Sky has had to deal with crowded transponders due to which the operator hasn’t been able to introduce as many new channels as it wants to. By completely switching to the MPEG-4 standards, it should be able to free up quite a bit of space on the existing transponders. At the moment Tata Sky’s newer SD, SD+, HD and HD+ set top boxes are MPEG-4 capable and it is only the older SD boxes that need replacing. Once all the set-top boxes are replaced, the operator will switch all its existing channels to MPEG-4 quality.

Nagpal further mentioned that over the period of next year, the company will be replacing around 5-6 million older STBs at no cost to the consumers.