The Horizon project consists of the elaboration of a new product line optimised for the satellite distribution of Terrestrial TV and Mobile TV multiplexes to broadcast towers. The new products will be developed with the following objectives in mind:
The phase 1 of the Horizon project consists of developing the base platforms needed to efficiently distribute mobile TV or terrestrial TV signals from a head-end to broadcast towers.
The project is phased according to three main releases:
This project addresses one key issue mainly: the deployment and operation of a Digital Terrestrial TV network or Mobile TV network is not cost-effective if classical satellite modulator and demodulator are used.
More precisely, the issues are:
The main competition for such applications comes from the use of stand-alone satellite demodulators or IRDs. Those solution are often most cost-effective for a single multiplex distribution, provided bitrates are not too high.
This project aims at compensating the limitations of such solutions by coupling to high-end professional devices additional functionalities to render them cost effective.
The main benefits are:
The global benefit of the proposed development is that the Newtec products will turn the satellite link from a commodity into an intelligent element able to reduce both deployment cost and operational costs compared to other solutions.
The solution developed in this project addresses the satellite distribution of mobile TV or Terrestrial TV content to broadcast towers across a country.
A typical diagram of such a system is depicted in the diagram below.
The project focuses mainly on the satellite receivers to be placed in the towers. The high number of towers involved in actual deployments requires indeed cost-effective solutions to be effective. The Horizon project will also address elements on the head-end that enable either to have very efficient satellite transmissions or to have very cost-effective tower solutions.
The project also addresses the aspects of modulation and amplification to the extent their integration or joint offer is needed to allow the building of an efficient solution for network providers.
The solutions will first target the DVB-T and DVB-H standards and will in a second stage be extended to other standards like DVB-SH, ISDB-T, MediaFlo, T-DMB, CMMB, etc.
The Prior Work of the project started in May 2008.
The actual kick-off of the project took place in February 2009.
The project is phased as follows:
The project is now completed.
The project was officially started in February 2009, with a prior work already executed in May 2008.
Phase 1 was completed in March 2010.
Phase 2 was completed in November 2010.
Various products have been developed:
These products implement the following key features for the DTT market:
These products have been deployed in several primary distribution networks for Digital Terrestrial TV.