Monday, March 18, 2013

MaxLinear enables hybrid satellite-terrestrial STBs in Latin America

USA: MaxLinear Inc. announced that leading OEMs have selected its MxL683 silicon tuner-demodulator device for new, hybrid satellite + terrestrial set-top boxes (STB) for the Latin America pay TV market.

Pay TV operators in Latin America are increasingly adding ISDB-T 13-segment broadcast receivers into existing satellite STB platforms to capture the growing number of high quality, high definition television (HDTV) channels that are broadcast free-to-air in many cities.

The infrastructure and licensing costs associated with combining and re-transmitting these channels over the existing satellite network can be prohibitively expensive. By integrating the ISDB-T receiver in the STB, satellite operators can free up valuable satellite bandwidth for additional pay TV channels and still offer packages with the “must have” local HD content.

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