Spain’s latest HDTV platform launches

Spain: Starmax HD, Spain’s latest HD service, has chosen GlobeCast to provide aggregation, encryption, and delivery of its full bouquet of channels alongside a tech portfolio including set-top boxes from Ferguson and viewer access cards from Conax.

Starmax HD has been developed from the ground up to provide an HDTV platform to Spanish viewers in an affordable package without requiring a contract or minimum term. Content includes much sport, inevitably, and viewers will have the ability to record programmes and play content files from external hard drives, as well as internet access to streaming content through the set-top box.

GlobeCast’s end-to-end service for Starmax HD includes fibre contribution from several countries; reception of SD and HD channels at the company’s Sainte Assise Teleport in France; signal compression in MPEG-4 with multiplexing, uplink, and satellite capacity; and encryption for Conax.

“Even though more than half of Spanish households have HD-compatible technology, most Spanish consumers are not enjoying HD content to the fullest extent,” said Maciej Sojka, Starmax HD managing director. “As a groundbreaking platform, Starmax HD will change the way we watch television.”

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