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Harmonic supports 4K/UHD channels in the Middle East

March 16, 2017
Subscribers to Ooredoo tv can now enjoy 4K/UHD content on the FunBox UHD channel, which is powered by Harmonic’s Electra VS convergent video system.

Harmonic’s Electra video compression solution serves as backbone for Ooredoo’s new multi-screen channels

Doha-headquartered telco Ooredoo has launched the FunBox UHD and C4K360 multi-screen 4K/Ultra HD (UHD) channels, which offer a combination of round-the-clock programming, including live TV, time-shift TV and video-on-demand (VoD) content.

Fatima Sultan Al Kuwari, community and public relations director, Ooredoo Qatar, said: “The FunBox UHD channel is available today for all subscribers of Ooredoo tv. This launch is part of our push to offer leading international and local content to our customers.

“Harmonic allows us to deliver best-in-class video quality so subscribers can enjoy more breathtaking visual content, detail, contrast dynamics and extended colours than ever before.”

At the heart of Ooredoo’s 4K/UHD workflow is Harmonic’s Electra VS convergent video system, which supports IPTV delivery, as well as over-the-top (OTT) live and VoD streaming, ensuring “crystal-clear” 4K/UHD video for viewers on every screen.

The Electra VS system also fully supports 4K/UHD with high dynamic range (HDR), allowing for enhanced video quality in the future and increased monetisation, said Harmonic.

Ian Graham, vice-president of sales, EMEA and Latin America, Harmonic, added: “Aside from bandwidth concerns in the Middle East, video formats are changing all the time, making the delivery of content to multiple networks a real challenge.

“Our Electra VS solution resolves those challenges, supporting OTT and IPTV delivery, with HEVC/H.265 encoding for both live and file-based content. 4K/UHD is the future, and we are helping Ooredoo pave the way towards delivering higher resolution video to any screen in Qatar.”


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