Broadcom Corporation has announced that Sky Deutschland, a pay-TV provider in Germany and Austria, has selected Broadcom’s satellite set-top box (STB) system-on-a-chip (SoC) solutions to enable multi-channel high definition (HD) and digital video recorder (DVR) functionality for subscribers. STBs and DVRs enabled by the Broadcom BCM7325 and BCM7335 single-chip, multi-format HD satellite STB SoC solutions are now available to manufacturers.
Sky Deutschland provides satellite, cable and Internet services featuring a diverse choice of unique TV options with distribution to approximately 95 percent of Germany and 85 percent of Austria.
Sky Deutschland selected Broadcom’s BCM7325 and BCM7335 satellite STB SoC solutions with HD and DVB-S2 support. The single-chip BCM7325 solution will power the next generation of HD non-DVR STBs, while the single-chip BCM7335 will be at the heart of Sky Deutschland’s first integrated digital video recorder called the Sky+.
Both SoC solutions support MPEG-4 and integrate with NDS MediaHighway STB software to enable a Flash-based user interface.
The SoC solutions also include support for the the European Commission’s (EC’s) Code of Conduct (CoC) on Energy Efficiency of Digital TV Service Systems to lower power consumption and support for NDS VideoGuard conditional access and MediaHighway set-top box software to provide security and advanced services.