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CubiTV, a subsidiary of TiVo, has announced that its’ CubiTV hybrid middleware has been selected by Global Satellite (GSat) for delivery of digital video broadcast via satellite in the Philippines. CubiTV will be deployed on STBs manufactured by Intek Digital of South Korea and used to provide DTH satellite TV services to subscribers across the Philippines. Initial capabilities enabled by the Intek/Cubiware STBs include HD digital video and PVR recording. The inclusion of CubiTV provides an upgrade path that will enable later deployment of interactive services and additional enhanced capabilities.
GSat provides international entertainment and information in multiple Asian markets, including not only the Philippines but also other parts of South Asia. With an emphasis on superior coverage, quality programming, and content security, GSat carries both locally produced and international content, including news, multi-cultural programs, distance education, business and economic analysis, governmental proceedings, and other documentary productions. GSat’s services reach remote areas that are often not served by terrestrial broadcast or cable.
“A big part of GSat’s ability to meet the growing demand for a better direct-to-home satellite TV experience is our use of the latest multimedia technology,” said Philip J. Chien, President and CEO of GSat. “With CubiTV middleware running on quality hardware from Intek Digital, we will be able to offer our subscribers a high-quality, cost-effective set-top box that satisfies all of the requirements for our existing roll-out and also provides a future-proof platform on which we can enable interactive services in the future.”