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MultiChoice Africa Upgrades Digital DTH System With Scopus

Allows pay-TV giant to provide French language channel programming (September 28, 2004)

Scopus Network Technologies (, a leading supplier of digital compression technology to the broadcasting industry, reported today that MultiChoice Africa has once again selected Scopus' digital broadcast platforms for digital Direct-to-Home (DTH) services. Utilizing Scopus platforms, MultiChoice transmits 54 digitally compressed TV channels on the W4 platform to viewers throughout the African continent.

In 2001, Scopus provided MultiChoice with a "one-stop-shop" solution including integration of head-end architecture, engineering, and the supply of digital video compression equipment. The new contract expands and upgrades the current systems with new platforms as well as technologies that push MultiChoice's digital broadcast abilities into the future. In addition, the upgraded system enables the pay-TV giant to increase its market presence encompassing a wide swath of French- and Portuguese-speaking Africa. Scopus is represented in South Africa by GIT (Graphic Image Technologies).

Scopus is supplying MultiChoice's head-end at Telefonica's Satellite Control Centre (SCC) in Guadalajara with a full platform including the CODICO E-1200 Professional Encoder, the CODICO R-3800 Statistical Multiplexer/Re-multiplexer, a PSI/SI generator, and the Scopus NMS 4030 network management system. The complete end-to-end solution includes four fully redundant statistically multiplexed encoding systems.

"MultiChoice once again selected Scopus and their local partner GIT, not only because their technology is top-tier, but also due to the advice and service they have provided," commented Harry Pratt, business development manager for MultiChoice Africa. "Scopus has exceeded our expectations during our association and we look forward to this continuing."

"MultiChoice's expansion in Africa offers Scopus an opportunity to move forward in bringing greater value and choice to digital broadcasting in Africa. Our end-to-end solutions provide MultiChoice with the ability to offer greater choice and thus more value to their customers," remarked Eli Yanuka, Scopus' manager of sales to Africa. "We look forward to more projects such as this and to strengthening our relationship with MultiChoice."

About MultiChoice Africa (MCA):
MultiChoice Africa Limited is a multichannel pay television platform that provides Africa with channels from around the world. Through the DStv bouquet, premium television entertainment is provided to subscribers in 49 countries on the African continent and adjacent Indian Ocean islands.

MultiChoice operations include subscriber management services and the administration of a digital satellite television platform providing up to 55 video and 48 audio channels 24 hours a day.

MultiChoice operates off three satellites over Africa. This includes the C-Band Pas 10 satellite, which covers the whole of Africa; the KU Band Eutelsat W4 satellite, which goes from Senegal in the West to Mauritius in the East; and the KU Band Pas 7 satellite, which covers Southern Africa. MultiChoice Africa Limited is a registered company based in Mauritius and is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Naspers Group, which is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange and NASDAQ.

For further information please contact: Caroline Creasy of MultiChoice Africa, Tel: +27 11 289 3081 Email:

About Graphic Image Technologies (GIT):
GIT is a privately held South African company that provides video compression solutions in the broadcast, IP, and mobile environments, offering their customers solutions that have been widely implemented by national and international organizations.

About Scopus Network Technologies:
Scopus Network Technologies ( provides MPEG-2 DVB and ATSC video distribution architectures that enable broadcasters, cable and satellite TV providers, and telco operators to transmit their content digitally. Built on more than 20 years in digital compression system development, Scopus solutions provide superior flexibility with exceptional performance at cost-effective prices. The CODICO product line of encoders, multiplexers, video gateways, and professional receivers supports comprehensive, end-to-end digital compression for video and data distribution networks.

In 2003, Scopus introduced a new concept to the broadcasting industry - the IVN (Intelligent Video Network). The IVN is a highly integrated, standardized system providing true scalability, high performance, and distributed and efficient network management. It allows operators to deploy a rich portfolio of video, voice, and data services and is a natural migration path from the traditional broadcast world to the on-demand world with full digital-to-digital processing in scalable deployments.

The company was the official supplier of the digital platform for the global broadcast of the 2002 World Cup. Scopus clients worldwide include satellite broadcasters, and cable TV and telco operators such as CBS Newspath (USA), CCTV (China), Deutsche Telecom (Europe), Doordarshan (India), EBU (Europe), FOX News (USA), GlobeCast (Europe), Korea Telecom (Korea), MTV Asia, MultiChoice (South Africa), NBC Olympics, RTRS (Russia), SKY, and others.

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