Wednesday, April 19, 2006

TANDBERG TV Debuts IP Head-end, Following SkyStream Acquisition

TANDBERG Television introduced an IP-based system designed to change the face of IP video head-ends in both contribution and distribution networks and in large and small scale DTH cable, satellite, terrestrial and telco platforms.

The iSIS 8000 IP system includes MPEG-2, MPEG-4 AVC and SMPTE VC-1 video encoding and transcoding, IP multiplexing and new receiver/decoders, all under a single control and management system, nCompass.

The new TANDBERG MX8400 IP Multiplexer is a next generation product designed for central head-end applications including primary
multiplexing for large DTH satellite, cable and terrestrial and contribution and distribution systems. This open standards, IP based product enables the simplification of systems and with support for up to 4 independent multiplexed outputs from a single unit. The combination of statistical multiplexing and advanced multiplexing architectures ensures maximum usage of available bit-rate.

Conditional access integration is supported via the iSIS 8000, and a number of DVB Simulcrypt integrations are available at launch.

For large head-end and central office video processing, and local channel insertion and public, education and government (PEG) channel encoding, TANDBERG Television has integrated the SkyStream MediaPlex / iPlex into the iSIS 8000 system. The MediaPlex and iPlex are flexible switched digital video processing platforms capable of MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 AVC SD Encoding, MPEG-2 SD Transrating, MPEG-2 to MPEG-4 AVC Transcoding, multiplexing, de-multiplexing, routing and streaming. With their capability of simultaneous outputs over ATM, IP and ASI transport streams, the NEBS-compliant ultra-compact iPlex and high-density MediaPlex are the ultimate chassis-based solutions for hybrid transmission networks, such as dual cable and IPTV delivery to the home.

Other new iSIS 8000 system components and features to be launched at NAB include:

  • Dual GigE Encoder output - NAB will see the debut of the new TANDBERG dual GigE output card in the EN5900 and E5700 encoding ranges for MPEG-2, MPEG-4 AVC and VC-1. The encoder to multiplexer transport stream data connection has a dedicated high speed IP output and provides full redundancy protection of the transport stream data. The transport stream output from the encoder is transmitted on both outputs simultaneously as a multicast packet stream and full N+M encoder redundancy is provided. The dual GigE Encoder output option card also supports splitting of the encoder multi-program transport stream outputs into separate multicasts - so for example the EN5930's MPEG-2, MPEG-4 AVC and PIP programs can all be multicast on separate addresses.

  • TANDBERG RX1290 - a professional multiformat MPEG-2/MPEG-4 AVC SD/HD decoder that enables network operators and broadcasters to deliver IP streams of standard definition (SD) and high definition (HD) content from studio to studio and across networks to regional head-ends and affiliates. (see separate press release).

  • TANDBERG RX5130 Descrambler - the latest generation of the TANDBERG DVB-CA Common Interface Descrambler features satellite and transport stream input, with optional IP output, and is a key component in the turnaround of content into the broadcast head-end. By removing the previous transmission scrambling the RX5130 enables programming to be processed, and re-multiplexed for onward broadcast.

"IP is the great leveler in the digital video market. The future of IP is secure as the operational and cost efficiencies it provides bring enormous benefits to all operators," said Roger Bolton, VP of Business Development at TANDBERG Television.

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