Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Motorola Supplies MPEG-4 Encoders for Smithsonian Channel

Motorola will provide a high-definition (HD) MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding (AVC) encoding system for Smithsonian Channel, which plans to broadcast all programming in HD. Specifically, the new Smithsonian Channel system will employ Motorola's SE-5100 MPEG-4 AVC HD encoders to encode video content into the MPEG-4 AVC format for distribution over satellite. Smithsonian Channel's cable or telco affiliates will be able to install Motorola's new DSR-6050 Digital Satellite Receiver-Transcoder at their headends to receive the signals and, in some cases, convert them to MPEG-2 for distribution.

Motorola said its encoding solution provides greater flexibility and efficiency for programmers by allowing the broadcast of a single MPEG-4 HD signal for each service sent to cable operator and service provider customers. By supporting both MPEG-4 and MPEG-2 outputs, the DSR-6050 enables programmers to transition to the more efficient MPEG-4 format, maintain the quality of their signal and support the transmission format preference of their affiliates.


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