Thursday, August 7, 2008


CBS News is using Fujitsu's IP-9500e MPEG-4 AVC encoder to help broadcast the Evening News with Katie Couric in high definition (HD). Specifically, CBS News is using the IP-9500e at its Washington, D.C. bureau to deliver multiple HD satellite news gathering (SNG) feeds to its new HD Control Room 47 at the CBS Broadcast Center in New York. Fujitsu said the combination of its IP-9500e and Sencore's MRD3187A Integrated Receiver Decoder (IRD)--used in New York to decode the incoming signal--creates the lowest latency of any available MPEG-4 AVC codec, enabling CBS News to cost-effectively deliver exceptional HD picture quality while using less than half the network bandwidth required for traditional MPEG-2 transmissions.

This deployment continues the CBS News rollout of Fujitsu's encoders for HD SNG. The network first used the IP-9500e to broadcast the 2008 Presidential State of the Union Address in HD, marking the first time CBS used HD MPEG-4 AVC compression for a network broadcast.

CBS News also plans to use Fujitsu's encoders for coverage of the Republican and Democratic Presidential Nominating Conventions as well as for the Presidential Inauguration. In addition, the network plans to implement the Fujitsu/Sencore HD codec solution at its London studio later this summer to facilitate HD SNG from that location.