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SA decoder boosts DBS bandwidth

Mon, 04/16/2007 - 10:40am
Brian Santo, CED

Scientific Atlanta announced a new Advanced Program Receiver that supports multiple conditional access (CA) systems and features a streamlined path for delivering more video over satellite bandwidth using DVB-S2, the second-generation standard for digital video broadcasting via satellite.

SA first alluded to the new decoder last week (see Cisco/SA intros passel of new vid products at NAB).

The new decoder’s support for the DVB-S2 modulation standard, which expands the content carrying capacity of existing satellites by up to 30 percent, together with the bandwidth improvements of SA’s own MPEG-4 advanced video encoders, provides programmers and broadcasters with the ability to deliver more content over satellite transponders.

“In addition to support for multiple CA systems, this receiver has bandwidth-efficiency improvements for just about everyone: DVB-S2, high definition, standard definition, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 advanced video coding and MPEG over IP outputs, all in one receiver," said Dean Rockwell, vice president and general manager, SA Digital Media Networks. "These multiple capabilities will be extremely valuable to help meet the increased demand for HD programming that is generating a bandwidth challenge for content owners and creators.”

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