* TBN picks Harmonic, TBC Integration for satellite distribution
By Mike Robuck
Harmonic announced today that Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) has deployed Harmonic's DiviCom MV 500 HD and MV 100 SD encoders and its DiviTrack Statistical Multiplexing technology for Trinity’s MPEG-2 satellite program distribution.
The new system was implemented by TBC Integration, and it replaced TBN's analog satellite carrier architecture with a digital multiple channels per carrier (MCPC) system, including one HD and six SD channels with redundancy.
TBM serves more than 12,500 TV and cable affiliates worldwide via 54 satellites. The global distribution of TBN's content required a compression solution that would be compatible with a wide range of DVB receivers, as well as with cable operators' networks in the U.S. and other countries.
Harmonic's encoders met this requirement and also enabled TBN to provide viewers with superior picture quality.
"Harmonic's compression solution provides a higher level of bandwidth efficiency, quality and versatility to meet the needs of our operations," said Ben Miller, VP of engineering at TBN. "The ability to deliver an outstanding HD experience was particularly important as we worked with TBC Integration to design and rollout our new service."
* Verimatrix secures two new customers
By Brian Santo
Hargray Communications has deployed the Video Content Authority System (VCAS) security platform from Verimatrix to protect VOD content on its IPTV service. Hargray delivers wired and wireless telephone, high-speed Internet, and cable and IPTV services to 100,000 customers in Hilton Head Island and the surrounding areas of South Carolina and Georgia.
Separately, Verimatrix said that RealPage has selected the Verimatrix’s VCAS to secure content on its IPTV service, scheduled to begin later this year. RealPage will offer an IPTV service, which it’s calling StarFire, directly to the multifamily housing industry. VCAS will secure content delivered from the StarFire headend to apartment homes via RealPage's private, managed IP network.
* Ciena improves Ethernet platform
By Brian Santo
Ciena announced new modules for its FlexSelect Advanced Services Platform family, which delivers Layer 2 Ethernet aggregation, switching and transport capabilities as simple plug-and-play upgrades.
The G10 and G10X Ethernet Service Modules simplify IP/Ethernet service architectures and optimize the cost and efficiency of network resources by reducing the number of router ports, metro WDM client ports and wavelengths, and standalone Ethernet switches, according to Ciena. The company claims that the upgrades “often” lead to capex savings of more than 50 percent.
* Google, Panasonic team up for Internet TV
By Traci Patterson
Viera Cast will launch this spring on Panasonic’s Viera plasma TVs and will display Internet content such as photos and videos.
With the new technology, users will be able to access and search through YouTube videos and view Google’s photo-sharing service, Picasa Web Albums. They will also have access to the Weather Channel and Bloomberg.
"Panasonic's cooperation with YouTube and Google's Picasa Web Albums exemplifies our commitment to leading the natural evolution of the Internet and extending it to the high-definition television," said Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co.'s VP Merwan Mereby.
* Gemstar-TV Guide, Sony ink IPG deal
By Traci Patterson
Gemstar-TV Guide has signed a multi-year agreement with Sony USA to integrate its interactive program guide (IPG) for consumer electronics devices (CEDs) – TV Guide On Screen – into Sony’s primary line of TV products.
Gemstar-TV Guide’s IPG will be built directly into Sony’s custom user interface, and it will be made immediately available for consumer use, the companies said. Sony is among more than a dozen CED manufacturers that currently license Gemstar TV-Guide’s IPG for CEDs.
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