Bresnan Communications is deploying digital simulcast feeds via a centralized platform from the Comcast Media Center and SES Americom.
The platform, dubbed the Total Digital Solution, enables operators to launch simulcast or all-digital service without big headend equipment investments. SES Americom’s AMC-4 satellite distributes dozens of basic and expanded channels, and CMC’s HITS (Headend In The Sky) digital overlay allows cable operators to pick and choose their video and audio lineups.
Bresnan is leveraging the system to offer digital simulcast – a technique in which analog channels are replicated in the digital domain – in Newcastle, Wyo. and Delta, Utah.
“The CMC’s content management capabilities permit us to digitally encode channels nearly six times more efficiently than headend-based solutions and provide an extensive array of high-quality video services that allow operators to remain competitive in their communities,” said CMC COO Gary Traver.