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Tandberg Television announced its MPEG-4 AVC digital compression solution has been deployed by U.S. Digital Television to maximize bandwidth usage, allowing USDTV to approximately double the amount of content it can broadcast.

USDTV will become the first broadcast television service provider in the U.S. to convert its entire network from MPEG-2 to MPEG-4 AVC encoding, Tandberg TV said.

Tandberg TV will provide end-to-end broadcast encoding systems, including encoders with Reflex statistical multiplexing, multiplexers, and nCompass control, which is used to transmit programming content via satellite.

USDTV sends encrypted cable channels via satellite to local TV station partners where they are distributed over the air along with the broadcasters' primary channels.

Once the compressed video signals reach the consumer's home, USDTV has an MPEG-4 AVC to MPEG-2 transcoder to produce DVD-quality images on any analog or digital television. Customers plug the USDTV device into the USB port of their set-top-boxes.

USDTV also recently announced its second-generation set-top-box, which includes integrated MPEG-4 AVC capabilities; it will be launched later this year.

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