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Moto Flexes Video Transcoding MuscleMoto Flexes Video Transcoding Muscle

Motorola Mobility launches flexible multichannel transcoder and offers new higher density and flexible transcoder IRD products

April 12, 2012

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Moto Flexes Video Transcoding Muscle

HORSHAM, Pa. -- Video service providers can now more efficiently deliver a broad range of high-quality video services to consumers across North America, thanks to the new Motorola ST-6000 series transcoder from Motorola Mobility, Inc. The ST-6000 series high performance multi-channel video processing platform supports MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 standard and high definition transcoding for satellite, cable, and IPTV applications. Designed to reduce overall capital and associated costs, the ST-6000 also supports evolving network needs and headend requirements such as independent per channel audio transcoding and picture-in-picture (PIP) capability. Launched at IBC 2011, this is the first time the ST-6000 series is available in North America.

The ST-6000 delivers the highest quality video per channel plus significant bandwidth savings in three, six or twelve channel configurations resulting in significant capital and operational savings and a highly simplified deployment model. The consolidation of up to 12 channels of MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 onto a single 1RU platform provides up to 80 percent reduction in power consumption and up to 90 percent savings in overall headend space requirements compared to single channel transcoding solutions. Service providers also benefit from the flexibility and investment protection as the ST-6000 offers a migration path from standard definition (SD) to high-definition (HD) video via software licensing, thereby avoiding costly hardware replacements.

In a separate release: HORSHAM, Pa. -- As higher bandwidth video services such as high definition (HD) 1080i, HD1080p60 and 3D TV proliferate, studios and programmers continue their shift to MPEG-4 based satellite video distribution. The benefit to content providers is the freeing up of costly satellite transponder space, making room for new HD channels. The challenge for cable operators is their video infrastructure and home devices are almost exclusively designed to support legacy MPEG-2 formatted video services. To address this challenge, Motorola Mobility, Inc. (NYSE: MMI) is introducing the DSR-6400 family of integrated satellite receiver transcoders.

Offering support for single, dual, three and four channel configurations, The DSR-6400 family is an integrated design combining traditional IRD functions and transcoding functions into a single unit that fits within a sing;le RU.. Each channel of the DSR-6400 series can independently transcode the input MPEG-4 HD video service into simultaneous MPEG-2 standard definition (SD) and HD video outputs. This flexibility in design provides operators the ability to support legacy MPEG-2 based video services simultaneously as they begin the bandwidth saving shift to MPEG-4 based video delivery services all in one DSR-6400 unit.. In addition, the DSR-6403 and DSR6304 support a very-high quality closed-loop statmux capability, to maximize transmission bandwidth efficiency while ensuring subscribers enjoy the ultimate in picture quality and viewing experience.

With simple setup via the front panel, web browser, or from a satellite uplink control from the programmer, the DSR-6404 can be provisioned for CBR and VBR video bitrate encoding, allowing for very high quality video statmux in groups with up to four HD channels within a 256-QAM multiplex bitrate of 38.8Mbps. The DSR-6400 also utilizes AFD (Active Format Descriptor) to translate input HD services to an appropriate SD service with proper aspect ratio and resolution, ensuring that video is display-ready for screens of any size and format.

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