Blonder Tongue Ships Efficient MPEG-2 HD Encoder

Eliminates need for external QAM-to-IP converter
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Blonder-Tongue HDE-8C-QAM/IP encoder

OLD BRIDGE, N.J. — Blonder Tongue Laboratories announced that it has launched the HDE-8C-QAM/IP MPEG-2 HD encoder, which includes an IP output that is compatible with IPTV networks. By providing operators with a direct IP output, the HDE-8C-QAM/IP encoder eliminates the need for external QAM-to-IP equipment, making network design simpler and more manageable for operators in the education, enterprise, hospitality, healthcare, government and pro A/V markets.

“Being able to deliver HD video content over IP networks opens up revenue opportunities for schools, universities, stadiums, and other businesses. Yet, to make this scenario a reality, video operators need cost-effective, reliable, and high-quality encoding solutions,” said Jeff Smith, vice president of sales at Blonder Tongue. “By adding a direct IP output to our existing HDE-8C-QAM encoder, we provide the industry with a winning solution.”

The HDE-8C-QAM/IP encoder accepts programs from up to eight component or composite inputs, such as set-top boxes, satellite receivers and camera sources, then digitizes, MPEG-2 encodes, multiplexes and modulates each HD stream into four adjacent ASI or QAM channels in the 54-1,002 MHz range (CATV 2-158). To ensure continuous service, the HDE-8C-QAM/IP encoder automatically switches over to a built-in spare input in the event of a failure.

In addition to supporting Dolby Digital audio encoding and closed captioning, Blonder Tongue’s HDE-8C-QAM/IP encoder features an integrated EAS interface that simplifies the distribution of emergency alert messages. An accessible RF test point allows operators to perform monitoring and testing on the encoder without service interruption. The RF test point, combined with the unit’s user-friendly Web-based interface, lowers the learning curve for system operators and reduces operational expenses. Remote monitoring and control of the encoder can be achieved via any standard Web browser, bringing further efficiency to operators.