Other breaking news from the National Association of Broadcasters confab happening this week in Las Vegas:
• Sinclair Broadcast Group is using Harmonic Inc.‘s DiviCom MV 450 low-bit rate encoder to deliver high-definition television. Sinclair operates 62 stations in 39 markets – equal to about 25 percent of all U.S. households.
The technology enables TV stations to broadcast multiple SD and HD channels within their allocated 19.39 Mbps of broadcast spectrum, Harmonic said.
• Triveni Digital and Terayon Communication Systems have jointly developed an integrated, multi-functional HDTV broadcast distribution system.
That product, dubbed the Advanced Network Distribution Enhancement System (ANDES-HD), allows network and affiliates to toggle between national and local digital feeds. The system is comprised of Triveni’s SkyScraper data distribution and GuildBuilder products, and Terayon’s BP 5100-HD Broadcast Platform.
• Intelsat commercially launched its North American video fiber network. Powered by Level 3 Communications, the fiber-based network enables broadcasters to transmit video content to, from or within North America reliably. The network is capable of supporting standard- and high-definition digital video transmissions for content ranging from news, sports and syndicated titles. Early customers include NASCAR and the National Basketball Association.
• Envivio is demonstrating the transmission of H.264 (MPEG-4 AVC) encoded content for satellite news gathering via the Direcway broadband satellite service. Envivio is encoding source content live at 1.2 Mbps, about half the bandwidth required for MPEG-2 encoding.