Blonder Tongue announces new MPEG-2 HD to IP encoder

Blonder Tongue Laboratories HDE-8C-QAM/IP MPEG-2 HD encoder brings increased reliability, efficiency, and affordability to HD video delivery.

The Blonder Tongue Laboratories QAM-to-IP HDE-8C-QAM/IP encoder brings increased reliability, efficiency, and affordability to HD video delivery. With a direct IP output, the encoder eliminates the need for external QAM-to-IP equipment, making network design simpler and more manageable.

"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 and then creates four adjacent ASI or QAM channels in the 54-1002 MHz range (CATV 2-158). To ensure reliable and continuous service, the HDE-8C-QAM/IP encoder automatically switches over to a built-in spare input in the event of a failure.

The encoder supports Dolby Digital audio encoding and closed captioning as well as providing an integrated EAS interface that simplifies the distribution of EAS messages. An accessible RF test point allows operators to perform monitoring and testing on the encoder without service interruption.

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