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Cable Technology Feature Article

October 21, 2008

Appear TV, HFC Technics Team on IPTV and Cable Provider Solution

By Nathesh, TMCnet Contributor

Appear TV (News - Alert) and HFC Technics are now offering a joint solution for IPTV and cable providers. It incorporates the Appear TV SC2000 IPTV head-end with HFC’s end-to-end IPTV (News - Alert)/cable solutions.
HFC Technics’ Smart-End solution, using the Appear TV head-end, is now being used by three operators which, between them, offer with more than 60 standard definition high definition (HD) TV services.
The Appear TV SC2000 is a reception and streaming solution for TV network operators. It can be configured as a turn-key head-end, or as a standalone solution for intensive service processing applications.
Appear TV officials said that the company’s philosophy is to develop products in close co-operation with customers. Through an operator-oriented design, Appear TV is focused on providing products and solutions that help service providers gain a competitive edge.
Smart-End provides Hungary’s small-to-medium sized cable and IPTV operators with a full end-to-end digital TV solution, simplifying the launch of IPTV services and the transition of analog cable services to digital.
“We are pleased to be a part of HFC Technics’ Smart-End project,” comments
“For owners of small to medium sized networks, Thomas Lind, technical director for Appear TV, in a statement. “Launching Digital TV services presents a variety of technical challenges,” said  The collaboration of Appear TV and HFC Technics significantly reduces the costs and risks involved, and ensures that an operators’ infrastructure has the flexibility to meet all future challenges.”
Using HFC Technics’ Smart-End solution, Appear TV is able to provide content aggregation, management and scrambling functions.
“The flexibility of the Appear TV solution in such an efficient footprint certainly makes it the leading solution in the marketplace today,” said Atilla Schnobl, CTO of HFC Technics, in a statement. “Its redundancy options enables us to provide our clients with 100 percent uptime.”
The SC2000 can receive transport streams from a variety of input sources including ASI, QPSK, IP, COFDM and QAM (a later release of DVB-S2), descramble and re-scramble selected services, before streaming via IP or ASI. For monitoring of services, the SC2000 can be equipped with decoder cards. The SC2000 supports full analysis of PSI/SI (PSIP in later release) and regenerates all tables as required.

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Nathesh is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Nathesh's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Mae Kowalke