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April 29, 2014

VideoPropulsion Intros New Bulk Transcoder/Encryptor for CATV Headends

By Jayashree Adkoli, TMCnet Contributor

VideoPropulsion, a provider of high definition TV (HDTV), video on demand (VoD), and Internet protocol TV (IPTV (News - Alert)) products, has introduced a new bulk transcoder/encryptor solution, the FloodGate FG-7000 series, which is tailor-made for cable operators seeking to deliver up to 96 channels to hospitality establishments over high-speed IP networks.

The new high-density solution transcodes existing MPEG2 HD linear programming to H.264, then encrypts the content into any one of the approved hospitality encryption standards - Pro:Idiom, SamsungLYNK, or Verimatrix (News - Alert).

So, with the help of the new FG-7000 series solution, cable companies will be able to deliver existing MPEG2 HD linear video channels in H.264 format more efficiently to hospitality establishments over high-speed IP networks.

In addition, the H.264 transcoded channels can be utilized to feed other H.264 projects for the multiple-system operator (MSO), such as mobile adaptive bit rate formats.

Because the new FG-7000 series can transcode up to 96-channels of MPEG2 HD to H.264, it can save up to 50 percent or more of IP network bandwidth for the operators, quotes the company.

“Cable companies have been using our FG-9200M/S series of headend based encryptors to deliver MPEG2 video services to hotels for over four years,” said Kathy Cain, vice president of sales at VideoPropulsion, in a statement. "Our new FG-7000 Series enables cable operators to more efficiently deliver linear channels to hotels by utilizing our high-density MPEG2-to-H.264 transcoders coupled with encrypted outputs for content protection.”

VideoPropulsion’s FloodGate series of solutions are known to manage HDTV programming from most cable television operators using any of a variety of standard HD set top boxes (STBS (News - Alert)) in the hospitality head-end.

According to VideoPropulsion, all of its FloodGate models automatically encrypt the HD channels to meet Hollywood’s strict requirements for content protection using standard technologies readily available from commercial hospitality television set manufacturers.

In addition, all FloodGate systems can co-exist with most of the pay-per-view and video-on-demand systems currently deployed, cites the company.

Available immediately, the new FG-7000 series products have been provided with add-on options that support a second or third encryption standard simultaneously using the base transcoded assets. 

Edited by Maurice Nagle

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