BNP Now Supports MPEG-4/H.264 and Emergency Alerts with Enhanced Picture Quality
Sunnyvale, Calif. – MobilityWire® – May 26, 2009
RGB Networks, the leader in network video processing, today announced that it has significantly upgraded its Broadcast Network Processor (BNP) to support several advanced capabilities that have become increasingly important to its growing worldwide customer base. Upgrades include support for the MPEG-4/H.264 video format, which is rapidly gaining in importance in international markets, as well as the addition of digital Emergency Alert System (EAS) capabilities. Enhancements have also been made to ensure that all services delivered through the BNP continue to offer superior picture quality under the widest range of network conditions. The BNP is RGB’s flagship product which is used by many of the world’s largest video service providers to deliver more high definition (HD) programming, groom custom channel line-ups and to generate new ad revenues through the insertion of local ads.
“We are committed to ensuring our Broadcast Network Processor remains the most advanced statistical remultiplexing solution in the industry, delivering the industry’s highest video quality, and these new enhancements keep it on the leading edge,” said Ramin Farassat, RGB’s Vice President of Product Marketing. “We consulted closely with our customers worldwide in making these upgrades to ensure we provided them what they need the most today and into the future.”
Through the addition of new, advanced algorithms, RGB has improved on the already industry-leading picture quality of the BNP, ensuring that it delivers the highest quality video in even the most demanding scenarios. RGB is committed to ongoing research and development, incorporating customer feedback, to ensure that the BNP remains the leader in video quality.
The addition of MPEG-4/H.264 grooming and multiplexing support to the BNP’s existing MPEG-2 capabilities gives operators maximum flexibility in continuing to deliver MPEG-2 programming while they launch services based on the MPEG-4/H.264 advanced video codec. This is becoming increasingly important as cable operators around the world are taking advantage of the bandwidth efficiencies of MPEG-4/H.264 to roll out their HDTV services, while continuing to use MPEG-2 for their standard definition (SD) programming. This approach enables operators to maximize their existing MPEG-2 infrastructures while delivering new HD services in a format that consumes far less bandwidth than MPEG-2.
The BNP’s new digital EAS capabilities include support for the SCTE 18 standard, which enables operators to fully integrate the BNP with their existing EAS management systems. RGB’s network-based approach enables the delivery of EAS messages simultaneously to all analog and digital subscribers. By performing all processing in the network, the BNP addresses the need for supporting multiple set-top box types or televisions with built-in decoders (such as for HDTV), while helping to mitigate massive upgrades of legacy set-top box models.
Other important feature additions to the BNP include program substitution, enabling operators to seamlessly switch between programs on a single output channel, which is particularly important in meeting national programming content rules which often limit the amount of foreign programming; and SCTE 21 to SCTE 20 conversion, allowing operators to continue Closed Captioning through the DTV transition without the massive cost of upgrading legacy set-top boxes or the loss of service to Closed Caption subscribers due to the inability of several legacy set-top boxes to support the new SCTE 21 Closed Caption standard. All of these new capabilities are included is the latest release of the BNP’s operating software, version 2.1, which will be available in the second quarter of 2009.
About RGB’s Broadcast Network Processor
RGB’s BNP is the industry’s most advanced digital video processing solution, enabling cable operators and other video service providers to deliver highly targeted and personalized video services. Able to simultaneously process more than 500 video streams in its one rack-unit platform, the BNP is the highest density solution for digital video grooming, statistical multiplexing, transrating, digital program insertion (DPI) and now digital overlays. This unprecedented stream processing density dramatically reduces the cost and complexity of deploying HD and other increasingly personalized services. Enabling this industry-leading processing density is RGB’s innovative Video Intelligence Architecture™ (VIA), which is at the heart of the BNP and RGB’s other products.
About RGB Networks
RGB Networks delivers extremely high-density, flexible video processing solutions that enable video service providers to deliver highly targeted and personalized video content at considerably lower costs than conventional solutions. Based on its unique Video Intelligence Architecture (VIA), RGB’s VIA product family simplifies management and delivers scalable, multi-function capability in a single, programmable platform, allowing video service providers to leverage existing infrastructure, while building an advanced foundation to meet the needs of the rapidly growing market for personalized video services.
For more information about RGB Networks and its unique video processing solutions, please visit www.rgbnetworks.com.
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