VMG’s Unique Chassis-based Transcoding Capabilities Enable Rural Texas Telecom to Deliver More HD and SD Programming to its Subscribers
SUNNYVALE, California – MobilityWire® – December 7, 2010
RGB Networks, the leader in network video processing, announced today that its award-winning Video Multiprocessing Gateway (VMG™) has been deployed by XIT Communications, a rural telecommunications cooperative that serves six counties in Northwest Texas, to transcode the programming it receives in the MPEG-2 format into MPEG-2/H.264 that its network can deliver to subscribers.
“Expanding our channel line-up with more HD and SD channels is important for us to stay ahead of our satellite competitors, but before RGB’s VMG we had to buy single rack unit transcoders that required frequent box upgrades whenever we wanted to add a new channel, which was clearly not cost-effective and limited our ability to expand our line-up,” said Darrell Dennis, General Manager of XIT Communications. “The VMG has solved these issues as its transcoding capabilities have significantly improved workflow and reduced the operational expenses associated with converting MPEG-2 to MPEG-4.”
As the majority of programming is still delivered to video service providers in MPEG-2, IPTV providers like XIT that use the more bandwidth-efficient MPEG-4/H.264 format must convert the programming they receive. Accomplishing this conversion across a full channel line-up in a cost-effective manner is not possible with low-capacity transcoders. RGB’s VMG, with its industry-leading stream processing capacity, in-chassis module redundancy and single management system, reduces the cost and complexity to transcode a substantial number of channels.
“The need for cost-effective transcoding solutions is growing steadily as XIT and other service providers must simultaneously expand their services while keeping their operational expenses down,” said Nabil Kanaan, Senior Director, Product Marketing for RGB Networks. “The modular VMG is the ideal transcoding solution as it can easily scale to add more capacity and functionality without the operational costs and headaches associated with limited-capacity ‘pizza box’ solutions.”
The VMG is a complete IPTV solution that uniquely combines multiple video processing functions, including transcoding and ad insertion, with the ability to process over 400 video streams simultaneously. Performing multiple processing applications on so many video streams enables IPTV providers to simplify their network architecture and greatly reduces per-stream processing costs, enabling faster and broader deployment of services with reduced complexity. The VMG uses a modular, carrier-class chassis with exceptional redundancy features to ensure reliable delivery and scalable deployments.
About XIT Communications
Since its founding in 1951 as XIT Rural Telephone Cooperative, XIT Communications has provided a complete line of communication services to keep its customer in touch with work, home and loved ones. The company currently offers digital cable, high-speed Internet, home phone and mobile phone services to the residents of Dallam, Hartley, Oldham, Deaf Smith, Sherman and Moore counties in the Texas Panhandle. The company’s headquarters are in Dalhart, and it operators several conveniently located Customer Care Centers in Dalhart, Dumas, Stratford and Hereford.
More information on XIT Communications can be found at its website www.xit.net
About RGB Networks
RGB Networks enables video service providers to migrate to a three screen environment for the delivery of linear and on-demand video over managed and unmanaged IP networks. The company’s success is based on core strengths in transcoding, advertising and overlay insertion, ultra-dense modulation and statistical multiplexing. RGB’s solutions for video delivery to TVs, desktop and mobile devices are built to deliver the highest video quality at the best price-performance on the market—they uniquely offer the density and scalability required to support the growing demands of consumers with integrated functionality that simplifies operators’ network architectures and minimizes operational costs. RGB’s products are deployed by over 200 cable, telco, satellite, OTT and mobile operators in 30+ countries. Backed by principal investors Accel Partners, Kleiner Perkins Kaufield and Byers, and Comcast Interactive, RGB is a private, profitable company based in Sunnyvale, California with offices around the world. For more information, please visit www.rgbnetworks.com.
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