Motorola Introduces MPEG-4 Encoders for Enhanced Video Quality and Bandwidth Management

LAS VEGAS, June 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NXTcomm -- Motorola (NYSE: MOT) today announced the release of two MPEG-4 encoder solutions that will dramatically enhance the operational efficiency of distributing high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) video for service and content providers.

The new multi channel NE (network encoder) MPEG-4 AVC SD encoder family joins the successful 1RU SE (single channel encoder) series MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding (AVC) HD and SD encoders to offer a complete encoder product line that satisfies the content distribution needs of a broad range of service providers.

In addition, encoders in the 1 RU SE family will receive a firmware update making these AVC Multi-Format Video Encoders more efficient to deliver services at lower bit rates, enabling service providers to deliver more simultaneous HD streams per household. As a result, consumers will be able to watch and record multiple HD programs -- or watch different HD programs on different HDTV sets. Bandwidth improvements of up to 25% for high action sports are possible with SE encoders, meaning that operators can increase the number of simultaneous services delivered to the home while maintaining customers' video quality expectations.

"Motorola serves as a leader and innovator of technology that aids in the delivery of high value video content to the IPTV, cable, broadcast and satellite marketplace," said Doug Means, vice president and general manager, IP Video Services, Home & Networks Mobility, Motorola. "With the explosive demand for more high definition programming, video quality and bandwidth efficiency have become critically important to successful and competitive service launches. These new encoder releases deliver on both requirements for MPEG-4 HD and SD video content, and ultimately will allow more rich video content to be delivered efficiently to the home."

The new NE series comprises real-time, full-resolution multi-channel standard definition encoders that deliver high quality CBR video services at exceptionally low bit rates. The NE series features two channels in a single rack unit chassis for a high density solution designed to deliver IP-based multi-channel services, ideal for headend environments. This IP-centric platform delivers flexibility and value. It dramatically enhances headend architectures, reducing box count, simplifying signal routing and redundancy support by accepting MPEG-2 content streams over IP as the input source and eliminating the need for external decoders.

The rich NE feature set includes Constrained Fidelity CBR, a capped VBR mode for IPTV environments, and a low resolution proxy output stream (PIP) for program guide or monitoring applications. Additionally, specific NE models are Microsoft Mediaroom(TM) conformance tested with a Linux-based platform that is ideal for demanding CBR applications.

Motorola has more than 50 years of expertise architecting video networks, developing expertise and ability to identify market needs and deliver timely solutions that meet the challenges faced by programmers and service providers to deliver value-added experiences for consumers.

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