New Blonder Tongue encoder adds IP Video Delivery

Blonder Tongue's encoder makes HD easy.

Blonder Tongue's encoder makes HD easy.

Efficiency and quality are two critical components of any television encoder. You want reliable HDTV delivery in an affordable package. To this end, industry leader and key Nickless Schirmer partner, Blonder Tongue Laboratories, recently introduced the HDE-8C-QAM/IP MPEG-2 HD encoder, designed to meet the evolving needs of today's A/V delivery market.

The HDE-8C-QAM/IP encoder builds on the high-performance design of its model series by providing operators with a direct IP output. This eliminates the need for external QAM-to-IP equipment. It is capable of linking with programs from up to eight component or composite inputs, and then digitizes, encodes and modulates each stream into four adjacent channels. It is capable of doing this for a wide range of devices, such as set-top boxes, satellite receivers and cameras, making it the perfect encoder for a wide range of needs.

Jeff Smith, a VP of Sales at Blonder Tongue, explained the exciting flexibility of this new encoder.

"Being able to deliver HD video content over IP networks opens up revenue opportunities for schools, universities, stadiums, and other businesses. Yet, to make this scenario a reality, video operators need cost-effective, reliable, and high-quality encoding solutions," says Smith. "By adding a direct IP output to our existing HDE-8C-QAM encoder, we provide the industry with a winning solution."

In addition to supporting Dolby® Digital audio encoding and closed captioning, Blonder Tongue's HDE-8C-QAM/IP encoder features an integrated EAS interface that simplifies the distribution of emergency alert messages and makes this encoder a necessary component of especially classroom and hospitality television systems.