Nickless Schirmer & Co. is pleased to share the news that our partners, Blonder Tongue and its subsidiary RL Drake, have had their PEG-NE24 encoders approved for use by three out of six of the top multi-system cable operators (MSOs).
The PEG-NE24 encoders are specifically designed for the needs of public access, educational and governmental (PEG) channels, helping them to present the highest quality educational, municipal and school event programming to local audiences across the country. They allow for the transmission of both SD and HD video and audio using existing hybrid fibre-coaxial (HFC) broadband networks. This gets rid of the need to set up dedicated links and analog sub-band solutions that would require too much bandwidth and monetary expense for PEG stations to manage. They are also "ideal for multipoint distribution applications," according to the company's press release, due to their ability to send local signals back to the headend location for multiplexing and broadcasting.
"By listening carefully to top MSO needs, we developed these encoders that are optimized for the PEG application. Over time, PEG channels are being updated to HD as operators renew their franchise agreements," said Emily Nikoo, Executive Vice President of Blonder Tongue, in a press release. "Due to the structure of these agreements, having the best performance for the lowest price is imperative. In addition to these three MSOs, the unit is also under evaluation at two more of the top six, as well as several midrange MSOs."
The PEG-NE24 encoders are currently being shipped to the MSOs that have either approved them for use or are planning to evaluate them in the near future.