Thomson Video Networks today announced that Arqiva, a leading communications infrastructure and media services provider in the U.K., has deployed the award-winning ViBE EM4000 premium HD/SD encoder with the next-generation Flextream statistical multiplexer. Three new ViBE EM4000 platforms now provide DVB-T/T2 video compression for the latest upgrade of the Arqiva Digital Terrestrial TV Platform, enabling Arqiva Services to launch new TV channels on its existing multiplex while also introducing a new high-definition multiplex.
« When we signed up for the challenge of not only expanding our existing channel offering, but introducing a brand-new HD multiplex, we did so knowing the ViBE EM4000 would deliver the required performance gains, » said Stephen Foden, Arqiva Services’ head of multiplex engineering. « The EM4000 has provided us with the expansion capability that we were looking for on our MPEG-2 SD services. It has surpassed our expectations, ensuring we’re now able to launch more HD services than we had originally planned. We believe the Thomson Video Networks technology roadmap will be a key enabler for Arqiva as we further expand our business over the coming years.«
As a complete DVB-S2, QAM, ATSC, and DVB-T2 compression system for HD live content, the ViBE EM4000 supports up to eight HD MPEG-4 AVC channels in a 1-RU chassis with many advanced features including embedded audio and subtitle transcoding. This feature set combination resolve a wide range of broadcast applications including satellite, terrestrial, cable, and IP television.
« Customers such as Arqiva choose the EM4000 because its outstanding compression performance enables them to deliver a larger number of revenue-generating channels without compromising on video quality« , said Darren Palmer, managing director Northern Europe, Thomson Video Networks.