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iStreamPlanet picks Adtec Digital’s decoder for live streaming of London 2012 Olympics

3 September 2012
iStreamPlanet picks Adtec Digital’s decoder for live streaming of London 2012 Olympics

iStreamPlanet, a multi-platform managed broadcast solutions provider, used Adtec Digital’s decoding technology as part of its ‘Go Live’ turnkey, live streaming solution for Olympics rights holding broadcasters. iStreamPlanet provided the live streaming solution delivering 19 concurrent feeds covering 300 Olympic events, and delivering over 60 terabytes of video traffic.

iStreamPlanet connected Adtec’s RD-60 IRDs to its HOS farm and IP backbone. “Once a particular antenna was routed to the receiver, we would use it to decode high definition video,” explained Khurram Siddiqui, vice president and general manager of iStreamPlanet Europe. “In this specific application we needed an MPEG 4 platform with 4:2:2 acquisition capabilities. The RD-60 provided that very well.”

The RD-60 integrated receiver decoder (IRD) supports MPEG 2 and MPEG 4 AVC/H.264 platforms with 4:2:0 and 4:2:2 8 and 10-bit high and standard definition decoding. The RD-60 decodes up to eight pairs of phase aligned stereo audio using the pervasive MPEG 1 Layer 2 CODEC with optional keyed support for Dolby AC3/5.1, HE-AAC, AAC-LC audio decoding. Support for integrated Dolby E decoding is forthcoming as well. Audio Pass-through support includes 2 pairs of PCM, DolbyE/2.0/5.1 with 16 or 20-bit precision. The RD-60 includes redundant AC power supplies, enhanced control and monitoring via SNMP and browser with a built-in video and audio monitor thumbnail using HTML 5.0 technology. Adtec has also introduced its HUB iPad, iPhone, and Android monitoring tool as well.

RD-60 standard transport inputs include ASI and IP with multiple route unicast and multicast UDP/RTP supporting SMPTE 2022 FEC plus a new, innovative and highly reliable TCP Transport method. The standard featured DVBS/S2 tuner demodulator supports QPSK and 8PSK is available as an option. Two other RF options include the advanced model, which supports 16APSK and the premium model supporting 32APSK with a software enhanced tuner that provides an extra dB of signal when using Newtec’s Clean Channel Technology (CCT).

Kevin Ancelin, Adtec Digital co-founder and senior vice president of sales, explained how Adtec is very focused on Tier One contribution applications. “The RD-60 has been fine-tuned over many years to provide feature rich reliable decoding of transport from ASI, IP and RF interfaces. We are pleased that iStreamPlanet chose to leverage our products and expertise for their Olympic decoding requirements.”

“So far, we’ve been very satisfied with the RD-60,” added Siddiqui. “It has performed well above the capabilities of other units in its class, and has been very reliable and stable in its acquisition capabilities. Additionally, the interface was intuitive and displayed real-time data which was key for us.” 

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