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Broadcasting up to UHD

Visitors to the Rohde & Schwarz stand will see its AVHE100 headend for operators of terrestrial and satellite networks, which is scalable from SD through UHD.

The encoding and multiplexing system offers enhanced performance in a smaller space. Up to 33 MPEG-4 SD or eleven MPEG-4 HD encoders fit into only one height unit; two height units will hold 4K/UHD with 10-bit resolution.

Also on display for the headend will be a new hybrid redundancy concept that the R&D said no longer requires external switching, nor a higher-level control system. Another new feature is seamless switching between national and regional content.

At IBC, Rohde & Schwarz has also been highlighting recent contracts for its transmitter systems. Among them is ETV, Serbia’s national broadcasting agency, which is using Rohde & Schwarz transmitters for the third and final phase of its transition to DVB-T2. For this project, Rohde & Schwarz is providing high-power and medium-power transmitters as well as gap fillers.

Lastly, Rohde & Schwarz is presenting a technical preview of the R&S ETL TV analyser, a reference receiver that it said would soon support the HEVC standard. The demo shows how the R&S ETL analyses DVB T2 signals, detects HEVC-encoded video signals and outputs them over IP interfaces for external decoding and picture display.