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Modular approach to digital turnaround

By Anne Morris

Thomson Video Networks is demonstrating its new MD Series for the first time, along with the company’s newly HEVC-enhanced RD6000. The MD Series is available for purchase, and the upgraded RD4000 and RD6000 will be commercially available in Q4 2015.

With its new MD Series, Thomson Video Networks has repackaged advanced features from its RD1100, RD4000, and RD6000 IRDs into a modular and flexible form factor – making the series ideal for digital turnaround, monitoring, and contribution applications in terrestrial, DTH, cable, and IPTV/OTT systems.

The foundation for the MD series is the MD9000, a modular 2-RU platform that accommodates up to 10 hot-pluggable MD modules.

Each MD module can behave as a standalone IRD with its own Web GUI for configuration and supervision, and the modules can be used in any environment thanks to a rich set of interfaces, including dual IP Gigabit Ethernet and satellite DVB-S/S2.
Each module also provides scalable video decoding capacity up to 4:2:2 10-bit compression, and up to eight channels of audio decoding, including support for Dolby Digital Plus and AAC.

Stéphane Cloirec, director of product management at Thomson Video Networks, said, “With our new modular MD Series, operators now have a dense and scalable decoding/descrambling solution that can help them launch and grow new turnaround services rapidly and cost-effectively. When the channel line-up is growing, they can simply add a new module — and they can use any combination of descrambler or decoder modules for all use cases.”