Arqiva selects Thomson Video Networks for UK upgrade

Arqiva has deployed the ViBE EM4000 premium HD/SD encoder with the next-generation Flextream statistical multiplexer, from Thomson Video Networks
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Arqiva has deployed the ViBE EM4000 premium HD/SD encoder with the next-generation Flextream statistical multiplexer, from Thomson Video Networks. 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. The ViBE EM4000 encoder supports up to eight HD MPEG-4 AVC channels in a 1-RU chassis with features including embedded audio and subtitle transcoding. This performance and feature set combination makes it ideal for a range of broadcast applications including satellite, terrestrial, cable, and IP television. "The EM4000 has provided us with the expansion capability that we were looking for on our MPEG-2 SD services,” said Stephen Foden, Arqiva Services' head of multiplex engineering. “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. The collaboration between Thomson Video Networks and Arqiva has been excellent and they have proven to be the ideal technology partner for this project." www.thomson-networks.com

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