OLD BRIDGE, New Jersey — May 21, 2014 — Blonder Tongue Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE MKT:BDR) today announced four customized solutions for in-house retail distribution applications at the 2014 InfoComm Show, June 18-20 in Las Vegas, booth N2055.
The company will demonstrate its affordable HDE-8C-QAM, a high-performance MPEG-2 HD encoder. Offering an attractive price per channel, the easy-to-use HDE-8C-QAM supports Dolby® Digital audio encoding and provides users with reliable and efficient encoding performance.
The encoder is capable of accepting programs from up to eight component or composite inputs, including satellite receivers and cable set-top boxes. After accepting video content, the HDE-8C-QAM digitizes, MPEG-2 encodes, multiplexes, and modulates the eight input programs into four adjacent ClearQAM channels. Any one of the QAM outputs is also available in the ASI format. In addition, the encoder features a built-in ability to switch over any of the primary inputs to a spare input for uninterrupted service.
There are two specialized software versions of the HDE-8C-QAM available that allow the unit to control and manage receivers from DirecTV and Dish Network. Utilizing this software, operators can effectively reduce truck rolls and increase reliability. The encoder supports Dolby® Digital audio encoding and Closed Captioning (EIA-608). It is also equipped with an Emergency Alert System (EAS) interface. A front-panel RF test point allows for monitoring/testing of the QAM output without service interruption.
Blonder Tongue will also showcase its recently introduced (at the 2014 NAB Show) AQT8 Series transcoder, which provides channel processing in a high-density, low-cost, flexible 1-RU chassis that reduces the equipment, space, and power needed for QAM or IPTV in-house distribution. The AQT8 Series transcoder inputs eight 8VSB digital off-air and/or QAM signals, and outputs both in IP and QAM simultaneously, providing operators with maximum flexibility for selecting channels and distributing them.
Through an interactive dashboard, operators can monitor the performance status of all eight channels. An intuitive Web-based GUI simplifies setup and management, enabling local and remote operation. Three models are available depending on the desired output distribution. The AQT8-IP provides an IP output, the AQT8-QAM provides a QAM output, and the AQT8-QAM/IP provides QAM and IP outputs simultaneously. Emergency Alert System (EAS) program switching is featured on the GigE output, triggering either an ASI or IP format EAS input and terminal block contacts, allowing operators to comply with EAS requirements.
An extension of the company’s standard HDE-4S-QAM encoder, Blonder Tongue’s HDE-4S-PRO brings efficiency, quality, and affordability to professional sports encoding applications. In addition to the enhanced motion estimation for HD-SDI inputs, the PRO includes an HD-SDI spare and monitoring points — optimizing encoding in real-time environments. Utilizing the MPEG-2 encoder, operators can accept up to four HD-SDI programs, plus one spare, and simultaneously output in QAM, IP streams (1000Base-T Ethernet), and ASI formats. By allowing operators to assign up to four programs to each QAM output channel, and to individually turn on/off each of the four adjacent QAM output channels, the PRO dramatically improves transport efficiency.
At InfoComm, Blonder Tongue will also be showing a test bench demonstration of its MTSA-PRO MPEG transport stream analyzer, designed to help operators understand what is going on inside their digital transmission. Utilizing the compact device, users can capture, analyze, and generate MPEG ASI transport streams to troubleshoot problems from outside sources and ensure the best digital delivery. The MTSA-PRO features a single DVB-ASI input and output with USB (half duplex) and RF input. By enabling real-time analysis, monitoring, and decoding of transport streams, the software-based solution helps reduce transport stream issues and ensure superior video quality. The MTSA-PRO can also serve as a PSI/PSIP generator and advertisement inserter.
About Blonder Tongue
Blonder Tongue Laboratories, Inc. together with R. L. Drake Holdings, LLC – its wholly owned subsidiary – offer customers more than 130 years of combined engineering and manufacturing excellence with solid histories of delivering reliable, quality products. As a leader in the field of cable television communications, the Company provides system operators and integrators serving the cable, broadcast, satellite, IPTV, institutional and professional video markets with comprehensive solutions for the provision of content contribution, distribution and video delivery to homes and businesses. The Company designs, manufactures, sells and supports an equipment portfolio of standard and high definition digital video solutions, as well as core analog video and high speed data solutions for distribution over coax, fiber and IP networks. Additional information on the Company and its products can be found at www.blondertongue.com, and www.rldrake.com.
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