OLD BRIDGE, N.J.—Blonder Tongue Laboratories recently announced that its AQT8 Series transcoder is now shipping. Through a high density, low-cost, flexible 1RU chassis, the AQT8 Series transcoder provides operators with a transcoding solution for multi-channel processing, reducing the equipment, space and power needed for QAM or IPTV in-house distribution.
“With the AQT8 Series transcoder now shipping to Best Buy stores for their in-house video delivery, this retail application is for high-quality, affordable transcoding to bring broadcast TV to the set you want to buy for a real world comparison,” said Jeff Smith, vice president of sales at Blonder Tongue. “Designed to improve efficiency and lower cost, the AQT8 Series transcoder is [a] solution for a wide range of applications, including off-air digital processing.”
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 flexibility for selecting channels and distributing them. Through an interactive dashboard, operators can monitor the performance status of all eight channels. A Web-based GUI simplifies setup and management, enabling local and remote operation. Two models are available depending on the desired output distribution.
The AQT8-IP provides an IP 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.