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Drake Debuts Encoder for Multipoint Distribution for Public Education and Government Channels

Easier streaming and distribution

OLD BRIDGE, N.J. — R. L. Drake launched the PEG-NE24-IP, a stand-alone, single HD-SDI input MPEG-2 and H.264 digital encoder, designed to optimize multipoint distribution for public education, government and sports applications. For applications requiring an analog composite video input due to source equipment capability, Drake has also introduced the PEG-NE24-IP-C encoder, which includes composite video and audio inputs.

Using the PEG-NE24-IP or PEG-NE24-IP-C, operators can transport video and audio signals from a local origination site back to the head-end or hub location so that they can be rebroadcast to cable subscribers, significantly lowering operational expenses while still meeting franchise obligations.

“For public educational and government access channels, having a cost-effective, efficient, and reliable HD-ready encoding solution is critical,” said Andy Ruffin, vice president of sales at Drake. “Our new PEG-NE24-IP encoders include advanced encoding and networking technology designed to provide exceptional video quality at lower bit rates over MSO or telco fiber networks, making them ideal for public channels delivering a wide range of programming content, including high school sports events and live coverage of town hall meetings.”

The PEG-NE24-IP and PEG-NE24-IP-C can produce HD and a secondary SD program from one single HD source, and output them via an SFP interface that includes copper and fiber output options, depending on the SFP module chosen by the user. A second RJ45 10/100 Ethernet port is provided for control and monitoring, which can also be configured to stream video.

Using the PEG-NE24-IP or PEG-NE24-IP-C, broadcasters can encode and stream video content in MPEG-2 or H.264 formats, as well as PCM-embedded audio in Dolby Digital, MPEG1-Layer 2 stereo, or AAC stereo. The encoders are capable of outputting resolutions of 480i, 480p, 720p and 1080i.

Powered by a separate 120V AC power supply, the PEG-NE24-IP encoder provides operators with a small, modular, desktop solution that is compact and cost-effective.