Old Bridge, N.J.—Targeting MSOs looking to promote HD services (including VOD content) as well as universities or hotels wanting to communicate daily activities, Blonder Tongue Laboratories has introduced a new media modulator that streamlines the delivery and management of custom HD video content. By combining a custom Android-based network media player and single-channel HD MPEG-2 encoder in a single 1-RU unit, the new MPHDE-50 provides system operators with increased efficiency and convenience, lowering their operational expenses.
Emily Nikoo, Executive Vice President of Blonder Tongue, said bringing a high-quality HD MPEG-2 encoder and network media player together under one enclosure offers significant operational efficiencies and cost savings to system operators who are delivering and managing custom HD video content.
Using the MPHDE-50, operators can accept a program from one of the following inputs: component, HD-SDI, HDMI (unencrypted), VGA, and composite, and simultaneously deliver a single QAM, ASI, or IP output. The entire process is managed and streamlined via the media player. The MPHDE-50 includes an HDMI connection between the media player and encoder. Both units are powered by a single 12 VDC power supply integrated in the chassis for a superior performance. 120 VAC line powering is standard, with -48 VDC power optional.
The media player produces a 1080i HD output. There are two USB ports on the front panel and a 10/100Base-T Ethernet port on the rear panel for remote management. An API is included for native applications, and the media player features a 4GB Flash internal memory and SD card port for additional storage.
The encoder, Blonder Tongue’s HDE-CSV-QAM model, provides GUI-based monitoring and control via standard Web browsers, further simplifying operations. Real-time Dolby Digital audio encoding is supported to ensure a superior audio experience for end users. Additional benefits include closed captioning and user-defined PSIP configuration.