Blonder Tongue Labs Showcases New Solutions To Modernize OTT And IPTV Content Delivery
New Clearview Encoders and NXG System Capabilities Future Proof Systems by Enabling Optimized Over-The-Top Video Without Costly Infrastructure Updates
Old Bridge, N.J. – October 2021 – Blonder Tongue Laboratories, Inc. (NYSE American: BDR), a leading US-based designer and manufacturer of telecommunications, video and cable transmission technologies, today unveiled new product updates and advanced capabilities pertinent to the cable TV market: the Clearview HDMI2 QAM/IP, now with secure reliable transport (SRT) for OTT video delivery; and NXG Edge with Widevine & ABR MPEG-Dash support.
These products and more will be on display virtually, following the cancellation of SCTE Cable-Tec Expo 2021, and highlight the power and flexibility of Blonder Tongue’s solutions, which enable simple and cost-efficient complete re-distribution of IP video and service operator content.
“We are excited to continue to advance our offerings of cost-effective solutions focused on future-proofing equipment installations and further empowering service operators and their business customers with the latest video services and experiences,” said Ted Grauch, President and CEO of Blonder Tongue Laboratories. “Our latest offerings continue to meet the needs for today’s advanced video requirements and will support them for years to come.”
Blonder Tongue’s highly customizable IP video transcoders, transmodulators, receivers and re-multiplexing technologies are critical for service operators and their B2B customers, including large residential buildings, MDU properties, SMBs, and other facilities that want to deliver advanced video services as well as combine and redistribute services coming from a mix of sources. These technologies are essential as they not only simplify and streamline new deployments but can also significantly extend the life of existing equipment by introducing modern capabilities and features that were previously unsupported. This includes:
Clearview HDMI2 QAM IP Encoder with SRT
Clearview HDMI2 QAM IP Encoder with SRT is ideal for high-performance local ingest, digital signage and other aspects of large-scale cable conversion projects. It encodes 2 HD or SD programs from two rear panel HDMI connectors to QAM or IP output, SRT streams or as Unicast/Multicast SPTS, that can include PSIP for direct digital TV display and digital signage applications. It can encode to MPEG-2, H.264/MPEG-4 (AVC), or H.265 (HEVC) formats in all major resolutions, from 480i to 1080p60. There are also two composite inputs provided for NTSC closed caption input. Like other Clearview Series products, this 1 RU solution features a simple interface to download and upload configuration files for multi-unit deployments and uses ultra-low latency hardware-based video compression, transcoding and transrating technology to provide superior video quality at low bit rates.
NXG EDGE, now with Widevine digital rights management (DRM)
NXG EDGE, now with Widevine digital rights management (DRM), is the new, 2 RU version of Blonder Tongue’s acclaimed NXG IP Digital Video Processing Platform and is designed to meet the unique needs for Edge video delivery. The latest enhancement supports receiving adaptive OTT streams, and can create video services on any generation of legacy coax or ethernet wiring using any type of end-point including digital or analog televisions, legacy Set-Top-Boxes and more. This new blade enables users to encode up to 64 HD or SD ABR sources for custom IP and RF distribution. It features encoding to Widevine-protected MPEG-DASH or HLS Unicast streams, while supporting resolution that automatically scales up to 1080p60 based on environmental factors. Audio can also be encoded to MPEG-2, AAC, AC3 (Dolby Digital) and MP3 formats.
Updated Aircaster AQT8 Series
Updated Aircaster AQT8 Series enables custom IP and/or QAM output channel lineups from up to 8 off-air ATSC 1.0 or QAM frequencies. This powerful device can create a full lineup of up to 64 channels or program streams in a small 1 RU footprint. The Aircaster AQT8 can distribute video throughout a facility or campus without the need for countless digital converters, external splitters, and legacy one-to-one solutions. The solution enables remote monitoring, signal testing and virtual mapping to reduce truck rolls. It is ideal for incorporating off-air content without paying additional fees for local cable or satellite services.
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