Modulus Video intros MRE2000 family of MPEG-4 AVC video receiver/encoder systems

Modulus Video heads to NAB with the MRE2000 family, an entirely new class of video receiver/encoder systems that streamlines direct broadcast satellite (DBS) and IPTV headend operations. The MRE2000 is the first headend solution to incorporate, in a single 1RU chassis, direct RF signal input, demodulation, decoding and signal processing with the world’s most sophisticated MPEG-4 AVC high definition (HD) and standard definition (SD) video encoding. The result is an efficient television headend design with fewer components, greater reliability, reduced cost and the best video quality.

Based entirely on standard internet protocols (IP) for signal distribution, the MRE2000 advances the state of the art for efficient and reliable television distribution by embracing the trend toward leveraging widely accepted, mission critical networking technology.

The MRE2000 system can be ordered immediately. Shipments have already begun, including nearly 100 MRE2000 systems delivered to a major U.S. operation that is extending its distribution of local ATSC and NTSC television channels. The MRE2000 family of products will be on display April 16-19 at the National Association of Broadcasters convention, Las Vegas Convention Center, Booth SU14909.

Modulus Video Chairman and CEO Bob Wilson said, “Increasing consumer demand for HD programming, the move to IPTV and the need for more efficient use of existing bandwidth are challenging operators to completely rethink their television distribution strategies. Operators are looking for new and sophisticated ways to streamline their headends; IP networks are at the heart of that thinking. Signal reception and encoding are still the focal point of any headend and the trailblazing MRE2000 is the first headend solution made expressly for the IP-based TV world.”

The MRE2000 family complements Modulus Video’s ME2000 family of dedicated HD/SD MPEG-4 AVC video encoders. The MRE2000 eliminates the need for external demodulator, receiver and decoder systems by providing built-in reception functions. The family will ultimately include products that support the following:
Terrestrial RF NTSC
Digital Terrestrial ATSC and DVB-T
Satellite DVB-S/S2
Direct MPEG-2 from UDP/IP

The MRE2000 returns the input format to baseband video for real-time encoding, enabling it to avoid typical input stream restrictions. The MRE2000 encodes real-time MPEG-4 AVC HD or SD services at the lowest bit rates available with outstanding image quality. Leveraging Modulus Video’s second generation MPEG-4 AVC encoding technology, the MRE2000 is built around a Linux operating system that meshes seamlessly with IP-centric environments and delivers flexibility, value and exceptional video quality with a highly optimized compression toolset. The MRE2000 includes advanced features such as ghost cancellation for pristine NTSC video, audio level control and a low resolution proxy output stream for program guide, picture-in-picture (PiP) and monitoring applications. The available StatmuxIP™ capability delivers further efficiency improvements up to 40% for multi-program transport stream (MPTS) applications such as direct to home satellite.

Wilson said, “There is a reason the world’s leading IPTV and satellite operators are choosing Modulus Video over the ‘traditional’ vendors. Our focus on solutions designed exclusively for today’s IP-based ‘everything on demand at the highest quality’ operating environment appeals to forward-thinking decision makers.”

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