TANDBERG TV launches next generation MediaPath Content Delivery System at NAB 08

TANDBERG Television, part of the Ericsson Group, is
launching its next generation MediaPath Secure Content Delivery System, which
distributes content across ‘Any Platform to Any Device’, in its booth #SU4210
at the NAB Show
. The system offers content providers, network operators, and
their affiliates, a scalable, end-to-end solution for the secure point to
multi-point delivery of non-linear digital HD and SD TV programs as well as any
other file-based content including VOD programs, advertising, music, and games.
The new MediaPath system enables content providers and cable, telco and
satellite operators to closely collaborate to deliver more types of content, in
more formats, more efficiently.

Using the next generation MediaPath system, media assets can
be delivered to receiver locations serving set-top boxes, PCs, and mobile media
players. Multiple delivery options include MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 AVC. The MediaPath
system offers a performance boost over its predecessor, and supports DVB-S2 to
provide faster satellite delivery while simultaneously enabling terrestrial
delivery via a shared network. Terrestrial unicast and multicast distribution
are supported. Encryption software for security and error correction protects
media assets throughout the entire delivery process. Proactive monitoring
ensures content is flowing throughout the MediaPath system as well as the VOD
and asset management systems downstream.

“Increasing amounts of HD content require a more
efficient delivery method as that content is distributed to both traditional
and new TV platforms. Consequently, TANDBERG Television expanded the features
of the MediaPath Secure Content Delivery System,” said Andrew Rowe, Vice
President of Software Product Management at TANDBERG Television. “The next
generation MediaPath system removes previous file limitations and now supports
the delivery of media assets beyond VOD to also include non-VOD content such as
advertising, music, and games. Its ability to simultaneously deliver content
via satellite and terrestrially allows content providers and operators even more

Components of the next generation MediaPath system include
the Manager, Pitcher and Catcher. These components provide a high level of
recovery and redundancy. The Manager provides a comprehensive set of tools to
access details about inventory, scheduling, security, reporting, as well as the
Pitcher, Catcher and packaging components of the system. The Pitcher provides
robust and reliable simultaneous satellite and terrestrial (shared network)
distribution. And, the Catcher receives content from the Pitcher and
automatically delivers packages directly to an authorized asset management
system or video complex, eliminating the need for costly manual processing.

The MediaPath Secure Content Delivery System, currently
delivers media assets to 900 commercial deployments in the
U.S. reaching
millions of VOD-enabled subscribers. The next generation of this powerful
system provides a quantum leap of performance and a seamless migration path
ensures no service interruption for existing customers.

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