09.07.2006 12:00 AM
KNME-TV First PBS Station to Use Snell & Wilcox HD Encoder

Snell & Wilcox recently announced that KNME-TV in Albuquerque, N.M. is the first PBS member station to use the company's Memphis HD encoding technology.

KNME-TV is re-encoding the PBS 18 Mbps HD feed to 15.5 Mbps to allow transmission of both PBS programming and an IP datacasting service within the station's 6 MHz channel.

"We evaluated a lot of MPEG-2 encoders and found nothing that came close to the quality of the Memphis," said Jim Gale, director of engineering at KNME. "We have found that the pre-processing capability of the Memphis is so good that the resulting image is actually better than the incoming feed, with less noise and improved colorimetry."

The Memphis bit-reduction technology allows KNME-TV to engage in datacasting services, including delivering DVD-quality movies to members of a subscription service.

KNME-TV was the first Albuquerque station to air high-definition programming. The station is located on the campus of the University of New Mexico and has a coverage area reaching into southern Colorado.

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