11.17.2006 08:00 AM
Originally featured on BroadcastEngineering.com
Cass Cable TV enables digital simulcasting

Family-owned Cass Cable TV, a communications company providing cable services to central Illinois and Missouri, is making a change to its encoding, grooming, rate-shaping and decoding solutions to enable digital simulcasting of its cable programming.

Cass is deploying a variety of technologies from Scopus Video Networks, including Scopus E-1200 encoders, IVG-7100/7300 Intelligent Video Gateway (IVG) platforms, UID-2912 dense edge decoders and NMS management software into its headends.

Scopus E-1200 encoders will be used to digitize TV feeds prior to transport over an IP network to multiple Cass cable headends in central Illinois and Missouri. At each headend, the Scopus IVG aggregates the feeds and provides advanced processing capabilities such as joint transrating, grooming and rate shaping for better channel utilization and bandwidth efficiency. The UID-2912 IP dense edge decoders will decode the digital feeds back to analog, enabling Cass to broadcast content to digital and analog subscribers simultaneously using a single IP video distribution network.

The entire system is managed and monitored by Scopus' Network Management System (NMS) — a critical system element that enables full system control and monitoring from the encoder to the edge.

For more information, visit www.scopus.net/products/encoders.asp#E-1200.

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