Cass Cable TV Selects Scopus for Digital Simulcasting Over IP

November 10, 2006
Cass Cable TV Inc., a family-owned communications company providing cable services to central Illinois and Missouri, has selected Scopus Video Networks encoding, grooming, rate-shaping, and decoding solutions to enable digital simulcasting of its cable programming.

Cass Cable TV is using Scopus E-1200 encoders, IVG-7100/7300 Intelligent Video Gateway (IVG) platforms, UID-2912 dense edge decoders, and NMS management software in its headends. Scopus E-1200 encoders digitize television feeds prior to transport over an IP network to multiple cable headends. At each headend, the Scopus IVG aggregates the feeds and provides advanced processing capabilities. The UID-2912 IP dense edge decoders 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).

"We sought a partner that could provide a cost-effective comprehensive solution for digital simulcasting today, with the flexibility to support additional revenue-generating services in the future," said Cass Cable's Operations Manager Bruce Chilsted. "Scopus offered a complete and proven system, backed by customer support and service, which will be invaluable as we pursue development of local ad and program insertion capabilities."

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