New Zealand Freeview DTT service relies on TANDBERG Television for MPEG-4 AVC rollout

December 20, 2007

KordiaT and TVWorks have selected TANDBERG Television’s digital terrestrial television (DTT) headend system for the delivery of the Freeview New Zealand DTT service.

New Zealand's Freeview digital terrestrial network will deploy the latest MPEG-4 AVC solutions to provide about 75 percent of New Zealanders with a new HDTV service, as well as SD programming. Trials commence this month, with a launch date set for early next year. Freeview New Zealand is a free-to-air digital TV service, currently transmitting SD programming in MPEG-2 direct-to-home (DTH) nationwide via satellite.

The DTT system will use a range of TANDBERG Television equipment, including the iSIS 8000 IP headend and MPEG-4 AVC encoders. The iSIS 8000 includes video encoding, IP multiplexing and new receiver/decoders. The system is brought together under nCompass, a single control and management system. The rollout also includes the TANDBERG MX8400 IP multiplexer, Reflex for remote statistical multiplexing over IP and an advanced multiplexing architecture.

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