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Aastra Technologies supports HDTV at the NFL Network

Aastra Technologies’ high definition encoding product has enabled the NFL Network to broadcast its weekly Wednesday and Thursday night programs “Game of the Week” and “Six Days to Sunday” in HD.

The network has deployed WaveStar in its NFL Films Mt. Laurel, NJ, facility for compression and transport of original native programming to the network’s production and uplink facility in Stamford, CT. Distribution of the programming will be over digital cable and satellite outlets.

WaveStar is a modular, real time MPEG-2 video encoding, decoding and multiplexing platform. Its architecture is based on a high-speed 155Mb/s mid-plane data multiplexing bus.

Aastra also supplies the NFL Network with its VideoRunner codec equipment to feed live SD game feeds and other production content between NFL Films and the NFL Network production facility in Culver City, CA. Up to 12 SDI channels of programming content is 4:2:2 compressed, multiplexed, and transported as ASI over a terrestrial IP MPLS network.

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