A&E Television Networks (AETN) has chosen a Scientific-Atlanta PowerVu digital video compression system for converting its North American content distribution system from analog to digital.
The PowerVu Program Receiver D9850 features less rack space in headends, automatic ad insertion for local advertising and Dolby Digital (AC-3) balanced audio.
When the new PowerVu system goes into operation this fall, west coast affiliates of A&E and The History Channel will be the first to begin receiving their AETN program feeds through PowerVu receivers.
Conversion to a digital feed for west coast affiliates for A&E will begin in August and will be complete by September 30; those who do not convert to PowerVu as of that date will go dark. The History Channel west coast conversion to a digital feed will start October 1 and will eliminate its analog feed by the end of the year.
The new PowerVu system and the PowerVu Program Receiver (Model D9850) offers features:
- Improved video and audio quality
- Less rack space in headends -- 1RU high
- NTSC, DVB/ASI, MPEG-2 support
- Automatic ad insertion for local advertising -- affiliate revenue opportunities
- Dolby Digital (AC-3) balanced audio
- Smooth programming migration to digital tier when needed