Asia: NEL Unveils HD MPEG-2 Encoder for Eight Channels

NTT Electronics (NEL) said this week that Munhwa Broadcasting Corp. (MBC), one of South Korea's major networks, has begun installing its HD MPEG-2 encoder/decoder at its various broadcast operations. NEL, based in Tokyo, said MBC is using the HD encoder/decoder for disseminating raw program data from its central broadcast center in Seoul to 19 regional broadcast centers, while its decoders will be installed at each of the regional sites.

After installation, NEL said it will be possible for all regional centers to receive MPEG-2 streams and rebroadcast HD and SD video and data throughout South Korea. MBC engineers said in a statement that one of the featured characteristics of the system is its lip sync functionality -- with virtually no time delays between video and audio streams.

The systems being implemented include NEL's HD MPEG-2 encoder HE3100 and MPEG-2 HD decoder HD3100. The HE3100 supports 1080i, 720p and SD formats, and the audio is capable of supporting two systems and encoding up to eight channels.