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DIRECTV expands use of Thomson technologies for local-into-local coverage

DIRECTV is significantly expanding use of Thomson’s Grass Valley brand network technologies from Thomson to increase its local market coverage. The new contract follows a similar agreement announced last spring. DIRECTV currently offers local channels in 64 markets nationwide and, using Grass Valley ViBE encoders and multiplexers, plans to offer local channel service in a minimum of 130 markets by year end.

Last April, DIRECTV announced its initial rollout of Grass Valley encoders, multiplexers, and signal-management products-including the ViBE MPEG-2 platform-for local-into-local coverage.

The ViBE line is a full-featured product family of video encoders, decoders, multiplexers, and related modular products that help broadcasters, direct-broadcast satellite (DBS) and cable providers, and other program contributors manage their distribution channels with a cost-effective system of integrated and highly compatible products. Featuring advanced compression techniques and an advanced processing chipset developed by Thomson, ViBE encoders enable DIRECTV to get the most out of its available bandwidth and increase its on-screen image quality.

Available in 1 RU or 5 RU chassis, ViBE offers a unique multi-decoding architecture ensuring maximum modularity and scalability to match all customer applications. All the products in the ViBE product range can be controlled remotely through Grass Valley’s DBS2930 management system, ensuring a seamless transition to the new product generation and continuity with already-deployed systems.

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