NAB2005: Tandberg to Feature Advanced HD-SD Decoding, Open VOD

Tandberg Television in the U.K. returns to NAB from across the pond this year with its next generation of some current HD product (and the debut of other wares), including its HD ICE platform for advanced compression, the EN5990 MPEG4 AVC, and its EN5980 Windows Media 9 HD encoders.

It also plans to premiere its so-called "N2 On-Demand Solutions" showcasing a series of advanced, open VOD systems--including dynamic ad insertion and content management and delivery software. Also, new middleware will be unveiled for "Telco TV" solutions, along with IP streaming and its "nCompass" management system for IPTV. Tandberg recently announced a $9 million contract with DirecTV for Tandberg's North American MPEG-4 AVC HD rollout.

At NAB2005 (Booth SU7858 in South Hall), Tandberg will demo its latest achievements in advanced compression for broadcast and telco applications, as well as show MPEG-2 compression and modulation improvements for telco and satellite distribution, and ATSC networks. Tandberg said massive bit rate reductions achieved through advanced video encoding codecs, MPEG4 part 10 (H.264/AVC) and Windows Media 9 Series (proposed SMPTE VC-1) are starting to open up new HD business models. It also will feature its MPEG2 HD-SD Director system in full operation, now used by many ABC affiliates in the United States.