Wegener Sells DTH System to Roberts

Wegener Corp. sold a 20-channel Direct-to-Home (DTH) satellite delivery system to Roberts Communications Network for an undisclosed amount, providing the company with the use of Wegener's iPump 6400 for storage and playback of DTH programs, and video compression and statistical multiplexing equipment from Harmonic, Inc. The iPump 6400 is a DVB receiver with the capability to record live DVB programs and switch its output between live and recorded media, and controlled by Wegener's Compel network control software. Additionally, it enables streaming media via Internet Protocol.

The system will be used as part of Roberts Communications Network's partnership with Racetrack Television Network (RTN) to supply live broadcasts of greyhound, harness and thoroughbred racing events, and is an upgrade from RTN's current 8-channel system. The new equipment also provides RTN subscribers with scheduled rebroadcasts of live racing events.

Earlier this week, Wegener received a $2.5 million order from Mega Hertz, its U.S. distributor. The order includes equipment from Wegener's DTV line of 8-VSB demodulators and multiplexers for cable carriage of HD broadcast signals.