Motorola heads for the Starz – yes, I know corny headline but it is a Friday!
It has just been announced that Starz Entertainment, home of Starz Comedy, Starz Edge and Starz Kids & Family, will utilize the Motorola 4 channel HD MPEG encoding system, which will compress encrypt and modulate the HD signal within a single integrated transmission system. Going to MPEG 4 encoding will save about half the bandwidth as compared to MPEG 2.
“We were very pleased with the quality and efficiency offered by Motorola’s new modular uplink system,” said Ray Milius, senior vice president, programming operations for Starz Entertainment. “Both the MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 HD encoders interfaced seamlessly with the access control and transmission system in use today, so adding current and future HD services is very straightforward.”
“We’re excited to be working with Starz Entertainment on this important industry project,” said Doug Means, corporate vice president and general manager for Motorola. “Starz has a reputation for delivering quality movie content in a variety of formats, so we are pleased that the flexibility of our modular system and our MPEG-4/AVC technology is in line with their distribution plans.”
And for all the techies out there, here is a bunch of techno speak from the release ….
A key component of the enhanced content delivery chain is Motorola’s new DSR4410MD multi-program demodulator/decryptor. The new 1 RU product receives DVB-S2 modulated signals and decrypts up to 64 services from a single MPEG-2 transport stream. Testing with STARZ signals has shown reliable transmission at 77.5 Mbps using a 36 MHz, C-Band transponder – which translates into four-to-five MPEG-2 HD streams or as many as 10 MPEG-4/AVC HD streams.