The Weather Channel adds ARRIS IRDs for regional content delivery

Michelle Clancy | 14-11-2013

The Weather Channel has optimised its network in the United States to deliver more regionalised data and linear services while reducing bandwidth demand — using the ARRIS DSR-4440 and DSR-4460 integrated receiver decoders (IRDs).

"Millions of people around the United States consistently access The Weather Channel for news, updates and their latest weather forecasts from anywhere, any time and on any device," said George Lott, vice president of localization and broadcast engineering at the network. "We've worked with ARRIS for years and knew they were ideal to help us optimise bandwidth utilisation and ready our network for delivery of more personalised services to the consumer."

The multi-format IRDs enables MPEG-4 distribution via satellite to affiliates and offers backward compatibility with legacy systems. The overall distribution system increases satellite throughput and can accommodate future delivery of enhanced services to customers' TV sets and connected devices.

"The Weather Channel stands in an ideal position to offer unique content experiences to deliver to consumers their media, their way," said Bruce McClelland, president of network and cloud and global services at ARRIS.

The ARRIS DSR-4440 and DSR-4460 IRDs decode MPEG-2 or MPEG-4 services over QPSK and DVB-S2 8PSK modulation. The IRDs replace legacy analogue and MPEG2 infrastructure, and will deliver simultaneous video and audio, as well as provide robust set of data de-capsulation features.