PowerVu® Network Centre Release 8.1

The PowerVu® Network Centre (PNC) is the heart of
the PowerVu product family. The highly reliable PNC is
a sophisticated, yet easy-to-use system that provides,
network management, security, decoder management,
and advanced revenue protection.
The PNC is designed to meet the analog and digital
content distribution needs of programmers, private
networks and other network operators – users who
need to automatically control multiple encoders in a
redundant system to securely transmit video, audio and
data to a large receiver population.

Network Management
Control all the PowerVu video, audio, data and other
ancillary PowerVu services of your uplink. The PNC enables you to configure and control your PowerVu network
devices, including PowerVu Encoders, Multiplexers and Advanced Modulators.

Control who is authorized for your programs. Conditional access and encryption help ensure that your
transmissions are secure. The PNC offers a reliable, commercial security system.

Decoder Management
Control where your information is being received. The PNC addresses all PowerVu receivers in the field. You will
have all of the information at your fingertips necessary to address PowerVu decoders for specific service

· Standard Definition (SD) and High Definition (HD) Encoder support
· MPEG-2/DVBcompatibility
· Ability to send email alerts for user-defined system alarms
· Reliable automatic redundancy switching upon failure of devices
· Support for Digital Program Insertion SCTE 35 messages
· Control over all PowerVu decoder authorizations
· Broadcast flag to control unwanted content distribution
· Control of Program Receiver and Multiple Decryption Receiver (MDR) analog/digital decoder outputs
· Effective management of bandwidth allocation
· Expandable encoder configuration from 0:1 to 4:16
· Advanced decoder grouping and searching capabilities
· Available interface to the PowerVu Connect™ system, which allows for automatic PowerVu decoder
deployment and authorization
· User-friendly Graphical User Interface (GUI)
· MetroMux® software (for re-multiplexing of MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 part 10 (H.264) video, audio and a variety
of additional services)
· Network Management & Decoder Control integrated with Conditional Access & Encryption all-in-one system
· Decoder database Application Programming Interface (API)
· Optional Disaster Recovery and/or Data Replication software
· Optional Programmer Segmentation, enabling service providers to provide PNC access for programmers


Industry Standards: MPEG-2 and DVB, AVC (H.264)
Commercial Conditional Access
Scrambling: DES or DVB
Automatic Redundancy: up to 4:16
Number of signals: 4
Encoder Control
4:2:0/4:2:2 Video Encoding: SD and HD
Closed-loop Statistical Multiplexing: SD and HD
Dual-pass Encoding
MPEG -1 Audio Encoding: SD and HD
Dolby® Digital Audio Encoding: SD and HD
MPEG-2 Advanced Audio Encoding: SD
Dolby E Passthrough: HD
Program/Event scheduling
Bandwidth Management
MetroMux software
Password Privilege system
Decoder Database: 250,000
ECM and EMM generation
Tier Assignment: 256
Blackout/Spotlight Codes
Fingerprint Trigger
Broadcast Flag (ATSC A/65B)
Force Tuning
Homing Channel
Client/Server Architecture
Server: Sun Fire™ 215 rack-mount server
Client Interface: Windows XP

Programmer Segmentation: 8 segments (optional)
Multiplexer Control
PowerVu Data support:Synchronous and
Advanced Modulator Control
PowerVu Subtitling and VBI support
DVB Subtitling and DVB WST support
Digital Program Insertion support
Email Alerts for Alarms
Disaster Recovery: Optional
Data Replication: Optional
Network Time Protocol Synchronization
Encoder Pre-filters: Spatial, temporal
Diagnostic Logs
Transaction Logs
Automatic/Manual Database Backups

Remote Control Outputs
Service Replacement: Scheduled, CA and cue-trigger
Decoder Output Controls
Satellite code download to decoders
Decoder lock-out of front panel
Decoder group/search capability

Multi-user remote access: 5 users
Remote Access: Satellite Modem, ISDN, LAN or
SNMP interface for monitoring: Optional
PowerVu Connect interface: For automatic decoder
deployment and fulfillment (optional)

Key PNC Options

Disaster Recovery and Data Replication – Revenue protection
Disaster Recovery is an advanced PowerVu system option that facilitates automatic service recovery in the event
of unforeseen, critical failures in the transmission link that may occur at the satellite, transponder, uplink site, or
downlink site. Optionally, the network can be configured to recover from periodic sun outages. Disaster Recovery
facilitates the resumption of normal operation on a pre-defined alternate signal source should a disaster occur.
This is done by allowing the operator to pre-define potential recovery locations, criteria for disaster and which
receivers will participate in disaster recovery.
Data replication allows the broadcaster/programmer to have a fully configured standby uplink network and PNC
control system at an alternate site. The database for all decoder configurations is replicated on the two PNC
systems, ensuring that any major failure at the uplink network site can be overcome by switching to the alternate
site. The replication of configuration information helps ensure database consistency and minimum delay in the
restoration of all services.
SNMP Agent – Alarm and status monitoring
The PNC can be monitored in third party Network Monitoring Systems (NMS) via the SNMP protocol. This allows
broadcasters and programmers to add the PowerVu system to their existing NMS installation, simplifying fault
discovery and resolution procedures. (Note: The SNMP Agent requires a Sun Blade or Sun Fire server.)
Warm Standby Server – Backup PNC that’s always up to date
For installations without duplicate uplink network sites, PowerVu system users can choose to install a backup
PNC for their uplink network to guard against PNC failure scenarios. This Warm Standby Server uses Data
Replication technology to ensure that the co-located secondary PNC has a duplicate image of the primary PNC
configuration, including all system configuration and decoder authorization information. In the event of a failure of
the primary PNC, technical personnel can switch to the secondary PNC and avoid reconfiguring the system or
missing previously scheduled events.
Programmer Segmentation
Service providers can provide programmers with PNC access, restricted to their own virtual channels and IRDs.
This enables independent IRD management, blackout event creation and conditional access control for
programmers wishing to administer their own network. Service providers maintain control over uplink component
management and have authority over all programmer segments to help resolve customer issues.