Tandberg saves 30% on MPEG-2

By Julian Clover

Tandberg Television is launching a new high-density broadcast encoder that the company says offers bandwidth savings of between 15 and 30%.

The EN8100 MPEG-2 SD encoder will debut at NAB 2009 with performance and operational benefits for satellite, cable and terrestrial operators. It has been based on in-house technologies and encoding algorithms that are able to achieve bandwidth reductions of at least 15% even in legacy set-top boxes. This effectively means operators will be able to save one in five frequencies/transponders for every MPEG-2 broadcast.

“This is the biggest improvement to MPEG-2 in five years. We have seized the opportunity to develop the best MPEG-2 encoder in the world today and to help our customers lower costs, reduce their carbon footprints and continue to introduce new services that drive increased revenues,” said Roger Bolton, EVP of compression systems at Television Television.

In addition to its bandwidth saving properties, the EN8100 consumes 50% less power, and generates less heat than previous models.