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Exterity updates AvediaStream Transcoder to prepare for post MPEG-2 era

The upgraded Exterity AvediaStream transcoder t5600 enables legacy infrastructure to remain effective as more video inputs move to H.264 (December 2015)

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Edinburgh, 8th December 2015 - Exterity, the leading provider of enterprise IP video technologies for the secure distribution of live, on-demand and recorded video over IP, today announced an upgrade to the AvediaStream t5600 transcoder to bring new video sources into the IP video system and to enable the system to distribute video beyond the LAN to remote and mobile devices.

In addition to extending the reach of IP video services, the updated transcoder enables legacy equipment such as older set-top-boxes to adapt to the move from MPEG-2 to H.264, a standard that opens the door to the distribution of more HD channels on digital terrestrial (DTT). By adding the Exterity AvediaStream t5600 transcoder v 1.1 to an existing system, organizations can convert new HD TV transmissions based on the H.264 codec for playback on existing MPEG-2 equipment. The updated AvediaStream t5600 is especially relevant for the French market, where DTT will see the terrestrial transmission of MPEG-2 TV channels end from April 5th, 2016.

“Increased demand for HD content has led the broadcast industry to adopt H.264 as the new standard for HD distribution, limiting the frequency and multiplexing requirements for operators. Our upgraded AvediaStream t5600 transcoder v1.1 sits on top of the organization’s legacy IP video system and immediately converts H.264 transmissions for playback on MPEG-2 equipment, reducing the organization’s needs for new hardware,” said Colin Farquhar, CEO at Exterity. “This solution ensures that organizations distributing video via their IP network no longer have to update their infrastructure to address this evolution. This is especially crucial for our French customers distributing DTT content, who will otherwise end up with black screens from April 2016.”

The AvediaStream t5600 Transcoder will be part of the latest developments of the Exterity enterprise IP video solution showcased at ISE 2016 (Amsterdam RAI, February 9-12, 2016).

Exterity customers include ABC, BBC, City University London, Endemol, The Festival de Cannes, ITV, the British National Health Service (NHS), The Open Golf Championship, Phoenix TV Beijing, PSV Eindhoven, RTL, Thomson Reuters and more.