Scopus Network Technologies, a leading supplier of digital compression technology to the broadcasting industry, announced today that Roanoke, Va.-based Digital Broadcast Corporation (DBC) has selected Scopus compression hardware and management systems to outfit the headend of its subsidiary, AirCable America. By integrating Scopus’ advanced CODICO® technology into the new head-end system, AirCable will double the channel capacity of its digital MMDS services, which will reach subscribers throughout Roanoke and within a 50-mile radius of the city.
“Our goal is to revolutionize the way television programming, Internet access, and telephony services are delivered to American homes and businesses, and Scopus’ pioneering compression technology will significantly enhance our transmission capability while ensuring effective performance and outstanding quality and reliability,” said DBC Chief Operating Officer Gary Nerlinger. “We’re confident that we’ve invested in a head-end solution capable of leveraging our MMDS bandwidth in a superior platform, one against which conventional cable and satellite providers simply cannot compete. Furthermore, there is a 20,000-plus backlog of subscribers who have waited patiently for the upgrade. They can receive superior digital programs at substantial cost savings.”
Through its license to broadcast over the MMDS frequency – bandwidth originally set aside by the FCC for educational use but never used to its full potential – DBC will expand its services to bring 140 channels to the Roanoke area. Subscribers receive broadcast transmissions via a small, non-intrusive antenna linked to a simple set-top box. Because a transmitter is already in place, DBC’s cost for adding new subscribers is minimal. As a result, subscribers recognize a savings of up to 50 percent when compared with cable and satellite services. As DBC continues to expand its services to include additional channels, pay-per-view, and video-on-demand, AirCable subscribers will enjoy high-quality programming options at a low rate made possible through the company’s innovative and cost-effective broadcast model.
Scopus Network Technologies’ equipment will be integrated with digital MMDS transmission equipment and set-top receiver units provided by Finline Technologies, a Waterloo, Ontario-based company specializing in digital wireless cable applications. The complete head-end system includes Scopus’ E-1000 encoders, controlling RTM3800 multiplexers and the NMS4000 series network management system, as well as the company’s IRD2600 receivers for monitoring purposes. These Scopus platforms support a comprehensive, end-to-end digital compression system for video and data distribution networks and feature an intelligent video distribution architecture that will enable AirCable to make a quick and smooth transition to multichannel, MPEG 2 enabled broadcasting over its high-speed broadcast network.
Carlo Basile, president of Scopus Network Technologies Inc., commented, “The digital MMDS offering available through AirCable marks a milestone in the evolution of the broadcast industry, providing high value to customers through a unique platform. We’re very pleased to be working with DBC on the expansion of this exceptional system. We’re looking forward to the combined DBC/Scopus national rollout. It’s very exciting for all parties concerned.”
About Digital Broadcast Corporation
Digital Broadcast Corporation was founded on April 5, 1995, with headquarters in Great Neck, N.Y. DBC built one of the first digital compressed wireless television systems in North America. This first-generation system has been providing subscribers with local channels in addition to the typical cable expanded and premium channel line-up for several years. The company has received wide recognition for the success of its business model and its extremely low infrastructure costs. DBC plans to grow from the expansion of Roanoke to a dozen other communities in which it holds MMDS licenses. The company’s ultimate goal is to provide the triad of television-data-telephony to its subscribers.
About Scopus Network Technologies
Scopus Network Technologies provides MPEG-2 and DVB video distribution architectures that enable broadcasters, cable TV providers, and telco operators to transmit their content digitally. Built on more than 20 years in digital compression system development, Scopus solutions provide superior flexibility with exceptional performance at cost-effective prices. The CODICO® product line of encoders, multiplexers, and professional receivers supports comprehensive, end-to-end digital compression for video and data distribution networks. The company was the official supplier of the digital platform for the global broadcast of the 2002 World Cup.
Scopus clients include global satellite broadcasters and cable television and telco operators such as BBC, CBS Newspath, CCTV, Deutsche Telekom, Doordarshan, EBU, FOX News, France Telecom, GlobeCast, Korea Telecom, MultiChoice, SES GLOBAL, SKY Italia, and others.
Scopus has offices in Princeton (N.J.), San Diego, Mexico City, Mumbai, Beijing, Moscow, Frankfurt, Sדo Paulo, and Tel Aviv. For more information please visit the Scopus Web site at: www.scopus.net.
About Scopus’ IVN™ Topology
The Intelligent Video Network (IVN™) represents the next-generation topology for video networking. It provides a new perspective for the video industry by handling video through advanced video routers. Scopus video routers will be able to process, control, and route digital-to-digital video signals. Answering the needs of both DTH (direct-to-home) broadcasters as well as video C&D (contribution and distribution) service providers, IVN encompasses the entire network infrastructure and enables two-dimensional control over bandwidth. IVN’s architecture is based on a network management system utilizing advanced topology, thus supporting end-to-end system control from the master headend through the network backbone to the regional headends and down and to each specific node, hub, or remote site.