MEDIA BROADCAST Chooses T-VIPS Advanced DTT Solutions for German DVB-T2 Trial

Monday, March 15th, 2010

T-VIPS CP560 DVB-T2 Gateway is chosen to link DVB-T headends with DVB-T2 modulators in German DVB-T2 trial. DTT operators deploying DVB-T2 gain considerable bandwidth efficiency benefits which enable the launch of new revenue-generating services such as HD

OSLO, Norway and BERLIN, Germany — T-VIPS, a global leader in professional video contribution and distribution solutions, and MEDIA BROADCAST, Germany’s national DTT operator, today announce that after extensive testing MEDIA BROADCAST has chosen the T-VIPS CP560 DVB-T2 Gateway for DVB-T2 Trial Niedersachsen. This T-VIPS solution fills a vital gap in the DVB-T2 solution set for single frequency network (SFN) operation. The CP560 integrates with existing DVB-T headends and DVB-T2 modulators to enable DTT operators to take advantage of the considerable bandwidth efficiencies enabled by the migration to DVB-T2. These bandwidth efficiencies can be utilised to launch additional SD and HD channels, to increase video quality or to improve portable and mobile reception.

“T-VIPS is a natural partner for our DVB-T2 trial because they are one of the few companies in the world to design and deliver advanced processing solutions to answer the specific issues of DVB-T2 service operation,” says Bertold Heil, Head of Strategy & Business Development, MEDIA BROADCAST. “The fact that T-VIPS has already launched DVB-T2 solutions, can demonstrate industry leading field experience of processing solutions for DVB-T as well as delivering a unique and advanced approach to single frequency network operation made T-VIPS an ideal DVB-T2 trial partner.”

The CP560 DVB-T2 Gateways, which are now live at the trial transmitter sites of Lueneburg and Rosengarten, provide a central point of control for DVB-T2 networks, enabling the operator to take advantage of the more efficient spectrum utilization promised by next generation terrestrial broadcasting. Situated in the headend after the multiplexer, the T-VIPS DVB-T2 Gateway protects an operators’ investment in existing DVB-T infrastructure and allows broadcasters to take advantage of the increased bandwidth efficiency offered by DVB-T2.

“Being chosen to play a crucial role in the MEDIA BROADCAST trial of this important new broadcast standard is proof that we have been able to build upon our leadership position in advanced DVB-T solutions and carry that experience and expertise into DVB-T2,” says Johnny Dolvik, CEO, T-VIPS. “We’re excited to be part of this important trial with MEDIA BROADCAST as the undoubted advantages of DVB-T2 will make it a must have for DTT operators looking to launch HD and other advanced services.”

T-VIPS CP560 DVB-T2 Gateway

The CP560 is part of T-VIPS’ cProcessor product family, a line of compact, powerful and cost-effective products designed for advanced processing, multiplexing, monitoring and SI-handling of MPEG Transport Streams. The CP560 utilises the advanced processing capabilities of the cProcessor family, to re-arrange the MPEG Transport Stream into DVB-T2 Modulator Interface (DVB-T2 MI) format. Unlike traditional DVB-T solutions, the DVB-T2 Gateway provides centralized control of the DVB-T2 Modulator. The DVB-T2 Modulator Interface controls the modulator parameters and provides the very accurate timing required for SFN operation. The CP560 provides flexible interfacing with ASI or IP inputs, and DVB-T2 MI outputs over ASI and IP. Like all T-VIPS products, the CP560 has an elegant and intuitive web-based user interface, developed in close cooperation with T-VIPS’ customers. Product upgrades and new features are simply accessed through software key downloads.